6 May 2013

Liberia: Blamo Nelson Fired - Morris Dukuly Back, New Appointments in Liberia Government

Mr. Morris Dukuly's seven-year hiatus from public service is over. The former Liberia Minister of State for President Affairs who was forced to step down in the aftermath of a fire incident which blazed the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion heralded a list of new appointments in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's government Monday.

Mr. Dukuly was named Minister of Internal Affairs replacing Blamo Nelson who has apparently been dismissed. No further explanation was given in an executive mansion statement released late Monday local time.

Dukuly, a key figure in Sirleaf's 2005 presidentia.l campaign took responsibility for the a 2006 fire incident which dampened Sirleaf's inauguration The blaze broke out as a meeting of regional leaders was about to begin, during independence day celebrations.

At the time, Sirleaf declared that she respected Mr Dukuly's resignation because "when there is some failure, someone takes responsibility." Sirleaf was hosting the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone when the fire broke out on Wednesday, but all escaped unharmed.

The fire gutted the entire fourth floor of the mansion - where Sirleaf's offices were located - just hours after the president had turned on the first generator-powered street lights for 15 years in the capital city, ruined by the brutal 14-year civil war that ended in 2003.

The President never returned to the mansion and has been using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as her office.

Monday's appointments also marked the return of Francis Carbah, who was let go from the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation(NAASCORP) recently amid a cloud of allegations regarding campaign funds.

Also appointed Monday was Cllr. Juah Lawson, President of the Grand Bassa County Local Bar Association a lawyer at the Wright, Jangaba and Associates Law firm and an Associate Professor at the Lewis Arthur Grimes School of Law was named Minister of Labor, replacing Vabah Gayflor.

Lawson has also worked as a training Officer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia and as an Assistant Legal Aid Officer at Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC).

Also appointed is Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, former head of the National Elections Commission who was named Administrator of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Nelson had earlier rejected a demotion from Acting Chair of the NEC to commissioner and was a no-show at the commissioning ceremony of newly-appointed NEC commissioners.

The full appointments are as follows:

Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly, Minister; Ministry of Labor, Cllr. Juah Lawson, Minister; Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr. Elizabeth B. Nelson, Court Administrator; National Elections Commission: Cllr. Jeannette Ebba-Davidson, Commissioner, Ms. Davidetta Brown Lasanah, Commissioner; National AIDS Commission: Dr. Wilfred Sei Boayue, Commissioner

Public Procurement and Concessions Commission: Dr. Charles Collins, Commissioner (reappointed); Mrs. Esther W. Paegar, Commissioner (reappointed);Mr. Timothy E. Thomas, Commissioner (reappointed); Independent Human Rights Commission: Mr. James N. Verdier, Jr., Chairman

National Social Security & Welfare Corporation: Ms. Miata Beysolow, Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Housing Authority: Mr. Francis Carbah, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Liberia Telecommunications Corporation: Mr. Francis Chuchu Horton, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Liberia Electricity Corporation, Mr. David Fromayan Beyan, Member of the Board of Director; Ministry of National Defense: Ms. Victoria K. Sawyer, Assistant Minister, Planning, Policy and Operations; Col. Daniel K. Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia; Ministry of Education; Mr. Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, Assistant Minister, Teachers' Education; Mr. T. Wilson Gaye , Assistant Minister, Student Personnel Services; Ministry of Public Works: Mr. Jackson J. Paye, Assistant Minister, Feeder Roads; Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy: Mr. Samuel J. Summerville, Assistant Minister, Planning & Human Resource Dev.; National Bureau of Veteran Affairs: Rtd. Col. Aaron T. Johnson -Deputy Director for Administration; Rtd. Col. James T. Sammy, Asst. Director for Veteran Affairs; Rtd. Maj. Fred I. Sumo, Asst. Director for Administration; Rtd. Maj. Ophelia Hinneh, Asst. Director for Women and Children; Rtd. Maj. Brown Pajibo, County/Regional Coordinator

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