The popular workaholic (person with a compulsive need to work) in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, Mary T. Broh, has surfaced in the public domain as a favorite to be considered for Vice President on the ticket of any political party.
On ELBC’s Bumper Show yesterday many callers expressed their admiration for the role of ‘General’ Broh in getting things done in the government and felt that she could use such a patriotic and energetic spirit to transform the country.
According to the callers, Madam Broh, who now serves as director of the General Services Agency (GSA), has performed excellently in all the public positions she has served, including the current one.
They praised her for being hard working, strict and ethical in her work, which they claim warrants gratitude and promotion to a higher position where she would be able to make major transformations to the Liberian society.
A caller said: “Of all the officials, especially women serving in a government led by a woman, Mary Broh is the only hard working person we can see. Her good marks are evident in all the areas she has served, including the Passport Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Port Authority and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).”
Most female callers said Madam Broh has proven women’s capability to handle public positions, and they believe that serving in a high profile position as the Vice President would not be a mistake. They, however, worried that since the VP position is usually a dormant one, she might not be happy in it, or on the other hand, she could outperform the President.
It is not clear on which political party’s ticket Madam Broh would go as Vice President since most of the parties have selected their vice presidential candidates. However, Broh is a partisan of the Unity Party which is yet to declare its VP.
The Alternative National Congress has chosen Jeremiah Sulunteh, the Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise known as the Coalition for Democratic Change), Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and the Liberty Party has picked Harrison Karnwea.
Two other major parties that are yet to choose their presidential running mates are the ruling Unity Party and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).
Other views, however, suggested that while they recognize Madam Broh as a hardworking woman with remarkably high marks in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, she will not be a good candidate for the vice presidential position.
According to a male caller, “Madam Broh is very assertive in carrying out her duties, and is therefore good for a position that will take her into the field or allow her to directly supervise workers.
“I recognize Mary Broh as a hard working woman, but making her Vice President will only kill the impact she could make on the public. The Vice President position is a ceremonial one that cannot allow you to do what you are capable of doing and if Mary Broh becomes Vice President, she will surely underperform.”
Admiration for Mary Broh rose after she was dropped as City Mayor in 2013 on demands from the House of Representatives. President Sirleaf reappointed her in September 2013 as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), which she has transformed into a pleasant environment and mostly efficient entity.
Before going to the GSA, Madam Broh transformed the Monrovia City Hall, cleaned up Monrovia and its environs and placed restrictions on arbitrarily dropping trash on the streets. She demolished unsightly makeshift structures from several parts of the city.
Mary Broh also set aside the first Saturday in every month as a cleanup day, and this has customarily been observed despite her departure from the Monrovia City Corporation.
She is also head of President Sirleaf’s Presidential Task Force that rapidly responds to any public project the President wants to see implemented without fear or delay. Recently, she has been operating along the Somalia Drive where the Japanese road construction project is ongoing, removing any obstacles or hindrances to the progress of the road works.
“She is a woman of character, a patriot who has always been useful as the head” and therefore her abilities and energy would be subdued or hindered in the position of Vice President, a caller implied.