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Thursday, May 23, 2024

PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S DUBIOUS APPOINTMENT UNDERMINES NATIONAL INTEREST

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President Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s recent appointment of Senegalese national Alioune Kebe as Ambassador at Large for Youth and Sports Development has raised serious concerns and questions about his administration’s commitment to national interests and transparency.

Kebe’s appointment appears to be influenced by his alleged ties to President Boakai’s Political Advisor, Macdella Cooper. Such cronyism undermines the principles of meritocracy and raises doubts about the integrity of the appointment process.

Moreover, additional inquiries have revealed that Kebe has an ownership stake in a goalkeeper academy, previously named Sham Hands Professional Goalkeeping Academy, which was later renamed Kebe Goalkeeper Academy. This raises questions about potential conflicts of interest, as Kebe’s role as Ambassador at Large for Youth and Sports Development could intersect with his business interests.

The appointment of a foreign national to such a key position also raises concerns about the government’s priorities. While international collaboration and exchange of ideas are important, it is crucial to prioritize the development and advancement of qualified Liberian citizens in key roles that directly impact the country’s youth and sports sectors.

President Boakai’s decision to appoint Kebe, amidst these controversies, sends the wrong message to the Liberian people and the international community. It erodes trust in the government’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and the advancement of Liberian citizens.

In light of these revelations, we call on President Boakai to reconsider Kebe’s appointment and prioritize the appointment of qualified Liberian citizens who can effectively serve the interests of the nation. Anything less would be a disservice to Liberia and its people.

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