In the words of the Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. Mulbah Morlu which we hold so dearly as practical evident against dashed hope and aspirations of the people when he said, “the truth is that most Liberians started to like President George Weah long before he entered politics. But in politics, successful campaign and winning elections is not the end of the political journey. After the election is the beginning of the actual task of nation-building and what that means is that there are a lot more for the elected leaders to accomplish along with all those that were in the struggle with him before the election.”
Buttressing the after election victory tasks as reflected by Chairman Morlu, and whether knowingly or unknowingly of the actual performance of the Chief Executive, of a country, President George M. Weah in his inaugural address before God, men and women; declared that “I (Weah) guarantee you, when we finish, there will not be a winning or a losing side. Today, we all wear the jersey of Liberia, and the victory belongs to the people, to peace, and to democracy”.
Indeed, out of all elements of sincerely; unfolding developments coupled with what are obtaining on the grounds bear any resembling of no winning or losing side; and even today, are we all wearing the jersey of Liberia besides a selected incompetent few, while the greater majority of the people rated mere spectators and pitiful on lookers; and does the victory belong to the people or the untouchable cronies, clique and sacred fat cows, as peace and democracy remained the most tormented and consistent wailing causality under the lawless leadership of Weah?
Dr. Weah who continues in his inaugural address also added that “the tens of thousands of Liberians here today and many more in our communities across the country who are listening gathered together around radios in the palava hut, it is to you we are responsible to deliver the change you deserve. Indeed, we must deliver the change that our people need, in order to transform their lives for the better. I promise to do everything in my power to be the agent of positive change.”
But interestingly, the 173rd Independence Day Orator, Rev. Simeon L. Dunbar despite reminding Weah that “our people sang the praises of our leader and the very famous slogan; “CHANGE FOR HOPE”. And he asked; Your Excellency, indeed the Change has come, now where the Hope is? It is even more vivid to note that those who live on Weah’s hope will die fasting because the lawless leadership is so out of touch with existing realities that it has become a renowned culture of violating the laws time after time just to appease himself and ruffles the constitution constantly with flourish impunity.
At the same time, Weah, so obsessed with the glamor of the Presidency that the very constitution from where his oath was administered; that he promised to protect, defend uphold and respect continues to be abused from provision to another and from chapter to chapter despite those provisions and chapters are enshrined in the latter as stoppers of would-be violators.
The hold of elections and by-elections are constitutional mandate and the government must be on the red Alert to ensuring that they are honored when such time comes, but instead, Weah’s government has found great pleasure in justifying the disregard of respecting the constitutional mandate of holding elections based on the no money syndrome; and then in gross violation postponed same as though it is exclusively at the discretion of him and his Finance Minister Samuel Tweah to perform such task. The lawless leadership is on record for breaking so many of the laws of the land with impunity, that even his critics and detractors cannot comprehend why the Weah’s leadership has disturbingly transformed Liberia from the country of law into the country of men, when the same constitution he violates at will, made it very clear that no man or no one is above the law; to him, it’s like wasting water on ducks back, according to a maxim.
Today, it is an open secret that the lawless leadership has performed very poorly politically and economically and is turning exhausted; it is now glaring that at long last, behind the pomp and pageantry; the Presidency requires dynamic visionary actions and progressive performance which are difficult to practically come by, let alone stand tall for themselves that all will see, feel and glorify the praiseworthiness, instead, grim misery, abject poverty in the land of so much more rich mineral and natural resources coupled with fertile soil, and abundant tropical rain forests and coastal shores attracted to marine engagements; yet most people go to be on empty stomach, while some earn a little to bite on by begging daily in the streets competing with the visually impaired.
Again, the postponement to December 8, 2020 of the senatorial by-election is also unconstitutional, and although it is allegedly saddled with flaws regarding the Voter Roll Update (VRU) attended by the propelling of trucking voters from place to place; all stemmed from government’s no-money-syndrome; while huge amount of money is being dished out to ‘petitions merchants’ for gravitating to the aspirants of the CDC as the ruling establishment is on fire to not only win immensely in the race nationwide, but to ensure that Montserrado County once lost precious jewel, is clawed from whosoever is parading with it, and return to it (CDC) when the trumpet sounds and the political sheep are separated from the ill-prepared hunting goats who will only know that those who fail to prepare, prepared to fail,
Currently, the government is lumbered with an acute problem deriving from the National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia (NAHWUL) who are requesting for their just-benefits as enshrined in the joint-Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between it and the government of which breakdown has led the NAHWUL to subscribe to strike action which why holding at some health centers in the country, is also painting the image of the administration badly, as the people who are unable to fly out of the country to seek medication continue to catch raw hell in the process all because of hitches the government does not have the money to spend.
Today makes it day two since the strike action began and while the leader of the health workers is reportedly said to be in hiding according to him for security reason, NAHWUL said its action stems from President Weah and his top officials’ indifferent response to the union’s plights in a recent meeting at the Ministerial complex where the President threatened to dismiss any health workers who would challenge to go on strike.
It can be recalled reports a local daily that NAHWUL, in a press statement issued on September 2, 2020, demanded the government to live by its promise by implementing a memorandum of understanding it signed with the union in September 2019.
The MOU, among other things, called for the government to grant NAHWUL a certificate of recognition, provide a clear salary base for each grade that correspond to health workers’ qualifications, reclassify healthcare workers who have, over the period upgraded their professional status and that the policy document for redeployment and transfer be suspended until the union have a say in the process.
It also mandated the government to provide a blue print on how the almost 1,000 pensioner’s gap will be filled and that victims and families of COVID-19 should fully benefit from the US$500 announced in July’s meeting with the Ministries of Health, State and Finance and Development Planning.
In respond, the Government convened a meeting on September 10, 2020 with officials of the Union and attended by President Weah and some of his top cabinet ministers including the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, and Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah.
To their astonishment, the health workers said after outlining their demands to the President, he became angry and threatened to dismiss anyone who will protest and warned that the Minister of Justice will deploy the police to handle anyone who disturbs civil liberties.
“To our out most Surprise, the government officials took term to haul words of threats an intimidation at leaders and members of our noble union instead of addressing the worker’s concerns. They threatened to dismiss workers who will strike and replace them with students,” NAHWUL said
Meanwhile, pundits say no wonder that the Presidency has become a serious national problem for Weah’s ability to govern meaningfully which keeps reflecting and questioning his zeal to provide the most needed leadership the people have long yearned for.
However, the pundits pointed out that the reason he (Weah) was popularly elected to provide what others have failed is becoming too unbearable with the constant pressure exerted from the people to immediately right his created wrong; as the available evident is vividly clear that he is not up to the task to firstly begin with; while his problematic Finance Minister Samuel Tweah is psychologically coercing the people to make him a benevolent dictator; what, don’t be fool into thinking that benevolent is a bridge over troubled-waters; preposterous! A dictator is indeed a dictator no appeasement, what associates with a dictator is tyranny, full stop.
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