Elizabeth Hoff Named to Ombudsman Committee

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Ms. Elizabeth E. Hoff as a member to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Ms. Hoff is a former President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and one time deputy minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

According to an Executive Mansion release, Ms. Hoff replaces Atty. Massa Jallabah whose appointment was rescinded when it was discovered that she has not reached the required age of 40 years or older for the post.

Although Ms. Hoff has no legal qualification, her appointment has, in the main time, completed the composition of the Office of the Ombudsman. The others are Cllr. Christian C. Massaquoi, Chairman and Atty. Edward E. Dillon, member.

Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

In reaction to their nominations by President Sirleaf, the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) said that Massaquoi and Dillon  “were not the most suitable Liberians to occupy the positions.”  ECC called on President Sirleaf to recall the appointees and engage a wider consultative process of diverse stakeholders in nominating individuals for the Office of the Ombudsman given the sensitive nature of the implementation  of sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Conduct and their implications for the peace and security of the country during the current electoral process.

The ECC Coordinator Oscar Bloh, said in the event that the President did not concur with their recommendation, the Senate should not confirm the two men. EEC has yet to react to Ms. Hoff’s nomination.

The ECC is the largest professional civil society platform that observes all aspects of elections in Liberia in partnership with the National Democratic Institute with funding from USAID.

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  1. “ECC called on President Sirleaf to recall the appointees and engage a wider consultative process of diverse stakeholders… given their implications for the peace and security of the country during the current electoral process”.

    As significant as the above reservation and recommendations are, the ECC is waiting its time. EJS mostly appoints loyalists; not those who have the fortitude to reflect, directly ask questions, and obey procedures to the letter. Hence, as long as the in – crowd intellectuals are beneficiaries of plunder, and authoritarianism rule, she is emboldened to give rein to unbridled impulses. By now most people know that she sees the nation’s wealth as her piggy bank, and has no regard for acceptable norms of behavior, laws, or constitutional separation of powers.

    Yet our major newspapers are most often treating her with kid gloves, probably, because they share her basic assumptions about the political calculus cum direction of the nation. So when she openly undermined House and Senate elective processes to have her choices of Speaker and Senate Pro Temp, or included a Supreme Court justice in such shenanigans, no thundering editorials were seen, and no VIP member of civil society bothered to cough – the silence on unambiguous undemocratic tendencies were deafening.

    No wonder, then, that she withdrew a case of alleged robbery from Justice Minister Ms. Tar, and assigned it to the dean of the Law school. It wasn’t also surprising that she empowered the newly – appointed Chief of Staff at her office, LP Chairman Counsellor Fonati Koffa, to initiate a politically – motivated bribery investigation against three Legislators before the new justice minister even heard of it. Ironically, colleagues were eager to sacrifice, and replace them to continue chopping business as usual.

    British statesman Sir Winston Churchill reportedly defined an appeaser as “one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last”. He meant Hitler, and was proven right. Some belly – crawling intellectuals have been inordinately appeasing President Sirleaf hoping they will be spared from her enormous appetite for vendetta, and untrammeled control over everything in the country.

    Historically, the excesses of our imperial presidency have been empowered by knuckleheaded bootlicking, and gullibility. And it always had the wherewithal to order NEC Commissioners, who served at its pleasure, to call elections as it sees fit. The question then: if the past is the prologue, will a divided nation allow EJS to order NEC to call the presidential race in favor of Counselor Brumskine, her rumored favorite, against the will of the majority as expressed by their votes in October 2017?

    That’s the existential question all peace – loving law – abiding Liberians everywhere must wrestle with, and confront frontally: A word to the wise is quite sufficient.

  2. We aren’t saying that all her appointees are “foot soldiers” when some are professional kindred spirits. What both groups share is conformity to Ellenism, warts and all.

  3. The question that bothers a lot is: Why Ellen Jophnson-Sirleaf waited all these years, except that she
    is taking her exit that she is imposing this Code of Conduct on the Liberian people? Why ask this question? Because, as President she herself has been contravening this very Code of Conduct. For
    example, she brought the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to Liberia, and the TRC in its
    Decision banned her from holding public office for 30 years. How she went around that World Class
    Decision to become President of Liberia was, indeed, a violation of the very Code of Conduct.

    The Code of Conduct itself is down wrong violation of the Liberian people Constitutional guaranteed
    human rights and freedom to contest for any elective post in the country. Why should a person wait
    for two or three years before being qualified to seek an elective position? This is Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    idea over the Constitution. It is very highly unacceptable. It is unacceptable in a country that calls
    itself Democracy!

    The part that is so egregiously bad is the Supreme Court’s endorsement of the Code of Conduct.
    Does the Supreme Court normally endorses all the Laws made in Liberia by the Legislature or it is
    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf pushing them to do so? Is it legal? Because individual Liberians will or should
    have had the right to challenge it for violating their constitutional guaranteed to seek any elective
    position. From this you can see that the Supreme Court of Liberia has disqualified itself from
    hearing any challenge because they are part of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who wanted the
    Code of Conduct to only applies to other people but not to her.

  4. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. April 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    The question that bothers me a lot is: Why Ellen Jophnson-Sirleaf waited all these years, except that she is taking her exit that she is imposing this Code of Conduct on the Liberian people? Why ask this question? Because, as President she herself has been contravening this very Code of Conduct. For
    example, she brought the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to Liberia, and the TRC in its
    Decision banned her from holding public office for 30 years. How she went around that World Class
    Decision to become President of Liberia was, indeed, a violation of the very Code of Conduct.

    The Code of Conduct itself is down wrong violation of the Liberian people Constitutional guaranteed
    human rights and freedom to contest for any elective post in the country. Why should a person wait
    for two or three years before being qualified to seek an elective position? This is Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    idea over the Constitution. It is very highly unacceptable. It is unacceptable in a country that calls
    itself Democracy! If she wanted at all cost, it should remain only administrative Rules & Regulations.

    The part that is so egregiously bad is the Supreme Court’s endorsement of the Code of Conduct.
    Does the Supreme Court normally endorses all the Laws made in Liberia by the Legislature or it is
    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf pushing them to do so? Is it legal? Because individual Liberians will or should
    have had the right to challenge it for violating their constitutional guaranteed to seek any elective
    position. From this you can see that the Supreme Court of Liberia has disqualified itself from
    hearing any challenge to the Code of Conduct because they are part of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who wanted the Code of Conduct to only applies to other people but not to her because she is leaving. What is existing still is that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is using the Nimba man as she did in war.

    Therefore, the Supreme Court must, as matter of transparency in the Judiciary, withdraw its
    endorsement and totally distinct itself from that Code of Conduct. Did the Supreme Court ask itself,
    why is it that the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf wanted the Judiciary to merge with the Executive
    in passing Laws when, in fact, their functions are separate and distinct?

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