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Liberia: County Supt. Suspended Over Leaked Audio Discussing ‘Overthrow’ of President

16.02.2019
Monrovia – Esther Walker’s warning came a little after 3pm local time Friday when the Liberian government’s Chief spokesman Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe posted on his personal Facebook Page that the Bong County Superintendent’s days were numbered in the George Weah-led government. “Bong County will soon have a new superintendent. Since you want to be a lying gossiper, we will send you back to your “puppetmaster,” the minister wrote.

By the end of day, the Executive Mansion issued what many believe is a prelude to Walker’s departure with a one-paragraph statement announcing the superintendent’s suspension with immediate effect. “Madam Walker remains suspended pending investigation into allegations she made in a leaked audio which went viral on February 15, 2019. She is henceforth advised to turnover all government properties in her possession,” the statement from the President’s office noted.

Walker’s suspension is likely to dampen perceived long-running feud between President Weah and his vice president, Jewel Howard Taylor, particularly amid concerns over the puppetmaster referenced by Minister Nagbe and who he was referring to.

VP Taylor was out of the country when the recording went public. She had traveled to Accra, Ghana to escort the body of her former colleague Geraldine Doe-Sheriff back to Monrovia.

Walker is not just an ordinary appointee. She is one of the few recommendations from the VP’s National Patriotic Party wing lucky to land a post after the election of Mr. Weah in January.

The NPP had been quietly mumbling that the party is not fairly represented in the government, as a key member of the ruling coalition.

The NPP is part of an alliance formed in January 2017 to contest the 2017 general elections, which brought together Mr. Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change and the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP).

The coalition is credited with helping to propel Mr. Weah’s CDC to a second-round victory with 61.5% of the vote, whilst the CDC won 21 of the 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

Walker succeeded Selena Polson Mappy, who served the county in the position since 2012.

Prior to her appointment, she was the national chair of the Women’s Wing of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

A trained agriculturalist from the Booker Washington Institute, Walker also obtained specialized training in rubber culture from Malaysia.

The suspended superintendent is not new to the county’s politics. Former President Charles Taylor appointed her as Mayor of Gbarnga in 2002 and she has very close ties to Vice President Howard Taylor which could pose an intriguing dilemma for her fate in the investigation ordered by the President.

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