Ellen Strikes Early Blow -Paul Mulbah Affected

Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted December 7, 2005


Barely few days after the composition of the Transition Committee by the President-elect, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former Police Director, Paul Mulbah has been dropped from the committee for what she called “his poor human rights record.”

Madam Sirleaf, speaking live yesterday on a radio talk show on Truth F.M. said nobody with poor human rights record will form part of the transition committee and the incoming government.

Since the composition of the committee certain people including partisans of Unity Party have taken the President-elect to task for including people with tainted record on the committee.

She said the naming of Mr. Mulbah on the transitional committee was purely an error on their part and promised that Mr. Mulbah will not form part of her future government.

Recently, Vice President-elect, Amb. Joseph N. Boakai at a program of his natal day clarified that the list of the Transition team does not represent the formation of the Ellen Johnson- led government.

On the question of people visiting her residence on a daily basis in search of jobs, Madam Sirleaf noted that most of the people seen at her home are not job seekers but are people who visit her to congratulate her for being elected as the first female African Head of State.

She noted that the issue of job should not be taken out of context because there will be a lot of jobs for qualified people who will meet the requirement from wherever they are and will not be disqualified or intimidated.
She furthered that for those who have the requisite qualifications, there is a standard that has been setup, and that all Liberians are equal under the law for employment.

Meanwhile, Madam Sirleaf has reiterated her earlier campaign promise to the Liberian people for the restoration of basic social services such as light, water and better health condition.

It can be recalled that the two human rights activists Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris of the then Catholic Justice & Peace Commission and Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe were arrested and detained at the National Police Headquarters where Mr. Mulbah served as Police Director.

The action taken by Mr. Mulbah at the time brought his reputation under question by both local and international human rights organizations as the two rights activists were said to be humiliated while in detention at the time.

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