‘Big, Black Lie’

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Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has strongly denied media reports that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf advised her Malawian counterpart Madam Joyce Banda not to fight corruption during an election year.

During an interactive discussion with some Liberians on Wednesday, at the Center for Exchange of Intellectual Opinions, (CEIO) the Liberian Foreign Minister, who recently accompanied President Johnson Sirleaf to that southern African nation, clarified that at no time did President Sirleaf tell President Banda not to fight corruption in the heat of a election fight. President Banda, is seeking making a run of her own at the presidency. Malawi is scheduled to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections in May of this year.

“Let me tell you that the Malawian Presidential Press Secretary has come out with a clarification. But I can tell you that this statement going around, especially on the Internet, claiming that ‘President Sirleaf told the Malawian President not to fight corruption because it is a risk in an election year,’ is not true at all.”

According to the report, Mrs. Sirleaf was supposed to have reasoned that ‘people with money would have fought the Malawian president back, leading to her defeat at the polls in May.

“I can tell you that this is a big, black lie. I say that with all the strength of my integrity because I was there. I was even behind the Press Secretary to get some clippings so that we can play for you to hear,” Foreign Minister Ngafuan said, in response to a young lady’s question on the matter.

“What President Banda said was that her sister [President Sirleaf] is her role model. They discussed a wide range of issues including the anti-corruption fight and the risk that is involved. But she said publically at the state dinner that President Sirleaf encouraged her to stay the course, to soldier on—to continue the corruption fight in spite of the pending elections and the risk involved. That’s what President Banda said,” Mr. Nguafuan narrated.

He reminded his audience that Malawi is going to elections and, as a consequence, the Malawian political climate is getting very charged.  Therefore, falsehoods and twisted facts may be peddled by individuals with ulterior motives.

The Liberian Foreign Minister then encouraged the jam-packed audience at a local haitai shop, dominated by the youths, not to lose sight of the progress that has been made since the end of the civil conflict that has created the environment for economic recovery and development as well as the institutionalization of a culture of democracy.

 “We are not at the bottom of the proverbial ‘bottomless pit.’ We are not way up there yet; but equally so, we are not way down there. We have miles to go but we have made some significant progress that you need to note and appreciate,” he concluded.

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