“NOBODY WILL MARRY…NOBODY WILL OWN A HOUSE”
I referenced a book written by former Liberian Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer. In the publication, professor Sawyer said Liberia had a dictatorship ( 1980-1986). But one fellow who goes by the name of Edward Farley said that President Samuel Kanyon Doe was not a dictator before until “certain people” tutored Samuel Kanyon Doe with communist concepts. Mr. Farley’s “certain people” is an apparent reference to Dr. Sawyer and his colleagues of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA).
I am no communist. I have read many books including Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto. Communism does not instruct any president of any country or anybody to become a dictator. Communist concepts did not say a Head of State must violate the Human and Constitutional Rights of People. Take for instance, the authors of the Communists Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote in 1848 that: “Communism deprive no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labor of others by means of such appropriation”. Dr. Sawyer and his colleagues never tutored Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe with communist concepts.
Mr. Farley’s assertion is a bizarre reminder of Prof. Sawyer’s incarceration by President S. Kanyon Doe in 1984, and Head of State S. Kanyon Doe’s definitions of Communism. Few days after Head of State S. Kanyon Doe jailed Dr. Sawyer, he (S. Kanyon Doe) assembled all the traditional chiefs in Liberia. Head of State S, Kanyon Doe told the chiefs that he jailed Amos Sawyer because Sawyer and his colleagues in the MOJA created Liberian People’s Party (LPP) wanted to contest the pending 1985 presidential and general elections. He told the unsuspecting chiefs that Amos Sawyer wanted to create a communist government in Liberia. S. Kanyon Doe asked the chiefs: “Do you know that thing they called communism?” the chiefs replied: “No”.
Folks, listen to Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe’s definitions of Communism: “In Communist country the women cannot get marry and the men cannot get marry. Any man can take any woman and do anything he wants to do with her”. S. Kanyon Doe said vociferously. Do you want Communism? the Chiefs thundered “No”!. S. Kanyon Doe said in Communist country if you make your farm and harvest 50 bags of rice, the communist government will seize 49 bags and give you 1 bag. Finally, S. Kanyon Doe told the chiefs that “in a communism country nobody has a house. People can sleep in any house they see”. He asked do you want Communism? Finally, the chiefs replied “No”.
In closing, Professor Amos Sawyer and his colleagues never tutored Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe with communist concepts. Mr. Edward Farley and his group tutored Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe and gave him the false and comical definitions of Communism.
Peter Kieh Doe
Main photo: Liberia progressive leaders, from left: Matthews, Tipoteh, Fahnbulleh, Sawyer