The Office of Liberia’s first female Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has described as “complete misrepresentation” of the Speech of the Vice President delivered recently at the Liberia Marketing Association, the Thursday, March 1, 2018 edition of the New Democratic newspaper publication under the lea headline: “Idi Amin Returns In Jewel”.

In its publication, the local daily claimed that the first female Vice president wants Liberians boycott Lebanese and Indian shops. The Vice President takes serious exception to the paper’s Thursday, March 1, 2018 edition.

A release from the VP office states that the paper also  “erroneously liken recent comments of the Liberian Vice President on the Liberian economy to what it called,  those of Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin, when he accused the East African nation’s minority ethnic population of disloyalty, non-integration and commercial malpractice.”

The VP office indicated that the insinuation of the paper is untrue.

Contrary to the Democrat’s publication, the release noted, that Vice President Howard-Taylor at no part of her address at the LMA, mentioned calls for   Liberians to boycott Lebanese and Indian shops.

The Liberian Vice president consistent with government’s commitment for Liberians to be active participants in their economy and to become food sufficient by growing ‘what we eat and what we grow’, urged members of the Liberia Marketing Association to take up the challenge of not only getting involve in importation like their foreign counterparts but ensure that local produce including peppers rice other vegetables are planted locally. ‘This will avoid the high cost of importation and encourage local farmers to grow and develop Agro businesses,” VP Howard-Taylor said. 

VP Howard-Taylor believes that the LMA must shoulder such responsibility with the objective of taking Liberian business to a higher height.

President George Weah in his inaugural address said his government will prioritize the interests of Liberian-owned businesses and offer programs to help them become more competitive and offer services that international investors seek as partners.

In keeping with professional journalism, the office of the Vice president is therefore demanding a retraction of said publication with an appropriate apology.

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