Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe says Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor has been designated to receive protesters’ petition during the planned June 7 protest, and not President George Manneh Weah.
He made the revelation Tuesday evening, 4 June during a live radio talk show on local broadcaster OK FM, saying the president could have asked a minister to receive the petition.
The Minister did not state where the Vice President will receive the petition.
However, Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean was on Monday mandated by Justice in Chambers Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe to furnish the Court with information on where the protesters will be assembling on June 7
On Tuesday, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby had earlier told a press briefing in Monrovia that the government will receive the petition, suggesting the recipient could be the Vice President or anyone in higher position.
Toby noted that people should rather be concerned about government’s response to the petition, and not who receives it.
His comment came in the wake of protest planners Council of Patriots (COP’s) demand for President Weah to personally receive the petition during the protest.
According to the COP, it will petition President Weah on June 7 to immediately declare his assets, dismiss Finance Minister and chair of the Economic Management Team (EMT) Samuel Tweah, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor and EMT co-chair Nathaniel Patray, and address Liberia’ bad economic conditions.
The EMT spearheaded the controversial US$25m mop – up exercise that witnessed numerous discrepancies, according to the General Auditing Commission (GAC’s) report which details that 52 entities listed to have received US$1,092,292.00 did not answer or reply to GAC’s calls and messages during investigation.
Four collaborating opposition political parties including Unity Party, Alternative National Congress, Liberty Party and All Liberian Party have endorsed the protest.By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah