When The ‘Political Stole-ways’ Go Marching In…

Thursday, August 25, 2022
Quite frankly, since the inception of this government and its socio-politico- economically troubled policies, national agenda coupled with the dispensed of administration of decentralization of goods and services nationwide devoiced of cherry-picking for hidden motive; a whole lot have been written about the intrusion of how corruption has overwhelmed the entire governing system; despite the writing and graphic pictorial vividly shown on the wall; the government, through its desperately questioned leadership’s performance; inspite of early caution that the leader of the ruling party must not be judged by the eloquence of its speeches, but by the quality (sound, innovative, credible and positively inspiring) decisions it will make.
Now, looking back almost five years of being at the helm of state power and leadership, and, matching what was stated about the quality of decisions made in driving the state and people in realizing genuine change seasoned with a vast difference from the past, imbued with demonstratively practical hope, aspirations, trust and maximum relief from the heavily suffered political toll and economic deprivation; the writing and graphic pictorial on the wall has portrayed immensely five digits downward trend, which clearly and openly point to a big and empty sham, as the nation and citizens continue to rapidly drown in the unwarranted pool of frustration, dismay and absolute regret, while equally being victims of their own achievement- the manner, form and style they vote, and for whom, without careful and thorough scrutiny.
From the citizens and others’ observation, indeed, the politically stuck regime sadly captured by the wicked scourge of corruption is has become a dreadful and debilitating moral virus that sinks people in the bevy of evil people whose reckless appetites robbed the success, growth and developments of a denied citizens of essential, if not, very most needed goods and services and total assets to their socio-politico and economic participation and respective advancements.
Today, it is very saddened to see that when the ‘political stole-ways’ are marching in, while the people remained blatantly incarcerated in the dungeon of pinned-down in the absolute fashion of incommunicado ; as it is often shouted out the loudest in the Liberian idiom that POWER PASSED STRENGTH, the government (Liberian) became very hard hit when the United States Government, after several cautions both at official functions and periodic publication of reports for the government to seriously and critically work on its undesirable and unwelcomed corruption platform; three of President George M. Weah’s staunchest heavyweight nd cardinal confidantes beginning with-Minister of State/Chief of Staff to the President, Nathaniel Farlo McGill; National Freeport Authority (NPA- the gateway to Liberia’s economy) Managing Director Bill Tehway (the Elephant) and the Solicited General S. Cephas were shockingly axed and struck down with corruption sanction; thereby leaving the political prospect of the government that is hurriedly doing everything speedily, and running very fast and far ahead of the 2023 election by extremely campaigning (as the National Elections Commission-NEC, knowing that it is not the time for any individual to engage into election practices being done illegally by the incumbent without calling the latter to attention, portrays a signal of greater things to come as NEC becomes sluggishly reluctant to nib such glaring unwholesome activities) under the cover of completing the last leg of his nationwide tour which ends with the Montserrado County tour; received the shock of its time with all government’s attention and concern wallowing in the sanction’s fever. Again, besides half-heartedly suspending the trio, mounting pressure from a greater segment of the public with opposition Unity Party’s Standard Bearer, Dr. Joseph N. Boaka coupled with the Alternative National Congress’ political leader Alexander B. Cummings is uncompromisingly insisting and demanding a total dismissal of the affected three, as one of the ways to save the already marred image of the state, and as a sign of seriousness on the part of the leader, and moreover, the best thing to do in keeping with internationally accepted practice.
While it is true that the second sanction bombshell (the first politically decapitated Senators Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount and Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba Counties respectively) landed too close in the premise of the President’s political domain of authority and fearlessly cut away the all-powerful man in that house, the government has since been perceived as a badly wounded (by virtue of trust and confidence) an limping deer. This economically frail government reflective of total fragile misguided leadership’s compass has gravely subjugated the image of this country to global scorn; imposed massive intensification of abject poverty on the already captured and debased citizens grimly attended by reckless and pathetic political disenchantment; without the least national fear of pausing, and craving to turn things around in the most positive direction above parading with the will and ways of cronyism, and lavishly feasting and glorifying the overly reported in the media, the shocking acquired loots, spoils and pillages of state’s resources an power.
At present, the nation is seriously, but quietly holding its breath amidst simmering speculations that the United states Government’s sanction list is longer than just three and will sooner or later, begin to unleash more names from the sanction’s list; an while the latter is very worrisome for many major players of this regime; the guess for those to be named is blowing in the wing and that any number can hit the jackpot; being cognizant that when oil touches one finger, it is very obvious that it could spread onward to the rest.
Will Gongloe Keep His Lawsuit Promise?
