Your recent action in fighting the Ebola Virus decease is commendable and I want to join others in commending you on your effort. However, my attention is drawn to your recent strategy - the setting up of a Withholding Center within the West Point community and the AFL recent action also in the West Point area in which a 16-year old boy was killed.
Open Letter To President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Dear Madame President:
No time in our history has any government been confronted with the enormity of such a crisis, which has all but undermined the normality of life and threatened our recovery efforts at such devastating pace. Madame President, your leadership is particularly being tested at this time in history. During this crisis you have tried within the limits of your experience in dealing with some issues, but you have failed in addressing others.
Through West Africa and in particular Liberia is exposing the yet still fragile nature of states, state structures and national institutions. The particular nature of health systems and responses to health epidemic is found wanting.
It was a fateful Tuesday evening of August 20, 2014 when I chose to embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertaining whether seventeen Ebola patients who fled the densely popular West point quarantined center were traced based on the government’s pronouncement. I was in the Township of West Point to observe the center and take some photo, but upon my arrival, I could only see people gathered in different groups discussing with some police officers how to retrieve items looted on Saturday, August 17, 2014 from the quarantined center by looters from the township.
On February 6, 2014, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of our nation delivered a speech at Paynesville City Hall on “Official Launch of the National Symbols Review Project”. In this speech the President said “. . . gathering the views of Liberians as to what we need to do to unify people, to have a sense of national identity, to feel that we all have shared values, we all have one destiny, one people – some of things identified as not promoting the spirit of unity were some of our National Symbols – the Flag, the Anthem, Awards, among others”.
For only the third time in its 66-year history, the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency. This time it is for the Ebola outbreak in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. After their traumatic ordeal in recent months, governments and communities in those three countries are looking desperately for signs that Ebola can be stopped in its tracks.
“Speaking on the sidelines of the Summit (of African Leaders called by US President Barak Obama)”, Sudanese Billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, lectures our President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (FrontPageAfricaonline, August 6, 2014) FPA reports:
The New Dawn newspaper (New Dawn, July 8, 2014) reported that the “Former Public Works Minister (the Honorable Samuel Kofi Woods) has emphasized the need for a comprehensive audit of the Ministry of Finance before the merger of the Ministries of Finance and Planning & Economic Affairs . . . Even though an audit has already been conducted, the Public Works Committee of the Legislature must conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger . . . because they (the two ministries) were (and are) critical to Liberia’s development . . .” and that “the issue of the merger . . . has been a source of controversy . . .”.
The New Democrat newspaper (New Democrat, June 27, 2014) reports that “despite Liberia being independent since . . . 1847, the country is still controlled by individuals who pay allegiance to the USA”. They are dual citizens - Liberians who are naturalized citizens of foreign countries but claim Liberian citizenships. Case in point, the paper says, “is the President’s son, Mr. Robert Sirleaf, former Senior Advisor to his Mother/President of Liberia and an admitted US citizen with Passport #218198381, in Liberia on permit of residence (visitor, work?) since June, 2010, and former Chairman of the Board of the National Oil Corporation of Liberia”.