The National Civil Society Network of Liberia (NCSNL) has condemned the publication of the image of Mr. Dewitt vonBallmoos, Director General of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) among former and current government officials requested to restitute stolen state funds or face prosecution.
A local daily, on Thursday, June 20, 2019 edition published the photographs of several former and current government officials that are either indicted or to be indicted by the Ministry of Justice based on purported audit by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
The paper included in its publication the photo of Mr. vonBallmoos with no mention of his involvement in any corruption or indictment in any audit report; something the civil society group described as recklessly damaging and unacceptable.
NCSNL, in a release issued Wednesday in Monrovia, termed the action by the newspaper as an “unwarranted injury” that must be corrected with an erratum followed by a sincere apology.
The group said anyone or group of people wanting to link Mr. vonBallmoos to corruption must look elsewhere because the man in question has proven to be one of the transparent and reliable public servants Liberia has ever seen.
The civil society group said it is seriously taken aback by the newspaper publication and the fruitless efforts of some evil elements to draw Mr. vonBallmoos into the circle of corruption.
NCSNL noted that never has the social security program in Liberia been so transformed and beneficial since its establishment in 1975, as under the vibrant leadership of Dewitt vonBallmoos.
Mr. vonBallmoos who served as deputy director general of the agency before been promoted to the director general position, has stimulated NASSCORP to another level, putting the public agency on par with others on the African continent and beyond.
The civil society group wishes to educate those bent on the smear campaign against Mr. vonBallmoos that the NASSCORP Director General is a progressive public servant who is not interested in cheap politics but rather focused on service delivery.
The National Civil Society Network of Liberia has meanwhile called on the paper to retract its publication and render a written apology to Mr. vonBamoos and have same published in order to set the record straight.
NCSNL has at the same time blasted those spreading rumors that the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation, under the watch of Mr. Dewitt vonBallmoos, has depleted its account at the detriment of pensioners and the state.
The group said its investigation has proved that the corporation is in good financial standing contrary to reports that President George Weah has diminished the coffers of the Corporation.
The civil society organization said it agrees with Deputy Director General, Mr. Nya Twayen, that the allegations are only intended to injure the integrity of managers of the institution.
It can be recalled that some evil political elements, in 2017, alleged that NASSCORP was giving L$9 million to CDC every month.
These allegations turned out to be blatant lies only intended to distract and disturb the progress being made by the current management in all aspects of the corporation’s operations.