Bong County embattled Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy has launched a stinging attack on local journalists in central Liberia for reporting ills in her administration.
Bong County Superintendent Selana Polson Mappy described journalists in Bong County as ‘join-the-list’ who are irresponsible and reckless.
The Bong County Superintendent comments were made Monday during the ELBC Morning Show Monday when she was asked to explain in depth how US$250,000 was expended out of the County Social Development Fund.
Superintendent Mappy’s description comes as a result of continuous media reports on the usage of the money especially during period Ebola struck the country.
Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia Regional Office for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties has condemned the the Superintendent’s statement further disrespected media practitioners in the county including the PUL terming them as “counterfeit reporters”.
Responding to the statement from the Bong Superintendent in at a quick press conference minutes following her comments, PUL Regional Coordinator and Editor In-Chief of Radio Gbarnga P. Clarence Jackson expressed remorse in the Superintendent’s statement.
Mr. Jackson said the elementary act exhibited by Madam Mappy would not divert the ethical workings of the media in Bong County from leaking facts concerning the resources of the citizens.
The PUL regional head noted as the media continues to be known for professional journalism practices across the country and beyond, it would not relax in investigating the untold issues of the people’s interest.
At the same time as the heat continues to smoke the eyes of Superintendent Mappy and her allies, she has been seriously accused of grossly violating the Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concession Commission`s guidelines.
Evidence to the April 19, 2015 County Council Development sitting, the Beam Enterprise in Gbarnga, a private business entity allegedly owned by Superintendent Mappy, was hired to provide feeding for the delegates, observers and local authorities.
Many Bong County citizens are of the opinion that Superintendent Mappy allegedly awarding catering contract to her own entity fuels a conflict of interest as the Liberia’s PPCC procedure states.
It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on July 8, 2013 sacked Auditor General Robert Kilby for a US$220,000 contractual agreement between the GSA and his private accounting firm to conduct asset and fleet management, tracking and reporting system at the GSA in violation of public procurement laws of the country.
Superintendent Mappy for the last two weeks has been criticized for for failing to realistically account for US$250,000.
Based on persistent calls on Super Bongese Radio and Radio Gbarnga in Bong County, the tense atmosphere created by callers led the Vice Jury of the President to term all journalists in county as people who ‘joined-the-list and are irresponsible and reckless.