19 March 2014

Liberia: Micat Turns 'Political Bag-Boys' - Lacks Function, Rep. Gray Lashes

District #8 Representative A. Moses Gray has described the leadership of Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism as those who do not understand their role and responsibilities in government, and as such, have turned to mere "political bag- boys" for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as opposed to executing mandates created by the Act of Legislature that established the institution. The Montserrado County lawmaker made the statement on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at the Capitol in an interview with legislative reporters with emphasizes that Minister G. Lewis Brown entered into government as a result of a historical clash in the country, and as such, does not understand the rudiments of governance.

"MICAT has become a spokesperson of the presidency rather than the Government of Liberia or the people of Liberia", he noted.

His statement was in respond to the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism's recent comment that the government was at war with itself due to the action of some people in President Sirleaf led government.

But, the lawmaker pointed out that the voices of critical opposition in government are necessary and realistic for the guidance of the government.

Minster Brown, he said, was very sarcastic in his reactions to the lobby fees spent by the Government of Liberia of which according to him, (Representative Gray), through a communication to the Plenary of the House of Representatives, the President admitted spending a little over US$368,000. According to him, a USA based newspaper called "The Roll Call" reported on lobby funds for 130 countries and Liberia was captured as a country that doubled its lobby at 36 per cent which amounted to US$45.9 million in 2010, something he referred to as embarrassing to the people of Liberia and government through the president.

"The report is credible and the government needs to respond rather than for MICAT to be attacking people who are critical opposition in government", he said.

The District #8 lawmaker furthered that the government is in the constant habit of spending double in lobby more than any other nation in Africa.

Meanwhile, he used the occasion to call on the Ministry to work in line with the Act that created it and to not work at the will and pleasure of the president as claimed.

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