20 February 2013

Liberia: President's Feet Toasted - Up Partisans Emit Anger Over Unfulfilled Promises - Detest Labiality On Corruption

The feet of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have been toasted to the heat of a blazing fire for what youthful partisans of the Unity Party, who are now whooping with anger, termed her laid-back approach to promises she made, not only to the party but the nation as a whole, among them the issue of corruption.

All seems not to be going in the direction of the president as she continues to come under volleys of criticisms and other forms of opposition for allegedly not exerting enormously tangible efforts to deliver on the avowals she committed herself to.

Opposition political leaders and civil society actors have taken the president and the government to task on many occasions for the rather lukewarm approach to fighting corruption and addressing other constitutional issues which according to them threaten the "renewal" process. Partisans of the UP of which the president is the first partisan and standard-bearer have joined the fray of contention and disenchantment, calling their leader to attention and claiming that the party is being excluded from the function of the government.

Addressing a news conference Monday, the party's Montserrado County Youth Congress through its Secretary-General Henry D.Z. Yanquoi said the current structure of the government, particularly the executive branch, does not enjoy the endorsement of the party leadership.

'For us, this action does not only strongly undermine and contradict Article 17 of the party's constitution, but further threatens Madam Sirleaf's much anticipated reconciliation drive which again in our mind is plaster with a huge level of insincerity and dishonesty," the Youth Congress Secretary General noted.

He accused the President of not only ignoring the doctrine of the party but the entire youth, especially women.

He noted that about 95% of the current structure of the 15 counties leadership is without women, something according to him is a recipe for serious political disfiguration.

In an emotionally charged tone, the Montserrado County Youth Congress Secretary General said no one should think that individuals will come from above to implement the party's platform better than the partisans.

"We are strongly convinced that there is no group of individuals in the world that can implement the party platform better than the partisans," he said.

"We are requesting a speedy rethought form our first partisan so as to safeguard the integrity and better future political space for the Unity Party."

They claimed that little has been done by the President since the berth of the New Year, making particular reference to the job creation strategy of the government.

"We are encouraging the President of Liberia to attach sincerity and commitment to this drive if she must succeed," Yanquoi noted, saying "the President continues to ignore party-government leadership as evident by exclusion of the youth wand women wings of the party."

The new Unity party is made up of the old Unity Party-Edward Beyan Kessely, founding father, the admired Liberia Action Party (LAP) of Jackson Fiah Doe and the Liberia Unification Party (LUP) of Gabriel Kpolleh.

In the same vein, the party's Montserrado County Youth Congress has detested the labilatiy being employed by their political leader in the fight against corruption, which she vowed to make "public enemy number one."

The fight against corruption, they claimed, is paramount to the party and remains an integral ingredient of its platform.

As it stands, the youth congress of the party is of the conviction that the fight against corruption remains a mere paper tiger rather than an achievable reality.

Secretary Henry. Yanquoi flanked by district youth chairmen also perforated the president's recent annual message as not being one of sincerity.

"President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's recent annual message became extremely insensitive to domestic political and economic realities by refusing to address the oil and gas sector of the country was totally disgusting," he said.


"The UP-led government stance on corruption, though paramount to the party's platform, remains a mere paper tiger rather than an achievable reality."

He said the President's refusal to comment on the oil and gas sector is a form of corruption, adding "To combat such menace, it is important that the party takes charge."

In order to maintain the integrity of the government, he people should be prosecuted, noting "latest statistics shows that corrupt officials both from the counties and central government are still being recycled in the system."

He made mention of Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell, former Grand Bassa County Superintendent and now Minister of Gender and Development who he claimed went with impunity having been linked to the misappropriation of funds the GAC.

"The President's failure to address this critical segment of the republic during her appearance at the National Legislature can be only describe as a complete disservice to the Liberian people and a breeding space for corruption," the youth congress Secretary General asserted.

However, he said the group was committed to constructively engaging the government.

He also expressed dissatisfaction over the dual role being played by Mr. Robert Sirleaf, as Senior Advisor to the President and Board chairman of NOCAL.

"The government was created by the UP but its structure and the manner in which people are appointed is far from our established platform", Mr. Yanquoi added.

He maintained that one cannot have a government where the party officials and even the youth chairmen are all crying for jobs especially when they are the people that have admiration for the party.

"There is a gap because what is being done does not resemble that of the party's platform and the party that produce the government is not in charge", he said.

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