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Liberia: Senate Says Darlington Karnley is Unfit to Head the Liberia Airport Authority


Monrovia — Darlington Karnley has been rejected by the Senate as Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority. Senate Committee on Transport said he is “unfit” for the job.

Karnley went to the confirmation with a baggage of criticisms on his academic credential and work experience. Upon his nomination, his credentials published on the President’s official website ran contrary to reality.

The Senate Transport Committee’s rejection of his nomination was based on his qualification and him being unsuitable for the position.

The Committee stated that Karnley is unfit to transform the Liberia Airport Authority which has been in dire straits.

Seventeen Senators voted in favor of his rejection while five abstained.

During his confirmation hearing last week, Senators Prince Moye, Edwin Snowe and Darius Dillon were blunt with Karnley that he wouldn’t have had their votes. They also called on him to seek the withdrawal of his nomination from the Office of the President.

Karnley was nominated by President Weah to head the Liberia Airport Authority at a time when the country’s only international airport has been faced with a litany of issues confronting its smooth operations and safety of travelers.

These challenges which range from electricity, and logistics to technical gaps have forced the airport to cease 24-hour operation and some flights had to revisit their schedules.

He was nominated by the President on May 4, 2022.