Grand Kru County Superintendent, Elizabeth Dempster, has reacted sharply to the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report that linked her to the misapplication of L$323,900 that was reportedly intended to fight the deadly Ebola virus (EVD) in the county.
Madam Dempster said in an interview in Monrovia recently that the audit was intended to tarnish her reputation that she has built over the years. “I did not misuse the money as claimed by the GAC audit report,” she said.
According to her, the GAC report is only intended to mislead the public because it did not provide balanced information that is supported with facts.
Superintendent Dempster explained, among other things, that the first money she received from the Liberian government to fight the EVD in the county was L$175,000 which was used for the intended purpose.
She explained that besides the L$175,000 she received additional L$200,000 which was also used to buy anti-Ebola materials, as well as provide transportation for the county Ebola taskforce that carried on awareness in the various communities.
She told this newspaper that the last money she received was L$295,000, and each district superintendent was given L$30,000 to help carry on massive Ebola awareness across the county.
The districts that received the Ebola funds of L$30,000 each include Forpoh, Buah, Grandcess, Trehn, Wadabo, Jloh, Dorbor and Jrao; with the exception of Barclayville and Pinicess that received L$15,000 each.
She said the balance of L$18, 000 was turned over to the county’s Ebola taskforce.
“After the audit, they did not even pack my documents but rather dashed them in the office. They just wanted to prove that they are working. I challenge them to prove the accuracy of the report. It is associated with lies, only intended to bring me to public ridicule,” Supt Dempster added.
Madam Dempster challenged the GAC and denied that she mismanaged L$323,900 and sourced the procurement of vehicles from Africa Motors, Reelin Liberia GBK outside of the PPCC law.
In the recent GAC Ebola funds audit report, Superintendent Dempster was accused of sourcing the procurement of vehicles from Africa Motors, Reelin Liberia GBK outside of the Public Procurement Concession Law.
Supt. Dempster denied ever going to Africa Motors to purchase vehicles as is stated in the GAC reports.