President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Mr. Abdullai Kamara
PUL Prexy Renews Call For Tyler, Sherman, Others To Step Aside
MONROVIA, July 10 (LINA) - The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has reiterated calls for principal government functionaries embroiled in the Sable Mining scandal to step aside from top government operations to provide a face for the government to function properly.
The statement by Mr. Abdullai Kamara follows growing tensions among members of the House of Representatives following a scathing report by Global Witness which alleged the involvement of key government and related players in the Sable Mining debacle.
Mr. Kamara made the remarks recently during an engagement with the Banjor Intellectual Forum on the Global Witness Report and the implications for Liberian governance.
Responding to concerns as to whether the entire Global Witness Report is not a political witch hunt, Kamara clarified that as far as the records are concerned the report is more about the Sable Mining Company than about Liberia.
He added that the Liberian segment is rather grave because it alleges that quite high government and administration personalities are involved in bribery.
The PUL official then urged members of the forum, media, students as well as other Liberians to find time to read the full report so as to better understand the saga.
In response to the political tension growing as a result of the saga, Kamara said the Press Union is rather concerned that these tussles, especially within the ranks of the House of Representatives, is distracting the House from taking decisive steps that would advance the development agenda of the country.
“Because of these confrontations, a foreign diplomat had to make a scathing challenge on the deadline before the House of Representatives finally assumed the responsibility to ratify the government’s accession to the World Trade Organization,” Kamara noted.
The Press Union chief agreed with the forum that differences often ensue within political institutions, but noted that “it is rather ridiculous that the current conflict is not on substantive policy grounds, but rather on personal and minute differences that do not impact development in our country.
According to him, the mere link of key government functionaries in this scandal undermines any efforts aimed at presenting integrity as a face of Liberia’s governance.
A few weeks ago, Kamara told a facebook forum that the ideal thing for Speaker Tyler and Senator Sherman to do was to step aside from government work in the interest of Liberia.
Kamara added that fears expressed by Speaker Tyler about his personal security has renewed concerns about normality within his role, and affirm the distractions previously expressed by the Press Union, adding that “all of these distractions do not work in the best interest of Liberia!"
According to Kamara, “in the absence of a normal work environment, the work for which we spend taxpayers' resources on the legislature is at risk of being lost,” and therefore called on all lawmakers currently under criminal indictment including Speaker Tyler, Senator Varney Sherman and others to step aside until the legal process is concluded.
The PUL opined that government service needs to be more about improving the image of the state than individual actors.