Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 18, 2016 – The LPP USA branch calls on our mother party and all of its partners to join us in issuing this unanimous and categorical no vote for the recent appointment of Mr. Robert Sirleaf as acting governor by the board of the national bank of Liberia. This appointment is shortsighted, counterproductive and only confirms popular concerns regarding secret machinations long orchestrated by hidden hands to accelerate the departure of the then Governor Jones, and subsequently, to again install another member of the first family in a strategic position.
In our opinion, Mr. Sirleaf’s objectivity and his ability to honestly preside over the financial management of our nation is seriously compromised by his relationship to the president. It is safe to state that his first loyalty goes to his mother rather than the impoverished Liberian masses. No argument, this assertion is buttressed by the unprofessional and questionable performances of several members of the first family on countless occasions, when they have surrendered the interest of the people or institutions that they served to their own personal aggrandizement or the executive under the leadership of their mother. For example, it has been alleged that Mr. Robert Sirleaf, a son of the president unscrupulously ran and masterminded the sudden demise of the National Oil Company of Liberia. The history of events leading to the company’s eventual fall is replete with claims of massive corruption and mismanagement. Those claims are yet to be thoroughly investigated because of the interconnection between the leadership and the interest of the presidency.
Mr. Fumba Sirleaf, another son of the president runs the National Security Agency, an institution that remains plagued by claims and counter claims of corruption, abuse of power and human rights. To date, his alleged involvement in the extortion of a Korean national in a little over US$28,000.00 is yet to be investigated and brought to closure because he is untouchable. These examples validate that the power of the executive continues to shield these individuals and their cronies, making it impossible to subject them to investigations and prosecutions where necessary.
Therefore, by the appointment of Mr. Charles Sirleaf as governor of the national bank, the fiscal management of our country is clearly being plunged into a situation devoid of transparency and accountability. His experience and education in no way negate common reasoning that ninety percent of the time he will choose to please his mother and not the people. We must not let this to happen.
Also, we take note that the continued appointments of members of the first family and their cronies to key positions represent an ugly re-introduction of nepotism, conflict of interest and cronyism in national governance, and is a major contributor to the wave of corruption that permeate our system. Memories are fresh that years ago, our president, together with other politicians condemned this evil and even put their lives on the line to fight it. One would’ve thought that her ascendency to leadership presented a pleasant platform to continue to fight and eliminate this ugly paradigm. That is an illusion now as our government shamelessly endorses and perpetrates nepotism with no remorse.
While it is true that some of our colleagues have drown in the sinking sand of nepotism and corruption, we, for our part remain resolute, and stay on the side of the masses in the fight for transparency, justice and peace. This fight was not only designed for Tolbert, Doe or Taylor. It is incumbent upon us, and every well-meaning members of the opposition to speak out and demand a reversal of any action on the part of our government that is reminiscent of the old order; no matter who is at the helm. We must no longer condone the erection of hegemonies in our country. The Sirleafs cannot run our presidency, while at the same time running our fiscal policies management and national security.
Mr. Sirleaf is in no way impartial and in our view will utilize his position to steer the functions of the bank toward achieving the agenda of the executive as oppose to that of the nation. At this point, we call for his role to only be limited to acting governor until an independent, impartial and qualified individual is vetted and appointed. To force this appointment down the throats of the Liberian people will mean a blatant affront counter-productive to the gains made at the bank so far, especially when we learned that the bank is not subject to audit.
We therefore petition, and also call on all peace loving citizens to petition our legislature to ensure that Mr. Sirleaf does not ascend to the governorship of the national bank.
Acting Chairman, LPP-USA