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-Mills Jones declares war on gossipers

Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, ex-governor of the Central Bank of Liberia is not a happy man. Now a presidential hopeful, he claims a calculated smear campaign thru gossips by unidentified persons have been launched against his personality both at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Dr. Jones, who is the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE has threatened to fight those who continue to come after him even after his retirement from government, adding that he has received enough information that some Liberians have developed the habit of gossiping him to international partners at the IMF, the World Bank and other global institutions, but warns “enough is enough.”

He made the disclosure over the weekend at his private residence in Marshall, lower Margibi County where a group of Liberians under the banner, ‘United Liberians Concerned about the future” petitioned him to contest for the Presidency in 2017.

The former executive governor of the CBL stressed that his performance at the nation’s bank speaks volume about his productivity and he will not encourage or tolerate anyone to temper with his hard earned character in the name of politics, saying “These negative propagandas will not help them for the Presidency or the 2017 Presidential race.”

“They gossip us to International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the rest of the international community, forgetting that even dog has friends, but enough is enough, for such an unpleasant attitude. We’ll fight them and strongly too and they’ll regret ever declaring words of war with me.”

Commenting on the current state of affairs, the Liberian Economist said the reason Liberia is not moving forward in terms of development is due to the “old order form of governance”, noting that the country should by now graduate from such a stage to a better one.

He explains that in order for the country to move forward, the next President after the 2017 elections should come with robust ideas and introduce a control system policy. Meanwhile, reading the petition on behalf of thousands of Liberians, Madam Susan Dahnkuon of the United Liberians group said, the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections are a defining moment to redeem Liberia and Liberians from the shackle of perpetual economic slavery to a respectable stage of economic vibrancy and viability.

“We the people, having examined cross sections of many Liberians from far and near in the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia and the Diaspora, are assembled here on this historic day to call on you, Dr. J. Mills Jones, former Executive Director of the Central Bank of Liberia to come out from home and retirement to fill a void by providing leadership that we the people of Liberia so desperately need,” she said.

According to her, Dr. Jones represents the symbol of the core values of individual freedom and social justice that the founding fathers envisaged for all Liberians, recounting the ex-governor’s exemplary leadership at the CBL where he initiated and championed a policy of financial inclusion thru a loan scheme for disadvantaged citizens and small Liberian businesses that won him widespread admirations, particularly in rural communities.

Madam Dahnkuon noted that the micro loan program by Dr. Jones has lifted thousands of ordinary Liberians, including market women and poor people, and clearly speaks of his good intent to see all Liberians lifted from economic slavery.

“Dr. Jones, if you could accomplish these landmark achievements just as head of the banking sector, we hold no doubt that you can lead a real transformative agenda to improve [Liberia] and Liberians to take a realistic foothold in owning and controlling the economy.”

Dr. Jones has meanwhile promised to respond to the petition this week at a formal program following consultations with family, friends and international partners.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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