27 January 2014

Liberia: CBL Boss Defended - As Citizens Debunk Criticism Against Him

Several Liberians have come to the defense of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor, Mr. Mills Jones whose small loan scheme is being scolded marginally on a daily basis.

Many Liberians who believe in the small loan scheme initialed by the CBL boss have expressed outright and countered criticism against publications in the media that his lending program was shrouded with presidential motive.

The citizens, mostly beneficiaries of the CBL initiative, some of whom are based in Monrovia and rural communities, said there are Liberians who still promote indigenous politics when according to them, every Liberian should begin to forget and do away with the 'Congo and Native Politics', a catalyst used in the process to destroy the country in the past.

The citizens' comments came in the wake of almost similar articles published in two local dailies in Monrovia on January 27, 2014 which indicated that Dr. Jones has been providing loans to Liberians with an inner motive.

In one of the publications, Dr. Jones has been referred to as a member of the Americo-Liberian elites who is using the loan program to further his undeclared presidential ambition ahead of elections in 2017. But the citizens who spoke to journalists yesterday said Dr. Jones has been doing well by providing micro finance loan to poor Liberians to help build up their financial capacities.

"We see this as a good demonstration to promote the Ellen-led government according to her platform. Dr. Jones' initiatives which are intended for the common people have enabled some citizens to travel across the country and outside to actively engage themselves into financial activities," a former local government official said. The former official continued: "Our country people say if you want to know about yourself, you not start trouble because the evil men do live after them. It seems that the trouble that started in 1980 which dethroned most of our leaders and brought the civil uprising and killed more than 300,000 citizens has been forgotten."

The citizens described sources of those articles written against Dr. Jones as detractors who are bent on spreading rumors and lies nationally and internationally to discourage what is being done to benefit the needy when it comes to empowering low income Liberians who believe in petty businesses to help boom the nation's economy.

They questioned: "Why an elite would visit rural and remote parts of the country to provide loans and open mini banks to make ensure that financial transactions take place for the common good of locals?"

The citizens are convinced that Dr. Jones' focus is to ensure that the Liberian economy is improved to impact the lives of the citizenry irrespective of status. According to them, in the current dispensation of post-war Liberia, preaching "divide and rule politics" which has to do with Congo-Native Politics is not called for.

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