Ex-Presidential Guards Protest ‘Wrongful’ Retirement

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Twenty-nine (29) officers/agents of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) – the Presidential Secret Guard – on Wednesday affixed their signatures to a protest letter against their “wrongful retirement.” The EPS provides security protection to the President and Vice President of Liberia, as well as members of their immediate families. Along with providing security protection to key government officials and their families, the agency also provides security protection to candidates of the upcoming presidential elections and other security assignments as they are needed, including security protection to visiting heads of state.

In their letter to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, the officers said they immediately applied efforts for reinstatement after their “wrongful retirement” was announced on June 1 through Senator Steve Zargo, chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security. Yet, they said, their efforts have been unsuccessful, even up to present.

They said although the law requires for an individual to be retired after 25 years, their 25 years of service included the 14 wasted years of the civil war, which should not have been counted against their years of service to the nation. They said the fourteen years of the civil war should not be included in the 25 years “because the National Security Act of 2011 ruled out the 25-year tenure and recommended age 65 and ill health for retirement.” They quoted the NSA Act of 2011 as as saying that any employee that attained twenty-five (25) consecutive years of tenure has an option of a waiver. “The one-time handshake package of US$500 for an employee that served the state as security for twenty-five years is unreasonable and needs to be revisited. And because the legislative and presidential election is at hand (October 10, 2017),” it is not timely for their retirement, they said.

They further indicated that the EPS is not in the employ of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) but “our monthly compensation is calculated on CSA Tenure of Service and suspect that authorities at the EPS contravened the National Security Reform and Intelligence Act of 2011, Section 12.B (pension in an amount of 50% compensation (of what) he or she was receiving at the time of his or her retirement for the remainder of his or her natural life).” The former presidential guards have appealed to the Legislature to cite the EPS director to answer to their wrongful retirement, or whether his action is in line with the National Security Reform and Intelligence Act of 2011 (Sec. 3.6) – retirement and death benefits.

It has been gathered that the former EPS officers’ complaint is expected to be placed in today’s (Tuesday) agenda, which will mark the 57th day sitting of the House of Representatives. According to some of the officers, up to yesterday, they are yet to receive their US$500. “We spend our time behind the Mansion every day awaiting our ‘handshake’; and besides, it is seriously bad to pay someone US$500 who has served for 25 years,” a retired officer said.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with EPS Director Sam Gaye, he rubbished the officers’ allegation of wrongful retirement, stressing that they were “legally retired, because the law is the law.”

“The US$500 is also part of the law, according to the CSA,” he added “and the time to pay will be determined by the CSA,” he said.

13 COMMENTS

  1. When you reach a retirement age in any civil service situation, you she be retired. I do not understand why you call it wrongful retirement. If you were not dismiss but retired legally, I think you should just take your benefit and move on because no amount of written petition can bring you out of retirement. That is how government operates and please don’t take it personal

    • Wonokay, what do you know about the Liberian law, especially in relation to retirement of civil servants? From your comment, I’m not sure if you’re fully aware of the law, neither do you know about the case. Firstly, these officers are not mere civil servants and the EPS director wasn’t detailed in letting them go, only to recruit his kinsmen. The fact that the Liberian Government couldn’t function for fourteen (14) years, makes it even more difficult to consider these years for retirement, especially these people are still young and experienced officers.

      I hope you understand what would happen to these people and their families in the event of wrongful retirement.

      • Saah, The news release says the ex-security officers were retired legally. whether I know the Liberian law or not, the story is clearly written by Liberian Observer and I reacted based upon what is written. The article did not say EPS Director retired the officers and employed his kinsmen, you are been bais in your approach. The Liberian Government retired the men.

        • PS Saah, you don’t know if these guys only worked in Ellen Government alone. How do you know they did not work from Ruth Perry, Gyude Bryant, Charles Taylor to Ellen? You can’t just conclude because they were retired by this administration.

  2. This is not how government operate my friend.
    How many years the served in the EPS ?
    But anyway all those officers will be taking care of
    very soon. Thank God unity party will be out this year.
    How will you treat people like that?
    The incoming government will includes them into society.
    Just to create conflict and that will not happened.
    This government lacks of system!
    Good for nothing!

  3. Here is a very CORRUPT AND DESPOTIC president TREATING SO WICKEDLY THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR HER AND HER FAMILES; but she wants IMPUNITY VIA IMMUNITY after her gruesome massive KILLINGS of the innocent, and total distruction of the country!

