LIBERIA: LACC To Probe Resigned Foreign Minister On Mismanagement Of Japanese Grant?

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is said to shortly invite the resigned Minister of Foreign Affairs whose institution has been implicated in the alleged mismanagement of the Japanese Grant to Liberia.

 According to our source at the LACC said Mr. Ngafuan who served as Foreign Minister during the alleged mismanagement of the Japanese Funds is to shortly appear before that Graft institution in order to clear as to the usage of the Japanese funds..

Over the weekend the Liberian youthful Minister who is currently in the United States with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other cabinet ministers tendered in his resignation stating several reasons as to why his resignation should be accepted..

Noting, “I made it unequivocally clear about two years ago that I did not intend to be inactive in the 2017 Presidential and General Elections, which depending on how it pans out, will determine whether our country will progress or retrogress.  I have reiterated and re-emphasized this position in subsequent speeches, interviews and public remarks.

Additionally, I have taken keen note of provisions of an Act of Legislature Prescribing a National Code of Conduct for All Public Officials and Employees, especially Part V on Political Participation. The following provisions of the Code of Conduct are of particular relevance:

5.1 All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not

a) Engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected office.

b) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.

5.2 Wherein, any person in the category stated in section 5.1 herein above, desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position, the following shall apply:

a) Any Minister, Deputy Minister, Director-General, Managing Director and Superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a) of the Constitution and a Managing Director appointed by a Board of Directors, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two (2) years prior to the date of such public elections.

I must stress that I do not concur fully with some of the provisions cited above; however, as a law-abiding citizen, I do not intend to disobey the law.

I have therefore determined that my continued service in the Government in the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs will have the net effect of legally making me politically inactive, an outcome that conflicts with my intention for the future.  It is in light of the aforementioned, coupled with my desire to keep my political options open,  that I have written the President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, tendering my resignation from the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia effective October 10, 2015.

I have had a frank and cordial discussion with President Sirleaf on the rationale of my decision; and she has gracefully accepted my resignation. On behalf of my family, friends, and well-wishers, I extended to President Sirleaf my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity afforded me to serve my country in the capacities of Budget Director, Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dean of the Cabinet.

I have also assured the President that, to the extent consistent with law and to the extent that it would be needed,  I remain committed, as a patriotic citizen, to lending my time, expertise and advice to the forward march of our dear country.

For nearly ten unbroken years, even without a single vacation break, I have had the ennobling opportunity, amidst numerous challenges, of applying my heart, my head, and my hands to the forward march of my country. Over these years and in my various positions, I have also been blessed to work with many wonderful Liberians in the Cabinet, in the three branches of Government, at the erstwhile Bureau of the Budget, the erstwhile Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I am immensely thankful to all of them for all what we were able to achieve working together for our country and our people. I also cherish the contributions made by many non-Liberians representing various bilateral and multilateral partners both at home and abroad to the achievement of numerous goals and targets in the respective portfolios I have held over the years in government.

 Lastly, but most importantly, my appreciation goes to all Liberians dispersed in the fifteen counties across the nation and in the Diaspora whose ultimate interest it has been my duty and my honor to protect and advance in Government.

As I embark on this new phase of my life, I assure all and sundry that I shall continue to uphold the values and principles that have earned me their respect over the years both out and within government.

May the Good Lord shower His bounteous blessings of peace, unity and sustainable progress upon our Nation”, the Liberian former Foreign Minister noted.

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