24 July 2014

Liberia: Robert Sirleaf Turns Presidential Envoy - Meets Kuwaiti Official

It appears that Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has assumed a new portfolio in government, after relinquishing two former positions--Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Senior Advisor to the President.

He left the posts as a result of pressure from all sectors of the Liberian society on President Sirleaf that the preferment of her son was complete nepotism, an act that is forbidden by the Liberian Constitution.

Welcoming her son's departure from the posts, Madam Sirleaf hailed him for making salvaging contributions to the Oil Sector which has become a bone of contentions for Liberians.

However, in a story sourced from the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) yesterday, July 24, 2014, Mr. Sirleaf is somehow playing active role in government, representing the country in the capacity of presidential envoy.

According to KUNA, Kuwaiti's Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Khaled Al-Jarallah on Wednesday met with "Liberian Presidential Envoy Robert Sirleaf."

When Mr. Sirleaf arrived in Kuwait City was not mentioned in the report, but indicated that his meeting with the Undersecretary went well.

"During the meeting, they discussed Kuwaiti-Liberian relations and the latest regional and international developments," the reported sourced from EIN News said.

The KUNA report said the meeting was also attended by the Foreign Ministry's Africa Section Chief Hamad Al-Meshaan and Liberian Ambassador to Kuwait Konah Blackette.

This paper had reported similar story that Mr. Sirleaf represented his mother on a mission in Algeria, where he reportedly received money promised by the North African nation for the reform of the Liberian security sector, particularly the Executive Protection Service (EPS).

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