President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is leaving no stone unturned to make everything right, this time with a confession that the Presidency she had struggled for all those years is a difficult job. The president is currently one of the oldest surviving politicians in the country. She is near the end of the final of her second term in office. She won her first elections in 2005.
One has to remain focus in the midst of stern criticism, she said, while addressing citizensat the Senje Public High School in Grand Cape Mount County on Tuesday, 7 February.
Mrs. Sirleaf who announced a 60 day travel ban for her officials here on Sunday also could not commit herself before the citizens to name her choice of successor, saying it was too early to let the cat out of the bag because official campaign has not started. Mrs. Sirleafis on the first leg of a three-county tour of Western Liberia.
The President, however, promised that if the appropriate time comes, she would take the news to them, but not in her official capacity, using government vehicles; rather she will drive to them in her private car to name her choice.
Mrs. Sirleaf’s comment has come as a shock to many political commentators. This is so because as a sitting President who has repeatedly and publicly endorsed her vice President Joseph N. Boakai as her party’s candidate, making her choice known should no longer be a secret to the people of that county.
Meanwhile, the President in her statement to local citizens called on Cape Mountains residing in the United States and other parts of the world to return home and take care of their properties, stressing their presence would give government the motivation to improve the road condition in the county and carry out other development.
She mandated Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Madam TennehKpadebah to call a citizens’ meeting to discuss ways of improving standard of life in the county.
With less than a year to leave office, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has embarked on a nationwide tour here, beginning with Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties all in the western region, to commend citizens for their support during her two tenures in office.
Liberians go to the poll in October to elect a new President to be inaugurated in January, 2018.
The Constitution bars her from seeking a third term, but her Vice President Joseph NyumahBoakai, is vying to become President after being elected Standard Bearer of the governing Unity Party.
Mr. Boakia is facing newly two dozens of opposition political parties for the October poll in a country of barely 4 million with grinding poverty and an economy heavily dependent on imports, including food.-New Dawn