Minister Gongloe Rejects Shift
Former Labour Minister Tiawan Gongloe has rejected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s offer of Minister of Post & Telecommunication, according to well-placed sources.
The President’s office, contacted, confirmed that discussions were held with Mr. Gongloe with the President opting to retain him in the cabinet but with a change of Ministries.
Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Badio said despite Mr. Gongloe’s recent open disagreement with the President, she finds him a suitable character and wished to retain him.
Sources close to the Executive Mansion told this paper Tuesday that talks between the former Minister and the President have failed to resolve the issue.
Sources said the President wants Cllr. Gongloe back in cabinet but not in the same position, although there were no hints as to why he has been removed from Labour.
It can be recalled that Mr. Gongloe has hiked aliens work permit fees since he became Labour Minister, thus pitting powerful Lebanese and Indians against him.
Reacting to the mass cabinet dismissal, Mr. Gongloe issued a 12-page statement disagreeing with the President and declaring that her action pointed towards autocracy, imperial presidency and dictatorship. But he did not reign amidst reports that the President was contemplating retaining him.