Dr. Isaac Wiles, a prominent Liberian citizen and diplomat, has criticized the Liberian Senate’s recent statement accusing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Constitutional violation.
He said a report in a local media that President Sirleaf tampered with the Constitutional Review Committee’s report is unrealistic.
Dr. Wiles wondered why the Senate did not express outrage when it discovered the alleged violation but simply spoke about it, a press release said. He noted that the Senate may not have spoken against previous violations, though the release did not mention any.
Dr. Wiles, who served for twelve years as legal adviser to the United Nations and was assigned in Kosovo, said the Senate, must demonstrate its willingness to fight against impunity in the country when the issues involve government officials or people in authority.
Dr. Wiles meanwhile commended President Pro-Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, for his concern about the mentally disabled people on the streets of Monrovia.
At the graduation of 166 mental health clinicians in Gbarnga, Bong County recently, Senator Jallah proposed the rehabilitation of the national mental health center to cater to mental patients.
“This shows that Senator Jallah is really working to help remove our unfortunate brothers and sisters from the streets and restore their sanity and this must be supported,” Dr. Wiles said.
Reacting to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s response to NOCAL’s gross failure and bankruptcy, Dr. Wiles said there is a need to delay all severance pay and other benefits to senior management officials “until full investigation is conducted and the actual causes of the calamity are determined including those Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods had indicated,” he stated in the release.
He added that as requested by Atty Woods who was former Minister of Public Works, “heads of ministries and autonomous agencies and public corporations should be responsible for their stewardship.”
Otherwise, Dr. Wiles said, “It will seem that accountability is by selection.”
He said it is strange, on one hand, for President Sirleaf to willingly take responsibility for NOCAL’s failure, and on the other hand, distance herself from anything at all that might have happened during the tenure of minister Woods.
President Sirleaf, he said should not shield individuals entrusted with the people’s work and who commit crimes against them.
Dr. Wiles said, “We cannot develop a society on the basis of unbalanced policy because for President Sirleaf to assume presidential responsibility is insufficient to prevent criminal prosecution if indeed crimes have been committed.”