Just about two days after his former cabinet ministers and collegaues in the Samuel K. Doe administration organized and concluded a relief package at the Morovia City Hall early this week , led By Hon Morris Dukuly, Alhaji GV Kroma, and Cllr. Philip Banks, among others, to rescue their fellow former cabinet minister, Cllr. Jenkins Scott, the all powerful Justice Minister in the Samuel K. Doe government, the former Justice Minister Jenkins Scott died two days ago at a mental health facility in Du Port Road, Paynesville after he was taken there for medical treatment.
Reports filed by our reporter in Monrovia says Cllr. Scott died two days ago after he was carried for treatment at a mental health facility on Du Port Road, Paynesville and has since been buried yesterday at 4:00 pm in keeping with his Muslim faith.
The cause of death is unknown but it is believed that the former Justice Minister finally felled to the deplorable condition his life had befallen in recent time.
Cllr. Scott condition came to public attention early this month when he was found lying in the dumb at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia and his picture published worldwide by media institutions. The horrific picture of the Minister Scott published worldwide sent a shock in Liberia and around the world evolving the question and debate how could it be that a one time all powerful Justice Minister of the Republic of Liberia could earn up lying in the dumb in such horrible condition.
The daughter of the Justice Minister also didn’t shy from venting her shock and broken-spirit that her father could earn up in such deplorable and inhumane condition in Liberia though he was a public servant and cabinet minister who served the Liberian government. Ms. Atelia Weedor Scott levied the blame of her father’s condition on the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. In her letter to the editor to “The New Dispensation” in response to the condition of her father, Ms. Scott said she was told by her father that his deplorable condition was attributed to the President of Liberia because of the manner in which he treated her when he was Justice minister during the Doe administration. Ms. Scott called on Liberians then who wanted to help her father, to “tell President Sirleaf to let go old grudges”.
Reports from Monrovia filed by our reporter scouting the tempo of the Liberian public on their feedback on Minister Jenkins Scott unfortunate national tragedy, revealed heated debate and question have since ensued surrounding the pitiful condition Liberia’s once powerful and respected Justice Minister was reduced to and the harsh condition such a public figure endured. Among the many questions and debate unfolding in th public arena, hattai spots, and universities palava huts, are the moral responsibility of the Liberian public and especially the Liberian government responsiblity to look after a former public servant who once served the government, had the government and the Liberian public taken this serious, they believed, the country and Minster Scott and family would not had endured such national tragedy. Other puzzles on the horizon are the questioning of the role and legal responsibility of the National Social security and Welfare Corporation, the arm of the Liberian government which collects pensions cuts from all employees who work in government to be made available when one enters retirement. Liberians beleive if the National Social Security and Welfare Corpration was living up to its satutory obligation and legal responsiblity to the individual government employee like Cllr. Scott who worked many years with government which means the NSC&WC has huge pension savings for the late Minister Scott, it could had sustained him and he would not had been reduced and forced to endure such horry at his last days.
The condition of the former Justice Minster drew sympathy from all works of life and massive rescued package was on its way from the United States under the auspecies of the Federation Loffa County Associations in the Americas, the umbrella of Lofa citizens in the United States, Minister Scott county of origin
Others say the Minister deserves what he got because he is one the archetects of Liberia destruction and his fate should serve as warning to all Liberians to be mindful of what one does or our past will come to bite us tomorrow too like Minister Sctott , specifically to those in power today.