The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: It Was Based On Gossips and Lies

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and now Montserrado County District # 6 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe has expressed regrets insinuating that he and other lawmakers recently reported to be at loggerheads with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the National Oil Company of Liberia.

It may be recalled on October 30, 2012; Rep. Snowe indicted the first family at a news conference at the Capitol Building calling on the resignation of President Sirleaf's son, Mr. Robert Sirleaf as head of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).

Snowe's regret comes few days after House Speaker Alex Tyler and President Sirleaf met as a sign of reconciliation to cover their split. Last Saturday both Speaker Tyler and President Sirleaf spoke about unity and reconciliation and how it was important to unite for a successful independence anniversary next year July 26, 2013.

Speaking at the induction ceremony of the workers union at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, Rep. Snowe told the audience that from experience, most of the happenings that led to what the President calls family fuss were based on gossips and lies.

"Few weeks ago you are aware of a major situation between the Executive and Legislative branches of government and I can hold this microphone today and say to you from experience that most of the things that led to what the President calls family fuss were based on gossips and lies and so when we realize it we felt it was unwarranted," Snowe stated.

The Montserrado County lawmaker intoned that one of the lessons learnt as they begin to put their broken pieces together is that they will not run the government anymore in the media but will hold consultations. He said there are people in this country that live on lies and they come to you with these lies only to get money.

"People in this country lie; people who live on lies will come to you and lie to you and the lies will be per the size of your pocket and if you have deep pocket and give them more money they will lie more; if you don't give them money they will not lie. Had we not listened to some of the lies maybe some of the press conferences we thought were in the interest of the country wouldn't have been held," Rep. Snowe indicated.

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