Jailed ex-Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor has with immediate effect dismissed the spokesperson for the Taylor family in Liberia, Senator SandoDazo Johnson of Bomi County.
According to a local radio station here, the convicted former president, who is serving a 50-year sentence in England for crimes against humanity, said his decision is based on the fact that Senator Johnson has resigned from the former ruling National Patriotic Party and joined businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party.
Mr. Urey is also a close Taylor loyalist, who served in the ex-president’s regime as Commissioner of Maritime Affairs.
The move by the jailed ex-president clearly demonstrates that he is actively involved in the upcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The report quotes Mr. Taylor’s wife, Madam Victoria Taylor, as lamenting that the action by Sen. Johnson did not go down well with her husband, terming the move as complete betrayal and lack of confidence.
She told the station that the former first family never expected Johnson to have behaved in the manner he did, adding that this was complete loss of friendship especially, in difficult times.
Making the disclosure at the residence of the former President in Congo Town, Mrs. Taylor said she has been instructed by her husband to announce a replacement of his longtime confidant, Sen. Sando Johnson.
She said the replacement was also intended to allow Johnson focus on his job as a sitting lawmaker in Liberia.
Describing Sando Johnson as a son to Taylor, she continued that Sando was one of few persons, who stood with her husband when so many of his (Taylor’s) loyalists were turning their backs on him.
Meanwhile, the new spokesman for the Taylor family in Liberia is Isaiah K. Paye.
Paye reportedly came in contact with the former President at age 19, and has since been a son to Taylor, according to Mrs. Taylor.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne