By: Lawrence S. Tuah
The much presaged call from the opposition politician, Sen. Abraham Darius Dillion in the upper house of senate has been; to ensure integrity in the Legislature and the governance of the state; to reassure public trust and confidence through accountability and proper usage of public funds; and to institute the respect for the rule of Law through the application of democracy. Well, this is not just a call that has attracted Sen. Dillion alone, most Liberians are aware amidst the absence of these values, the Liberian society has been long held in stagnation, thus keeping its people in an ineffable and unutterable poverty.
Sen. Dillion and the Liberian people share great worth of sentiments towards the common bad governance of the Liberian state, but despite this sheer commonality, one thing has proven clear, that the Liberian people are determined to confront this problem head-on in contrast to Senator Dillion’s own determination to transform his own thief from Saul to Paul.
The fact that corruption and bad governance are menaces that have impaired public functions and impeded the overall growth and output of the Liberian state is true and known to almost all Liberians. Because of this, every Government that has come to the centerfold of Leadership has boasted about their determination and willingness to purge these menaces out of the Liberian public space. In spite of this proclaimed determination, corruption remains pervasive, entrenched and endemic in every sector of the country. If one asked; why Liberia has failed on this front? The simple answer is: everybody still has their individual criminal to protect.
Amongst notables, the Unity party led Government was noted for its apathy toward corruption, nepotism and draconian policies that led them to squandered life-changing opportunities meant for the Liberian people (Special Credit to Former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai). These failures and other dodges were exploited by George Weah while in the opposition and would later propel him to a massive win in the Presidential elections of 2017.
President Weah in his inauguration oration informed the people of Liberia that his government was going to be very intolerant of corruption, nepotism and the systemic rottenness that grappled the Unity Party led Government for 12years of which Weah was a bitter critic. However, President Weah actions since assuming power has proven otherwise, instead the “Gibraltar footballer” who is suppose to understand the challenges of living in old zinc shacks and plying on dusty roads has all but forgotten as corruption has overtaken his government, Weah himself has become the newest vampire devouring the soul of the nation with his unprecedented looting spree.
Under Weah’s Liberia, the CDC red and blue beret has become a passcode for employment in Public service, the state treasury is being distributed to the hierarchical ranks of the CDC.
However, the contradictions coming full circle in Liberia is not peculiar to the politics of this era. For example, when the PRC mutiny came, Doe boosted of his renewed valor and courage to fight corruption and bad governance, but with no time, Doe became the custodian of wealth and luxury. Taylor also claimed was bringing a revolution against the stealing of the Doe regime, but Taylor himself later evolved into a fascist; the same can be said of Former President Ellen Sirleaf in her failure to fight against corruption.
Weah’s Finance Minister who appears to be an untouchable one eye man leading the blind watched as 16billion Liberian Bank Notes wind-swept to the breeze, the US 25millions was smoked up in the air under the guise of mopped up, and the latest is the stimulus package and other landmark corruption cases. If anyone would have told the Liberian people that making Weah president was revolving in another circus of hackneyed corruption, these same people would have called such an individual prophet of doom. But no, not all prophets are prophets of dooms; historical circumstances have proven that some are good prophets of characters and political processes.
The contradictions are not only within the CDC alone. The latest developments happenings in Liberia especially in the political space have shown that almost all prominent players are simply accepting corruption as an insurmountable enemy and purely admitting to their inability to fight this scourge. Not more than a month ago, the Liberty party elected to its Chairmanship an internationally convicted criminal who siphoned almost half a million dollars from the football governing body (FIFA). This decision shows how those that are aspiring for national leadership are as spineless as George Weah is in the fight against corruption. The Liberty Party has exposed its insidious motive towards the race for political leadership. They have shown that there can be no healthy political alliance except the reorganizations of looters, thieves, and crooks. .
This paradox does not only emboldens the Liberty party alone, the Unity party which is the biggest constituent member of the CPP featured on its CPP slot in Lofa County one of Liberia’s boldest criminals (someone who stole the AFL Money). About few days ago, Brownie Samukai along with his host of deputies were convicted by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia for stealing 1.4million from the Armed Forces of Liberia Pension Funds. Yet, the Unity Party is pretending as though it doesn’t accept corruption as a way of life. This is total deception to the Liberian people.
With these unveilings, we must re examine ourselves. Though the political climate has been saturated with high airbrushing and vocal thundering amongst political actors, the most common experience has been; every side has their own rogue; every side produced their own criminal. This analogy, as oxymoronic it appears, is the most common today amongst these men. They are holding together bond by corruption and their sterner desires to divest states coffers.
As I close, let me say, the big rogue and small rogue theory is running out of time. Such kooky strategy is temporary. Even if the people do not realize now they won’t be misled forever. The compounded contradictions in the political climate will create a rescue point which will demand that the line of corruption that binds these political corporate interests together will soon cease to exist. In the meantime, it is good that the Liberian people know that Brownie Samukai, Samuel Tweah, and Musa Bility et al are all good friends with an agenda to acquire wealth at the detriment of the state.
Main Photo: Samuel Tweah, Frontpageafrica
About the Author:
Lawrence S. Tuah serves as the Propaganda Chair of the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org