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LPP Exposes Boakai’s Gov’t… Blames It for ‘Concealing US$254 million’, Others

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: The Liberian People’s Party (LPP), of renowned Liberian Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, has unearthed “early corruption and series of governance missteps” within the Unity Party (UP), led administration.

In light of recent claims by the Unity Party (UP) regarding achievements made by it within the first 100 days of being in power, the LPP held a press engagement to provide a response, and outlined to the UP government, its concerns and recommendations for a better Liberia.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday, October 26, 2023, the LPP endorsed the Unity Party (UP) in the run-off elections based on its expectation that of the two parties remaining in the presidential race, the UP was a better choice in governing Liberia, consistent with the Ten Points Agenda of the LPP.

However, the LPP clarified that “UP’s endorsement by the LPP was not preceded by any discussion between the two parties on the formation of an alliance or any other political consideration.

“Importantly, it was based purely on national interest. LPP even lost four of its partisans in the process of campaigning for the UP during the second round of the presidential elections,” LPP pointed out.

“Therefore”, LPP said, “as a party that supported the UP during the second round, the LPP is under a moral duty to help UP to succeed by speaking the truth about its performance.”

At a Press conference, Monday, June 11, 2024, at the LPP headquarter in Congo Town, J. Yanqui Zaza, National Chairman of the Liberian People’s Party stated that “while the LPP notes with satisfaction some positive steps taken thus far, it has observed many missteps and wishes to highlight a few of them.”

He mentioned that “President Boakai has violated the Public Financial Management Law (PFM) of the Country.”

” Violation of the PFM Law, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai administration violated PFM Law of 2009, when it requested, and received US$80, 000 from the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), to purchase vehicles while former President George Weah was still the President of the Republic of Liberia,” he noted.

Chairman ZaZa added that President Boakai’s administration violated the PFM law and concealed US$254 million to be borrowed during 2024 calendar year.

“Contrary,” he further stated, “President Boakai administration reported within the National Budget only $US45M as money to be borrowed in 2024, instead of disclosing the actual amount of US$296 million.

“LPP needs clarification of the 100-day deliverables, specifically, regarding the evaluation method that the Unity Party used to claim that 74% of major roads are passable during all seasons. Reports given by NAYMOTE, and CENTAL, amongst other independent evaluations have created more doubts over the government’s claim of success. LPP demands an independent audit of the 100-day deliverables” he pointed out.

Chairman Zaza disclosed that President Boakai administration also violated Liberia PFM Law by concealing the source of the funds for purchase of the 285 yellow machines disclosed by Mamaka Bility, Minister of State without Portfolio and Special Envoy of the President.

“Are the 285 machines part of gifts or loans given to President Boakai in exchange for any of Liberia’s natural resources, including the Wologisi Mountain? ” LPP chairman questioned.

Speaking on the formation of inclusive government, the LPP chairman stated that President Boakai made a promise to the Liberian people that he would form an inclusive government, meaning all Liberians would be represented in government.

“LPP notes with reservation that 8 counties have no representation in the cabinet. Senator Amara Konneh recently added his voice to the issue of inclusion. The GSA Director-General, Galamai Kortimai, speaking to a group of Lofa citizens said that about 60% to 70% of the senior positions in the current government are occupied by citizens of Lofa County,” Chairman ZaZa lamented.

Sadly, he pointed out that President Boakai did not follow Section 10.2 of the Executive Law, which prescribes the legal formula for the formation of inclusive government developed by the Legislature in 1973.

The Law says, “as much as practicable the President shall appoint one cabinet minister from each of the counties of Liberia,” he stated.

“Had President Boakai followed this law, he would have formed an inclusive government. On this issue of political inclusion, former President George Weah of the CDC has a better record. He retained UP’s Ministers of Internal Affairs, Transport, and Information as well as the Director General of the cabinet and Director General of the GSA, amongst other UP officials” he concluded.

When this paper contacted an official of government yesterday who preferred not to be named, because he was not authorized to speak on the issue said, the government will speak on the LPP claims at the appropriate time.

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