Accountant Richard De Allie has been relieved off his job at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).
Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Chairman of the Board of Directors, attorney-at-law, Dwight Horsford was given the green light by the political directorate to terminate De Allie.
The “dismissed” accountant is known to come from a family that is closely aligned to the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
According to a well-placed source, the Prime Minister took the position that no one including those who are even strong supporters of government would be allowed to tarnish the image of his three-year old regime.
Mitchell’s administration has been forced to abandon its campaign promises of job creation and instead impose severe austerity measures as part of a Structural Adjustment Programme in concert with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
De Allie landed the job at MBIA after a controversial stint at another state-run body, the Grenada National Lottery Authority (GNLA) where he served as an Accountant.
He left after reports surfaced about problems surrounding the payment of his salaries.
His stint at MBIA also saw him quickly run into problems with former Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Joan Gilbert over his work performance.
Gilbert is known to have confided in several close aides that De Allie was spending more time off the job than doing the work that he was hired to do at the airport.
She also pointed an accusing finger at De Allie for many of the alleged flaws within the Accounting Section of the airport body.
Sources at MBIA told this newspaper that Gilbert often complained at board meetings that most of the work within the Accounting Department was being handled by a Junior employee and not De Allie himself.
A source pointed out to this newspaper that there were many errors of a financial nature in reports sent before the board for consideration.
Thee were also reports that these constant errors coming from the Accounting Department affected the airport’s ability to submit its annual report to Parliament in keeping with the laws of Grenada.
Speculation is rife that MBIA failed to present to Parliament an annual report for 2013.
A local accounting firm headed by Rupert Agostini, which was contracted to handle the annual report of MBIA, was reportedly handicapped by the absence of critical and relevant information from the De Allie-led Accounting Department at the airport.
Sources told THE NEW TODAY that the NNP Political Directorate took the decision to ease out De Allie from the post of Accountant at MBIA over a period of time.