As legal proceedings continue in the High court involving the former Ombudsman, Francis Gabbidon, the Head of Operations of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust Victoria A. Mansaray yesterday testified that NASSIT did not receive records from the former Ombudsman.
She told the court of some of the difficulties and uncooperative attitude her office encountered with the Ombudsman’s office in relation with up dating their records. The Head of Operations further testified that since 2002 unto 2007, records concerning the Operations of the Ombudsman’s office were not submitted to them and that the offices’ inability to supply them with accurate information hampered their work very seriously. She told the court that she could not recall whether the Ombudsman’s office had ever submitted names of employees let alone any authentic document pertaining to true existence of such employees in his office. Responding, the former Ombudsman strongly argued that he believed contributions concerning his staff were regularly paid raising concern that it will take time for the public to see for themselves when things start to unfold.
So far, Presiding Judge, Mary Sey had demanded from the accused to present his defence team to the court as the court is now ready to take up important issues concerning his case. Thus, Gabbidon had asked for two more days to be given to him so that he could raise some issues of jurisdictions which will be presented to the court in skeletal form as against January 22nd, when the matter will be heard again.