By Jerromie S. Walters
Senate Plenary has voted to confirm the following Presidential nominees.: Madam Sara Nyanti – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Kpoto – Minister of Health, and Gbeme Horace Kollie – Minister of Gender.
All 23 senators present in session voted in favour of the nominees.
Recently, some Liberian women and supporters of President Joseph Nyuma Boakai voiced their faith in his ability to make decisions and appoint qualified individuals, while also urging him to disregard the opinions of others who seek to undermine his authority and leadership. The women who spoke to this Paper believe that President Boakai ought to maintain his hard stance; otherwise, his leadership will be the worst in the annals of Liberian history.
According to the women, any attempt to withdraw the nominations or to undermine the confirmations of Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti and other competent Liberians based on what they referred to as unfounded and flimsy claims might render the president weak and compromised.
This warning from the women came amid speculation that President Boakai is said to be under pressure from some stewards of the Unity Party to withdraw certain nominees, including Madam Nyanti, to replace them with people they think are deserving. Recently, the National Chairman of the Unity Party, Mr. Luther Tarpeh, allegedly manipulated a protest led by some members of the ruling party against President Boakai for appointing Mr. Seckou Dukuly as managing director of the Freeport of Monrovia, Mr. Tarpeh’s supposedly preferred area of placement.
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.