There is a famous maxim that if your house does not sell you, obviously, the street will not buy you, and by extension, indeed, unable to buy you. So true, for this, life has taught so many people in so many ways and places, in so many positions, and under so many conditions that evil knows where evil sleeps; reflectively, those who sow evil so shall they reap evil either in the short, middle or long term; therefore make no mistake and be not fool into thinking, for it shall surely and truly come to past.
However, since the unholy matrimony between the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and the National Patriotic Party (NPP), mainly with Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor becoming Vice President and Dr. George M. Weah as President of the ruling establishment, reports simmering in the public sphere about the cordial working relationship between the most two highest officials in the country continues to portray mixed-signals; sometimes hinged on suspicion and skepticism.
On several occasions, some individuals mostly CDC’s supporters and partisans have chided VP Taylor of not conducting herself as a Vice President rather operates in ways, forms and manners that tend to overshadow the President which according to them, is not the right way to proceed.
Moreover, the VP who also conceded that she is a fast and speedy mover with emphasis on seeing things happening positively, pointed out that unlike former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s vice president Joseph N. Boakai who described his 12 year-service as deputy to Ellen, as an old racing car parked in the garage; she was not that type of person and would hit the road running.
Despite such revelation, under a hail of criticisms from some quarters of the public, she caved in and apologized after being told to slow down her pace as Vice President. Inspite of that, more disturbing news on the working relationship between her and the boss kept filtering in the country, in which the working chemistry became too poor; as she complained of suffering from the hands of the Executive wherein her personal vehicle was old and had not been changed as well as the vehicles in her convoy; her budget has been stalled; traveling for her became problematic in keeping with approval by the boss including a long chain of unsettled obstacles.
Pathetically, what is more disturbing and frustrating is the manner in which the health status of VP Taylor was loosely and recklessly throwing around firstly as speculation on the local media (LINA) as breaking news, then social media and then the international wire, when in fact the sacred aspect of privacy regarding one health status by the medical practitioners was not upheld or respected equally speaks volume.
This is what LINA reported. Unconfirmed reports reaching the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has hinted that Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A source in the office of VP Taylor confirmed to LINA that she was flown out of country today due to respiratory illness, but declines to comment further when asked whether she was tested positive for the Coronavirus.
LINA is yet to authenticate the information coming in, however, the entity is making frantic efforts to subsequently inform the public on the matter. Details follow later.
Prior to the release of the communication on social media, the Liberia News Agency came under heavy criticisms for reporting a speculative story about the Vice President being tested positive for coronavirus. The Agency later took down the story and expressed regrets.
While the nation was pondering over such terrifying signal, social media began running with it. On Wednesday, a memo signed by Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah disclosing the health status of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor surfaced on Facebook despite it contained medical information which health authorities had argued that must be kept confidential.
At the same time, it remains unclear who leaked the memo which was intended to facilitate her travel out of the country for advanced treatment in Ghana. Medical pundits contend that it was unnecessary mentioning the ailment of the bearer in the memo since it was to be handled by non-medical officers, a local daily reported.
A copy of the memo read thus: The memo reads: To Whom It May Concern: I am pleased to present my compliments and to inform you that H.E. Jewel Howard-Taylor, has been tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10, 2020 and has been requested to travel out of the country for treatment. Based on the advice of her doctor, the Incident Management System is granting her permission to travel to seek treatment. With kind regards, I remain, Sincerely yours, Wilhemina S. Jallah, MD, MPH, CHES, FLCP, FWACP; Minister of Health & IMS Chair
At the heart of what has obtaining between them, then comes the political dimension that accused Weah of politically scheming to eject her out of the leadership echelon of the NPP by allegedly supporting the once embattled Chairman James Bimey and absorbing the NPP under complete control of the CDC.
Now with tons of questions being asked by pundits cardinal of them is who wants Jewel politically dead? Amidst a sad tale of a long running directed uneasiness of accommodation, the motive of the leaking memo has sent a sharp wave of serious concern as many religious individuals are meditating on a passage from Ephesians 6:12 which states that “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
Meanwhile, t it was reported that the NPP has prayed for the Civil Law Court for a petition for a Preliminary Injunction on NPP embattled James Biney, Secretary General Bolton Dennis, CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu and all officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change for “interfering with the domestic affairs of the NPP”.
The 11 counts Writ of Preliminary Injunction, amongst other things, accused respondents James Biney, Bolton Dennis, Mulbah Morlu and all officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change, of meddling in the internal affairs of the NPP and positioning themselves as leaders of the party.
The petitioners led by former Vice President John Gray prayed the Civil Law Court to restrain, prohibit and prevent respondents from carrying out activities of the party and from interfering with the internal affairs of the NPP.
The NPP has been locked down in a serious leadership crisis since Vice President Taylor reinstated Senator Sando Johnson, former Bong County Representative George Mulbah and Mr. Andrew Peters to the positions they vacated when they left the NPP and joined other political parties during the 2017 representative and presidential elections. Mulbah turned down his reinstatement but Messrs. Johnson and Peters have remained adamant, insisting they cannot vacate their positions because they were reinstated by the Vice President.
The leadership crisis also ignited violence at the NPP headquarters at one point in time resulting into the injury of some partisans of the party and the incarceration of several others.
It can be recalled that Opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader Alexander Cummings is cautioning President George Manneh Weah against feeling threatened by Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor’s ‘ambition,’ saying the president should want strong, ambitious people that will push him and move the country forward.
“You got to be comfortable with yourself as a leader. You can’t be insecure. You should want strong, ambitious people. They will push you,” Cummings said during a talk show on local radio Sky FM Thursday,30 January in Monrovia.
His caution to the president comes in the wake of Vice President Taylor’s written complaint to the Liberian Senate, expressing concerns that her office is not being funded in line with the budget to enable her to execute her duties which has compelled her to stay away from office for weeks.
“I am saddened to inform you, as elders of our Nation, that the situation remains that bills due my office from 2018-2019 are still not paid and the operational expenses which I needed for the effective running or functioning of my office (Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia), during 2018 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 budget years have not been paid,” Madam Taylor wrote recently.
She furthered that the situation has left her without the proper security arrangements for her safe movements and without the ability to provide necessities for her office, as the security vehicles,
including 2 bullet proof vehicles, needed for the movements have still not been provided to her detail.
“As a result, I have been unable to leave my home over the past 3 weeks. I am therefore constrained to inform this Honorable Body that due to the constraints described, I am unable to attend to my duties during this opening of the 3rd Session of the 54th National Legislature 2020 until these constraints are attended to,” she said.
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