The Informer (Monrovia)

27 January 2011

Liberia: I Declare My Support for President Sirleaf Says Int'l Humanitarian Michael Mueller

Michael Walter Mueller, an international business magnate, banker and humanitarian has declared his support for the second term bid of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and called on all Liberians to do same.

The founder of the Mike Muller Charities said President Sirleaf has run Liberia very well during the last six years, bringing about indelible transformation and should be given the second chance to continue and build upon what she had initiated.

"Liberia is at the crossroads...we are going towards the 2011 elections...and from the international business perspective, I believe in continuity and consistency and I declare my support for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf here today," Mr. Mueller told a press in Monrovia Wednesday, at which time he also pledged his weight behind Mr. James Rogers, who is also aspiring for Nimba County District #7 representative slot.

Mr. Mueller said the two individuals were the best choice for the people, based on their personalities and characters, and voters should not make mistake failing to elect them.

He said he was in the country to register to vote and to encourage the young people in particular the register and exercise their democratic franchise in this year's elections.

Mr. Mueller of a Swiss father and a Liberian mother was born in Liberia and has a very broad and rich career in the financial world, having work in several Swiss and other banking and financial institutions globally.

He has undertaken a noble objective in pursuit of a humanitarian and philanthropic agenda by setting up the Mike Mueller Foundation.

His Foundation has contributed to the rebuilding process of Liberia including the donation of an ambulance to the country's referral hospital, John F. Kennedy, as well as economically empowering women in Liberia including Nimba and other counties.

Mr. Mueller said President Sirleaf has been able to woo international good will and investments in the country that need to be protected until they are deeply seated.

Any change in administration right now will affect the development of Liberia because investors and other international partners will have to hold back for a while before continuing with what they have planned to do, the humanitarian said.

"...Liberia needs more money to continue to develop. The international community and investors give money to people who they trust, if there is a change in administration, international investors will sit back and watch..." he argued.

"Don't be blind fooled by the many aspirants who come and who are coming with all kinds of talks....Let me make it clear, Madam Sirleaf must continue to convince international investors and governments to support the rebuilding of this country," he asserted.

Mr. Mueller argued that the government in power guarantees investments because it is already trusted, and it would take longer time for them to trust another government that comes to power.

Touching on the representative aspirant, Mr. Mueller said Mr. Rogers would get his full support to capture the District #7 seat of Nimba in the 53rd National Legislature. He said he was supporting Mr. Rogers, his friend, because the aspirant has been working for his people even while he is not in power.

He said aspirant Rogers, under the banner of 'Friends of Rogers', along with the Mike Mueller Foundation, has been working in Tapita District to empower women in several ways, and this would continue.

As a way of encouraging young people to participate in the registration and voting process, Mr. Mueller said he and Rogers are organizing a sports tournament ion Tapita at which a FIFA agent will be present to scout out the best player that will be supported abroad to play professional football.

Aspirant Rogers for his part said, after losing the race in 2005, he was in a comfortable position to win six years later. He said the current representative has failed the people, and it is now his time to give the people what they need.

"After six years nothing has been done, so in need to rise up and help my people," he declared; writes D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh.

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