Ruling Unity Party Chair Leads Protest Outside President’s Home Over Jobs

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Ruling Unity Party Chair Leads Protest Outside President’s Home Over Jobs
Ruling Unity Party Chair Leads Protest Outside President’s Home Over Jobs

Africa-Press – Liberia. Chairman Tarpeh urged supporters who gathered in the President’s compound to go at President Boakai’s house and demand to see him

Paynesville City- The scramble for jobs in the newly minted Liberian government is taking a daily turn of surprises for many of the die-hard supporters who helped President Boakai get elected.

Supporters of the party’s Chairman Rev. Luther Tarpeh assembled in front of the President’s home Friday to inquire why Tarpeh and other partisans have not been appointed so far.

Some supporters who gathered in front of the President’s compound carried placards before entering his fence. The partisans say the decision by President Boakai not to announce the name is counter-productive to the massive work that he put during the election to ensure the triumphant during the 2023 Presidential Election.

Angry supporters expressed their grievances and could be heard requesting that Boakai withdraws some of the names nominated to be replaced by the party’s chairman Tarpeh.

Among some of the name’s drawing surprise is the appointment at the National Port Authority of a relative unknown Sekou Dukuly, who some partisans say was not active on the campaign trail to get the President elected.

Some partisans told FrontPageAfrica that Dukuly has not work experience in government or port management to get such a high-profile job. Dukuly is said to be in the barrel shipping business between Liberia and the US. Both he and James Bernard, who was named as Deputy Managing Director for Administration, are said to be close friends of President Boakai’s son, JoJo.

Rev. Tarpeh is said to be one of those who had interest in the post at the National Port Authority, the Gateway to Liberia. Others also feeling left out are Stephen Yekerson, Robert Kpadeh and Mo Ali, all said to have interest in the job at the port.

On Friday, the UP Chairman addressing supporters frowned on the ill-fitted manner in which some stalwarts and supporters of the party are being treated.

Said Chairman Tarpeh: “Calling on the ordinary people who brought about this revolution for your upliftment and no human born of a woman will hijack this revolution.” Rev. Tarpeh emphasized, “people made that strive with their own lives, they made it for their families, most of you in this not for yourselves, it’s for your children’s children you are in this for – and it is too early for people who did not witness what happened.”

Rev. Tarpeh wondered: “Where were they when we were in the pupu water?

Rev. Tarpeh averred that despite President Boakai having the power to appoint – and it is his constitutional right, everyone paid the price for him to become President.

The UP Chairman disclosed that he is not dismayed by not being appointed but said If the President would change his mind for any service, he is available.

Rev. Tarpeh cautioned the Liberian Leader and others to be reminded that it would no longer be business as usual, as he urged supporters to go at the home of the President and exercise their democratic right.

Chairman Tarpeh urged supporters who gathered in the President’s compound to go at President Boakai’s house and demand to see him.

Said Rev. Tarpeh: “Nobody thought that the Unity Party was going to win this election, ordinary people like you took on the challenge in your communities, and some of you were threatened,” he said.

The clergyman maintained: “Some of you lost everything. I am here; I lost my house, and I nearly lost my family for this same JNB presidency. Now that he’s President, we will want him to succeed. It is too early. I know how you feel but it is also your right to go there and tell him how you people are feeling.”

Rev. Tarpeh added: “If he will change his mind for any service, we are here but let JNB and any Liberian leaders be reminded that it’s no longer business as usual.”

Nobody thought that the Unity Party was going to win this election, ordinary people like you took on the challenge in your communities, and some of you were threatened.” – Rev.Luther Tarpeh, Chair, Unity Party

Chairman Tarpeh further stated, going forward, Liberian leaders must know that the main voices are the people and when the people are not happy the leader will not succeed. He said, “I want to say to you, go there, you must demand that you want to see the President. When it was time for the campaign, he came to your, he says your make me President, your will see what I will do and you gave him the mandate.”

Despite Rev. Tarpeh’s rants, FrontPageAfrica has learned that President Boakai has reportedly been angered over the manner in which more than US$300,000 intended for partisans to celebrate his election in the counties, was disperse. Each district was due to receive US$5,000 each for the celebration. The money totaled US$365,000.

Some county chairs complained that US$1,000 was taken from each of the district money by the leadership of the party.

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