On Boakai’s Appointments: EFFL CIC Emmanuel Gonquoi writes..

The nation was ecstatic when I was appointed deputy labor minister for planning and manpower by the president of the Republic of Liberia yesterday. I sincerely appreciate everyone who congratulated me via phone and text. You guys inspire me.

But I want to be very clear that among the names I submitted from our party for the President of Liberia to consider as an Alliance member was our National Chairman, CMSR Steve Saah Kolubah, who was first notified and whose letter of appointment was signed by H.E. Amb. Joseph N. Boakai.

The chairman was also appointed to the National Housing Authority’s post of Deputy Director for Administration at the same time. Once more, the President of the Republic has signed the letter of appointment for CMSR Prince Saah Bonnah, Jr., our National Vice Chairman of Economic Affairs.How can I facilitate my national chairman getting appointed while still accepting the exact role that I suggested that he be appointed to? I will appear selfish and lose my leadership credibility if I do this.

I have consistently demonstrated to people, both inside and outside of the EFFL, that I would be a different kind of leader and that I would hold Liberia’s political system to a high standard. I have no interest in politics that prioritizes the interests of your children, family, and friends over those of the party, as other politicians will do in Liberia.

When the President and I met on Saturday, he confirmed the three appointments to various entities we first talked about, and he also noted that our letters were already signed.Certain individuals within the president’s office rearrange our roles, placing me in the role of National Chairman and the National Chairman in the role of Vice Chair for Economic Affairs. To be honest, they have to exercise caution, or else they will turn the presidency into a source of bewilderment and laughter with their unprofessional behavior.

The president is nice and modest. By establishing an inclusive government, he is genuinely fulfilling his campaign promise; nevertheless, some individuals are attempting to gain power at the hands of the president by tweeting his agenda. This is terrible! I escorted our party’s national chairman, vice chair for economic affairs, and other leaders to speak with the Ministry of State about this matter, and I can assure you that our national chairman and Vice Chair for Economic Affairs will be restored to their roles as Deputy Minister for Manpower Development at the Ministry of Labor and Deputy Director for Administration at the National Housing Authority, and it has been resolved by the office of the President.

The core of leadership is selflessness, not self-interest. In order to maintain harmony within our party, I made the tough decision to reschedule my appointment. It’s not simple to campaign for jobs for people when you don’t have one, which is why the Ministry of State celebrated me yesterday. Though doing so would have diminished my leadership standard and lowered my values, I would have said, Chairman, wait a little; I will talk for you.There’s more work ahead of you.  For those who are hoping for or anticipating a misunderstanding between the President and us, you have gotten yourself a better job.

The EFFL will depart from the Alliance on these two accounts:1. That the President is massively failing the Liberian people by not meeting his campaign commitments, and 2. That the President says to us, EFFL, we don’t need your relationship with us anymore. Our party will never compromise the interests of our people because of its appointment to the government, and the President is in full support of our decision to keep the people of Liberia at the top of our priority list.  I value our party above all others, and I do not prioritize the president’s relationship with me as a son and father. He is truly a leader whose only interest is to see a better Liberia. The EFFL is unmatched!

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