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As many of you are aware of Mr. Garvyn Cole’s predicament, a dear sister friend and I looked into his situation and reached out to him. He was very respectful and humbled during our conversation. Therefore, we decided to set up a Gofundme to help him during this trying times. If you’ve ever lost a job, you know exactly what that feels like. Finding job in Sierra Leone is not easy. We are kindly asking you to dip your hands into your pockets and give what ever little you can to help him out until he finds something bigger than what he lost. God will richly reward you and your family. 100% of all proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Garvyn Cole. No amount is too small. Any amount from any part of the world will be greatly appreciated. God Bless You All.
Below is a copy of Mr. Garvyn Cole’s Story.
*GARVYN COLE WRITES*
*Following my sacking by the CEO of UTB this morning, I have seen several views on social media on the issue and to my surprise, some people are even justifying my sacking by saying that my exchanges with the First Lady were political and violated the Bank's policy. In light of such misconceptions, I find it necessary to make the following clarification.*
Firstly, I want to make it very clear that I did not contravene any of the Bank's policy or code of ethics by my social media engagement with the First Lady. The exchanges with the First Lady were not insulting or disrespectful and did not even take place on her Facebook page. I engaged her on an issue of accountability which being a tax paying citizen, I believe I am entitled to. None of my messages had anything to do with politics or campaigning or political party etc. It is very sad that it's only in Sierra Leone that people view accountability issues as political, just because it had to do with a political figure. I challenge anyone to show me which bank policy I violated. The quoted Article 24 of our staff handbook merely provides for 1 month notice.
I am extremely distressed that after diligently serving the bank for 6 years the CEO of the bank treated me like thrash and terminated my services without even affording me the dignity of an opportunity to be heard. But what is most shocking is the fact that he called me into his office this morning and this is what transpired:
MD: Na u dae argue with First Lady eh...
Me: Please mek ar explain Sir
MD: No need...Ar don see say me en u nor dae see wan sai pa political views, so you nor go continue for woke for me...you can leave my office now...
The MD has done his own but this is not the end of my life. I am a qualified young man and have my life ahead of me, I won't eat grass. I know he took that decision to use me as a scapegoat for his political interest. I have my political views but don't let it interfere with my work ethics. I also know I have a right to freely express myself on national issues bordering on accountability, transparency and good governance and that is very different from politics. I feel victimized but as a young man, I don't have what it takes to fight him in court,
as a God-fearing person, I leave my case to God, let God be the judge between us.
Thanks to all those who have shown solidarity to me at this point in time. I appreciate you all. To those who think that what has happened to me is okay, I leave you to your conscience and God....
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