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Prez. Sirleaf suspends Deputy Defense Minister Johnson

By Patrick Flomo
The Comander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The Comander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended, with immediate effect, Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Joseph Johnson.

Deputy Minister Johnson’s suspension is in connection with an alleged fraudulent transaction on petroleum products involving some officials of the Ministries of National Defense and Finance, and the Donkan Gass Station in Monrovia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf has also instructed National Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, to suspend, with immediate effect, the ministry’s Comptroller, Nyumah Dorkor.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Leader has concurred with the suspension of the Comptroller/Account General of Liberia, Boom Wilson, pending a full investigation into circumstances surrounding a transaction with the Donkan Gass Station.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the suspensions will remain in place pending the conclusion of an on-going investigation to determine the next course of action.

In a related development, President Johnson-Sirleaf reiterated her administration’s commitment to supporting government’s decentralization of power, and on-going initiatives to reform public institutions.

Agencies and ministries collaborating in the implementation of such reforms include Governance Commission (GC) Civil Service Agency (CSA), the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LIRA), and the ministries of Finance and Education.

President Johnson-Sirleaf made the commitment Thursday, December 19, 2013 when she made a brief stop at a local hotel.

The second in a series of educational forum for media practitioners and intellectual centers was being held.


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