-Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti reacts to concerns about her credentials 

By Jerromie S. Walters

Amid comments about the authenticity of her academic credentials, Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti has clarified that her credentials are genuine, and she will be prepared to defend her record and credentials before the Senate if she is appointed by the President.

The experienced Liberian woman is one of those expected to be announced as Liberia’s Foreign Affairs Minister by newly inaugurated President Joseph Nyuma Boakai Sadly, she has come under fire from Martin Kollie, a strong supporter of Mr. Boakai’s party, the Unity Party. Kollie has alleged that Nyanti’s academic credentials are fake and bogus, casting doubt on her qualifications for the role.

Kollie: “This is how we want to save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs like we saved LBDI. The credentials of Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti are bogus and fake. She doesn’t even have a first degree. We are in this gov’t to protect public interests and help Pres. JNB.”

In response to these allegations, Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti took to Facebook mid-Tuesday, January 23, 2024, to assert her readiness to defend her record and credentials before the Senate if she is appointed by the President. Her followers believe her statement indicates a firm commitment to addressing the accusations and proving the legitimacy of her qualifications.

Madam Nyanti:  “I have read the posts and heard the lies and disinformation being spued. When I am given the chance to serve the people of Liberia as I have served other nations, I will be prepared to defend my record and my legitimate and hard-earned credentials before the Senate.”

As the expected nominee for such a prominent position within the government, social media users say the scrutiny of Madam Nyanti’s qualifications is expected. “However, it is essential for the integrity of the appointment process and the confidence of the public that these allegations are thoroughly addressed and resolved but I do trust her ability.

It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold, particularly in light of Madam Nyanti’s commitment to defending her credentials. The Senate, as well as the broader public, will undoubtedly be looking for transparency and clarity on this issue as the appointment process progresses.

Martin being one of those who strongly supported Mr. Boakai, it’s obvious that the Presidenttrist his work. Howbeit,  President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, in his capacity as the appointing authority, will likely face heightened scrutiny regarding the vetting process for his nominees in light of these allegations.

Madam Sara Frances Beysolow Nyanti is an international development expert and Liberian pastor. She has more than 20 years of professional experience.

Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti was one of the twenty presidential candidates who participated in Liberia’s October 10, 2023, general elections. She is a Liberian with roots from Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties. Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti’s incredible journey with the United Nations began in the early 2000s in Liberia and took her on a whirlwind journey managing teams to save lives and contribute to nation-building in many countries around the world such as Nepal, Namibia, Nigeria, Yemen, the Gambia, and South Sudan amongst others. 

Before going to the United Nations, she also worked for the Government of the Republic of Liberia as a Special Assistant to the Minister of Health, subsequently she was appointed as director of the National Aids Control Program where she’s credited for writing Liberia’s first successful project for the Global funds for AIDs, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM).

While at the United Nations, Madam Beysolow exercised her strong leadership abilities my the integrity required to manage an annual budget of over 1 billion in conflict contexts with excellent audits and no case of misuse of funds or property of the United Nations. And the system that she designed to pay cash to the poor people of Yemen is now being used in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Sudan.

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