Executive Mansion Buys Bullet Proof Jeeps
-Presidential Comfort Supercedes the Masses’ Fate
-US$1M Expended for Security Protection


Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

November 16, 2004

Chairman Gyude Bryant
Latest reports reaching The FORUM newspaper reveal that Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant has reportedly purchased two-bullet proof vehicles as a way of strengthening his security.

The reports, according to Executive Mansion and Foreign Ministry sources said Chairman Bryant is expected to shortly travel to Germany with an 18-man delegation including drivers to inspect the vehicles.

According to our sources, the drivers are expected to undergo a weeklong orientation as operators of the 2004 model factory made vehicles, while Chairman Bryant tours other European countries.

The authoritative sources at the Executive Mansion hinted that each of the vehicles costs the Government of Liberia not less than US$500,000.

Transport Minister Dr. Vamba Kanneh and General Services Agency officials have denied being involved into government’s latest arrangement to purchase bullet proof jeeps for Chairman Bryant in a country already engulfed by poverty, hunger and disease.

Dr. Kanneh told journalists during a recent talk show on local radio station in Monrovia that he read about the transitional government’s decision to purchase the presidential vehicles on the Internet while on his recent medical trip to the United States of America.

He said though his Ministry has not independently verified the report, Chairman Bryant was reported to have met with some senior officials of his government and media representatives in Monrovia to justify the purchase of the vehicles.

A member of the Good Governance Reform Commission, former Lofa County Representative David Kortie also hinted that individual members of the commission were investigating the report.

He said it was unrealistic at this point in time for a care-taker government which has less than one year in office to expend one million United States dollars only for the comfort of the Executive Mansion, while thousands of the citizens languish in displaced camps without adequate daily meal and civil servants still struggling to get their salary arrears.

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