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Liberian President’s Party Members Demand Jobs

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, February 16, 2012. Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, February 16, 2012.
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, February 16, 2012.
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, February 16, 2012.
James Butty
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told members of her ruling Unity Party not to be used by those within the party who, she said, wish to advance their own political interests.  

Some party members have called on Sirleaf to resign from the party because she has not done enough to provide jobs to party members.

They reportedly want her to provide 2,000 scholarships and 300 jobs to members of the ruling party.  

Jerolinmek Piah, Sirleaf press secretary, said, when it comes to jobs, the president believes in equal opportunity, irrespective of political affiliation.

“I know that the issue of jobs was among the concerns.  But, realistically, jobs are not just about Unity partisans.  This president, yes, was elected on the ticket and platform of the Unity Party, but we need to remember that she is the president of the Republic of Liberia.  So, she has [an] obligation to all of our citizens, and our law provides that, on the issue of jobs, we should seek that all of our citizens have equal opportunity,” he said.

Butty interview with Jerolinmek Piah
Butty interview with Jerolinmek Piahi
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Some party members have also called on Sirleaf to take jobs away from opposition members and give to fellow party members who, they say struggled to elect her to the presidency.

Butty interview with Senator Ballout
Butty interview with Senator Ballouti
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The revolt within ruling party was said to have been masterminded by Maryland County senior Senator John Ballout to further his own political ambition of one day becoming president of Liberia.

But, Ballout said, while he agrees with the issues raised by the aggrieved partisans, his main concern is to make sure that the Unity Party survives after Sirleaf leaves power.

“Let’s put it this way.  A group of partisans planned a sit-in action to make clear their position on strengthening the party, making sure the party remains relevant, making sure the partisans have access to jobs and opportunities within the party.  I share the concerns raised and I support those points.  I do not share the view of giving [an] ultimatum to the president to resign from the party,” he said.

Ballout said the real threat to Liberia’s fledgling democracy is weak political parties that are centered on individuals.

He said he intends to seek the party’s nomination for the 2017 presidential election.

“It is the right of every citizen of this country to ascribe for that high position. If you have something to offer your country, and you believe you can deliver, stand up for it.  And I say to people there is no maybe about it.  I’m a senior senator representing Maryland County who believes in the future of this country and who determinedly wants to work towards securing that future.  And the first opportunity I will have through a democratically recognized process, I will participate in that process,” Ballout said.

Piah said Sirleaf is not worried about who within the ruling party would want to be the next standard bearer.  He said the president only wants to fulfill her campaign promises to the Liberian people.

“What the president said is that ‘I am not interested in who wants to be standard bearer and who wants to be what.  What I am interested in now is to deliver to the Liberian people.’  The president is saying this is what she is interested in doing,” Piah said.

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by: Jenkins from: Monrovia, Liberia
July 04, 2012 10:48 AM
Right on Madam President. Ignore those wannabes who want to perpetuate the culture of dependency in our country. Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to occupy a government position. Never mind that these folks are neither qualified nor competent to work in government. The public sector is already a huge bureaucracy. Thank you Madam President. You should weed out all the misfits from the public sector. They will continue to be disappointed if they do not acquire the requisite education and training to seek opportunities in the private sector. Some of these folks think that it is the role of government to employ every Liberian. We are not a communist country. Last I checked, indiviuals initiatives is still the route to progress in Liberia. Start your own business if you are mad. Madam Sirleaf does not owe you a living. Whine all you want, you misfit would have further ruined this country if your partisans were allowed to come anywhere near the Presidency.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
July 04, 2012 12:16 AM
Madam Sirleaf is corrupt,she is a thieve,she does not have the country at heart.Liberia have lot of money,the country have Rubble,Iron Ore,Timber,Gold,Diamond,etc,etc,Look at R.I.A,it looks like a kitchen,that is not an airport.And madam Sirleaf is not ashamed as a president to travel from such a place.we as a people need to elect someone that have the country at heart,put the country at first.Madam Sirleaf have not done that,instead she is stealing the country money,misusing Government fund for their personal gain,Liberia is under developed,she left the executive Mansion the official home of the Liberian president went to the foreign ministry and running the country from there,lying saying someone want to kill her!nonsense.Madam Sirleaf need to go.we need a true Liberian.God Bless Liberia and God Bless the Liberian people.

