President George Manneh Weah has reinstated Madam Jemima Wolokollie to her position as Deputy Minister of Commerce for Small Business with immediate effect, the Executive Mansion says.Madam Wolokollie’s reinstatement was announced in a pres s release on Tuesday, 9 October, roughly over five months after she was indefinitely suspended by the president in May.
Her suspension came in May this year in the wake of reports that she was discussing her disagreement with her boss, Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh in the media.When the Executive Mansion announced her suspension on Saturday, 19 May, it indicated that President Weah had taken the decision due to “acts of insubordination and unprofessionalism.”
President Weah, according to the Mansion, made emphasis on the need for all Deputies to accord the highest respect and courtesy to their leaders; and refrain from taking internal disputes and/or disagreements to the public space for redress.
While suspending Madam Wolokollie, President demanded all subordinate officials to practice utmost professionalism in conducting their duties and the need to follow the proper channel in addressing disputes with their leaders.Madam Wolokollie faced suspension after complaining that she wanted her boss Wilson Tarpeh to open the market for Liberians to be able to do rice, petroleum, and bring in onions.
According to reports, Madam Wolokollie complained that Minister Tarpeh refused, thus alarming over the alleged “very disturbing” situation.She was claimed to have accused her boss of giving her problem.
But President Weah seemed to have been provoked to suspend Madam Wolokollie on grounds that he had received her complaint already, and he did not want her talking while he looked into the matter.And in a related development, an Executive Mansion press release has for the first time been issued under the authorization of Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah in at least about a month since he disappeared from playing his role.
There were speculations all over the place in early August that Mr. Mannah was indefinitely suspended, but there was no official confirmation or denial to the claim.
During the period of his apparent inactive service as Press Secretary, Executive Mansion press releases were issued without notation as usual that he had authorized them.But it became clear Tuesday, 9 October that he has resurfaced when a press release announcing the reinstatement of suspended Deputy Commerce Minister Jemima Wolokollie was issued with the authorization of Mr. Mannah.