Did LRA Ignore S/Court Order

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A request ordering Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to reinstate 56 dismissed employees of the Authority, and also allow them to receive their full salaries for three months (July, August and September 2015), pending the outcome of their case is yet to be implemented by the LRA.

The order was given by Justice in Chamber of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh.

The employees argued that previously, they were employed at the Ministry of Finance, and worked with the ministry smoothly before they were transferred to the LRA when they were vetted in June 2014.

Unfortunately, according to them, they were dismissed without any cause by the LRA Management in July, which their lawyers sought the court’s intervention to have them reinstated to their respective previous positions.

It was due to the complaint that Justice Kabineh asked the parties to return to status quo ante, which LRA is yet to comply with by reinstating the dismissed employees.

In a letter to that effect dated October 14, copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, Justice Ja’neh wrote to the LRA saying, to return the parties to the status quo and to allow them to receive their full employment salaries and benefits pending the disposition of the matter.

“And that compliance herewith demonstrated through information to this court with reasonable time as of the date not to exceed 30 days,” he said.

Justice Ja’neh’s decision came after lawyers representing the dismissed staff asked him to do so.

Immediately after failing to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling, the employees’ lawyers in a complaint to Justice Ja’neh, a copy of which is also with the Daily Observer, stated that, “Your Honour, the management of LRA have failed and refused in open defiance of a clear mandate of the court based on our request and have not taken even the initial step of calling the employees to work.”

The letter further said, “LRA has not taken any step to pay the employees’ salaries and benefits for the months of July, August and September; a period in which all current employees of the LRA have been paid.”

The lawyers added, “we asked your Honor to take any appropriate action deemed proper to cause the LRA to obey the mandate of the court so that our clients can return to status quo ante, and to receive their salaries, benefits and bonus in keeping with the law.”

When contacted for their reaction concerning the order from the court, a source from the LRA said that their lawyers are working on the case and therefore they could not respond to any questions from the Daily Observer.

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