Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele
Nimba Caucus Dismisses Acting PMC Chairman
By Wellington G Patrick, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
SANNIQUELLIE, February 24 (LINA) - The Nimba County Legislative Caucus has dismissed the Treasurer and acting Chairman of the county’s Project Management Committee (PMC), Eddie Z. Tenwah, for “extortion of money” from the Bahn Health Center and Bahn market women.
The caucus took the decision after conducting an inquiry into the allegation at the third session of the County Council Sitting held in the Tubman Hall in Sanniquellie at the weekend.
Tenwah was accused of allegedly collecting US$7,000 and L$22,000 from the Bahn Health Center and the market women respectively for the grading of the roads leading to their facilities.
During the hearing, Tenwah admitted receiving the amounts from the Bahn market women to fuel one of the yellow machines to gade the Bahn Public Market facility, but said the decision was the community’s and not based on any request or intimidation from his office.
The Caucus differed with his explanation and told the County Sitting that the projects mentioned by the former PMC Chairman were approved by the caucus to be completed before President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s health tour of the county in October 2014 and that there was no need for any cash contribution by the community.
Following the hearing, Nimba District Five Representative Samuel Kogar filed a motion calling for the removal of acting PMC Chairman for extortion, violation of the Caucus’ mandate and his refusal to refund the money collected after admitting to receiving the amounts.
The motion was seconded by District Four Representative Garrison Yealue followed by a unanimous vote against the accused.
Meanwhile, the Caucus, in a resolution read by Superintendent Fong Zuagele, has appointed Gompa Osundu Dahn as comptroller of the PMC and mandated Peterson walker, the former comptroller, to serve as treasurer to the PMC.