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Count down against Boakai is wrong

-former Presidential Candidate Yorfee

President Boakai is under immense pressure from critics of his 100 days deliverables campaign promise, but a former presidential candidate and leader of the Liberia Rebuilding Party has come to the defense of the President, saying the criticisms are too early.

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh

Congo Town, Liberia, April 8, 2024 – With less than 25 days to round up  President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and the ruling Unity Party-led government 100 days in office, former Presidential Candidate Cllr. Luther Yorfee of the Liberia Rebuilding Party (LRP) has come in the President’s defense amidst mounting pressure for the 100 days’ deliverables promise.

President Boakai has struggled to achieve promises made in his ARREST Agenda for the nation during the heated political campaign here last year. The Liberian leader among key promises to his people had outlined road connectivity and other infrastructure developments.

Cllr. Luther Yorfee

He has promised to pave all roads across the country, assuring that in his first 100 days in the office, no car will get stock in the mud, including stabilizing commodity prices.

But speaking at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, on the sidelines of the Liberia National Bar Association General Assembly, Cllr. Yorfee frowned at critics for jumpstarting counts against Boaka’s 100 days.

“I don’t criticize people based on personal feelings, at their detriments, No; I’m a politician but I speak reality. What’s happening, I see opposition criticizing President Boaka in his 100 days in office. I think this is unfair to criticize a sitting President, who only took office a few months ago, and there hasn’t been resources to work with”, Cllr. Yorfee said.

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He said the national budget, which is the financial tool to work with, hasn’t been passed, therefore, there isn’t any essential elements to criticize Boakai and his administration, because they took over a leapfrog economy.

He argued that count down against President Boakai’s 100 days could have been necessary if the counting starts after passage of the National Budgets, saying “Government only runs with a budget, and it is the budget you use as a tool to carry on developments, building of roads, and others projects, so they shouldn’t blame President Boakai because there wasn’t funds available, and You and I know it is only with the budget a government can run effectively.”

Cllr. Yorfee: “I’m saying they are wrong on the count down, because you don’t criticize a government that has no budget, no resources to work with. At least the countdown could be significant, if the government has had a budget to work; a government cannot work effectively without a budget.”

The LRP leader indicated though one-thirds of the budget was recently passed for salaries and expenditures, critics of the President should hold their peace until after passage of the budget when effective works begin. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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