by: Matthew George from: United States Of America
July 03, 2012 7:59 PM
The from of government in Liberia is nepotism.This woman is evil.Only certain individuls benefiting from our natural resources.While the masses continues to live in poverty.I believes,the Liberian people wont allow such form of government to lie.Nepotism form of goverment is a crime.

by: Al Sesona from: Florida, USA
July 03, 2012 3:43 PM
Spent the entire year of 1979 in Monrovia, setting up a turn-key aluminum window and door manufacturing facility in the Mesurado Complex, teaching 38 local workers to operate punch presses, saws, cut glass, etc. In all my years, this challenged my skills the most since the average worker was simple-minded not equipped for such work. But my dedication to task won high praise and tremendous respect among management and with workers as well. Having experienced the horrors of 1979 Easter week and luckily escaped the following coupe a year later, it can be said with certainty that Liberia is gifted in ways other African areas are not and could easily be a showplace of wonderful happenings, were its upper level leadership show dedidcation of a golden kind of behavior. President Tolbert had it in his power to make this miracle happen, but chose to be less than wise as a Leader, thus began the terrible years of chaos since. I'll be 86 years of age in a couple of weeks, have been to many places in the world, but can honestly say, the year spent in Monrovia was one of the most enjoyable ever experienced.

by: Emmanuel B. Waydon from: Ganta
July 03, 2012 12:13 PM
Liberia, a typical man made hell. there is no need for this war affected Country to keep suffering until Christ comes. With all of the resources, international financial supports, peace and stability etc, we still suffer grave poverty. I know the simplest reason while. Lack of love for the land and people of Liberia. Polices are written just for money making instead of positively impacting the population. this too is Liberia.

by: Curtis from: Gbarnga, Bong County
July 03, 2012 11:34 AM
As a youth Chairman of the ruling Party, UP for Bong County and head of all youth chairpersons, i am deeply concerned about the prevailing situation. It is important that the Party's executives including the standard bearer, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf take interest in the plights of the aggrieved partisans . The Stakeholders need to put in place some corrective measures to improve the situation of the partisans in the fifteen counties.. Everywhere in the country Partisans and non- Partisans are complaining about the lack of jobs.It is equally important to prioritize these two groups of people because they are Liberians and as such are entitled to equal opportunities.There is a need to put smiles on their faces. For too long we've been misled...No youth will be used by any politicians to accomplish their plan. Let me encourage my colleagues from Montsorrado County to refrain from statements that have the propensity to disrespect our standard bearer and the presidency of the republic of Liberia.
I urge all concerned youth in the fifteen counties to remain kind as we will continue to engage the Party's authorities and those concerned to addressing the situation.
Together, we can responsively resolve our problems!
Long live Unity Party!
Long Live Liberia!

Curtis Dorley
Unity Party Youth Chairman, Bong County Branch & Chairman of all youth Chairpersons, Unity Party,Liberia

by: Wlemogar from: Voinjama
July 03, 2012 9:09 AM
Finally, the world is catching up to who Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf really is. This lady is as dishonest and corrupt as any Liberian leader before her. The government of Liberia has become her family enterprise. The truth is coming to light..

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
July 03, 2012 2:58 AM
There is no equal opportunity in the Liberian society,that is a lied that we must is about who know you,the same old people that were in the past regime are the one's in Governmental position in the Sirleaf Government.madam Sirleaf have not done nothing for the country.Liberia is dirty,and nasty,it is the biggest village in Africa.Madam Sirleaf should be ashamed of yourself.there is no electricity provided by the Government,there is no safe drinking water,in Liberia you need a generator in order for you to have electricity,Liberian are still drawing water from the well.common we are in the 21 century,a modern world.wazz up with Liberia?Madam Sirleaf and her Government people make me sick.God Bless Liberia,and God Bless the Liberian people.

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