Ellen Dismisses 7, Suspends One…As Cabinet Discuses Several Issues

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has effected a number of decisions, including seven dismissals, affecting several government officials and Boards of two state-owned-enterprises.   According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader has, effective October 8, 2015, accepted the resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine KpeheNgafuan, who tendered his resignation recently.

In keeping with Article 56 (a) of the Constitution, President Sirleaf has, with immediate effect, relieved Mr. Morris Dukuly as Minister of Internal Affairs. That provision of the Constitution states, “All cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers, ambassadors, ministers and consuls, superintendents of counties and other government officials, both military and civilian, appointed by the President pursuant to this Constitution shall hold their offices at the pleasure of the President.”

She has also suspended indefinitely the Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs, Cllr. Emmanuel Tulay.

In addition, the President has relieved other officials of their positions with immediate effect.

They include: Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Rufus Neufville, Assistant Minister for Land & Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport Mr. Abu Kamara; Assistant Minister for Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Horatio Willie and Assistant Minister for Administration, Ministry of Post & Telecommunication – Ms. Margretta General-Smith.

Others removed are Mr. Willard Russell, member of the Board of Directors, Liberia Maritime Authority and Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, member of the Board of Directors, National Port Authority.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has convened a Special Session to discuss and harmonize key issues of strategic national importance.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet, chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, held its meeting in the Foreign Ministry’s C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Agenda items discussed during the Cabinet Meeting included an update on the Status Legislative Action and conditions precedent on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant; the establishment of a Road Fund condition precedent for MCC grant release; the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Account – Liberia (MCA-Liberia) condition precedent for MCC grant release; the Axle Load draft Act – condition precedent for MCC grant release; and the Liberia Electricity draft Act – condition precedent to MCC grant release.

Other pertinent issues were the Local Government draft Act; Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and Firearms draft Acts; the Land Authority draft Act; Domestic Violence draft Act; and the draft act creating the Liberia Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Agency.

The Cabinet also used the Special Session to endorse and further directed the appropriate sector Ministers to work diligently with the 53rd National Legislature and where necessary harmonize all outstanding issues for necessary legislative actions.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has mandated the Inter-Ministerial Committee to speedily prioritize the fast-tracking of the implementation plan for the refurbishing of the existing Roberts International Airport Terminal.

The Cabinet is expected to reconvene next Wednesday, to review critical national matters.