MONROVIA, OCTOBER 12, 2015: The former Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris M. Dukuly on Monday has turned over the affairs of the Ministry to Deputy Minister Varney A. Sirleaf.
In a short statement, Mr. Dukuly thanked President Sirleaf for her confidence and the opportunity afforded him to serve in her Administration and the people of Liberia.
He said serving the Administration as Minister of Internal Affairs with responsibility for administration of the 15 counties has been a special privilege, and he was pleased that he gave the full measure of his creative energy, leadership, and attention to this responsibility.
The former Internal Affairs Minister expressed his thanks and appreciation to the donor and bilateral partners, including the Country Team of United Nations, United Nations Development Program, European Union, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Swedish Agency for International Development (SIDA), and the Government of Norway for financial and technical contributions to the programs of the Government of Liberia led by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He also thanked his former Cabinet Colleagues for their friendship and collaborative support.
The former Minister expressed his thanks and appreciation to Superintendents, other local government officers, and his former colleagues at the Ministry for their support and cooperation, and collaboration which contributed to achieving the progress they have made.
Mr. Dukuly said as he returns to private life, he will continue to support the President and her Administration’s agenda.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dukuly said that although he understands the law does not require it, he was immediately proceeding to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to self-declare and file an exit asset declaration to complete his record with the Commission.
It can be recalled; the Liberian leader on October 9, 2015 relieved Mr. Dukuly from the post of Minister of Internal Affairs. An Executive Mansion Press release said the President’s action was in keeping with Article 56 (a) of the Liberian Constitution.
Article 56 a) states “All cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers, ambassadors, ministers and consuls, superintendents of counties and other government officials, both military and civilian, appointed by the President pursuant to this Constitution shall hold their offices at the pleasure of the President”.