Commissioners Tussle For ‘OIC’ Role 

In the wake of the refusal of Dr. Togar McIntosh to accept his presidential nomination as Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), two Commissioners are at war over who’s in charge of the entity.

Commissioner Elizabeth Duncan, speaking on local talk show OK Morning Rush on Monday, June 13, 2022 accused her fellow Commissioner George Howard of locking up office as Officer-In-Charge.

Madam Duncan said she sees it not befitting to go to work for fear of her life in the wake of attempts to remove as Office-In-Charge of the GC.

According to her, she has already written President George Weah concerning the matter. She extended pleads to prominent women including First Lady Clar Weah, Vice President Jewel Howard and Amb. Nora Finda Bundoo to come to her aid.

She made it known that she assumed the post of Office-In-Charge after the transfer of Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) on grounds that she was the longest serving Commissioner.

She pointed out that within the disputed office, she has within it funds amounting to US$3,500 and US$10,000 intended to purchase a vehicle. Despite claiming to be the legitimate GC Office-In-Chargem, Madam Duncan, confirmed that her tenure will expire as Commissioner on July 19, 2022.  

But for his part, Commissioner Howard denied claims by Madam Duncan that she kept money in her office.

Howard indicated that it was rather a gentleman agreement to rotate the position of Office-In-Charge among the Commissioners. Therefore, he said it is now time that she relinquishes the position to him in the absence of a Chairman. He went on to accuse his colleague of having hand in a US$100,000 scandal and then accused her of not being regular at workplace.

Howard added that Commissioner Duncan decided to turn over the Chairman’s office she had been using as Office-In-Charge when the nomination of Dr. McIntosh was announced. He noted that when Madam Duncan decided to return to her original office, she demanded that it be renovated with her favorite color pink be used for painting.

Meanwhile, several callers expressed disappointments in the two public officials for stooping too low in their presentations on the airwaves. Some even called for their immediate dismissals for bringing their positions into public disrepute.                 

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