Executive Mansion in Transition Mandate Mixup

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President George Manneh Weah.

Did Weah’s transition team understand Executive Order #91?

Barely three days following the inauguration of President George Weah, the Executive Mansion appears to be in a mix-up over its own appointments and the dismissal of non-tenured officials appointed by the former administration.

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued Executive Order #91 establishing the Joint Presidential Transitional Team (JPTT) on December 25, 2017, which stated that non-tenured presidential appointees shall be presumed to have resigned as of the date of inauguration (Monday, January 22).

Notwithstanding, the executive order stated that such officials shall continue to function until their successors have been nominated, confirmed, appointed and commissioned.

Executive orders in Liberia have the full force of a law until the Legislature through an Act on said subject cancels such order or a subsequent executive order that would override the one in question.

On January 22, the Executive Mansion under the watch of President Weah, issued a release appointing some ministers, and at the same time relieving the heads of ministries and agencies, thereby ordering the Human Resource Directors to run the affairs of such entities until a new heads are appointed.

This action by President Weah, according to political analysts, technically undid the former President’s Executive Order #91, which also cannot be undone simply by a press release.

The purpose of the executive order is to establish mechanisms for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from the administration of former President Sirleaf to that of President Weah.

The work of the JPTT was to ensure that services are provided to the President-elect and Vice President-elect, which shall then include office facilities, logistics, transportation, travel allowances, communication services, daily briefings and other services and benefits.

The JPTT should have commenced performing its power and authority granted by the Executive Order no later than 48 hours after the declaration of the President-elect by the authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

“It shall cease to function after the publication of its final report, which shall be no later than January 31, 2018,” the Executive Order #91 said.

Efforts to reach presidential press secretary Sam Mannah for clarity on the matter did not materialize. Mannah has yet to also convey President Weah’s response concerning the appointment of Cllr. Charles Gibson, who is currently under suspension by the Supreme Court, as Justice Minister designate.

“The incumbent President and the Vice President shall vacate their official offices and official residences on or before inauguration day.

“Notwithstanding this provision, the JPTT shall ensure that services are provided to them which shall include, but not limited to, two vehicles and chauffeur each, VIP Protection (EPS and Police Services), logistics, allowances, other benefits and services to be determined by the JPTT,” the Executive Order stated.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Proper vetting of top government functionaries ought to be a top priority if fighting corruption is not going to be a meaningless slogan. Appointment of a Justice Minister who is under suspension by the Liberian Supreme Court for an issue that involves a breach of trust does not speak well of the direction of a government and preparation for the challenges Liberia faces.
    Emmanuel

  2. Some have purged poverty on the Liberian economy, spoiled the incumbent’s administration now leaving the scene, who thought they helped their past by to spreading illegal cases, still have corrupt financial plates in their possessions, and call themselves a market of “integrity”. If they can hardly curb their own corruption how can they even help the President to eradicate it? Attempt to indirect false requests to be employed in the in coming administration is a political gimmicks. Not possible. Not credible. You lost your chance and you must give way to peace in chance. An opposite team with such history of inclusions in corrupt activities cannot faithfully help as a pillar of this Executive in branch. No way. The silent majority will not permit them.
    May this President have his own choice placed as pillars of his executive actions, for, of, and by the Liberian people.
    Let the Liberian know in dialects and languages. Do not reply this box.
    Gone to silence.

  3. I certainly hope that Weah is listening to the suggestions of all average Liberians. I understand that it is highly unlikely that he’ll have the time to listen to everybody. It is hard. It is hoped that he will try. The working class people went to the polls and did him a much needed favor, they voted for him overwhelmingly. Secondly, the working class people were hardest hit during the Johnson-Sirleaf years.

    The old hands that worked in the outgoing government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should not be brought back. If Weah brings them back, Weah will go down faster than a rock.
    God bless Liberia.

  4. May God direct President Weah’s path towards justly doing what is good for mankind. President Weah must consult some of his worldwide colleagues when he is faced with a technical presidential-issue, for an advice supported by the constitution or other sub laws. He, President Wean, must prioritize RULE OF LAW, NOT THE DECISIONS, WILL AND PLEASURE OF PEOPLE TERMING THEMSELVES AS HIGH-CLASS. PROCEEDS OF RESOURCES MUST BENEFIT ALL CITIZENS, AND NOBODY SHOULD GO WITH IMPUNITY WHEN PUNITY MEASURE IS DESERVED, FOR NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW. DEPRIVATION OF KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, WORK-OPPORTUNITY, ETC. MUST BE DISCOURAGED, BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND WORK-OPPORTUNITY BELONG TO EVERYBODY DESIROUS OF ACQUIRING THEM. PICK-AND-CHOOSE IS A SERIOUS CORRUPTION, WHICH SOMETIMES RESULTS TO A CONFLICT; ITS PRACTICE MUST ALSO BE DISCOURAGED.

    MAY GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER PROTECT OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT AND KEEP LIBERIA ENJOYABLE AND PEACEFUL BY DESTROYING ENEMIES OF PEACE AND PROGRESS.

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