-Suspends Min. Wolokollie & Threatened Others
President George Weah has with immediate effect suspended Jemama Wolokollie, Deputy Minister for Small Business at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry for time indefinite for acts of ‘insubordination and unprofessionalism’.
President George Manneh Weah
According to an Executive Mansion release, the President emphasizes the need for all deputies to accord the highest respect and courtesy to their leaders; and refrain from taking internal disputes or disagreements to the public space for redress.
The President further encourages all subordinates to practice utmost professionalism in conducting their duties and the need to follow the proper channel in addressing disputes with their leaders.
It can be recalled Deputy Minister Wolokollie recently accused Minister Wilson Tarpeh of conniving with ‘shady’ foreign businesses in the country at the detriment of Liberian-owned businesses.
In her stunning allegations, Wolokollie accused Tarpeh of antagonizing her because of her stance against his ‘shady’ dealings that contravene the government’s pro-poor agenda.
“I’m asking my boss for him to open the market for Liberians to be able to do rice, for Liberians to be able to do petroleum, for Liberians to be able to bring in onions, and he has refused,” she alleged. “It is very disturbing; why is Professor Tarpeh giving me problem?”
She claimed Minister Tarpeh was blocking all her efforts to prioritize the interest of Liberianization; a policy that provides exclusive trade and commerce privileges for Liberian entrepreneurs and does not want her to succeed in her functions.
In a related development, President Weah has called on members of the Cabinet to be proactive and stressed the ardent need to work in the interest of the Liberian people.
“We need to adopt expediency in our mode of work. We came here to work for the people, not for ourselves; I will not appreciate delays,” the Liberian leader emphasized.
President Weah said at the end of the two-day retreat, a decision would have been reached to serve as roadmap of his administration in order to work for the common good of the country within the next six months.