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Resign now, President Sirleaf! You have no credibility

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh                              Ellen

 

Now that President Sirleaf’s chosen auditor general, Robert Kirby, is reportedly out of a job in Liberia (for now, because those fired are often recycled like aluminum cans to another government posts as if they did nothing wrong in the first place), it is time for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to also resign the Liberian presidency to save the republic.

The reason: She’s not credible and does not have the confidence of the Liberian people, period!

The time to intellectualize about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration is over; so let’s spare the Liberian people headaches and pains by asking Ellen to resign.

It is a waste of time to even argue for this president not to resign, because we’ve done all that in the last seven years. Yet, corruption is out of control, and finding the psychological reasons why some people steal and why others gave their time and their entire life helping others without taking a dime from them, should be left to the experts.

Whether is it just greed or simply a desire to steal from the poor in a country that have little to offer its citizens, it is abundantly obvious that Liberian politicians have made things extremely difficult for all when they put their selfish interest over the people’s interest.

However, what are we to gain with the continuation of a corrupt, insensitive, arrogant, disconnected and leaderless administration that travels a lot globally, that callously change the definition of the word (nepotism) to suit her blind and selfish family objectives, and cares very little about the Liberian people whom she took to hell and continue to take to hell throughout her presidency?

What are we to gain from a president who failed to create jobs in seven years as unemployment reaches 80 percent? What are we to gain from a president who manipulates the judiciary and the elections law of the country, by appointing members of the National Elections Commission? What are we to gain from a president who sells rural lands and the nation’s natural resources to the highest international bidder?

Where’s accountability, Liberians? Where’s legislative oversight?

The time now is to get rid of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the spineless legislative rogues across from the Executive Mansion non-violently, for stealing from the coffers of the Republic of Liberia, and for failing to legislate.

The truth is, corruption is out of control in the Sirleaf administration; and firing Robert Kirby alone cannot and will not solve Liberia’s chronic corruption problem.

President Sirleaf is well known for paying lip service to corruption, which is evident when she appointed her meaningless anti-corruption task force.

However, corruption is rampant and cannot be eradicated or controlled when existing anti-corruption laws are not enforced to discourage future copycats from prying on the Liberian people.

To curb corruption to the minimum, at least:

Homes and stolen funds in local and overseas bank accounts should be seized across the board; and the president shouldn’t pick and choose which criminal to prosecute based on her preference. If the perpetrators of the criminal acts can be located in a foreign land, the individual should be extradited to Liberia for prosecution.

The Minister of Justice is not and shouldn’t be a token appointee of the President of Liberia, and must be empowered and supported by the president to carry out the law of the land. However, the Ministry of Justice and its Criminal Investigation Division (CID) must be trained and funded to seriously combat corruption.

The legislative branch of government, which has been a major embarrassment, has to get out of the President’s pocketbook. Their failure to be honest professionals and independent partners in governance is a threat to the nation’s national security. Some of these individuals, many of whom are former warlords, are not competent to even watch a neighbor’s dog; let alone be legislators.

In seven years since she ascended to the Liberian presidency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s greatest accomplishment has been charges of corruption and the lack of transparency and accountability either against herself, her children, some in her cabinet, and also in the legislative branch.

And when charges of corruption are brought against her and others in her administration, the most Liberians has gotten out of this lady is naked arrogance and a display of prolonged reticence, as if the Liberian people works for her instead of the other way around.

In 2009, her son, Charles Sirleaf, who works at the Central Bank, was reportedly involved in an alleged forgery saga involving another employee, after $1.1 million was transferred from the government-owned Central Bank to an Eco Bank account. According to reports, Madame Sirleaf’s signature was forged to transfer the stolen funds. What became of that case is anyone’s guess.

During the early part of 2013, some employees at the international airport diverted $300,000 intended for the renovation of Roberts International Airport (RIA). What became of the case is anyone’s guess.

The newest revelation is the disappearance of $13.5 million from the European Union intended for the health ministry to combat maternity mortality and morbidity, which has not been accounted for.

As usual, the Sirleaf administration is silent about the whereabout of this money. As things are now, the blame game goes on between various individuals in her administration.

This President cares very little about public opinion.

With Liberia coming out of a prolonged civil war and the Liberian people trying very hard to get their lives together, the overwhelming consensus is that the Liberian people don’t have the appetite for another civil war that will destabilize their lives.

That alone has gotten some Liberians in the political advocacy community to walk carefully in their demands for jobs and better wages, accountability, transparency, good governance in general, and the resignation of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration so far has failed terribly to meet the various marks.

The question now is how long can the Liberian people wait for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to show leadership and make living conditions better for the average Liberian? How long can the Liberian people keep Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as their President? It is time for her to resign. Now is the time!

 

 

 

 

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