Many Liberians are concerned that last Tuesday’s election of Mr. Fonati Koffa who was was criminally indicted, charged, jailed, and barred from practicing law in the United States will do more harm than good to the image of the Liberian Legislature, and the country. Mr. Koffa was elected the Deputy Speaker of the Liberian Assembly–in the lower chambers of the House of Representatives by defeating his rival Clearence Massaquoi. Concerns are being raised that Mr. Koffa is a heartbeat away from the from the presidency!
The Liberian Listener notes, that the House Speaker is third in line to the presidency, therfore Liberian Assemblyman in the lower house of the chambers should have given the election of Mr. Koffa serious thoughts before putting him on the ballot for consideration, his party the Congress for Democratic Change, should have considered this proposition also, by putting Liberia’s interests first.
Mr. Koffa has a bad rapsheet, a bad resume from his criminal conviction, and the house has set a bad precedence, and this is bad news for Liberia. The Liberian Listener is of the opinion, that Mr. Koffa will now meet with foreign diplomats and other bilateral and multilateral partners who already know his past, as a man who swindled his clients, and that he has trust issues. The election of Mr. Koffa to this all powerful position is a disservice to the republic and is highly regretable!
Main Photo: Mr. Fonati Koffa, Deputy Speaker elect