The Inquirer (Monrovia)

26 November 2012

Liberia: Gongloe Threatens Impeachment Against Ellen, If...

Former Solicitor General under the regime of President Sirleaf, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe has with immediate effect called upon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to resign as President and allow Vice President Joseph Boakai carry on the function of the state until the next Presidential and General Elections.

Cllr. Gongloe also a former Labor Minister during the first term of President Sirleaf said if the President does not resign; he will call on the National Legislature to impeach her in the supreme interest of the people.

Delivering his keynote message at the 42nd anniversary of the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) on the main campus of the University of Liberia on Friday, November 25, 2012, Cllr. Gongloe told the students that President Sirleaf's appointment of her sons to positions in government and that she will not fire her sons is in clear violation of Article 5(C) of the constitution and therefore a violation of her oath of office as President of Liberia.

Article 5 (C) of the Constitution states; that the Republic shall take steps, by appropriate legislation and executive orders to eliminate sectionalism and tribalism, and such abuses of power as the misuse of government resources, nepotism and all other corrupt practices.

Speaking on the theme: "Nepotism was wrong yesterday and is wrong today", Cllr. Gongloe said except for monarchies, like kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere especially in democratic countries like Liberia and is also an abuse of power.

Explaining further what nepotism does, the former Solicitor General and Labor Minister pointed out that Nepotism provides a situation where the best jobs in the country are occupied by relatives of public officials and deprive better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment.

Cllr. Gongloe told the students that a nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. He said in an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop.

Commenting further, Cllr. Gongloe reminded the students that Liberia is a democratic state and as such it is the will of the people that must prevail at all times and not the wishes of an individual. He said the happiness and safety of the people require that the President respects the law against nepotism by immediately removing her sons from political positions or resign from her post as President.

Cllr. Gongloe said he sees the President's resignation as the only way to keep Liberia peaceful until the next General and Presidential Elections. He added that Liberians are becoming increasingly unhappy about the President's blatant disregard for the constitution and as such the longer she stays in power the angrier the people will become.

Cllr. Gongloe, also a human right activist used the occasion to call on the international community who's human and material resources helped Liberians to find peace to seriously re-examine its position on President Sirleaf in light of the risk that she presents by her blatant violation of the Constitution of Liberia with impunity.

"Under Presidents Tubman and Tolbert, the last True Whig Party standard bearers; nepotism was the order of the day. The Liberian people including our current President were very critical of those Presidents. But Nepotism was not prohibited by law. It was only morally wrong. Therefore, it was left to the discretion of those leaders to depart from the practice. They did not and the critics could do nothing. Perhaps, that was one of the reasons for the military coup of 1980. In order to prevent future leaders of Liberia from practicing nepotism, we the Liberian people decided to provide a prohibition in the 1986 constitution, the highest law of our land to serve as a deterrent".

When this reporter contacted the Executive Mansion yesterday via mobile phone to comment on the statement of Cllr. Gongloe, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah told the INQUIRER that he prefers listening to Cllr. Gongloe before making any comment.

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