Ellen Dispels Notion of Living in Fear after Tenure

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Withdraws Presidential Transition Act

Amid rumors that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seeking immunity from prosecution for alleged corruption and for cracking down on her political opponents with the introduction of the Presidential Transition Act at the end of her tenure, she has declared that she does not need such protection from any authority.

She has therefore written to the House of Representatives withdrawing her letter introducing the Presidential Transition Bill.

In her September 15 letter to the House, she told the lawmakers that she is withdrawing the Presidential Transition Act, which “seems to be a subject of controversy and misunderstanding.”

“I wish to point out emphatically that I need neither protection nor personal support. I have served this country with patriotism, commitment and integrity and I am convinced that my record of success will stand the test of time,” the President said.

“Moreover, I always knew that after service, I would be required to return to the life I have always known – one of earned revenue from hard work,” she informed the lawmakers.
The President’s letter was read and discussed in yesterday’s Executive Session and then forwarded to the House leadership. Currently, the Bill is before the Joint Committee on Good Governance and Executive.

The Presidential Transition Act seeks to put in place an arrangement for the transfer of administration from one democratically elected president to another.

The purpose of the proposed law, President Sirleaf said in her letter introducing the bill, is to build a strong foundation and culture that would enhance a democratic value for sustainable peace, management, and regulation of the transfer of political power, and other matters.

For example, section two of the Act demands services and benefits to be provided to the former President and Vice President, including equipping their offices, vehicles, security, budget allocation, benefits to dependents, among others. Section three calls for privileges for former Presidents and Vice Presidents.

The President’s letter went on to say that the proposed law, when enacted, will continue the path of peaceful resolution, smooth transition of political power and governance, stability and a sustained democratic development.

However, many have interpreted the President’s letter to mean that she is seeking “protection” through the Presidential Transition Act she submitted on August 17.

They have also argued that the Bill is designed by President Sirleaf to seek refuge, protection and safety under the law, as well as for her family.

This argument, it is believed, prompted President Sirleaf’s letter to withdraw the bill. The President said in her August 17 letter to the Legislature, “It is noted that other countries striving to consolidate and sustain their fledgling democracies incorporate provisions for former Presidents and Vice Presidents.”

She added, “Such a provision (of immunity) encourages outgoing leaders not to want to entrench and perpetuate themselves in office”

6 COMMENTS

  1. The silent majority has the power and thus obligated to protect all Liberians incoming and outgoing with connected constitutional immunities. The key however, to the door of this Presidential election’s Presidency is a smooth transition after a factual actual count.
    Gone in Silence. The Liberian people are now in control. Let them know.

  2. BULL SH8T! SOMEBODY’S GOTTO ACCOUNT FOR THE MASSIVE STEALING, NEPOTISM, AND CORRUPTION IN LIBERIA UNDER ELLEN SIRLEAF’S REGIME! IF ANYONE PROMISED ELLEN IMMUNITY REGARDLESS OF LIBERIA’S LAWS OF SCRUTINY OF OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PERFORMANCES, CONDUCTS, AND EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF OUR SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, IS A DAMN LIAR! LIBERIA’S LEADERS CANNOT CONTINUE TO GOVERN LIBERIA AND LIBERIANS WITHOUT PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY, EFFECTIVE AND REGULAR AUDITS, AND SCRUTINY OF THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OWED LIBERIA AND LIBERIAN PEOPLE FOR THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE REPOSED IN THEM AS LEADRS! SOMEBODY’S GOTTO ACCOUNT TODAY FOR THE GRAVE UNDERDEVELOPMENT AND BULL SH8T CAUSED BY ELLEN SIRLEAF, HER SONS AND NEPOTISTIC FAMILY REGIME!! SO MUTE IT BE . . . . .

    • R.C; The good of the E.J.S’ ADMINISTRATION, far outweighs everything else. Lady Sirleaf took over a “FAILED STATE”, Liberia. Under her leadership, Liberia is once again recognized as a “COUNTRY”; making progress. At the inception of her turnure, Liberia’s total “BUDGET” was a mere 80 million U.S $. Today, there is a tremendous difference. She took office when Liberia was in total darkness. She is leaving office with lights on; shinning for a brighter/better Liberia. She did manage to wipe out BILLIONS of FOREIGN DEBTS; thus making the Liberian Economy viable once again. As a matter of fact, we should be grateful to Lady Sirleaf for laying the FOUNDATION; for the ERADICATION of CORRUPTIONS in Liberia. Under EJS’ ADMINISTRATION, we freely discussing CORRUPTIONS in Government; something never before done, during previous Administrations. Let’s build on the POSITIVES of her administration and move on.

    • NB. Corrections: ‘should have written, she’d manage to wipe out BILLIONS of DOLLARS in foreign DEBTS. *We freely discuss CORRUPTIONS in Government; something never before done, during previous Administrations…

  3. Henry Freeman, who made Liberia a failed State? Is it not the same Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf?
    The same mentality that elected Ellen Sirleaf President when, in fact, the TRC Findings
    barred her from holding public office is being displayed here. Good that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    did outweighed her bad while in office? Give me a break! Do you know that today Liberia is
    broken into two parts; Southeastern- Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Grand KLru and
    Sinoe counties are separated from the rest of Liberia due to bad road conditions; your
    national educational system is in a real mess, public institutions are yet to come back normal,
    those killed during her war are no more alive, corruption on the skyline, public enterprises
    defunct because of her personal and corrupt involvement; and on and on … Nothing Ellen
    Johnson-Sirleaf had done good that outweighed her bad deed when one realistically compare
    them well without a faint heart. No Siree, her good does not and did not outweighed her bad!

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