In the wake of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s temporary reinstatement of three officials of the Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA), the Citizens Solidarity Movement to Protect Presidential Legacies in Liberia says the move by President Sirleaf is in the right direction and a mark of a good leader who open to listens to both sides of the divide.
While we do not support officials of this government who usually engage in unorthodox practices in the discharge of their duties, the three dismissed officials of LIPA challenged their respective dismissals with facts, and this led to their temporary reinstatement however based on a condition.
The Citizens Solidarity Movement to Protect Presidential Legacies in Liberia will therefore use this medium to call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to extend the decision taken to reinstate the three LIPA officials to the two NPA officials Ms. Matilda W. Parker, Managing Director and Christiana Kpaba Paelay, Comptroller who were suspended on the basis of an investigative finding of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission.
The LACC Chairman informed journalists at a recent MICAT weekly press conference that the report published by the Front Page Africa was not LACC report and that the two officials were still being investigated by the LACC. The fact that the LACC Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier will make such a statement clearly suggest that the officials deserve reinstatement pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation. Additionally, President Sirleaf was misled in taking the decision to suspend the NPA Managing Director, Ms Matilda W. Parker and Comptroller Christiana Kpaba Pealay evidenced by the disclaimer issued by Cllr. James Verdier.
We don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us to what extent Cllr. James Verdier have failed in the performance of his fiduciary responsibility to fight corruption. To present an inconclusive report to the President upon which two government officials were suspended is a danger precedent and this to a large extent is an undermining factor to fighting corruption for which Cllr. James Verdier must be held accountable.
We want to remind Cllr. James Verdier that in 1980 thirteen government officials were tied to poles and executed in cold blood for rampant corruption without giving them the opportunity to adequately defend themselves in a court of competent jurisdiction. Today, we are still fighting corruption with the commission charged with the responsibility to lead in this fight publicly disclaiming its own report, what if President Sirleaf is not a person who believe in the rule of law, Ms. Matilda Parker and Christiana Paelay would have being victims of extra judicial treatment as was in the case of the People’s Redemption Council in 1980.