By James Nan Larsah, Jr.
I am a longstanding member of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), one of means, standing, and record, and I have a clear understanding of the propaganda scheme orchestrated against Senator Abe Darius Dillon by mainly elements of the corrupt ruling establishment in Liberia over the Senator’s exposure of funds disbursement at the Liberian Senate. While I remain a member of the CDC, I refuse, reject, and vehemently denounce any notion of a CDCian as one whose loyalty to the party and party leaders is over, above and beyond the good of the Liberian people and nation. Once more, it must be emphasized that there is an explicit distinction between one identified as a member of the CDC and one paraded as a CDCian! I am a member of the CDC who puts country and people over party loyalty.
One key observation to make here is that there is a gulf of differences between the disbursement of funds already budgeted and passed into law on one hand and the process of crafting and passing an expenditure bill at the Liberian Senate on the other hand. The fact is that Senator Dillon singularly has no legal or constitutional authority to reverse an enactment of the law that has already been passed by the Liberian Senate and approved by the Liberian President as in this case. But he definitely has the right, authority, or discretion to disclose disbursement of funds of such nature at the Liberian Senate on the radio or in the media. He did this on his Joy FM appearance a few days ago, as a way to inform the Liberian people in an honest and clear manner of the disbursement, which is what he did. This is precisely in keeping with the election campaign commitment he promised as far as openness and one of integrity, accountability, and transparency is concerned. Yes indeed, it is rare today in Liberia for a political leader to keep promises made. However, a paid agent, fringe and little-known newspaper, the New Dawn Newspaper, that is evidently working in cahoots with unscrupulous elements of the ruling establishment or status quo, is only worth a grain of salt, especially where the newspaper chooses to ignore the truth and instead go for the jugular, the sensational headline, or reportage based on lies and biases instead of a balanced and objective news item, this act simply was meant to project the incorrect perception of events and especially the Senator of Montserrado County.
As one who has advised Senator Dillon months ago, and continue to do so, against rejecting funds allocated to members of the Liberian Senate, I have stressed instead forthrightly that he should receive whatever money or material disbursed to them but must donate same to the rightful owners of the funds, the poor Liberian people, especially in circumstances prone to public concern, scrutiny or question. I cannot keep silent amidst the unrelenting propaganda scheme of the ruling establishment against the lone radiance of hope shining light in the darkness.
His recent donations, tours, and concerns shown to the poor communities of Montserrado County sort of reminds one of the popular Robin Hood Principle and project him as an icon of economic justice – taking from the rich and giving to the poor. I believe Senator Dillon has demonstrated in several ways that he is a man of high integrity, accountability, and transparency. He has manifested himself as having the character, ability, passion and leadership skills so ardently in demand at the moment in our nation’s history and existence.
Disclosing to the public the disbursement of funds at the Liberian Senate, declaring his assets, subjecting himself to double pay cuts, influencing fellow Senators in debates and votes on critical national issues at the Liberian Senate such as the rejection of NEC Chairman nominee Nwabudike, interventions in the distressing conditions of our poor people are only a few examples of his leadership, faithfulness, and vision. I urge all well-meaning Liberians as well as CDCians to reject the negative propaganda scheme being launched against Senator Dillon by the corrupt Weah CDC government and their surrogates.