11 July 2013

Liberia: Ex-LURD Leader Disappointed in Ellen, Senate, Backs CBL Governor in Loan Saga

The leader of the defunct warring faction, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) has expressed disappointment over the Liberian Senate's decision to criticize the governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mill Jones' decision to give out loans to Liberians.

Sekou Damate Konneh says the Senate should have encouraged Dr. Jones to give out more loans to the Liberian people as long as there is money in the bank, because: "The masses are suffering; no jobs; people crying more than I do."

Konneh then indicated that he forever regrets supporting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's second term bid because, according to him, the intention for which he supported her was to see to it that the citizens' welfare were attended to, something she has massively failed to do: "Every time you hear people wanting to demonstrate-it is because the people are suffering-no job, they are frustrated."

He said the House of representative's decision to question Governor Jones added fuel to the frustration of the Liberian populace.

Said Konneh: "The house should have encouraged Governor Jones to give people money based on district level, not to question the man as there are not adequate jobs for people to do. So loans could help Liberians (to) establish or improve their own businesses; the government needs to create lots of job to empower them. The masses are suffering and I am not happy about that-Liberian people are crying more than me."

The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac recently rained praises on Governor Jones for stimulating the Liberian economy and empowering indigenous businesses while others are highly politicizing the loan scheme as being to the advantage of his own selfish political interest.

Many Liberians from a political point of view has tirelessly accused Jones of harboring a presidential ambition for the 2017 general and presidential elections in Liberia.

The allocation of the loans were implemented after an assessment across 14 counties, and based upon the size and population of those counties, L$23 million has already been disbursed.

As for Jones, the CBL Micro Finance loan policy is one of the Liberian government's poverty reduction strategy.

Speaking to the Liberian Senate's Ways and Means Committee recently, Governor Jones said: "As a people and a nation, we must sink or swim together. For me, the only choice we have is to swim together and the stronger swimmers must help the weaker ones. That is the key to moving our economy forward. It is the key to moving the country forward."

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