Liberia’s Defense Minister, J. Brownie Samukai’s quest to support the presidential bid of his kinsman, Joseph N. Boakai’s presidential bid for 2017 has created serious concerns among the Liberian populace including a member of the Liberian senate.
‘Our Minister of Defense should not be a part of the Country’s political affairs; he should be neutral at all times. His public pronouncement of expressing support to Vice President Joseph Boakai violates the act that created the Defense Ministry,” Senator Jewel Howard Taylor speaking on a local radio station noted.
Senator Taylor, ex-wife of detained Liberian leader, Charles Taylor said the Liberian Defense Minister support to a presidential candidate in the upcoming 2017 general and presidential elections has publicly questioned the neutrality of the Liberian national army, a situation she said is dragging the army to public ridicule.
Over 22 presidential candidates are in the 2017 general and presidential elections with Liberian Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai being part of this number who is also the vice standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party is a native of Lofa County where the Defense Minister was born vowed the capture the upcoming Liberian presidential election in 2017.