The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment.Public Policy 

Cllr. Gongloe: “I Am Committed To The Principal Of Free Speech & Rule Of Law”

Monrovia – The President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe has disclosed that he remains committed to the principles and ideal of free speech and the rule of law in the country.

Cllr. Gongloe who is one of Liberia’s most prominent and leading Human Rights lawyers said that fighting for free speech and democracy has caused him enormous havoc, ranging from detention, flogging, and death threats from state actors, especially during the Charles Taylor regime.

According to him, despite the threats posed to his life in a society gradually overwhelmed by chaos and violence, he will remain resolute in what is good and productive for the upliftment of the Liberian society.

He made the statement recently when he was conferred with the honored CAM Freedom Award which is the highest award by the board and executive members of the Grass-Root Alternative Movement in Monrovia for his outstanding and sacrificial services to humanity in Liberia.

The CAM Freedom Award to Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe came barley week when a group under the banner Team Gongloe, a conglomeration of political and interest groupings including the Movement to Ensure Liberia Transformation (MELT), Volunteers For Change (Voice), Liberian People’s Party (LPP) amongst others called on him to contest as president of Liberia in the coming 2023 general and presidential elections.

However, presenting the award, the Chairman for Mobilization and Recruitment of the Grass-Root Alternative Movement, Mr. Anthony S. Kollie, lauded Cllr. Gongloe for courage, commitment, and consistency in the fight for the rule of law and social justice in Liberia over the years. Kollie however encouraged him never to give up on Liberia and its people as better days are ahead. /

Main Photo: Tiawon Saye Gongloe

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