Because trust in elected officials is extremely low, billboards throughout Monrovia address the issue of public corruption. During Wall and Austin’s April visit, the Justice Minister resigned under a cloud. Then, in September, a corruption controversy was brewing around the Speaker of the House, who was subsequently removed from office.
A Monrovian newspaper from January 2016 illustrates the continued concern about the potential spread of Ebola. A new outbreak coincided with Wall and Austin’s visit in April, which included significant coverage in local press. But when they returned in September, attentions had turned to the 2017 presidential election.