16 June 2014

Liberia: CDC Lawmaker On Ellen's Back

Montserrado County District #8 Representative, Acarous Moses Gray, has urged President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to ensure the full implementation of the Code of Conduct Law by dismissing members of the 'First Family,' who are working in government.

The First Family is considered as the immediate relatives of the Presidency including children.

It can be recalled that on May 12, 2014, the Liberian leader signed the Code of Conduct Bill at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

The President lauded members of the Liberian Legislature for the passage of the bill, which she said will help curtail some of the malpractices that go on in public offices. She named some of these malpractices as bribery, sexual harassment and failure to declare assets.

The President pointed out that the law is the first of its kind in Liberia, and therefore, it will make Liberia a better country.

She used the occasion to call on public officials to abide by the new law. "It is indeed a great day for all of us because this law will make our country a better place," President Sirleaf added.

The new law stipulates that all appointed government officials wanting to contest for elected positions in government must resign at least three years to the date of the election.

Amongst other things, the law also prohibits unethical becoming, indecent dressing and nepotism in the public sector.

But speaking in an interview recently with legislative reporters at the grounds of the Capitol Building, Rep. Gray stated that the President must make use of the Code of Conduct to dismiss her immediate relatives in government.

Liberia's envoy on the Kuwaiti oil deal, Mr. Robert Alvin Sirleaf, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), Mr. Fomba Sirleaf and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Mr. Charles Sirleaf are all sons of President Johnson-Sirleaf that are currently serving in government.

The CDC lawmaker noted that even though the law has been signed by the Liberian leader, it is now time for the President to practicalize her action.

"Thank God the Code of Conduct bill has been signed. I expect now that the President use this bill to begin to dismiss her immediate family members from government because; the Code of Conduct is under her signature. She cannot change anything into that Code of Conduct because, she did not veto it," said Representative Gray.

"We have original copy of the Code of Conduct. It was sealed, stamped and signed so that there cannot be a single page or wording change on the document," he added.

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