An Open Letter to the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIBERIA’S PROBLEMS NOT THE FOOT BALLING PRESIDENT!
Amidst economic hardships and a dictatorial misrule in Liberia today, with the economy going to the toilet, mass public dis-satisfaction with the way the country is being run, and Weah blatant disregard for public opinion, as he continues to abuse the public trust, the blame lies at your feet for ignoring the INTERESTS of the Liberian people who elected you, as you erroneously continue to misinterpret the constitution that speaks to “coordination,” amongst the three branches of government, while brushing aside the checks and balances we need for sustained peace.
1. We have always admonished the Liberian Assembly to move quickly and pass a decentralization bill that will elect Superintendents, Mayors and Commissioners across the country. It is important to decentralize political power in this day and age, so that the opposition can have a say in how the government is being run. Nowhere in the world today except for dictatorships, is the ruling party expected to have all these important positions. What this does is starved half of the population as we are seeing, while the ruling party lives on the largesse of our tax dollars. What this does is to stifle the ideas that makes a country works. What if all the Governors say in Nigeria were from the Ruling APC? Or all the Mayors and Governors in the United States or UK, were appointed by the President and Prime Minister? To make a ‘Tubmanic’ case today that every public official must be appointed by a Liberian president who often times are cronies and RULING PARTY LOYALISTS is to beg for chaos in Liberia. That will not work in today’s Liberia, the June 7th protest aside. There are too many people outside of the government, who on the provincial or county level can lead successful local governments and bring hopes to our people besides what is happening in Monrovia.
2. Few days ago the Liberian senate called or invited the President for a dialogue. This was misguided. It is the Congress for Democratic Change lawmakers who must be doing this. The opposition in the Assembly don’t need no dialogue, they have instruments available to them in the constitution to make the president listen! Senate President Albert Chie, who reports say is bending the rules and leading a tyrannical SENATE bears part of this blame! We call on the Liberian senate and the Honorable House of Representatives to immediately pass this important bill [DECENTRALIZATION] to safe Liberia another major conflict. You cannot keep half of the population hungry in the country where there is virtually no private sector to speak about—because they do not agree with you, thereby denying them the tax dollars they paid; and a seat at the table of governance and expect to have peace in the country; a hungry man is an angry man…the politics of a hegemonic bygone era is obsolete and will not work today.
3. The Opposition law makers must coordinate AND speak for the vast sum of the masses who do not share the views of Pres. Weah and his government. The constitution speaks to check and balances and he and his loyalists needs these checks to safe our country from the morass of waste, abuse and tyranny.
4. Why allocate 1.5 million to Weah’s wife and her so-called office, when his office gets about 4million in budgetary allocation, and the Ministry of state that manages his office gets 21million? In case you are wondering the entire Liberian budget (annual) is about 600million Liberia is at the cross roads, and the Liberian Assembly must wake up NOW and performed its statutory and constitutional responsibilities or else the anger of Liberians will soon be directed at them. Or else another war will come to Liberia. We are too old a republic and nation not to understand that these misrules have consequences!
5. Liberia is at the cross roads, and the Liberian Assembly must wake up NOW and performed its statutory and constitutional responsibilities or else the anger of Liberians will soon be directed at them. Or else another war will come to Liberia. We are too old a republic and nation not to understand that these misrules have consequences!
—C. Biko kokolo