Says he is prepared to work with the next government to improve living conditions for all Liberians
Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has officially resigned his position as standard bearer of the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) days after the party’s executive committee suspended him for time indefinite.
The party suspended Dr. Jones on the basis of a formal complaint the party’s assistant national secretary general, James Roberts, filed against him alleging that he ordered his security officers to assault him (Roberts) and forcefully removed a 7.5KVA generator from the party’s headquarters in Congo Town.
Although Dr. Jones did not admit to or deny Roberts’ allegation, he said after sober reflection, he has decided to break all ties with the party as its standard bearer and a founding member. He made the statement to the party’s supporters and well wishers in Virginia, USA, where he is currently visiting.
“After my family and I reviewed the latest developments in the party, I have decided to break all ties officially from the party and no longer remain a member,” said Jones, former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.
The decision, he said, was hard to arrive at, “but I made it in the interest of the party. And I have no intention to engage in unproductive business of vilification to bring other people down. This is not my character, and will not be. However, I wish the party’s current leadership a success in their endeavor to run it,” he said .
Dr. Jones meanwhile praised MOVEE partisans for their support during the campaign period, although their goal of winning the presidency did not come to pass.
“Together, we spent many days touring the entire country to share our vision to fight poverty and create a more inclusive form of governance with the view of creating (a better) standard of living for the people of Liberia. But this remains a challenge of our time, as we look forward to the outcome of the runoff election, which will demonstrate our commitment to our young democracy to move the country forward,” said Jones.
Liberia, Dr. Jones said, remains a land of many possibilities and that anyone who will win the runoff needs to realize the necessity of economic empowerment for the citizens; to reorganize and restructure the country’s economy to create wealth and opportunity for all Liberians to become more productive to build the middle class.
He also assured his supporters that he is prepared to work with the next government to help improve the living conditions of all the citizens of Liberia.