In the wake of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s temporary reinstatement of three officials of the Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA), the Citizens Solidarity Movement to Protect Presidential Legacies in Liberia (CISOM) has said that the move is in the right direction and a mark of a good leader who listens to both sides of the divide.
“While we do not support officials of this government who usually engage in unorthodox (unusual) practices in the discharge of their duties, the three dismissed officials of LIPA challenged their respective dismissals with facts, and this led to their temporary reinstatement.
CISOM is also using this medium to call on President Sirleaf to extend the decision taken to reinstate the three LIPA officials to NPA officials Madam Matilda W. Parker, former Managing Director and Christiana Kpaba Paelay, former Comptroller, who were suspended on the basis of an investigative findings of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to a statement signed by CISOM’s director, Morris Swen, Sr., the LACC chairman informed journalists at a recent MICAT weekly press briefing that the report published by a local newspaper (not the Daily Observer) was not LACC’s report and that the Commission was still investigating the two officials.
The fact that the LACC Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, could have made such a statement, said the CISOM chair, clearly suggests that the officials deserve reinstatement pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
President Sirleaf was misled in taking the decision to suspend the NPA Managing Director, Ms. Parker and Comptroller, Madam Pealay, evidenced by the disclaimer issued by Cllr. Verdier, Mr. Swen insisted.
“We don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us to what extent LACC boss has failed in the performance of his responsibility to fight corruption.
“To present an inconclusive report to the President upon which two government officials were suspended is a dangerous precedent and this is to a large extent an undermining factor to fighting corruption for which Cllr. Verdier must be held accountable,” Mr. Swen suggested.
“We want to remind Cllr. Verdier that in 1980 13 government officials were tied to the poles and executed in cold blood for [alleged] rampant corruption, without giving them the opportunity adequately to defend themselves in a court of competent jurisdiction. Today, we are still fighting corruption with the Commission charged with the responsibility to lead in this fight publicly disclaiming its own report. What if President Sirleaf were not a person who believed in the rule of law? Matilda Parker and Christiana Paelay would have been victims of extra judicial treatment as was in the case of the thirteen top officials of the Tolbert administration under the People’s Redemption Council in 1980,” Swen added.