By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Montserrado County District# 8 Representative, Acarous Moses Gray, has commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for lifting the Gag relative to the Ellen Cockrum saga but blasted Information Minister, Lewis Brown, for being the wrong messenger to disseminate government’s information.
Criminal Court “C” Judge Blamo Dixon last week released an order to all media houses warning journalists not to discuss the former Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) Managing Director Ellen Cockrum’s recordings released to the media.
But three days after that order, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at a special press conference held late Monday, December 2, 2013, said prosecuting lawyers sought and obtained the order from the court to minimize what appears to be attempts to provoke a trial in newspapers and on the radios rather than in courts. She said the Ministry of Justice has concluded the necessary proceedings with the relevant courts to lift the order. “Moreover, I have directed that efforts be multiplied to bring all of the accused persons to trial. And in that light, government’s responses, whenever necessary, will be measured to avoid undermining the administration of Justice in our country, and of equal importance, if not more important, the security of the state,” the President stated.
At a press conference yesterday, the Montserrado County lawmaker called on the President to ensure that government officials named in the Cockrum’s recording gossiping about her (President Sirleaf) should be prosecuted because their comments undermine state security.
Rep. Gray who serves as Chairman on the House Standing Committee on Good Governance told legislative reporters that President Sirleaf needs to manifest that she is the “Iron Lady” and push aside friendship. He indicated that although he shares the feelings of the President, but the Liberian leader must take the stance as head of the country to prosecute her friends who have violated the public trust.
“Madam President, all that happens since Joseph J. Roberts’ time is still taking place in our government. You need to manifest that you are the “Iron Lady”; prosecute those friends who are on the tape gossiping about you. The way the country is moving is dangerous. People are angry. Where is the agriculture policy of your regime? We cannot feed our small population.” Rep. Gray asserted.
Commenting on the appointment of Minister Lewis Brown as Information Minister, Rep. Gray said it was unfortunate that Minister Brown who blasted President Sirleaf yesterday that she has desecrated the Presidency, has now fallen to the feet of the President begging for peanuts.
The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker insinuated that the presence of Minister Brown at the Information Ministry is a clear manifestation that government’s message will always be wrongly distributed. Gray admitted that Brown is a brilliant man but he is the wrong messenger for President Sirleaf.
For this reason, Gray added that the majority of the Liberian people do not get the message that government tries to pass down to the citizenry because such message usually comes from the wrong messenger.
As Chairman on Good Governance, Rep. Gray disclosed that after his constituency break, he would submit to the Plenary of the House a bill fragment of the Ministry of Information because it does the same work of the Presidential Press Secretary.