French Embassy School Faces Over US$1,000 Salary Debt

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    Alliance Francaise de Monrovia, a French Embassy training institution has been summoned by the Monrovia City Court, following a complaint by the school's former director, Mr. Mohammed Kpoghomu, claiming an unpaid salary of US$1,250. 

    The French school is situated at 28 Payne Avenue, Sinkor, Monrovia. Mr. Kpoghomu complained that since his contract with the school was terminated in December 2012, Alliance Francaise failed and neglected to pay his balance salary of US$1,250, despite several repeated requests and demands from his legal team. 

    He also prayed the court to bring an Action of Debt against the institution and render judgment, which would include US$1,250 balance salary plus interest, legal fees and personal expenses. 

    Meanwhile, the Court's writ of summons instructing its sheriff, Capt. Julius B. Swen (a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer), reads: 

    "You are hereby commanded to summon the living body(ies) of Alliance Francaise de Monrovia by and thru its director Idrissa Kaba and Chairman of the Board, Sedia Bangura."

    The document further reads:

    "The defendants are to appear before the stipendary magistrate of the Monrovia City Court, Temple of Justice, on November 4, at the hour of 2 p.m. to answer the Action of Debt [charge] based upon the complaint of Mr. Mohammed Kpoghomu."

    But a communication dated April 23, 2013, under the signature of the school's board chairman, Sedia Massaquoi Bangoua, addressed to Mr. Mohammed Kpoghomu (a copy of which this paper retains) reads:

    "In response to your letter to the Executive Board for the payment of your salaries of December 2012 and January 2013, we regret to inform you or our inability to satisfy you due to a deficit recorded during the course of the 2012 school year under your administration."

    The letter further reads:

    "As you may know, and according to your financial report, the balance accountof the Alliance Francaise School at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) was less than US$100,000."

    It concludes: 

    "And even the account of the special project of which you made mention cannot be found at the bank; under the circumstances, the finanacial means to satisfy your request does not exist."

    Another letter dated December 13, 2012 reads, "Following a meeting of the Executive Board and in consultation with the Embassy of France, we regret to inform you that your contract with Alliance Franciase will not be renewed as of January 2013."

    The decision, the communication said, "was the result of your refusal to cooperate in the financial verification of the institution."

    "We also request that you turn over to the Embassy of France all documents and materials belonging to the school and in your possession, including financial documents, check books, etc. before the end of January 2013," it concluded.

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