Two junior staff members of the Ministry of Youth and Sports may be suspended for alleged ‘insubordination’ the Daily Observer, has reliably learnt.
Mr. Kelvin Sebwe, Technical Director for sports and J. Bryant McGill, the Chief of Office Staff to Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., may face suspension for publicly refusing to carry out a directive from Assistant Minister Murvee Gray, who served as chairman at the just ended 2016 Intra-Governmental Tourney.
For his part, Mr. Bryant may be suspended for “speaking loudly or argumentatively
to the Assistant Minister” which suggested verbal intimidation, a source at the MYs indicated.
Both incidents occurred on Friday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium before and after the football grand finals between LBS/MICAT Falcons and the Ministry of State.
“This could be the first time for the duo to be suspended, if it happens,” a source said.
Witnesses told the Daily Observer that Mr. Sebwe, who is also the deputy head coach of the national football team and a coach-player of the Ministry’s football team, said he deliberately refused to handover the player’s dressing room key to allow LBS/MICAT Falcons team, led by Minister Eugene Nagbe, to change their clothes.
Witnesses indicated that Sebwe refused to give the key, arguing that their “clothes and things” were safe keeping; but would only hand over the key after their game with Justice Ministry, which they bowed 1-2.
“After complaining to Deputy Minister Yonton and other staff, Kelvin finally handed over the key unwillingly,” the source said.
“The refusal to give the key to allow Min. Nagbe to change is political, and we don’t want to go in details but it started when Min. Nagbe served as the Minister of Youth and Sports,” the source added.
For Bryant he came in the fray when he said his wrist watch got missing and he accused the Assistant Minister for being responsible because of “opening the dressing from” where their things were kept.
“Though Asst. Min. Gray accepted the responsibility to pay, but Bryant’s words were harsh,” the source said.
Witnesses further said Deputy Minister Yonton was too furious against Bryant, because of his utterance and “promised to suspend him.”
“We won’t condone insubordination,” the source quoted Min. Yonton.
When contacted Asst. Minister Gray affirmed the insubordination against him, but said a complaint has been filed to the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
For his part, Deputy Minister Yonton also affirmed being aware of the insubordination, but would not comment further.
Sebwe and Bryant also when contacted decided not to comment on the allegation.