When the going gets Tough, What's Next?
Paynesville: Allegations of nepotism is said to have marred President Joseph Boakai's recent appointment of Monrovia City Cooperation (MCC) Mayor Mr. John Charuk Siafa as several members of the Unity Party Nimba County chapter are said to be currently upset with the Liberian leader inside sources have hinted.
Our sources close to President Joe Boakai said, the controversy stems from the fact that the designated mayor is the in-law of the country's First Lady Madam Katumu Boakai, raising concerns about favoritism and the exclusion of a more qualified Nimba County son to the position.
The former Nimba County Superintendent, D. Dorr Cooper, was initially considered the frontrunner for the position, however, sources reveal that at the last minute, the appointment was given to an individual with close ties to the First Lady, leaving many questioning the integrity of the decision-making process of the appointment.
Critics and some partisans of the Unity Party have argue that Cooper's extensive experience as the former Nimba County Superintendent made him the ideal candidate for the MCC Mayor role stating that his appointment would have been seen as a strategic move to benefit Nimba County citizens, who have long awaited a representative in such a prominent position.
The controversial appointment has caused a significant rift within the government, with reports of an ongoing in-house fight over the decision.
On February 1, 2024 President Boakai nominated additional 13 officials to positions in government affecting the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo Information Services, Monrovia City Corporation, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Gender Children & Social Protection, and the Roberts International Airport.
Our inside sources said already some officials of UP particular from Nimba are arguing that the MCC Mayor position could have been utilized to address the needs of Nimba County citizens, who have historically been underrepresented in key government roles.
Sources reveal that President Boakai's decision to appoint his in-law has raised eyebrows among both the public and his own political allies. The move has been seen as a clear example of nepotism, undermining the principles of transparency and fairness in the appointment process.
The controversy surrounding the MCC Mayor appointment highlights the persistent issue of nepotism in Liberian politics. As the public awaits further developments, pressure is mounting on President Boakai to address the allegations of nepotism and reconsider the appointment.
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Record from Veteran UP Statistician
Gbarpolu County Senator Amara Konneh Writes:
"President Joseph Boakai has appointed 15 Ministers to head Ministries including 2 ministers of state without portfolio. Lofa has 5 (29.4%), Bong has 4 (23.5%), Bassa, Bomi, and Nimba have 2 each (35.3%) while Cape Mount and Sinoe have one each (11.7%).
Lofa - MoCI, MoE, MoYS, MIA, MoSWP
Bong- MPW, MoA, MoSWP
Bomi- MFDP, MoT
Bassa- MoH, MICAT
Nimba- MoJ, MoD
Cape Mount- MFA
15 of 18 cabinet ministers (83.3% of cabinet positions) appointed from 7 of 15 counties (46.6% of counties).
With 3 cabinet ministerial appointments remaining (Mines and Energy, Labor and Post and Telecommunications), 8 counties (Gbarpolu, Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Kru, Rivercess, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River gee) are without Ministerial posts. He won Gbarpolu and Margibi in both rounds of the elections, and Montserrado in the runoff.
~ The President promised a Minister from each county. Clearly, this promise will not be fulfilled.
~Of the 15 Cabinet ministers appointed so far, there is only one Muslim, Mamaka Bility.
~ The Southeast which has six counties (Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru, River gee, and Rivercess) has received only one Ministerial appointment.
~ Five counties (Lofa, Bong, Bassa, Nimba, and Bomi) account for 88.2% of all cabinet appointments so far.
Those of us who supported President Boakai must remind him of his promises quietly and publicly when it becomes necessary to help him deliver the promises he made when he campaigned for President. Change means change!"
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