A Former Vice President for ECOWAS has alarmed that if the Liberian Government and its people are not careful in handling the Global Witness Report it would create tension that may spill over.
Dr. Toga Gaywea McIntosh, in an interview with reporters at his Congo Town Office in Monrovia on Monday, said the direction to which arguments about the alleged corruption scandal were heading needed the government’s attention in terms of beginning now to erect checkpoints to put things under control.
According to him, those in involved should follow the legal process in a more moderate manner as to avoid tension, adding that it was unfortunate for senior government officials to have been linked to
He noted that such report on the Liberia creates hard feelings and makes things to appeared odd, stressing that it makes more sense for the linked officials to go court than facing the Presidential Taskforce. According to him, the prosecution is helpful and it sets standards for future happenings.
He described the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL’s departure amidst these political tensions was worrisome, adding that departure should not be more terrifying because measures are in placed to deal with any ugly situation.
The Chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler, as well as former Deputy Minister Ernest Jones, among others, face charges, along with London-based Sable Mining, for alleged bribery.
Commenting on his party convention, Dr. McIntosh said the ruling Unity Party is expected to host national convention on July 7-9, 2016 to bring on board a new standard bearer to take the party to the 2017 Presidential and Representative elections.
Explaining further, McIntosh said the first partisan – President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has given ‘her blessings’ to the two contestants towards the move to the convention. When asked about the support of President Johnson-Sirleaf to him ahead of Vice President Joseph Nyemuh Boakai, McIntosh pointed out that the president believes in competition and fair play, and as such, it was the desire of the president that the candidate with best platform and strategies wins.
He added that to the best of his knowledge, he has not sensed anything suggesting that the president favors him ahead of the vice president.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor