The General Auditing Commission (GAC) has dismissed with immediate effect two of its staff, Peter Wisdom Fayiah of Strategic Planning and Richmond O. Neufville of the Department of Governmental Affairs, for their failure to adhere to the “Political Neutrality and Conflict of Interest” documents signed by them.
Both Fayiah and Neufville signed the Political Neutrality form on January 29 and 30, 2012 respectively.
Fayiah and Neufville’s involvement in student politics, as executives of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and working for the General Auditing Commission is in gross violation of the Commission’s conflict of interest policy.
The INTOSAI Code of Ethics on independence, objectivity and impartiality requires each staff of SAI to maintain both the actual and perceived political neutrality of a Supreme Audit Institution (SAI). It is important that the SAI maintains its independence from political influence in order to discharge its duties in an impartial way.
The management of GAC wants to further maintain to the public that the commission is independent, remains politically neutral and will not tolerate any violation of the Commission’s political neutrality clause.