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NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPUDIATION OF ANTHONY KANNEH AND SYNDICATES

Unity Party of Georgia, USA

 

 

The National Association of Members of the Unity Party in the Americas / Diaspora

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPUDIATION OF ANTHONY KANNEH AND SYNDICATES

April 11, 2015

It has come to the attention of members of the distinguished and esteemed Board of Directors of the National Association of Members of the Unity Party in the Americas and Members of the National Executive Committee of the mentioned supra, with utter dismay, the impersonation of impeached Acting National Chairman, Mr. Anthony Kanneh as Chairman of the National Association of Members of Unity Party in the Americas through unfounded and unauthorized circulations in national media outlets.

The Board of Directors, in collaboration with the National Executive Committee, wish to inform the reading public that Hon. Philip Jorgu, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Hon. Leo Mulbah, Secretary to the Board and all of its Members, enjoy overwhelming support and confidence of the Association since its establishment in accordance to the organic law as enshrined in Article VII Section B: Board of Directors:

i. In the absence of the National Convention, the Board of Directors shall be the highest decision-making body of the National Association and shall make decisions reserved for Convention. The Board shall be vested with legislative powers and shall have oversight responsibilities over the National Executive Committee of the Association;

ii. In the case of a vacancy involving a Regional Chapter representative, the Chairperson of the Board shall through the National Chairman inform the appropriate Chapter to fill the vacancy;

iii. The Board shall have the authority to impeach and remove from office elected officials of the National Association for cause and after due process;

iv. The Board shall approve election guidelines for the election of members of the Executive Committee;

v. The Board shall approve the annual budget of the National Association and direct all audits of officers and members entrusted with the finances of the National Association;

vi. The Board shall approve all contracts with financial obligation of more than $1000. It shall also ratify all agreements between the National Association and other parties;

vii. The Board shall meet in regular sessions at least every three (3) months. A simple majority shall constitute a quorum, and decisions shall be made in the form of a resolution. The Board may convene in the event of an emergency;

viii. During instances of misunderstanding arising from the interpretation or intent of the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association, the Board shall have the sole authority to intervene and make final determination;

ix. Only the National Convention may override the decision of the Board; and had demonstrated such authority in the adjudication of the following:

v Removing erstwhile National Chairman Samuel F. Gibson leadership due to administrative malpractices;

v The investigation and resolution of the alleged ‘diplomatic fraud’ representation of Liberia by Hon. Cheku Welwolo, Hon. Aaron Boyce, and Hon. William Kpedehyea to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as filed by then Acting Chairman Kanneh;

v The proceeding leading to the impeachment and removal of Acting Chairman Anthony Kanneh leadership for corruption and administrative ineptitude; and

v Had committed its perfunctory duty through supervision of funds disbursed to the Ruling Unity Party in Liberia as campaign contribution for the reelection of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2011 as fulfillment of ARTICLE II: PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES:

Section 1: The main objective of the formation of the National Association of Members of the Unity Party in the Americas/Diaspora, Inc. is to harness the necessary resources (Money, Finance, Logistics, Technology, Knowledge, and relevant manpower) to support the efforts of the Unity Party in Liberia to contest and win free and fair Elections in Liberia and to provide support for Liberia`s socio-economic and infrastructural development in every conceivable sector of national development;

Section 2: The National Association of Members of the Unity Party in the Americas/Diaspora, Inc. shall mobilize Liberians from all walks of life living and working in the Diaspora, specifically in the United States, to actively participate in the governance and democratic process of their country, Liberia, and to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of Liberia using the UNITY PARTY of Liberia as its main vehicle.

Please decipher this, how Mr. Kanneh and cohost who are masquerading as leaders of a de-facto arm of the National Association claim such when in fact, through the vested authority of this Board of Directors, under the leadership of Hon. Philip Jorgu and Leo Mulbah, after the removal of the Gibson’s Administration, inducted Mr. Anthony Kanneh as Acting Chairman who was later impeached for the following reasons:

WHEREAS, the National Board of Directors, after three weeks of careful deliberations finds actions on the part of Hon. Anthony Kanneh, inimical and counter- productive to the growth and development of

the National Association thereby further dampening Inter Regional Chapter Relationships in the diaspora; due to the gravity of this offence, the Board, in its sitting and judicious prudence, served a six months suspension on Hon. Anthony Kanneh as of November 11, 2013; and

WHEREAS, in complete disregard to the constitution and the decisions of the National Board of Directors; while serving suspension, Mr. Kanneh had engaged in the following actions:

• On November 26, 2013 served an expulsion letter from UP-USA ref. NAUP/USA/ANC/145 to Hon. Leo Mulbah, Secretary to the National Board of Directors , an elected official from Georgia Chapter;

• On November 26, 2013 served an expulsion letter from UP-USA ref. NAUP/USA/ANC/143 to Hon. Samuel E. Greaves, Chairman of Delaware Valley Chapter;

• On November 26, 2013 served an indefinite letter of suspension ref. NAUP/USA/ANC/144 to Hon. Arthur Quaye, Delaware Valley Chapter’s Board Representative;

• On November 26, 2013 served an indefinite letter of suspension ref. NAUP/USA/ANC/142 to Hon. Henry Y. Kessessly Sir, Chairman Minnesota Chapter;

• Led an array of delegation on February 1, 2014 to the funeral of partisan Hawa Kpakah and eulogized on behalf of UP-USA, sat up accounts, collected and disbursed funds to bereaved family on behalf of UP-USA;

In keeping with the configuration of the National Association, Mr. Kanneh continuous actions to expelled these elected officers without affording them due process stands in shape violation as enshrined in ARTICLE XIX REMOVAL OR DISMISSAL OF ELECTED OFFICIAL(s)

Only the Board shall preside over proceedings for impeachment or removal of elected officials. Any elected official may be removed from office by a two-third (2/3) vote of the Board members after being accorded due process as guaranteed by this Constitution.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Board of Directors, in its April 24, 2014 sitting unanimously VOTED TO IMPEACH and REMOVE Mr. Anthony Kanneh as Acting National Chairman of the National Executive Council of UPUSA. The decision is supported by enormous evidence of total disregard to the National Association and wanton violation of our constitution and professional code of ethics. It is by no means philosophical differences, rather the legal authority of this body in the absence of an annual convention. Therefore, the NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS deemed it illegal and unauthorized, thus anyone interacting with Mr. Anthony Kanneh as Chairman of the National Association of Members of Unity Party in the Americas will be doing so at his/ her own risk. Main while, Mr. Isaiah Teasley will serve as Acting Chairman for UP/USA to replace Mr. Kanneh and will have the legal authority to plan and effectively organize our next Annual Convention at which time a new set of leaders will be elected. We hope Mr. Kanneh could avoid any legal actions by the Board starting from the date this communication is published.

In furtherance of tranquility in diaspora Unity Party, we the undersigned have agreed to take the aforementioned action(s).

Philip Jorgu

Chairman

National Board of Directors

Isaiah Teasley

Attested By:

Samuel E. Greaves

Chairman, Delaware Valley Chapter

Ernest Johnson

Chairman, DC Metro Chapter

Africanus Nathan

Chairman, Florida Chapter

Wilson Lombeh

Chairman, Minnesota Chapter

CC Regional Chairs

UP/USA

CLLR. Varney Sherman

Chairman

Unity Party, Republic of Liberia

Hon. Jeremiah Solunteh

Liberian Ambassador

United States of America

General Secretary

Unity Party, Republic of Liberia

Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President of Liberia

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