Nepotism: Liberian President Appoints Son As Head Of Central Bank


Nepotism brings conflicts and war all around the world from history till date, and some countries like Liberia as shown, are still guilty of it.

In Liberia – Liberia’s Central Bank, CBL confirmed Thursday that it has appointed Charles Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as interim governor despite his previous suspension from the institution for failing to properly declare his assets.

Charles Sirleaf, the president’s son was deputy governor of the bank until his promotion to interim governor on Wednesday, but in 2012 he was temporarily suspended on his mother’s orders for breaching declaration rules.

The bank confirmed the appointment to AFP on Thursday but would not comment further.

Therefore, it was unclear how long he was expected to remain in the interim governor post or when a permanent replacement would be named.

His appointment has raised fresh allegations of nepotism against Sirleaf following the short-lived appointment of another son, Robert Sirleaf, to the National Oil Company of Liberia. He was deeply criticized and forced to resign in 2013, and later on unsuccessfully contested for a position as Senator in 2014.

The outgoing governor of the central Bank of Liberia, Mill Jones, resigned his post two weeks ago to enable him to stand for the presidential elections due to take place in 2017.

Jefferson Knight, head of human rights monitoring at the influential United Methodist church in Liberia, told Agence France-Press, AFP, that he believed Charles Sirleaf was appointed primarily due to his name.

There are so many Liberians who are qualified for that post, why it is only he who will be elected? This is nepotism.

I am sure the president is testing the water and I hope she will do the right thing by appointing another person. Though we don’t know for how long her son will remain as interim head, this is not smelling good. Liberians spoke against it until Robert resigned. That will also be the case with Charles Sirleaf’s appointment.

Other Liberians also expressed their anger and criticism over the President’s nepotistic act.

Patrick Tokpah, an educator, had this to say:

This is the same nepotism Leymah Gbowee was referring to when she resigned her post from the government.

Gbowee, a Nobel Laureate like Sirleaf, resigned as head of Liberia’s reconciliation commission in 2012 accusing President Sirleaf of failing to fight graft.

About President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The 2011 Nobel award-winning  president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

The 77 years old Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and then held senior positions at various financial institutions.

Ellen John Sirleaf placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. But she later won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011.

She has strong ties with Washington and is credited with helping Liberia recover from a bloody civil war that ended in 2003.