Bong: Protest at CARI Over Reinstatement of David Tokpa

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By Loveetee Waynawhere and Nuwo David (Intern)
Some aggrieved staffers at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Bong County on Wednesday staged a protest demanding the dismissal of David P. Tokpa as Director of Programs following his reinstatement.
Mr. Tokpah was earlier dismissed after admitting in leaked audio to looting the institution along with his boss Pauletta Findley.

The aggrieved workers believe that Mr. Tokpah does not have a good plan for the institution and should be dismissed because he has brought the institution to “public disrepute.”

But Tokpah said he cannot be accused or judged because he has not committed the crime of looting the institution.  He added that the audio can not be used against him in court because it is not permissible according to the law. “Audios are not used in any legal institution, they are just to entertain people. In and out of Liberia,  audio recordings can not be used in legal proceedings,” he said.

Tokpa said the protesters need to channel their grievance through legal means, and he is prepared to defend himself at any legal proceeding.

“If anyone doesn’t want to see me in the institution you better start resigning but as far as I concerned, David remains in the entity legally.”
Since the appointment of madam Paulette Findley as head of the entity in July 2019, there has been a series of corruption allegations at the institution.