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Liberia: Reinstated Bong Supt. Vows Not to Repeat Same Mistake


Gbarnga, Bong County – Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker Monday said she is overwhelmed by her reinstatement to the post after her suspension in February this year by President George Manneh Weah.

In February, a statement posted on the Executive Mansion’s website stated that Madam Walker was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into a leaked audio recording that went viral on social media.

The Superintendent was heard in the audio disclosing to some staffs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs an interaction she had with President Weah, Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill.

At a press conference in Gbarnga Monday, July 1, Madam Walker said she has learned a lot and promised to not repeat the mistakes that led to her suspension. “Experience is the best teacher. I have learned a lot now,” she said.

Supt. Walker also commended President Weah for believing and following the due process of law. “I want to say thanks to President Weah. He has proven yet again to be a leader with a clear heart for his people,” she said.

Superintendent Walker then expressed gratitude to citizens of Bong County for their continuous support and encouragement during her trying period.

She added: “The people of Bong County showed me love during the four months I was suspended. I want to use this public manner to say thank you. Their intervention played a major part in my reinstatement. I also say thanks to my office staffers, who stood with me during the entire struggle.”

No Witch Hunt 

Madam Walker also stressed that she would use her reinstatement to promote peace and foster development in the county rather than going after people who may have said negative things about her during her suspension.

“It’s time to work with everyone in moving Bong County forward. This is not time to go after people. It’s always good to forgive people for their wrong doing,” she said

Madam Walker called on citizens of the county to embrace each other for the collective good of the county. “We have a lot of unfinished projects in Bong that need to be completed. That can only be achieved when we are united as a county,” she said.

Bong Legislative Caucus Welcomes Walker’s Return

Taking to Facebook to express her excitement, District #6 lawmaker Moima Briggs, posted a photo of her and Walker. Rep. Briggs said she was elated that President Weah listened to the Bong County people’s plead to reinstate Walker.

She posted: “Welcome back Superintendent Walker, my own ma. It’s my hope you serve with distinction as you have planned and that unity will be the center of all your decisions. God bless, success is sure.”

Rep. Robert Womba of District #4 said Monday, July 1, that the reinstatement of the Superintendent should unite citizens of the county. “This is a clarion call to citizens of Bong County to put aside hate and work to promote the development of the county,” he said.