Ex-VP Boakai wants Sanctioned Officials dismissed - says suspension is weak

Ex-VP Boakai wants Sanctioned Officials dismissed - says suspension is weak Featured

The public outcries and criticisms of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)- led Government continue to sprinkle in every quarter of the Liberian society, following the designation of three top Liberian government officials by the US Government for ‘massive corruption’ and the action of suspension that followed by President George Manneh Weah.

It can be recalled that on Monday, August 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three top Liberian government officials including Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Sayma Syrenius Cephus, Solicitor General and Bill Twehway, Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) for their involvement in ongoing public corruption in Liberia.

According to a U.S. State Department Report, these officials are designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.

Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia at the Headquarters of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), President Weah’s fierce rival and standard bearer of the UP, former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai indicated that the August 15, 2022 sanctions announcement by the U.S. Government through its Ambassador is another national and international dishonorable action, vilification and disgrace brought upon the nation by the workings of a rogue regime that is insensitive to the plight of the Liberian people.

On the heel of such “disgrace” brought upon the country, former VP Boakai described the suspension action by the Liberian leader as lukewarm, thus joining previous calls for their termination from the entire governance system of the country so as to bring relief to the country’s reputation.

“In addition, I demand that President Weah also mount an all-out investigation of his entire government with a goal of delivering a comprehensive report to the Liberian people and the international community to address and cleanse the government of corruption ahead of honoring any invitation from President Joe Biden to attend the forthcoming summit on Democracy in the USA,” indicated the former VP.

“As Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, I call on President Weah to dismiss with immediate effect the sanctioned and disgraced government officials and turn them over for prosecution. The reason I strongly refute the mere suspension announced by President Weah is because it is weak, and will become another of the same diabolical tactics of never-ending investigations we have seen by this criminal and infested government over the past five years. The style of sweeping things under the carpet by this government is the reason we are asking for stronger actions to be taken by President Weah,” he furthered.

“The long list of such unsolved criminal acts still under investigation over the past five years, with no credible results, includes the following: missing 16 billion Liberian dollars; 20 million U.S. dollars suspicious mopping exercise; mysterious death of auditors; secret killings; 16 million U.S. dollars COVID-19 food distribution; misapplication of 24 million U.S. dollars from the Road Funds; the gutted LACC’s indictments of the NEC Chairman and the Minister of Agriculture; and the list goes on,” he asserted.

According to him, the latest round of sanctions imposed on Liberian government officials by the U.S. Treasury Department, while very troubling, is no surprise to the Liberian people, who have for over five years been suffering and have become poorer because of endemic corruption and the predatory nature of the George Weah administration.

Since President Weah took office, the UP political leader recalled that he (Weah) and his officials of government have made a campaign of using their power to loot public coffers for their personal benefits at the expense of the people of Liberia.

“These sanctions are the latest in an unending list of evidence pointing to how a group of individuals in the government hold the country in a stranglehold and created for Liberia a reputation that undermines it standing in the international community and the potential to leverage opportunity at home and abroad for the good of the people of Liberia. The threat and the potential consequences of these sanctions go beyond the corridors of power in Washington D.C; it reverberates in the capitals of countries in the sub-region and the world, and undercut the investment climate to woe serious people to do business in the country,” added the former Vice President.




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