There could still be more troubling time for the government especially the leader, considering that the disturbing wave and the very shaky fracas that unfortunately marred July 26, is very far from losing its steam and rapidly gathering massive clouds of criticisms, condemnations, full-fledged investigation and those culpable, to face the harsh music of justice, a robust presidential aspirant Tiawon Gongloe has in no nonsense posture, threatened Incumbent Weah’s Gov’t, who, himself is also gravely struggling to save his political soul, and to win his second term bid with lawsuit for ‘brutalizing’ unarmed students looming over him, could surely be a very political bitter pill for the incumbent to freely and smoothly swallow without incurring some deep-seated political indigestion .
Being one of Liberia’s renowned Human Rights lawyers, Cllr. Gongloe has publicly vowed to enforce his lawsuit against President George M. Weah and his Coalition for Democratic Change government for allowing CDC-COP protestors to brutalize dozens of members of the University of Liberia students-based group of the Students Unification Party (SUP) as what Was labeled as a counter-protest on Liberia’s 175th Independence Day, July 26, 2022.
During the row, one of the students, Christopher Sivili became badly maltreated by the pro-government militias which went viral with a speed much faster than Mercury (known to be the fastest planet in the solar system).
“We will institute the appropriate legal action to hold accountable those responsible for this mindless display of such a devilish force against the peaceful and law-abiding students of the University of Liberia.” In the release issued, the presidential aspirant called on President Weah to not only condemn this act of savagery, but to take the appropriate steps to bring to justice those responsible for the crimes committed against these peaceful citizens.
Addressing reporters at the Roberts International Airport on Sunday, August 7, 2022, Cllr. Gongloe a 2023 presidential candidate scored the day as ‘Black July 26’ adding that the Weah-led government has globally disgraced the country’s Independence Day.
Gongloe Rates Weah As ‘Domestic Terrorist’
Keeping the incumbent’s feet close to the fire, presidential candidate Gongloe also branded President Weah as a “domestic terrorist” who violates the rights of his own people and has vowed to lobby the American Government to withdraw the visiting invitation extended to him (Weah the President).
s He reminded the American Government that the United States is a country that is a champion of democracy and respect for human rights and as such, it can’t be inviting someone who has started on the path of engaging in domestic terrorism against his own citizens.
He intimated that the students are going to file a legal action against the government and his law office is going to represent them. “The State will not go with impunity; we will take the necessary legal action against them. While I was abroad, I promised the students and we will certainly do it,” Gongloe intoned.
According to him, the first priority of any state is to protect the lives and properties of its people. “But unfortunately,” he added, “the government that was popularly elected by young people, is now introducing domestic terrorism and the first victim is the young people.”
Meanwhile, why the nation is waiting to sees what comes next and which way it is going to lead the targeted sanction, and its corrective fluid in the interest of the disappointed citizens, the people will not bury their heads in the sand and cover their faces in their palms, even amidst the gnashing of teeth. However, in the same vein, the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) Mr. Alexander B. Cummings has been one of the political opponents who without fear, continues to keep the feet of George M. Weah over the fire for painting the wrong, weak, corruption-driven and impunity-prone image rooted in the current system; and thereby can be seen of being in no hurry of positively transforming the curve. Cummings, in that vein stated that, “the careless and irresponsible attitude of the Liberian Government is being exposed. Under this George Weah-led Government, Liberia continues to be internationally disgraced, shamed and laughed at”.
Giving people justice and ending impunity are not issues over which any responsible government ought to wait to be publicly chastised by its international partners. These are things responsible governments do to cleanse the soul of a nation, and to keep countries secure, stable and peaceful, Cummings noted.
We have all seen what it means for our country to breakdown and become lawless. And so, Liberia does not need to wait and be reminded to do the things we need to do to build a more just society that will punish crimes. This is the only way to make our society truly law-abiding.
Moreover, Cummings pointed out that it is hard to stop stealing in government when the people who should be stopping the stealing, and setting the good examples by not stealing, are actually the rogues. It is also hard to punish anyone for crimes, however bad, when the leaders are looking for special favors from the criminals, or are themselves, benefiting from the crimes.
Whether it is done by Presidents or Ministers – whether it is done by a friend, opposition, or relative – stealing from the people is wrong. We cannot continue to pretend that one day, stealing in government will stop by itself. We have to stop it ourselves, because as we continue to see, it is keeping too many of our people poor.
Whether it is done by warlords or presidents, killing involved innocent people, mysteriously or in the name of war, are also wrong. To stop it, we must investigate seriously and punish anyone,
We must stop the stealing in government. We must stop the looting of our country. We must stop the killing of innocent people. We must end impunity for crimes. We must become a more just and safer society. I feel very strongly about this, and I know that we can do it.
Placing individuals above the law, and not holding each other fully accountable for crimes, are practices that have kept us backward for far too long. This is why I support the establishment of a war crimes court, and a court on economic crimes.
These courts will help us find justice for victims. Hopefully, they will lay painful memories of loved ones, and innocent souls to their deserved eternal rests.
-Writes GDJ

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