The newly formed opposition political party the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) is calling for the reconstitution of the “Presidential Taskforce” set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to investigate allegations contained in the recent Global Witness report. The Taskforce is headed by former Liberty Party Chairman, now Minister of State Without Portfolio, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa.
Addressing reporters following the hosting of the national flag along with the flags of the 15-poilitical sub-divisions of the country Wednesday, the Secretary General of MOVEE, Richard Panton observed that the Fonati Koffa taskforce is not an independent body, due to his connection with the President. Mr. Panton said besides Cllr. Koffa’s connection with the President, a partisan of LP, Willie Belleh, is also implicated in the Global Witness reports. He said his party strongly believes that Fonati Koffa will not be independent because he is also a presidential appointee at the Executive Mansion. The MOVEE chief scribe is harboring fear that the former LP Chairman’s judgment will be in the interest of the president and not in the interest of the Liberian people. MOVEE Secretary General averred that because of the preconception about Fonati’s taskforce, those involved in the Global witness reports have all rights to reject the committee and call for an independent body which should be headed by a neutral person. The party is therefore recommending the dissolution of the Fonati Koffa committee and replacing it with a neutral body which will create credibility and reliance that would motivate individuals accused to submit for investigation. He noted that his party is closely watching the process and that any attempt by the Executive to sweep the bribery allegation under the carpet, MOVEE will consider it as an act of endorsement and the party will act accordingly. Recently UK-based integrity watchdog’s ‘Global Witness’ report on Liberia implicated several Liberian Government officials into bribery allegation. Those involved in the bribery allegation include Senate Chairman on Judiciary Cllr. Varney Sherman; House Speaker Alex Tyler; Senator Morris Saytumah; Lofa County former Senator Sumo Kupee; PPCC former Executive Director Willie Belle and many others. At the same time the Chairman of MOVEE, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, has indicated that the prevailing economic hardship in the country has given his party an additional hope for victory in the upcoming 2017 elections. Mr. Kemayah said his party has solution to the people of Liberia problems, and it will ensure that total economic emancipation takes place in the country before 2020 noting, “we have both economic and method power to do so after 2017 elections in the country. He called on the Liberian people to consider the 2017 election as crucial, which will strengthen the survival of the country economy and improve the living condition of the Liberian people. Mr. Kemayah also averred that his party does not believe in poverty, therefore the MOVEE led Government will work assiduously to improve the country’s economy. The MOVEE Chairman observed that Liberian people have suffered for too long, and stressed the need to improve the economic to enable Liberians live in a better condition. He said his party has the power to change the lives of the Liberian people after 2017 elections but underscored the need for moral support to the party, which will enable the party to provide solution to many of the problems the country is faced with.