Liberia: Buchanan’s Port Manager And Statistician Suspended, Under Probe For Over US$200,000 Scandal
MONROVIA — The Manager of the Buchanan Port in Liberia has been suspended for alleged financial impropriety amounting to over US$200,000.
Mr. Charles Gull and his Chief Statistician, Amara Kamara were suspended early Friday afternoon for their alleged involvement in diverting monies intended for the Government of Liberia into their personal accounts both in the United States and Liberia respectively.
The funds, according to reports, were remittances reportedly paid by Arcelor Mittal and Equatorial Palm Oil for the exportation of iron ore and palm oil out of the country via the port in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Mr. Gull and Mr. Kamara were arrested and risked off by agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) for interrogation early Friday afternoon.
Though the NSA, though it’s Director Henrique Pearson remains tightlipped on the arrest and subsequent investigation of Mr. Gull and Mr. Kamara, there are reports that the pair remain in the custody of the NSA.
In a release issued late Friday evening under the signature of the Communications Director of the NPA Malcolm Scott, the NPA confirmed the suspension of Mr. Gull and Mr. Kamara.
The release endorsed that the pair was suspended without pay for alleged financial impropriety.
According to the release, an investigation has been launched into the matter.
“The Management of National Port Authority informs the public that Buchanan Port Manager, Mr. Charles D. Gull and Amara Kamara, Chief statistician, outstation ports, have been suspended with immediate effect without pay for “alleged financial impropriety”.
“The two employees will remain suspended until the outcome of an ongoing investigation which they have been subjected to”.
The release pointed out that the actions taken against Mr. Gull and Mr. Kamara are in “straight adherence to the NPA’s administrative axe against any of its staff who may be found punishable for acts consistent with the Port’s policy”.
Meanwhile, the NPA has vowed to release the details and findings concerning the ongoing probe and subsequent actions by the NPA Management to the public.
Mr. Gull, who has little or no knowledge on the workings of port marine activities, was appointed by President George Manneh Weah to steer the affairs of the Port of Buchanan, based upon recommendations from some hierarchies of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
He studied criminal justice at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU).
There has been mounting pressure for his removal as a result of his lack of the requisite qualifications to adequately steer the affairs of the port.