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|LPMC Workers: We Don’t Want Cllr. Caranda Here -Submit Petition To Board Of Directors|
|Published on January 29, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
Hundreds of employees at the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) are threatening to state a ‘mass action’ if President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf does not listen to their ‘honest plea’ to replace Deputy Managing Direction for Administration, Cllr. John Caranda.
They alleged Cllr. Caranda is a character very incompatible for the success of the LMPC and his presence there will kill the dream and aspirations of the public corporation which they have patriotically labored over the past few years to restore to life.
The workers said they can’t work with the President’s appointee and want him immediately replaced by a good-human relation individual that will contribute significantly to the success and progress of the LPMC.
The staff and employees of the Corporation last week went public strongly protesting the appointment of the LPMC Deputy Managing Director for Administration for “his fruitless presence,” something, they say was “hampering the growth of the Corporation.”
In a two-page letter addressed to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. J. Chris Toe, the staff and employees regretted his (Caranda) “poor human relationship, poor working habit and more so his little or no interest in the growth and development of the entity.”
They prevailed on the Board to appeal to the President to withdraw Cllr. Caranda from the LPMC.
A portion of the LPMC employees’ petition - signed by Sam B. Allison, Secretary/Managers’ Association - to the Agriculture Minister dated January 12, 209, reads as follows: “Mr. Minister and Chairman of the Board, since it obviously appears that Cllr. Caranda could not form part of the healing process of LPMC, a process marked by sacrifices and vision, we request the President through the Board, to replace him for the following reasons: 1. That LPMC, in the period of recuperation and renewal has no place for people who lack vision; 2. That the presence of Cllr. Caranda bearing the title of Deputy Managing Director for Administration provides weeds for the growth and development of the Corporation, given his inability to contribute to the promotion of the entity; 3. That his withdrawal and replacement with administratively minded person would once again place LPMC along the path of growth.
“It is our candid hope that the Board would take our plea into serious consideration because as the common biblical adage goes: when one of the five fingers is affected, there is need to extract it in order to prevent the others from infection.”
Cllr. Caranda has yet to comment on the allegation levied against him despite frantic efforts to get his side of the story.
Last week he told journalists he would not comment on the issue. Yesterday when this writer and other journalists visited the LPMC compound at the Freeport of Monrovia to speak to employees and the accused, he was not present; something his accusers say is his usual habit.
When called on his private cell phone number (06-515-830) the Counselor said he could not comment on the issue because he was at the Supreme Court at the handing down of the court’s opinion in several cases. Called back late in the evening, as earlier agreed upon, Cllr. Caranda could not answer his phone.
Yesterday several staff of the LPMC including Mr. Allison and the Corporation’s cashier Christina Jackson lamented that told journalists that “We Don’t Want Cllr. Caranda Here.”
They alleged that the DMD/A was overlapping function when ever he goes there at his wish. “He insults us and locks up documents in his office, cites people into his office and use naughty languages on them. This is unfair, inhumane and unprofessional; we don’t need such an individual here,” Mr. Allison narrated his frustration.
Cashier Christina Jackson described Cllr. Caranda as being ‘very rude and disrespectful.’ “He insults everyone at will. He tells workers you sh—t, you stupid fool and all kinds of things. We are not small children here; we are responsible men and women with responsibilities. He needs to respect us for us to respect him. We want the President to know that Cllr. Caranda is rude and she should please change him,” the Cashier noted.
LPMC boss Nya Mantein has not commented on the situation. His phone was switched off last evening when contacted to comment.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Chris Toe has confirm receipt of the of the worker’s petition. He said a full scale investigation will be launched by the Board to settle the matter while a meeting has been planned with the MD, Nya Mantein, and Cllr. Caranda.
Dr. Toe said he has replied the workers and the matter will be part of the Board’s agenda at its mid-February meeting. The Minister told this paper via phone last evening that “all of these are allegations and we will have to investigate to come up with a finding.” D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh writes