The U.S. Embassy strongly expressed disappointment in the Liberian Senate yesterday for electing notorious warlord Prince Y. Johnson as Chair of the Liberian Senate Committee on Defense and Intelligence and Senator Varney Sherman Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims, and Petitions.
The US Embassy said Senator Johnson’s has gross human rights violations during Liberia’s civil wars are well-documented; his continued efforts to protect himself from accountability, enrich his own coffers and sow division are also well known.
The Embassy stated the Liberian Senate would see fit to elevate he (Johnson)to a leadership role particularly in the area in which he has done this country the most harm creates doubts as to the seriousness of the Senate as a steward of Liberia’s defense and security.
The U.S. Embassy is also proud of the longstanding partnership with the Ministry of National Defense and Armed Forces of Liberia which they said will continue to Partnership with, adding that they cannot have no working relationship with Senators Johnson and Sherman.
They noted that as well the continuation of Senator Sherman, sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for corruption involving Judicial bribery, and was again elected as Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims, and Petitions.
“By giving Senators Johnson and Sherman these leadership roles, the Senate is effectively ensuring that corruption and lack of accountability flourish” US Embassy pointed out.