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GUAR DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY AS PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR MACDELLA COOPER FACES BIGAMY SCANDAL, URGES RESIGNATION

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MONROVIA – In a wave of criticism targeting President Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s political advisor, Macdella Cooper, the President of the Liberian Women Advocacy Network International (LWANI), Grace R.K. Guar, has voiced serious concerns today, Monday, June 10. Cooper is reportedly being accused of bigamy, which Guar claims undermines her moral standing and disqualifies her from serving as an advisor to the President.

“Macdella Cooper lacks morals and should not be serving as an advisor to the President at this time,” Guar asserted. “She is a prominent woman whom many young women in society look up to. Her actions have set a bad example for those who seek direction and inspiration from leaders like her.”

Guar urged that Cooper should step down from her position to resolve her domestic issues, arguing that the scandal is harming the reputation of the Liberian government and distracting from the country’s progress. “Cooper, an advisor to the President of the Republic of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, is embroiled in a scandal that is tarnishing the reputation of the newly elected government,” Guar said.

The controversy revolves around accusations made by Cooper’s best friend, Sajo Juwara, who claims that Cooper destroyed her family by marrying her husband while he was still legally married to Juwara. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable, especially from someone in a position of influence,” Guar emphasized. “President Boakai appointed Cooper despite being aware of her stained reputation prior to his election.”

The allegations have not only sparked public outrage but have also drawn criticism from political commentators and civil society organizations. Political commentator Morris A.S. Swen described Cooper’s actions as “not only disgraceful but also potentially criminal.” He joined the call for President Boakai to take immediate and decisive action.

Guar highlighted the broader implications of the scandal, stressing that it raises questions about the ethical standards upheld within President Boakai’s administration. “The involvement of Macdella Cooper in this scandal raises serious questions about her judgment and suitability for her role as a senior political advisor,” she said. “Her actions undermine her credibility and bring into question her ability to serve in a position that demands high ethical standards.”

Despite the serious nature of the allegations, Madam Cooper appears undeterred, as evidenced by her recent social media activity, including a video posted on Facebook with a caption suggesting a dismissive attitude towards the unfolding scandal. This behavior has only fueled public frustration and speculation.

Sajo Juwara, who claims to have known Cooper for 18 years, alleges that Cooper married her husband while he was still legally married to her. In a letter addressed to President Boakai, Juwara expressed her frustration, stating that she had already informed the Minister of State, Sylvester Grigsby, about the matter, but Grigsby failed to communicate this critical issue to the President. This apparent negligence by Grigsby only adds to the controversy, suggesting a possible cover-up or, at the very least, gross negligence.

The scandal has placed President Boakai in a difficult position. Known for his upright Christian values and esteemed reputation, Boakai’s administration is now at risk of being tainted by the actions of his appointees. “The allegations against Cooper directly contradict the values that Boakai’s leadership represents,” Guar stated.

Bigamy is a criminal offense under Liberian law, and if proven true, these actions demand a swift and decisive response from the highest levels of government. Alioune Kebe’s alleged actions not only violate the law but also undermine the moral and ethical standards expected of public servants. As a figure who holds a public office, Kebe’s conduct sets a troubling precedent.

The public’s reaction has been one of disappointment and demands for accountability. Guar’s statements reflect the sentiments of many Liberians who are calling for a thorough investigation into the allegations and appropriate disciplinary measures if warranted. “The failure to address these allegations swiftly and transparently risks further eroding public trust in the government,” Guar warned.

The scandal has also drawn sharp criticism from within Cooper’s own political party, The Movement for One Liberia (MOL). Members of the party have expressed concerns that Cooper’s actions are threatening to undermine her credibility and authority. This internal dissent highlights the severity of the situation and the potential long-term impact on Cooper’s political career.

In light of these serious allegations, the integrity of President Boakai’s administration is at stake. “Immediate action is necessary to address these serious allegations,” Guar insisted. “President Boakai must act to suspend Cooper from her position and ensure a thorough investigation is conducted.”

The public awaits President Boakai’s response to the mounting pressure. The administration’s handling of this scandal will be a critical test of its commitment to ethical governance and the rule of law. Ignoring or downplaying these allegations would only erode public trust and damage the administration’s reputation further.

The implications of this scandal extend beyond the personal relationships involved, casting a shadow over the integrity of President Boakai’s administration and raising questions about the ethical standards upheld within his inner circle. Guar’s call for swift and decisive action by President Boakai to address the allegations and hold those involved accountable resonates with a populace increasingly disillusioned by the apparent lack of integrity in leadership.

As the controversy continues to unfold, many are calling for President Boakai to uphold the values that he campaigned on and ensure that justice is served. His response will be a critical test of his leadership and commitment to ethical governance.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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