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Minister Samukai apologizes to Prez. Sirleaf, others

By Sorbor George
Defense Minister,  Brownie Samukai
Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai

( Minister, Brownie Samukai, has apologized to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for his secret recording in which he mentioned the President’s name.

Minister Samukai also apologized to others whose names were mentioned in the recording.

Indicted Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) Managing Director, Ellen Cockrum, is being accused of carrying out the most-talked about secret recordings.

The Defense Minister told a news conference Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Monrovia: I take full responsibility as my words were offensive and inappropriate.”

“I regret that the repercussion of my action has resulted into distraction of the government from its agenda for transformation,” Minister Samukai said.

He described gossip as a part of life, wishing well all those who think they can live above gossip.
Minister Samukai further noted: “Despite the embarrassment, I won’t draw back from making friends and holding private conversations with them.”

He added: “My words were unguarded and hoped that they do not reflect the integrity of government’s effort in bringing sanity and dignity to the people.”

“I will seek the wisdom and guidance of President Johnson-Sirleaf in fostering the mutual trust and confidence she had always reposed in me.” the Defense Minister emphasized.

He then clarified that he had never been accused, or convicted of any impropriety in government during his 35-years of service.


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