New Internal Affairs Minister Takes Office With ‘Iron Fist’… Sounds Caveat To ‘Economic Vampires’

Liberia’s new Internal Affairs Minister Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr. officially took office Wednesday, sounding a strong warning against any act of corruption under his administration.

During his take over ceremony, Minister Karnwea announced the immediate suspension without pay of the Assistant Development Superintendent for River Gee County, Mr. Alexander Yeaher, for alleged corrupt practices.

He requested Mr. Yeaher to cooperate with and turn himself over to the County Attorney of Margibi County to answer to allegation levied against him by the Margibi County Administration and to ensure that he is cleared also of the other allegation levied against him by the County Administration of Montserrado County concerning a project in New Kru Town.

Mr. Yeaher is reportedly indicted by the report of the General Auditing Commission for undertaking and not completing several government projects from the two counties’ administration in the tone of thousands of taxpayer’s money.

The GAC ordered a halt on his preferment by President Sirleaf, but he was confirmed by the Senate, following which he took office. However his new boss, appearing to have an iron fist against corruption, has spoiled Yeaher’s party.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as a show of the commitment of my administration’s fight against corruption, I have recommended to the President the immediate suspension without pay the Assistant Development Superintendent for River Gee County in person of Mr. Alexander Yeaher,” Mr. Karnwea shockingly declared.

“…Let us inform you that…under our leadership as Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Liberia, economic vampires or corrupt officials or persons will not be allowed an inch to siphon and funnel into their personal accounts and uses any money intended for any item or project intended to meaningfully impact the lives of our people who need more from us,” he warned.

The President requested Karnwea’s predecessor Ambulai Johnson (reportedly the President’s cousin), to resign his post as a result of breaching procurement procedures relating to use of the County Development Fund – monies allocated to each of the 15 counties of Liberia for the people in theses counties to point out and undertake development projects of their choosing.

“The new minister vowed that anyone who plays around the fund will receive a remorseless touch

“County Development Funds must and needs to be used for their intended purposes. Anyone who touches any money or thing not intended for you but for projects will be touched remorselessly by our leadership,” he cautioned authoritatively.

“Our leadership will reinforce vigorous monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure that monies spent commensurate with work done,” he continued. “To this end, we will beef up and strengthen effective monitoring and evaluation machinery of the Ministry in order to achieve much in this limited time.”

He warned that “lazy people who think that they will come to work and sleep on job instead of working will not be my friends and they need to rethink and readjust now and not later,” adding, “Let me also say that those who will be given instructions and will not ensure that those instructions are executed should also rethink seriously.”

He then lauded Mr. Peter Kamei, Deputy Minister for Planning and Research, who had steered the ship of the Ministry during difficult periods when Maryland and Lofa counties were in turmoil.

“We will work with you and all stakeholders to ensure that these matters are peacefully resolved,” promised.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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