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Gov’t reacts to public criticism

The Government of Liberia has rejected claims of erasing the legacy of slain Liberia President Samuel Kanyon Doe, saying it has no intention to discard legacies of past leaders, including projects they left behind.

The government says it is being publicly criticized by people, who left public office for personal reasons or tendered in their letter of resignations to satisfy their political interest on the current demolition of the unfinished Defense Ministry in Oldest Congo Town as an attempt to erase past presidents’ legacies.

Outgoing Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Atty. Isaac W. Jackson said the Unity Party-led government has no intention to erase the legacy of slain President Doe, noting that it will do the country no good.

He said if for any reason government has such intention, there wouldn’t be a Central Bank of Liberia, which is a dream initiated by the late Liberian President. “Sometimes I wonder why will former servants of this same government will resign, and start to bad month the government which they once worked for with their inflammatory restricts, this is something that has the propensity of undermining the efforts of the government”, Attorney Jackson said.

He said government is not against criticism, but such must be done with evidence, stressing “You cannot use inflammatory restricts to cajole others about this government, when the facts are everywhere.”

“If you see the facts, and don’t want to say yes, this government has done well since it came to power then you have no right to say things that will undermine the government’s efforts.”
Government has embarked on the demolition of the unfinished building to contract a US$60m Ministerial Complex amidst public criticism that it should find somewhere else for such project other than that site.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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