About six months after the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda S. Tamba and two of her deputies were held in contempt for their defiant posture to a Supreme Court order, the LRA commissioner is again to appeal before the Supreme Court, this time before Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie.
On December 27, 2015, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh ruled against Commissioner Tamba and her colleagues, holding them in contempt and imposing a US$500 fine on her and US$250 fine on each of her deputies including Oliver N. Rogers, Deputy Commissioner General for Administration and Decontee King Sackie, Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs.
Justice Ja’neh also threatened to jail them for 48 hours if they failed to pay the fines into government revenue; however, he suspended his decision after the fines were paid.
They were fined because of Madam Tamba’s alleged refusal to re-instate 10 of the 59 employees she sacked for various reasons. Justice Ja’neh ordered her to reinstate the employees with their salaries and other benefits pending hearing into the matter.
Although, Madam Tamba re-instated the 10 employees, the employees in another complaint currently with Chamber Justice Wolokollie, alleged that the LRA boss failed to give them assignments after they were reinstated to their previous positions.
According to their complaints, Madam Tamba instead of assigning them chose to send 10 of them on one-month compulsory leave from January 22 to February 22.
The LRA employees claim that since their one month compulsorily leave ended, Madam Tamba has allegedly refused to continue paying their regular salaries.
“Surprisingly,” the complaint alleged that “after our compulsory leave we proceeded to the LRA headquarters to resume normal work, but only to see our photos placed in the security booth with a special mandate from the Commissioner General to deny us access to the LRA premises.”
“She was ordered to adhere to the rule of law but has neglected, failed and disregarded the said order of the Supreme Court,” they maintained in their complaint.
They appealed for the Court’s intervention by saying “we are calling on the Supreme Court again to compel Madam Tamba to pay our benefits in accordance with the Labor Laws to enable us to seek new opportunities.”