    Not to mention her criminal and unconstitutional actions and violations during her first and second terms characterized with disappearances, secret summary executions of whistleblowers!

    Ellen, why are you so beastly? Why are you so heartless? Aren’t these EX VIP PROTECTORS THE CHILDREN OF OTHER WOMEN LIKE YOURSELF? You see, you really give people the cause to HATE YOU SO MUCH!

    All of your children who have become billionaires overnight from state funds, have done nothing significant compared to what these EX VIP PROTECTORS have done for this country, and still you do not want to find a place in your heart to let them retire happily!

    Ellen, STOP BEING HARSH TO THE RESENTMENT OF AN ANGRY GOD!!!

  4. DON’T FEEL BAD SECURITY GUARDS! YOUR LUCK YOUR STILL ALIVE! DAH ELLEN’S REPAYMENT FOR YOUR LOYALTY-YAH! GO PLANT “RUBBER FARM” FOP FIRESTONE COMPANY TOO-YAH! ELLEN’S TIME FINI-O! SHE NOT GOT NO USE FOR YOUR NO MORE-O! DAH “JOHNSON-SIRLEAF PAR-LOR “LOYALTY”-O!”

  5. DON’T FEEL BAD SECURITY GUARDS! YOUR LUCKY YOUR STILL ALIVE! DAH ELLEN’S REPAYMENT FOR YOUR LOYALTY-YAH! GO PLANT “RUBBER FARM” FOR FIRESTONE COMPANY TOO-YAH! ELLEN’S TIME FINI-O! SHE NOT GOT NO USE FOR YOUR NO MORE-O! DAH “JOHNSON-SIRLEAF PAR-LOR “LOYALTY”-O!”

  6. Looking at it from a broader spectrum, it won’t/shouldn’t matter who’s PRESIDENT. Long before EJS took office, a system was in place. Lady Sirleaf did not create the situation at hand. This is an inter agency labor dispute that should be dealt with; through Liberia’s Ministry of Labour and the Justice Ministry. Liberia is a NATION of LAWS and ORDERS. Stop blaming E.J.S for everything. Let’s go through the right channel. That’s what a Civilized Democratic Nation does. When I hear people talking about billions of dollars been stolen by so many individuals, I wonder. Where is all that MONEY coming from? First of all, Liberia does not have billions of dollars; needless to say, billions of dollars have been stolen from Liberia. I remember one commentator, who wrote that 300 million dollars was stolen from Liberia’s MARITIME REVENUE; within a period of one year. I did a research on that story. To my surprise, Liberia’s total receipt of “MARITIME REVENUE”, is less than 100 million dollars. Get Real! How can anyone possibly steal 300 million dollars from an amount less than 100 million dollars? You tell me! No Doubt! There is CORRUPTION. However, People are extrapulating quite a lot, when it comes to the actual figures… I definitely feel for the retired agents. I too, know what it’s like; when a bread winner lost her/his source of INCOME. ‘Wish you all the BEST. Hopefully, this matter will be resolved in your favor. God Bless…

  7. This is wrongful retirement because if you are to retired an individual, you should make ready immediately their benefits. It is wrong that these honorable individual who have given their services over the years for the security of our nation to be treated in such manner. They shouldn’t have to wait for some unknown date (if ever possible) to be paid while their families have to suffer the lost of their income. Like some of us, these good people provide food, shelter and education for their families. We must be kind and appreciate for the work they did for us. I STAND WITH YOUR.

  8. Come on folks, 14 years of uncivil war has to be taken into consideration. We seem to reference the uncivil war in everything, why not the plight of these ex security men and women?

  9. If during the 14 years, those agents received payments from the government as income for their services, it should be counted against them. If they have been working for the current president for the last two terms, they should be move to different areas of the government and not providing protection for the executive branch of government. The incoming president needs new security personnel. Let’s follow the law folks. We can change the law to benefit one party if the law is states different. These security personnel can use but in a different areas.

  10. Mr. Henry Freeman, nobody said $USD 300 millions were stolen from Maritime in one year. Rather what I wrote was that US’s FARA reports from 2007 to 2013 indicated a little over that amount was paid from Maritime funds to US PR and lobbying firms. When you questioned the veracity of the comment, I posted annual breakdowns of the financial transactions. After that you never came back to the story, so your off – handed reference to it sounds disingenuous, to say the least.

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