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LTA Breached Labor Law? …As Zackpah Dismisses Employee On Party’s Mandate

A staff of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has alarmed that he was wrongfully dismissed by the management of the LTA for refusing to support the former ruling party during the 2023 presidential elections.
Nicholas A. Dennis, who was hired by the LTA as Information Officer, claims he was terminated based on the direct instructions of the Chairperson of LTA, Edwina Crump Zackpah, who accused him of being a partisan of the Unity Party.
His dismissal took place after the first round of the 2023 presidential election, when the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) sought support for its re-election.
Dennis was recruited in late May 2023 after exhausting all human resource procedures at the LTA, and according to him, he served his three-month probation period from June to August, 2023.
He narrated that Madam Zackpah became uncomfortable with him staying at the LTA based on his refusal to support the CDC, on grounds that he refused to attend the party’s political rallies on the order of Madam Zackpah, and if he and other employees of LTA were forced to attend on strict instruction of Chair Zackpah, who is now repositioning herself with the Unity Party since the inception of the new administration, he refused to wear the party’s regalia or symbols.
“My dismissal is a witch-hunt and was characterized by conflict of interest due to the fact that my performance was appraised by a single person who served as the Rater and Reviewer of my performance at the same time,” Dennis said.
Dennis claims that Madam Zackpah “planted people on him” to monitor his movements and activities on Facebook and other social media accounts, in order to find anything relating to his support for Unity Party that could be used as a basis to dismiss him.
“I was cautioned by my colleagues whom she instructed to constantly monitor my activities and to find anything that she could use to have me dismissed. Because that didn’t work, Madam Zackpah, with the help of her confidant, Kpanah V. Sao, an employee of LTA, conspired and accused me of soliciting funds on behalf of Unity Party. They claimed that they had video to such effect. In fact, a day to my dismissal, I was called by an anonymous individual who told me that Zackpah had confided in them that she was going to have me fired the next day, (October 16,2023) because I am a Unity Party Partisan. I can prove it,” he stated.
Dennis has since sought legal redress on the matter, prompting his lawyers, represented by Abrahim Silas, to hold several conferences with the management of LTA.
Although the management of LTA, represented by its legal team, has committed in principle with the former staff’s legal counsel in amicably settling the issue without further legal action, LTA has not made good its promise.
According to an official communication sent to the management of LTA, dated October 24, 2023, by Dennis’ lawyers, the LTA violated Section 13.1 (C) of the Decent Work Act.
The letter reads: “We…, are legal counsel for Mr. Nicholas A. Dennis (“Client”), who have informed us that he was employed by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (“LTA”) effective June 1, 2023 and placed on probation for a period of three months, which ended on August 31,2023. Thereafter, his employment was retained up to and including October 16,2023 when he received a letter of termination indicating that his performance evaluation during the probation period shows that his performance did not meet LTA’s expectations.
Section 13.1(c) of the Decent Work Act,2015 (the “DWA”) provides that it shall not be more than three months. Therefore, the evaluation of our client’s performance after the expiration of the probationary period and the asserted basis for the termination of his employment is, in our view, deemed unlawful and an act of wrongful dismissal or unfair labor practice under Liberian Law.”
He was dismissed on October 16, 2023 by Zackpah, for what she termed as “unsatisfactory performance” on the job, a claim Dennis refutes, asserting that his track record and performance on the job were exemplary.
Dennis is a very experienced media practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Prior to taking the job at LTA, he served as manager for the Voice of Firestone — a radio station owned by the Firestone rubber company in Margibi County.

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