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“During the War I Saw Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Military Uniform” – Jesus Tells TRC Hearings

The Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been linked of being a major military player during the Charles Taylor led National Patriotic Front of Liberia war machinery, and that in fact she was spotted wearing military uniform.

This revelation was made yesterday by a founding member of the defunct Progress Alliance of Liberia (PAL) and former Director of the Cabinet during the erstwhile Liberia national Transitional Government (LNTG), Mr. Jesus Alieu Swaray when he appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to explain his role during the Liberian civil war.

Mr. Swaray neatly dressed in his usual dress code, white suit said, “I saw Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now President of Liberia behind rebel lines in military uniform during the heat of the Liberian civil war”, he testified.

He also revealed how he saw the Liberian leader regularly visiting rebel bases which was at the time called, “Behind the Lines”.

“Although I saw her in military uniform the rebel lines, I did not know the reason for her visit there”, Jesus A. Swaray in a serious mood asserted.

He accentuated that the appearance of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. Charles Taylor on the streets of ‘Grater Liberia’ was something of sight seeing for those who resided in that part of the country.

“It was public viewing event whenever the two individuals appeared in the public; everybody wanted to see them>” he averred.

Jesus Sawary who spoke for over eight hours during the hearings also said, “I would like for the TRC to ask Madam Johnson Sirleaf as to what she was always doing in Grater Liberia, especially in military uniform, the former government official uttered.

Testifying further, the witness indicated that the Liberian crisis was a result of what he called “three major historical factors”.

He identified the three major historical factors as false execution of the late David Coleman, the flight from Liberia of the late D. Tweh, who he said, had declared his intention to contest election on the ticket of the Reformation Party and the imprisonment of the late Henry Boimah Fahnbulleh, Sr., who according to him, was then Liberian Ambassador to Kenya.


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