Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has attributed her noticeable absence from the opening of the third session of the Legislature on Monday to lack of operational funds for her office, but the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has debunked the allegation, saying it has never withheld funding from the Office of the Vice President.
According to information gathered by Bridge Radio Africa, VP Taylor is demanding allotment from the previous fiscal year which cannot be paid unless it is accounted for in the current budget. Based on information gathered from sources close to the Vice President, her office has for the past two years not received allotment for operational funds, making it difficult for her to carry out the duties of the Office of the Vice President. Key among her concerns according to reports are: the lack of an official armored vehicle for the Office of the Vice President, fuel and lubricants for the vehicles.
It is recalled,National Patriotic Party (NPP) Bong County chapter recently said it is troubled by audios in the public believed to be the voice of the chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mulbah Morlu, in which he mentioned that there is a plan to remove Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, to be replaced by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill.
In a leaked audio released in December 2019 by controversial talk-show host Henry Costa, Morlu is heard saying that those plans are within, and the master minders are Ministers McGill and Finance, Economic and Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah. The Vice Chairman for Administration of NPP in Bong County, Paul Wheeler, said the revelations expressed by Morlu in the leaked audio are a clear expression of the ill-treatment the vice president is enduring in the government. “This is not what we envisioned as partisans of the NPP,” he said.
In additional development, In September 2019, the chairman of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), John Gray, lamented that Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor is not protected under the Weah administration in her capacity as Vice President.
Gray said the vice president’s security personnel have been restricted by the CDC government and she doesn’t have the proper cars in her convoy to represent her status.
Gray made the comments in Gbarnga at the funeral service of two of persons killed in the vice President’s motorcade accident.
Gray attributed the accident to what he described as “faulty vehicles” given to the vice president by the government.
Mr. Gray added,“The car the vice president rides is her personal car. You don’t treat someone who was very instrumental in making the coalition wins the presidency. Politically, the NPP is as significant as any party within the coalition.”