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In our country Liberia, there has been severe leadership deficit from the founding of the Liberian state to today. Liberia has been a country where there has been growth without development from year in year out. All these anomalies culminated in the fratricidal civil conflict that destroyed the fabric of our society and undermined our collective ability to move forward as one nation. With the help of ECOWAS and the International community, peace was restored to our country 15 years ago. Our collective responsibility as a people now is to maintain the peace. Instead, strange things are happening that could weaken our collective resolve to maintain the peace!! Yes, indeed strange things are happening in our country today- where people who were just barely managing to make life yesterday are today among the wealthiest people in Africa, if not the world, just in one year of being in power, as though they are money magicians. Op-ed 

SPEECH: Nepotism Was Wrong Yesterday And Is Wrong Today!

    By Tiawon Saye Gongloe   Comrade Chairman of the ALL Powerful Student Unification Party, Members of the Central Committee, Comrade Chairman of the 4 2nd Anniversary Committee, Members of the leadership of ULSU, Veterans of SUP, Members of the All-Powerful Student Unification Party, Representatives of other student political parties, Observers from national political parties, Guests and well-wishers, Representatives of the Administration of the University of LiberiaOther distinguished ladies and gentlemen   Before proceeding any further, I respectfully ask you to stand up and observe a moment of silence…

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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. Tributes 

Pan African Nationalist and MOJA Chair Celebrates Natal Day

    Liberia is a democratic state. It is the will of the people that must prevail at all times, not the wishes of an individual.—Tiawon Saye Gongloe,—   Progressive icon and Chair of the Movement for Justice in Africa [MOJA], Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe turns 60 today. The astute lawyer who is also Liberia National Bar Association president was a student activist in the late 1970s and was imprisoned and beaten for speaking out against the government of then-president William Tolbert, and later for speaking out against President Charles…

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The Committee noted that the Vice-Chancellor (President) of the Pan Afrikan University, based in Uganda, Professor Mokasa Luutu, was very impressed with the deliberations at the Hataee Center in Central Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, during his visit there as Guest of Susukuu, that he had the deliberations video-taped for distribution at his University and other institutions in Africa and elsewhere. Op-ed Politics 

Gongloe heads MOJA as it celebrates 45th Anniversary

    Press Release On the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), which falls on March 21st, the Anniversary Organizing Committee, under the Chairmanship of Counsellor Tiawan Gongloe, has announced that MOJA is moving to a higher level. In the MOJA 45th Anniversary Message, the Organizing Committee recalled the motivation that led to the formation of MOJA to justify the drive to a higher level. The Committee reminded us all that the Founders of MOJA were motivated by the injustice of the day…

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Nimba is not for sale Gongloe reminds Prince Johnson

In a news conference at his Ashmun Street office Thursday, October 10, 2017 shortly after Senator Johnson had endorsed Weah’s Presidential bid, Cllr Gongloe stated that he was very surprised for the Senator to announce support for Senator Weah without consulting his people back in Nimba on his decision. “The votes of the people of Nimba County are not marketable or transferrable and that the people of Nimba County don’t rely on politics to earn their living as they are people who are respected highly for their education.” Despite Johnson’s…

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Prominent Rights Lawyer Gongloe Leads Lawsuit Against Korkoya

Counselor Jerome George Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), has opted for the suit against him at the Civil Law Court in Monrovia to be heard either by the office of the Ombudsman or the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Korkoya’s argument came weeks after the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), an opposition political party, and Concerned Citizens to Protect the Constitution led by Miatta Fahnbulleh, sued him at the Civil Law Court to disprove allegations about his alleged Liberian and American passports respectively. The NEC chair’s argument was contained…

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2017: These Are Five Men Who Should Be Running For President-Gongloe

Two down three to go By Hawa Wesseh hwesseh@gmail.com To call Tiawon Saye Gongloe, the people’s lawyer would be an understatement, for he has done more to merit that distinction, he has also been busy these many years representing the poor and down trodden in the Liberian society; he has spoken when he needed—[when the losts were silent!] Gongloe also, has been unafraid to take on the powers that be, even with tyranny staring in his face blatantly with looming threats to his personal safety—who would challenge a blood thirsty…

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