By Moses Uneh Yahmia | Globe Afrique |
The vivid practice of favoring relatives or close family members to key positions of government was pervasive under Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf especially in her second term of office (2012 – 2017). Robert Allen Sirleaf, the favorite son of Madam Sirleaf was not only senior advisor to the President but also Chairman of the Board of the state-owned National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).
Fumba Sirleaf, the foster son of Former President Sirleaf was head of the National Security Agency (NSA). Charles Sirleaf, another son of President Sirleaf was and is still one of the governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).
As the then biggest opposition political party Liberia, the Congress for Democratic Change, now one of the member parties that makes up the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, not only herald but also vehemently condemned Former President Sirleaf for appointing members of her family to lucrative positions in the government.
n fact, this was one of the key weaknesses the CDC highlighted against the Johnson-Sirleaf-led regime and justified to the mass of Liberians that the Unity Party (UP) led government, under the auspices of a Nobel Laureate and Africa’s first democratically elected female president, was not committed to promoting good governance.
The opposition argued then that nepotism in governance promotes conflict of interest, breeds corruption with an attendant consequence of impunity, low productivity, ineffectiveness, and inefficiency on the job, the promotion of mediocrity over merit etc.
Source: Globe Afrique Media