VP Taylor Begs President Weah’s Forgiveness, Promises to Be an Obedient Deputy

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VP Jewel Howard Taylor

With barely four months in office, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor is said to have fallen short of respecting the office of President George Weah, more so during her travels outside the country.

VP Taylor on Monday morning [May 14] admitted on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS), at a local radio station, to wrongdoing in cases of traveling at her own discretion and without the knowledge of President Weah. At the same time, she begged for compassion and forgiveness, with a promise never to repeat such acts, which are said to be disproportionate to democracy, and has called for consultations on relevant matters at all times.

According to the Vice President, her constant travels without informing the President contributed to some misunderstandings between her and her boss, but she said the situation has been “amicably resolved.”

She however said as Vice President, she is the face of women on the continent, especially so after former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has already left power and “I would, therefore, have to make representations on [the women’s] behalf.”

She promised to be an obedient and law-abiding VP, hoping that President Weah forgive her for the misstep.

Prior to the development, there were public speculations of friction between Taylor and Weah, both of whom are the first two representations of the country. Some pundits have also argued that trust may seem to be a very costly commodity between the two leaders.

Ardent Liberian followers on social media, including Martin Scott, expressed disappointments in VP Taylor for being so careless about the need to respect the fact that the monies she has used in her recent trips came from taxpayers, who want the best for their country, rather than seeing her showcasing herself each time as a beauty pageant queen in other countries.

“Every time you read the papers, you see VP Taylor, all dressed up, in exotic African attire, in a foreign country. And the Liberian media cover her trip in detail, with a straight face, so that the Liberian people back home can think that she’s doing something for them, but she’s actually doing nothing,” Scott posted.

VP Taylor’s National Patriotic Party (NPP) joined the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) of former Speaker of the House of Representatives Alex J. Tyler, to form a coalition with Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in 2016, for the purpose of winning the 2017 presidential elections.

Since their ascendancy to power, members of the NPP have complained of marginalization by the coalition government, saying they are not prioritized in appointments.

On what power and control the president has, Article 50 of the Constitution says, “The Executive Power of the Republic shall be vested in the President who shall be the Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia.”

Article 51, on the other hand, says, “There shall be a Vice–President who shall assist the President in the discharge of his or her functions.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Someone must be in charge, even in the kingdom of the WILD, Mr. Lion is the head. No two captains can steer one vessel.

  2. Is this not the work of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? Turning Weah agaisnt his vice president as she did during her reign with Joseph Boikai? I understand she is still in Liberia in the shadows of Weah and serving as his principal advisor and the unconstitutional defacto president. If Weah must succeed, he needs to stay away from Ellen advice and unite with his VP to effectively run the country. They were both elected by the people and therefore enjoy their mandate to lead. They need to work together and this is the only way they will succeed. “In union strong success is sure………” Weah, stay away from Ellen. She ran a corrupt government for 12 years and therefore has no good advice for you. “A hint to the wise, is quite sufficient

  3. Zinnah, why accuse the President of turning against his VP? It’s the Vice President who has indicated that she misused her office insubordination of the office of the President, regardless of who the president is. She jeopardized the plan so succession in case there was an emergency, were the president incapacitated or constitutionally unable to function. It’s not about the President’s personal feeling, but a serious national security issue. Furthermore, in contrast to the article, the President alone is the face of the country, with his designee the Foreign Minister serving that role to the outside world, until the President himself travels, as he is also the head of state. The Vice President is not co-leader with the President and she was not elected to be the face women, though there’s pecuniary benefit for women seeing her as a role model. She was elected to assist the president. Since it appears the issue has been resolved, I believe focus should now be placed on each Liberian asking themselves, “what can I do for Liberia?”, not “what can the Liberian government do for me?”

  4. VP Taylor demonstrates true pritriotism,humanitarian and good governance in this case as she accepts criticism and apologized to her boss and promise never to do that again realizing the fact that there is only one captain on a ship.

    I further recommend that according to article 51 of the Liberia constitution the VP also had power invested in he/her in his/her discharge of duty therefore,I plead to look down on others whose need your help especially your fellow canterparts of the mighty coalition for Democratic change they shouldn’t be marginalize that why they voted you and this is not called nepotism.

  5. Mr. President, please forgive her as she is pleading for forgiveness. Let think about Liberia and Liberian, let Liberia be put first.thanks

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