The Office of the Vice President categorically condemns the barrage of false assertions made against Vice President Joseph N. Boakai by the presumptive presidential nominee of the Liberty Party, Mr. Charles W. Brumskine.
The Vice President Office in a release said Cllr. Brumskine misrepresented the facts during his recent press conference by stating, among many other allegations, that Vice President Boakai had stated that the President was supporting the Liberty Party; had accumulated US$9 million in the Office Budget in three years and engaged in preaching tribal politics.
Reacting to these allegations by Mr. Brumskine, the Office of the Vice President said Cllr. Brumskine’s narrative is grossly at variance with the truth and showcases the former Senate Pro-Tempoa6re’s lack of understanding of the budgetary process.
“Mr. Brumskine did not take into account that the simple fact that appropriations made to the Office of Vice President cover salaries of nearly a 100 program staff, consultants, as well as the operations of the Group of ‘77. The Budget also includes funds for other programmatic activities and basic operations of the Office. This point was badly missed by Counselor Brumskine,” the statement said.
The Office further clarifies that at no point in time did the Vice President make any claim of support from the President to the Liberty Party, adding “It is sad that Mr. Brumskine will deliberately decide to misinform himself and his followers in this public display of concoctions.”
The Vice President Office said it understands that there’s a spasm of haste and protruding impatience on the part of Cllr. Brumskine.
However, it said it is only fair that he sticks to the facts and refrains from making warped comments on matters he now clearly proves himself to be less knowledgeable.
The statement said the misstep by Mr. Brumskine is clearly understandable as the quality of public budgeting currently in use by this Government is new and strange to him.
It recalled that the government in which Cllr. Brumskine served, budgets of spending agencies of government were largely the exclusive preserve of the heads and the few they favored.
The press statement: “In his harangue to the media, Brumskine appears to be blaming the Office of the Vice President for fanning a ‘native-congau’ divide. It must be said in no uncertain terms that Vice President Boakai is neither a tribalist nor does he subscribe to any shade of sectionalism.The fact of the matter is that, if we were looking for anyone who is credited for evoking tribal politics, all fingers will be pointing at Charles Walker Brumskine who has elevated tribalism and sectionalism to levels unheard of in our political arena. It is only him that has faked and hyped his lineage to perhaps avoid the hard questions about identity.”
Continuing the Vice President Office said “there is no denying that our history is replete with historical manifestations of sectional differences, but it has never been condoned by the Vice President anywhere in our political dialogue.”
The statement further said it is sad to note that the former Senator will forget that the constitutional responsibility for allocation of the nation’s financial resources lies with duly elected senators and representatives, adding this“shows the depth of desperation to which this Political Leader has sunk.”
“The Office of the Vice President would like to remind Mr. Brumskine that his Party has several lawmakers in the Legislature whose role is to inform policy discussion on appropriations for education, health, salaries, and the myriads of other sectors. Lastly, the Office of the Vice President respectfully cautions Counselor Brumskine to put his temper on leash and refrain from including the Office of the Vice President in his trademark unbridled tirades. Liberians across the landscape know Mr. Brumskine and that’s why he has found himself rejected at the polls repeatedly,”the release from the Office of the Vice President concluded.