President of George M. Weah has suspended Bong County Superintendent, Esther Walker, with immediate effect, according to an Executive Mansion press release Friday, Feb. 15.
Madam Walker remains suspended pending an investigation into allegations she made in leaked audio which went viral on February 15, 2019, the release said, noting that she is henceforth advised to turn over all government properties in her possession.
Superintendent Walker’s voice could be heard on leaked audio explaining her ordeal with the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Minister Samuel Tweah, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill and, later, Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee, when she joined them at the Jamaica resort following the President’s 2019 annual message to the Legislature. She said she wanted to speak to the President when Samuel Tweah called her and she went and sat between the two men.
She said Minister Tweah confronted her and claimed that Bong County had given the title ‘Dakpanah’ to Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor. Dakpanah is a sacred title between Poro and Sande Societies that is appointed by the most sacred Zonya of the Gola tribe.
She said Minister Tweah accused the Vice President of being wicked and noted that he had the evidence that could be used as an act of revenge on her for her alleged action. “The only good that blesses you is that you are in the middle of us and, if it was a bad government, we would have executed you,” she said Minister Tweah told her. Later, when MCC Mayor Jefferson Koijee came to where she was being contemtuously addressed, he joined the other two and she wanted to leave the area but could not.
Superintendent Walker said she was embarrassed by the action of the three men that she claimed are running the country and whom the President listens to for his decisions concerning the country.
Madam Walker’s allegations have worried Liberians and have confirmed reports that the President listens to the three men mentioned in the audio regarding the running of the country.
With the nature of the allegations and the situation that Madam Walker went through, political observers are concerned that things that seem not to have any significance claim the attention of a President who has a lot to do to get Liberia back on her economic development.