19 May 2017

Liberia: Mary Broh for Vice President?

The popular workaholic (person with a compulsive need to work) in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, Mary T. Broh, has surfaced in the public domain as a favorite to be considered for the vice presidential position on the ticket of any political party.

On ELBC's Bumper Show yesterday many callers expressed their admiration for the role of 'General' Broh in getting things done in the government and felt that she could use her patriotic spirit at a higher level to transform the country.

According the callers, Madam Broh, who now serves as director for the General Services Agency (GSA), has performed excellently in all the public positions she has served, including the current one.

They praised her for being hard working, strict and ethical in her work, which they claimed warrants gratitude and promotion to a higher position where she would be able to make major transformations to the Liberian society.

A caller said: "Of all the officials, especially women serving in government led by a woman, Mary Broh is the only hard working person we can see. Her good marks are all in the areas she has served, including the Passport Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Port Authority and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC)."

Most female callers said Madam Broh has proven women's capability for public position, and they believed that serving in a high profile position as the Vice President would not be a mistake.

It is not clear on which political party's ticket Madam Broh would go on as Vice President - if she so desired - since most of the parties have selected their vice presidential candidates. As a trusted member of the President Sirleaf's team, she is believed to still be loyal to the UP.

The Alternative National Congress has chosen Jeremiah Sulunteh; the Congress (now Coalition) for Democratic Change, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor; and the Liberty Party, Harrison Karnwea.

Two popular parties that are yet to choose their presidential running mates are the ruling Unity Party and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).

Other views, however, suggested that while they recognize Madam Broh as a hardworking woman with remarkably high marks in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, she will not be a good candidate for the vice presidential position. There is some concern that since the VP position is a dormant position, she would be too assertive for the post, or at best she could outperform the would-be president.

According to a male caller, "Madam Broh is very assertive in carrying out her duties, and is therefore good for a position that will take her into the field or allow her to directly supervise workers.

"I recognize Mary Broh as a hard working woman, but making her Vice President will only kill the impact she would make on the public. The Vice President's position is a ceremonial position that cannot allow you to do what you are capable of doing; and if Mary Broh becomes Vice President, she will surely underperform."

Admiration for Mary Broh rose after she was dropped as City Mayor in 2013 on demands from the House of Representatives. President Sirleaf reappointed her in September 2013 as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), which she has transformed into an efficient custodian of government assets.

Before going to the GSA, Madam Broh transformed the City of Monrovia and the Monrovia City Hall, placed restrictions on arbitrarily dropping dirt in the street and demolished several makeshift structures from several parts of the city. She also instituted the first Saturday of every month as a cleanup day, and this has customarily been observed since she left the helm of the Monrovia City Corporation.

She is also head of President Sirleaf's Presidential Task Force that rapidly responds to any public project the President wants to see implemented. Recently, she has been operating along the Somalia Drive where the Japanese road construction project is ongoing.

"She is a woman of character, a patriot who has always been useful as the head; and therefore, she cannot be subordinated as a vice president," a caller said.


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