By Harrison Arubu/Monrovia
Less than 24 hours after his inauguration, Liberia’s President George Weah, introduced seven appointments, together with that of former Senate Pro-Tempore Gbezohngar Findley, as Foreign Affairs Minister.
Findley, in accordance with native media, is near rapid previous President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and staunchly supported Vice President Joseph Boakai on the preliminary stage of the marketing campaign interval.
He reportedly dumped Boakai, who ran for the presidency on the platform of then Unity Party (UP), and aligned with Weah, closely campaigning for him.
This fuelled speculations that Weah was receiving assist from former President Johnson-Sirleaf, who was not too long ago expelled by the UP for anti-party actions.
Maj.-Gen. Daniel Ziankahn was instantly retired because the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and appointed the Minister of National Defense, topic to Senate affirmation.
Ziankahn replaces Brownie Samukai on the defence ministry, which is in the midst of an alleged wasteful spending of “welfare and supplementary pension benefits” members of the Armed Forces.
Brig. Gen. Prince Johnson takes over from Ziankahn as the brand new Chief of Staff of the AFL.
Weah named Chairman of the now ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr Nathaniel McGill, because the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
Mr. Samuel Tweh, a long-time member of the CDC, is to function Minister of Finance and Development Planning.
Until his appointment, Tweh labored as an financial marketing consultant on the Millennium Challenge Corporation underneath the Ministry of Finance.
The president appointed Mr Charles Gibson as Minister of Justice, and Mr Sam Mannah as Press Secretary.
All the appointments have been with rapid impact.
Weah has directed that the heads of different authorities ministries and companies stay in place till additional discover.
Meanwhile, some Liberians have urged the brand new president to honour his promise of holding authorities officers accountable to the folks.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Monrovia, one of many respondents, Saah Clinton, a retired soldier, suggested Weah to indicate braveness and do the correct factor within the curiosity of Liberians.
“Although, I’m assured within the president’s means to crack down on corruption as promised in his inaugural speech, it takes plenty of political will and braveness to do this.
“The president ought to carry the lots alongside in no matter determination he takes towards highly effective authorities officers, and the folks will stand by him,’’ he mentioned.
Weah in his inaugural deal with renewed his promise to sort out endemic corruption particularly within the public service, vowing to prosecute corruption authorities officers “to the total extent of the legislation’’.
“As officers of presidency, it’s time to put the curiosity of our folks above our personal egocentric pursuits. It is time to be sincere with our folks
“For those that don’t chorus from enriching themselves on the expense of the folks, the legislation will take its course,’’ the president mentioned.(NAN)