Washington D.C- The long serving head of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Mr. Binyah Kesselly would not be accepting the renewal of his tenure at the entity when it expires. Kesselly told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that he would rather move on with his professional pursuit after eight years of service as head of the then Liberia Maritime Commission according to an executive Mansion release issued in Monrovia on Tuesday.
Commissioner Kesselly informed the President that after eight consecutive years of service as head of the entity, he will like to pursue other professional options, though there was no specifics as to what those options are.
The Maritime boss who came under fire for allegedly spearheading the government’s wasteful spending of over US$200 Million in lobbying fees to foreign firms, is son of a former cabinet minister under the late President William R. Tolbert. Kesselly’s father Edward Binyah Kesselly now deceased, served the government in the late 1970’s heading the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. Kesselly was also a founder of the now ruling Unity Party. A close ally of Kesselly, President Sirleaf rewarded his son with the lucrative job in which he has served for eight years plus.
The young Kesselly is the fourth top ranking officials of the Sirleaf administration to quit their respective cabinet positions before it expires in 2017. The first being the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, who retired after his tenure expired early this year. The Minister of Finance Amara Konneh is also leaving the government and taking up a World Bank post in Nairobi, Kenya. Foreign minister Augustine K. Ngafuan also resigned his post late 2015.