By Alva M. Wolokolie
Montserrado County District #8 Representative, Moses Acarious Gray, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to prevail on former Agriculture Minister, Dr. Chris Toe to release the Editor and Publisher of the FrontPage Africa Journalist Rodney Sieh from prison. Rep. Gray at a news conference yesterday before his departure to the United States of America told journalists that in order for President Sirleaf to save her image both locally and internationally, it would be prudent that she prevails on Dr. Toe to unconditionally release Journalist Sieh from the Monrovia Central Prison.
When asked as to whether it would not be an interference of the judicial system since the case is a civil matter, the tough talking Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker said he supports the decision of the Supreme Court because it is the final arbiter of the land but Madam Sirleaf who has control over the former Agriculture boss can do in her power to release Rodney Sieh.
Gray who chairs the House Standing Committee on Good Governance told reporters at the Capitol Building yesterday that he has chosen not to get involved into Rodney Sieh’s case from the beginning because individuals in government circle would have misconstrued his role in the case.
“I call on President Sirleaf to prevail on Chris Toe to drop his case against Rodney Sieh. She still has control over him as former Agriculture Minister. I have been to jail before by this same government, so I know what it means to be at Central Prison,” Rep. Gray intimated.
He however used the occasion to advise the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to stop this wide spread propaganda against the incarceration of Journalist Rodney Sieh.
Commenting on the resignation of Madam Sirleaf, the Montserrado County lawmaker said he does not support any campaign asking President Sirleaf to step down but he strongly supports the impeachment of the President through the constitutional means, something he added is already before the House of Representatives for action.
Touching on President’s son Robert Sirleaf’s resignation, Rep. Gray described the resignation as just a drop because some of her sons are still in the employ of government.
Rep. Gray told newsmen that Robert Sirleaf’s resignation is a result of international and domestic pressure. He said there has been smoke and perceived act of corruption on the head of Robert Sirleaf since he took over from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) few years ago.