‘Dismissed with Dignity’

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Deputy Commerce Minister, Jamima Wolokollie

Ruling party stalwart Jamima Wolokolie gladly accepts her dismissal after rants that raised the ire of President Weah

The President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, has dismissed with immediate effect Deputy Commerce Minister, Jemima Wolokollie. President Weah’s decision follows “a string of actions incompatible with Deputy Minister Wolokollie’s status as a senior government official,” a release from the Executive Mansion said.

“Deputy Minister Wolokolie was earlier suspended by the President for insubordination and unprofessionalism,” the release recalls, adding that the President “urges all officials of government who bear the public trust to conduct themselves properly.”

Recently, Minister Wolokollie spoke out, claiming that all the CDC primaries for the upcoming midterm senatorial election have been engulfed in manipulations. Appearing on a local media program, Minister Wolokollie said she does not believe that the upcoming CDC primaries will be fair and transparent because Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, who is selected to conduct the primaries this year, comes from Lofa County, the same county of her “major contender”, Representative Thomas Fallah.

The Liberian media recently reported of a misunderstanding between Wolokollie and the CDC party chairman, Mulbah K Morlu. There were speculations that the CDC has selected Thomas Fallah to contest on the party ticket in the pending midterm senatorial election for Montserrado County.

Suspended for disrespect

President Weah on May 18, 2018, suspended Minister Wolokollie for “insubordination” towards Minister Wilson Tarpeh, after she had accused the minister on radio of conniving with shady foreign businesses in the country at the detriment of Liberian-owned businesses. Wolokollie’s action was described as “unprofessional,” and resulted in her indefinite suspension.

On October 9, 2018 the President reinstated Wolokollie to her post, Deputy Commerce Minister for Small Business Administration (SBA), with immediate effect.

In a one-line statement issued by the Executive Mansion, the president emphasized the need for all deputies to accord the highest respect and courtesy to their leaders (in this case their ministers) and refrain from taking internal disputes and/or disagreements to the public space for redress.

In her rant on a local radio at the time, Wolokollie said “I am asking Minister Tarpeh to open the market for Liberians to be able to do rice and petroleum, to bring in onions, but he has refused,” she alleged. “It is very disturbing; why is Professor Tarpeh giving me a problem?”

She also claimed that Minister Tarpeh was blocking all her efforts to prioritize the interest of Liberianization – a policy that provides exclusive trade and commerce privileges for Liberian entrepreneurs – and does not want her to succeed in her functions.

While Deputy Minister Wolokollie’s revelations found a way in the public, Minister Tarpeh at the time refused to comment on the allegations made against him, “because doing so would be giving relevance to unsubstantiated allegations,” he said.

Untouchables in the CDC

Once again, Wolokollie believes she is being persecuted for speaking her mind, citing what she calls “the wrongs within the our party, Congress for Democratic Change”.

“If by expressing my views about the wrongs within our party, Congress for Democratic Change, has warrant my dismissal, then so be it. I have no regret,” she said in a post on her Facebook page.

According to her the world knows that what she said is the truth in terms of certain people being untouchable in the CDC.

“I spoke about the ills in our party and they are angry. The President is angry an he has fired me because of that,” she said. “And I spoke about the untouchables. The untouchables are Mayor Koijee, Rep. Acarous Moses Gray and Chairman Mulbah K. Morlu; and the President just proved me right,” she said.

Madam Wolokollie said she is very proud of the fact that she was not dismissed for stealing public funds or for corruption, being a woman of integrity and dignity, who stands for something and can’t just fall for anything.

She said she stands by everything she said about the party and has no regret, although she has no plans of leaving the party.

In spite of her dismissal, Madam Wolokollie said she remains a founding member of the CDC because this is the party she has given birth to and will continue to support it, stating that people who just joined the party want to rule over them.

Now, with her sights set on the midterm senatorial elections slated for October senatorial midterm election, she is churning her dismissal into a platform of integrity on which to launch her campaign as an independent candidate for the senate. Calling on her supporters to continue to support her, she says “they need to look among the candidates and see who will be faithful to them and also truthful to them. They have to be the judge.”

“Maybe they will stop me at the NEC because they have the power to do that. Maybe they will. They all there are appointed by the President of Liberia, who will tell them to not allow me to go as an independent.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Liberia’s boy George is no one to speak one’s mind about. Boy George is not ever going to get. Don’t want to believe, ask Representative Gray, and the city Mayor of Monrovia that went against boy George in an attempt to be heard also. But as of late , the city Mayor has promised to protect the regime with his own protesters at any cost against those any protest seeking the downfall of Boy George . Slowly all died hard executive officials are acting nervously about their political jobs of bread and butter . Well, the former member is showing off her woman’s pride , just like the late Senator Doe. Saying to Boy George, take your job and shovel it up your, where the sun never shines. Learn to tolerate other people’s views , no matters how uncomfortable they are politically.

  2. Y’all been in this government business for too long just to steal. Look at pot telling tea kettle that they are black. Do you remember all the corrupt activities you have been involved in? What happened to your airline and the deals you used to cut by over charging? Oh, it’s now you want to speak your mind?

  3. I find it incredible that so many diabolical maneuvers are being undertaken to remove Senator Darius A. Dillon from the Senate. At the moment he got elected to the Senate, Albert Chie chastised him by saying even though he was elected by the people, the Senate can still remove him. Shortly after that, the Lofa lawmaker wrote a letter asserting that Senator Dillon disrespected the august body. Now they are having secret meetings at members homes to come out with enough votes to dislodge Senator Dillon. At the same time, two lawmakers and Mayor Koijee are meeting with warlords to to disrupt the December Senatorial elections via of violence means. Meanwhile, Liberia has now been officially declared one of the poorest countries in the world. Liberian lawmakers need to spend all of that time trying to oust Senator Dillon on improving the lives of Liberians. But that will be giving these clowns too much credit for their stupidity.

  4. Jemima, Contrary to popular belief, in politics, one does not talk too much! So, when one desirous of running for a political seat, is jumping all over the place ranting that the very political party or coalition (the incumbent at that) on whose ticket, she or he intends to shuttle him or her to power, has a bad vision. been incompetent for politics is the most appropriate description for such personś behavior!

    For in politics, Jemima, the party or coalition comes first! And Conformity is the order!

    Thus, Jemima, you are simply not a politician. From your deportment as reported here, you do not even have the political competence to lead a market-women traders association.

    And then, you expected a ruling coalition to choose to loose in an election because of the very you saying the very coalition has a bad vision. Absent mindedness, Jemima, is another most appropriate description for your disposition in this matter.

  5. Am I reading this right? The president requires all deputies to respect their boss? Well I don’t thing the deputy at the justice ministry read that .

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