ULAA Stance on Liberian Government Officials Sanctioned by the U.S. Government, “Fire Sanctioned Officials Now”

August 15, 2022, Philadelphia, PA

The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas, (ULAA) calls on President Dr. George Manneh Weah to immediately dismiss three sanctioned officials by the United States government. ULAA believes the officials’ action undermines democracy in Liberia , as stated by Liberia’s leading partner, the United States.

ULAA vehemently demands the immediate dismissal of Minister of State Nathaniel McGill, Solicitor General Sayma Syrenius Cephas, and Managing Director of Liberian Port Authority (NPA) Bill Twehway from their positions while they face the full weight of the law. These government officials have betrayed the confidence of the Liberian people and cannot be trusted any longer.

Painfully and profoundly, the corrupt activities of McGill, Cephas and Twehway must not be taken
as business as usual or fall on deaf ears by the Weah Administration. Moreover, the growing level
of developmental challenges facing the nation must compel the Weah administration to take
positive steps in this heightened political landscape to mitigate and adapt to fundamental
approaches to overhaul Liberia’s prevailing political and economic realities.

The Liberian government must also consider instituting serious measures to revamp the Liberian
Society from the intrinsic evils of rampant corruption, marginalization, exploitation, lack of job
creation for the poor, spiraling mob-violence against political rivals, wave of mysterious
disappearances related to ritualistic killings, rape and domestic violence, lack of respect for the
rule of law and human rights as well as deplorable educational and health-care systems.

ULAA hails and supports the swift decision of President Weah recently to suspend, Nathaniel
McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President George
Weah, Solicitor General and Chief Prosecutor of Liberia, Sayma Syrenius Cephus, Managing
Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Bill Twehway in order for them to face investigation after being designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as undermining democracy in Liberia for their own personal benefit and involvement with a wide range of corrupt schemes.

However, ULAA expresses firm support and remains committed to work alongside the Liberian, United States Governments and various sectors of the society for peace, respect for the rule of law, and the institution of effective governance in Liberia against skyrocketing poverty, institutionalized corruption, mismanagement, and cronyism.

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