Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has finally broken silence on the leaked audio involving Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker and some senior officials of the government.
VP Taylor said she is not interested in gossips but remains focused in helping to revamp Liberia’s economy.
However, there has been growing concerns from citizens across the country, anxious to hear from Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and her role in the leaked audio.
Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker, in a recently leaked audio, stated that the vice president was accused by ministers Nathaniel McGill and Samuel Tweah of receiving a high traditional honor from traditional leaders in Bong County and which was intended for President George Weah.
Vice President Taylor, in a brief chat with reporters on Tuesday about the leaked audio, indicated that she is not interested in rumors filtering within the inner circles of the government.
She said she is more focused on helping President Weah improve the country’s economy, and indicated that the governance of the state is of more priority than to focus on issues that undermine the forward march of Liberia.
“The issue for me is that there are so many important things on our desk: the issue of the governance of our state; the issue of jobs for our people; the issues of how we can improve the economy to fulfill the Pro-poor Agenda — I think those are the important issues and not rumors and gossips. I would like to ask the media to let’s look at the issues concerning our country and make that a priority,” VP Howard Taylor said.
Commenting on the ongoing impeachment, she said she will remain neutral in the trial.
She stressed the need for Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh to be given due process under the laws of Liberia.
President Weah has since suspended Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker for her role in the leaked audio, according to an Executive Mansion press release on Friday, Feb. 15.
Madam Walker remains suspended pending an investigation into allegations she made in the leaked audio, which went viral on February 15, 2019, the release said. The suspended superintendent has since been advised to turn over all government properties in her possession.
Superintendent Walker’s voice could be heard on the leaked audio, explaining her ordeal with Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Samuel Tweah, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill and, later, the 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.
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 and 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 Mayor Koijee came to where she was being contemptuously addressed, he joined the other two. She claimed she wanted to leave but could not.
Superintendent Walker said she was embarrassed by the action of the three men, who she claimed are running the country and to whom the President listens for decisions to govern.
Madam Walker’s allegations, aside from creating worrying concerns for Liberians, appear have to 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 have claimed the attention of a president who has a lot to do to get Liberia back on its course of economic development.