By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
The political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Mr. Simeon Freeman has sharply reacted to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s annual message to the 53rd National Legislature saying that the US$87,000 used to construct the executive car wash at the Old Road intersection is a complete mockery to the Liberian people. Mr. Freeman told a group of journalists yesterday at his Congo Town office that instead of using US$87,000 just for car wash center, the money should have been used to renovate the Executive Mansion that has been in darkness for years since she took over as President of the country.Executive Mansion that has been in darkness for years since she took over as President of the country.
The MPC political leader who sounded offensive in his speech dispelled President Sirleaf’s assertion that one of the factors that led to the Liberian dollar to come under enormous pressure during the 2013 is due to UNMIL’s drawdown.
In her annual message, President Sirleaf announced that since 2010, the local currency has been relatively stable but lately in 2013, the LD has come under pressure resulting in a depreciation of 15 percent. She went further to say it was due in part to deteriorating terms of trade caused by rising demand for imports and decline in exports from rubber, along with iron ore, UNMIL drawdown and Capital flight among others.
Still on the state of the economy, Mr. Freeman said the financial system of the country continued to deteriorate with inflation at a high level while the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has allegedly printed and infused US$10 billion into the economy.
Another portion of the speech that was dissected by Mr. Freeman and described as a joke and unserious on the part of the President was when she said in the 2008 annual message that government cannot bring ‘quick fixes’ to the monumental problems that we inherited.
In response to this comment, MPC Freeman indicated that the comment about ‘quick fixes’ has been a recitation since 2008 and so the Liberian people expected something new or a solution to ensuring that the issues of ‘quick fixes’ are tackled for the growth and development of the state.
He said it is sad to note that President Sirleaf has not identified the country’s priority yet but boasted that US$87,000 has been spent on car wash.