Global Magnitsky Strikes ‘Fire Bomb’ -And No Escape; For More To Be Roasted

Wednesday,September, 14, 2022
From the strike of any imagination, and looking far back down the road five years running, has the Chief Executive ever paused to take stock of his performance, let alone conduct a thorough soul and mind searching whether he has been honest and sincere to the very Constitution and all the attended variables as enshrined in the oath that he took on his inauguration, when he thunders: “I swore that I would preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of Liberia”; can he openly convey to the people he’s craving for their mandate to give him a second term; but indeed, what is most important here is, has he ever and truly lived up to the actual meaning of the virtues contained in his vow unleashed since he hits the ground running almost five years?
Obviously, the fantastic breakthrough with fire spur of global Magnitsky which short-circuited by sanction on three of President Weah’s officials, with more to come, absolutely speaks volume because it is glaring that entrenched corruption, cronyism, blind loyalty and sycophancy have completely overwhelmed the functionalities of the proclaimed Pro-Poor regime, wherein, all the promised goods remain grim, and now with marred integrity are things pierced by doomsday,; while more to be roasted by Magnitsky, already and painfully, five of Weah’s officers have been casualties of sanction-driven crunch.
How Did We Get Here?
Who has blindly brought us this far having us pathetically wigglering in this wicked, heartless and very merciless quick-sand; infested with every odd ingredient of inhumane treatments coupled with upright disrespect and reluctantly with personal agenda has guided our Ship of State through stormy seas and contrary winds; and has not brought us safely to a calm and peaceful shore, wherein we can’t find refuge and strength.
However, the Representative of the state of New Jersey’s 44th District at the United States Congress, Chris Smith, has accused President George Weah of running a kleptocratic government that is milking the coffers of the country to the ground.
Congressman Smith who is a Republican and a Senior Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations blamed President Weah for the high rate of poverty in the country by using his political power to appropriate the wealth of the county through embezzling or misappropriating government funds at the expense of the wider population.
“In Africa, we have a special relationship with Liberia which was founded by freed American slaves. Unfortunately, President George Weah leads a Kleptocratic government that is engaged in political corruption from the day he assumed office by depleting the government’s coffers for personal use while the people of Liberia suffer,” Smith added.
The New Jersey Congressman at the end of his presentation on Liberia made mention of the then Trump administration’s sanction of Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County as a positive example of fighting graft and corruption in Liberia.
“Liberian Senator, Varney Sherman, was sanctioned by the Trump administration for corruption, which is positive though; but more needs to be done, “Congressman Chris added.
The U.S. Congressman spoke some time ago through a live-streamed panel discussion on the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability act around the World, with Liberia and Nigeria the only African countries highlighted in his presentation.
It is not clear whether the outcome of Congressman Smith’s suggestion for more action on President Weah in the same vein as of Sen. Sherman—but he is known for his role in pressuring former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to turn over then exiled President Charles Taylor to Liberia to face trial for war crimes in Sierra Leone.
The panel discussion brought together some strong members of Congress and powerful witnesses speaking of specific instances of global human rights violations and institutional corruption.
They have also provided interesting data on the number of individuals who have been sanctioned through the GMHRAA and differentiated the individual sanctions from national sanctions/country level sanctions.
The U.S. lawmaker has been in the US congress since 1980. Congressman Smith’s remark came barely a week after Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District 10 wrote the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia complaining the Weah- led government of alleged massive corruption, a communication to which he received a reply.
Rep. Kolubah’s communication to the U.S. Embassy was dated March 17, 2021.
In response, the U.S. Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Michael McCarthy thanked the lawmaker for his letter and concern about corruption within the Government of Liberia.
“Like many other Liberians and those who care about the future of this country, I share your concern,” Amb. Michael McCarthy said. “That is why the U.S. Mission to Liberia hass invested heavily to implement increased transparency in Liberia’s budget tracking system, professionalize criminal justice operations and build the capacity of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and other integrity institutions.”
Meanwhile, before I (Weah) commence, I would first of all like to thank the Almighty God for His bountiful goodness and abundant mercies that He has bestowed upon us as a Nation and as a People.
