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Liberia: Two Persons, One Job: Health Workers Left Confused

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National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia urges President Joseph Boakai to settle confusion surrounding nomination made to the position of deputy health minister for administration.

Official website of the presidency named former Nimba County Representative Roger Domah as the President’s nominee to the officer.

The President would later revealed in a leadership meeting with lawmakers that Domah was not his pick for the job and his name was surreptitiously placed on the cabinet listing by Executive Mansion staff with vested interest, according to one Senator who was privy to the conversation.

Martha Morris, the nurse who campaigned for the Unity Party in Bong County is the President’s reported choice for the role and is backed by the Minister of Health and top UP Senators.

While the Executive Mansion would later clarified that presidential aides have not being involved with the manipulation of appointments, Roger Domah is yet to be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

The health workers association views the President’s inaction on the matter as indication that his appointing authority has being abdicated or  hijacked by forces wielding influence to an extent that appears to surpass the authority of the President himself.

“Their actions suggest an autonomy that allows them to act at their discretion, regardless of the President’s directive notwithstanding the negative impacts and consequences it has concerning who is in charge of this administration,”  the said in a statement shared with reporters in Monrovia.

 

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