The newly endorsed Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress, Alexander Cummings has vowed to waive his presidential salary to buttress the fight against corruption in Liberia when elected President comes 2017.
Mr. Cummings said such move is to ensure that anti graft institutions like the General Auditing Commission, Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, Internal Audit Agency among others are fully funded to ensure the desire results in tackling the menace, corruption.
“These anit graft institutions established by government needs the kind of support to get the kind of results in the fight against corruption which continues to destroy the fabric of every sector in the Liberian society.
If this comes to pass, Alexander Cummings will be the first Liberian Head of State to waive his salary to development programs of the government.
Mr. Cummings spoke at the weekend when he was endorsed as Standard Bearer by the National Executive Committee of the Alternative National Congress and hundreds of partisans and supporters at the party’s 3rd National Convention in Kakata, Margibi County.
He told his partisans and supporters that an ANC government will not compromise the issue of corruption.
“Under an ANC administration, we will prosecute, jail and seize assets of those accuse of corruption, there will be absolutely no favoritism in enforcing this, Cummings maintained.”
The ANC Standard Bearer at the same time promised aggressive economic expansion when is elected as Liberia’s next President, saying he, his Vice Standard and team will focus on revitalizing the country’s economic to ensure infrastructural and human advancement and transformation.
He named education, health, agriculture, building of roads among others as areas that will top the development agenda of Liberia under an Alexander Cummings and ANC regime.
Commenting on his running mate, Cummings described the new comer, Sulunteh as his “first choice” and partner in progress”.
Mr. Cummings spoke highly of Jeremiah Sulunteh’s personal character and political credentials, noting he is a character worthy of public trust and confidence.
He further narrated that his Vice Standard, Sulunteh is a political assert capable of delivering the tasks ahead, making specific reference to the vote rich Bong County.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy to have been chosen among many and promised to do all in his powers to ensure the Alternative National Congress becomes the next ruling party, Sulunteh told hundreds of partisans and supporters.”
During his last days with the Unity Party and while serving Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, it was widely speculated that Solunteh was eyeing the vice standard bearer position on the UP ticket.
Mr. Sulunteh’s preferment as running mate to Cummings brings to two the number parties who have chosen running mates with just two months to campaigning period.
Recently, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor who comes from the National Patriotic Party, NPP was chosen as running mate to Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change, while Unity Party Joseph Boakia and others are yet to choose their running mates.
Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party (ALP), Senator Prince Y. Johnson’s Movement for Democratic Reconstruction (MDR) and Nathaniel Blama’s Liberia National Union (LINU) – last Friday at the headquarters of the MDR in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, but who takes the lead as Standard Bearer is apparently becoming a sticky issues, with Senator Johnson insisting he wants to be at the top on grounds that he contested elections before.
Writes: Eldred Thomas