We witnessed and participated in an historic and peaceful transition from an incumbent administration to a newly elected government, the first such event in our history for more than 70 years. Liberians have received commendations and congratulations from all over the world for the civility and maturity demonstrated throughout this long process, which eventually ended in the passing of the baton from one generation of leadership to a younger generation.
And so it came to pass, as a result of this process, that I, George Manneh Weah, your humble servant, took the Oath of Office and was sworn in as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia, in the presence of most-if not all-of you. “I swore that I would preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of Liberia. And, in the process, I asked the Almighty God to help me to do so, to the best of my abilities”; yet, instead you (Weah) had failed dismally.
Did Weah Study And Understand The Constitution?
And this is exactly what I intend to do. The Liberian Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the Republic, and with which I am intimately familiar, shall be my principal guide for leadership and governance throughout my tenure as President. Without pretending to be a constitutional scholar, expert, or lawyer, I have found direction, as well as inspiration, from studying it.
I would humbly advise all of you Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen, and indeed-all Liberians-to study your Constitution well, for I find it to be the most useful and practical guide for those who would govern, and for those who are governed. However, what’s the need of keeping cow, when milk is so cheap-meaning, what hurt your head with tidying he Constitution, when entrenched corruption is the most loose visa for the elites and privileged few.
My assumption is that not everyone is familiar with the Constitution, as they ought to be. I will now beg your indulgence to allow me to make frequent references to it today as I address you. In some instances I will read extensively from it.
What Is Expected
What is expected of us, who have been elected by our people to govern them? What is really expected of those of us who have been entrusted with the responsibility to lead them? The answer is to be found in Chapter 2 of our Constitution, from which I shall now read selected articles extensively and verbatim:
Chapter II
General Principles of National Policy
Article 4
The principles contained in this Chapter shall be fundamental in the governance of the Republic and shall serve as guidelines in the formulation of legislative, executive and administrative directives, policy-making and their execution.
Article 5
The Republic shall:
a) aim at strengthening the national integration and unity of the people of Liberia, regardless of ethnic, regional or other differences, into one body politic; and the Legislature shall enact laws promoting national unification, and the encouragement of all citizens to participate in government;
b) preserve, protect and promote positive Liberian culture, ensuring that traditional values which are compatible with public policy and national progress are adopted and developed, as an integral part of the growing needs of the Liberian society;
c) take steps, by appropriate legislation and executive orders, to eliminate sectionalism and tribalism, and such abuses of power as the misuse of government resources, nepotism and all other corrupt practices.
Article 6
The Republic shall, because of the vital role assigned to the individual citizen under this Constitution for the social, economic and political wellbeing of Liberia, provide equal access to educational opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources.
Emphasis shall be placed on the mass education of the Liberian people and the elimination of illiteracy.
Does Weah Listen?
At the same time, the considered weaknesses that are found in the characters of some men and by extension, the leadership which is crystal clear and reflective in this current regime. Sadly, President George M. Weah’s unholy marriage to the flaw-infested Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration is now being chronically suffocated for failing to institute measures from the onset due to his upright refusal to listen to the people’s appeal to audit the entire regime, and critically review all concession agreements, if his government envisages sure footing
Unfortunately, with a mouthful of mounting tension currently stirring the ability to governor authoritatively, upon being heavily fed with the devil’s expensive meal of unchecked power-greed and maximum harbored fear thereby electing to institute total delay to conduct a vigorous, robust and uncompromising audits of Ellen’s government; knowing that delays are dangerous; indeed, Ellen’s chickens are coming back to Weah’s roost.
First, in the long chain of obstacles to belch out the dangerous precedent, whose origin is rooted in the more than 60 bogus concession agreements signed by Ellen coupled with the severely cruel milking of NOCAL out of several millions of US dollars by her (Ellen’s) favorite son, Robert A. Sirleaf thus forcing down the throat, a Group Of 77 status, the once vibrant entity; as Ellen, the untouchable, is perpetually known as the darling of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
This is the reward that a limping government that is begging on bended to be given second term of governorship; accumulates after selling its soul to an administration totally unconcerned about honor and disgrace; and now, the so-called Pro-Poor headship has developed a seriously chronic political and leadership megrim headache overnight.
-Writes GDJ

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