By J K K Peah
Philadelphia, USA-The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai addressing a town hall meeting of Liberians in Philadelphia, United States, yesterday evening told his fellow citizens that “if he were President Sirleaf, he would had fired half of the cabinet for corruption and disregard for the rule of law for failing to resign their posts consistent with the “Code of Conduct” but are still serving in the government while they remain officials in their respective political parties.
Vice President Boakai was responding to a question posed to him by a member of the audience who asked him about cabinet Ministers who are in clear violation of the “Code Of Conduct” such as Information Minister Eugene Nagbe who in open violation of the Code of Conduct is also serving as Secretary of the ruling Unity Party using public resources to foster the political agenda of the Unity Party during this election period in blatant disregard to the rule of law as well the corrupt practices in Liberia.
Answering to an assertion by the former President of the Press Union of Liberia, Abraham Massaley that “you are a weak Vice President and what makes you different from President Sirleaf” for not standing up against the vices of the Sirleaf administration, the Vice President said “if you want to see strong Vice President, go to Sierra Leone and Southern Sudan”.
The Liberian Vice President was making the analogy to the two African countries where their respective Vice Presidents have stood up against their Presidents and eventually, it led to confusion- n led to the current war in Sudan and for Sierra Leone the Vice President had to flee the country.
Vice President Boakai told his Liberian audience in Philadelphia, the United States at a town hall meeting organized by a political action committee group called “Patriots of Liberia’ organized to promote the Vice President’s candidacy for the October election, held at the Victory Harvest Church.
Vice President Boakai asserted he can not justify why after 170 years, Liberia is where it is today, saying all the development Liberians are insisting the government should undertake today in their criticism of the government, “should had been done 90 years ago”, telling his the audience the sheered disregard for the rule of law is the crust of Liberia’s problem.
Addressing the issue of why he is yet to select his Vice Standard Bearer, Vice President Boakai informed the audience that he is not in a rush implying if he had rushed, he might had made a mistake to find out later his running mate could had been ineligible by the “Code of Conduct” but assured the audience, in due course, he will name his running mate.
The Liberian Vice President asserted that his selection as running mate to President Sirleaf was a deliberate process that went through a rigorous institutional rudimentary of the Unity Party and that it did not just happen out of the ordinary.
According to a political observer asked to give reason why one would think the Vice resident would make such a remark about his boss President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf not dismissing her cabinet officials involve in corruption and refusal to resign their posts to serve their respective positions at their political parties in obedience to the rule of law; one political observer said “the Vice President is trying to distance himself from the failures of the Sirleaf government to avoid her failures from been a liability on his campaign as he fights his own battle to become President in the October election”.