There have been series of confusion within the Liberian Marketing Association over the claims of misappropriation of funds and corruption among others.
The present leadership headed by Madam Alice Yeebahn and code of officers were appointed to stead the affairs of the organization over the coming years.
Following six months of complaints, a group of marketers yesterday August 27, 2018 presented a petition to Liberia’s Vice President Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor over the manner and form in which leaders of the organization are proceeding.
The petitioners most of whom were market women topped their petition on perennial allegations of corruption, financial mismanagement, misappropriation of resources and other acts inimical to the existence of the Association.
VP Taylor received the petition and begged the petitioners’ indulgence to exercise patience as she pledged to take action within the next 48hours.
A scene of shutting down of the Liberia Marketing Association was witnessed by marketers some of whom were in favor of the government of Liberia decision through the office of the Vice President on the hot afternoon of Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
Officers of the Liberian National Police and representatives from VP Howard-Taylor office were seen issuing the association’s current president Alice Yeebhan a suspension letter and proper locking of the offices.
“Here is the letter from the office of the Vice president of Liberia please take your belongings from the office as we were instructed to lock the office and turn the keys over, a marketer explained.
The office of the Vice President has confirmed the issuing of a suspension letter and subsequent locking of the office of the Liberia Marketing Association in an effort to bring calm to the situation and ensure the allegations are investigated.
The three suspended officials are Madam Alice Yeebahn, President; Mr. Abraham Barchue, Vice President; and Madam Lawuo Hiami, Assistant Secretary-General respectively.
Meanwhile, the Government has requested the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to immediately commence both financial and systems audits in order to verify the claims being made.
The Government of Liberia has also constituted a five-member Interim Leadership Team to hold on pending the outcome of the audits by the GAC.
The Members of the interim leadership are Mr. Jerry V. Geedeh and Madam Henrietta Zorpoe, representing the LMA Board; Madam Antoinette N. Mulbah, representing the Executive Committee of the LMA; Madam Cecelia G. Wuduwelh, representing the aggrieved/contending party; and Mr. David Weah, representing LMA County Superintendents.
The government of Liberia hopes that everyone concerned will fully cooperate with the GAC for the smooth conduct of the audits in a timely manner.