Liberianlistener https://www.liberianlistener.com Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:35:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 A Critical look at Dr. Fahnbulleh’s Road to 2017- A cursory look at why he lost https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/04/01/a-critical-look-at-dr-fahnbullehs-road-to-2017-a-cursory-look-at-why-he-lost/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/04/01/a-critical-look-at-dr-fahnbullehs-road-to-2017-a-cursory-look-at-why-he-lost/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:35:08 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20340 Before going into the subject please read a little about our legion, teacher and leader in Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr   (this is the link, click and read: https://peoplepill.com/people/henry-boimah-fahnbulleh/). By the way, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr is commonly known as HB. 

Some time ago—I shared LPP’s 2017 political Manifesto, for The General and Presidential elections in Liberia. A friend of mine (South African) was fascinated by the ideal-rich manifesto and was interested in reading Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr thoughts. Although he was moved by the manifesto, he was also sharply confused as to why and how a far too mentally equipped leader in HB could lose an election in a country where there’s a leadership and ideas shortfall.  Of course he asked me. “Sallia” he said, “Why and how Liberians voted HB not in 2017 election?” This question came with several furiousness taking into account the character under preview.  I was extremely bedeviled at freshen; however, I gradually gave in my vantage opinion on the subject. Here’s my religious opinion:

Broadly speaking, HB defeat came as the result of the poor socio-economic and political setting of Liberia; moreover,  his preference of honesty to politics.

Firstly, HB contested at a time when Liberians were already resolved on electing Pres. GMW based on the infertile ideas—that is, he was being cheated in 2005 and 2011 elections, not even any other candidate or powerful oration could change their pre-conceived minds. Beyond this reality, the timely mood of Liberians was that GMW  should be tried and tested like the then president in Madam Sirleaf. It was never about his policy plans or his leadership records.

Secondly, HB contested in an environment where the socioeconomic conditions (material condition) of the people were/are extremely poor. Like in economics as well as logic, the economy serves as a determiner to how people respond to social consciousness, for this reason, people economically situated like Liberians will only vote base on instance cafe solution, not ideas.

Thirdly—Geography— Liberia is not well-developed economically, therefore, its people can’t easily respond to IDEAL politics— election from time-to-time has never been ideological.  Certainly/ or should it be HB came with healthy ideas and so much honesty. But given the geographic space of Liberia, idealists cannot win an election. Money in politics and popularity is the “big injury qualifications” in cities and the countrysides in Liberia. Besides, electorates were voting based on higher builder, and nonsensical sentiment. Not even a Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh or Robert Kpadeh would have won in such an election. They would have just been mere participants. This is not to extremely prejudice but provokes logical debate. Reasonably, it was from this accumulated experience I projected that it will take Liberia not less than 30 years with the right economic measures, for its citizenry to have a working understanding of what politics and democracy are all about. Until then, they will do ” trial and error” in their gesticulate funny search for good leaders.

Choice & Power A Case Of Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr

In the Supreme Wisdom Lessons, by Master Fard Muhammad for The Lost-Found Nation Of  Islam, a clever postulation was made in question and answers:  “…Who is the 85%?

The uncivilized people; poison animal eaters; slaves from mental death and power, people who do not know the Living God or their origin in this world, and they worship that they know not what — who are easily led in the wrong direction, but hard to lead into the right direction.

Who is 10%? The rich; the slave-makers of the poor; who teach the poor lies — to believe that the Almighty, True and Living God is a spook and cannot be seen by the physical eye. Otherwise known as: The Blood-Suckers Of The Poor.

Who is 5% in the Poor Part of the Earth? They are the poor, righteous Teachers, who do not believe in the teachings of the 10%, and are all-wise; and know who the Living God is; and Teach that the Living God is the Son of man, the supreme being, the (black man) of Asia; and Teach Freedom, Justice, and Equality to all the human family of the planet Earth.” [the entire narrative in italics]

This similarly, Master Fard Muhammad “Questions and Answers”, applies to  Liberia politically, socially and economically. Most importantly, its logic in percentage makes our work easily undoubted.

It must be noticed that HB came as a saint in the Liberian politics, and a member of the 5% spoken about in the Supreme Wisdom Lessons. By the choice of coming as a saint shows his humanly and moral uprightness; however, turns to disconnect him from the masses of the people(85%) who barely understand his ideological make-ups. Only the thinking part of our country  (5%) could support a leader in HB whether economically handicapped or under social degradation. Unlike those that do theirs (10%) with deception, greed, and suppression of others throughout, got the people on their side—that is, because the people don’t understand anything about politics and the state. Hardly anyone who chooses to follow HB’s steps will be successful in Liberian politics where extreme poverty implanted among the people has created a semi-barbaric political settling”

The time has come to think, reorder our  Tactics and Struggle

Despite the unholiness of the political setting of Liberia, there are long-term methods progressive movements can utilize for sure victory and subsequent transformation of the fatherland.  Advancing with the progressive struggle—reordering our methods of engagement—the liberation process has to be undertaken in two steps: the revolution through political activism and the economic empowerment of the people. The former is to politically provide idealize alternatives to the existing backward reactionary elites in power. The latter is to empower the rural poor and urban masses, economically as a means of gaining political favoritism. To this end, progressives must endeavor to create massive economic opportunities ‘secret sauce’ for the buck of our people (85%) through innovation, self-denying and economic saving plans. So what am I saying: the masses can’t be rationalized by mere powerful articles, orations or another which they barely understand; on the contrary, job creations for the masses (85%) can be an incorruptible technique for the sure political victory of progressives.

 Many at times brothers and sisters attribute all our present problems to the age-old story of slavery, colonialism or another. The fact though but it doesn't entirely make sense cause there's present and opportunities. This kind of assertion must be exhausted and retired—that is, we can use the present and opportunities to redefine our past and secure a better future for generations to come.  In my view, the essence of reading history is to mirror the past, to teach the present  and project a future. Indeed, Liberia has a semi-barbaric past, yet there are present and opportunities.    Conclusion 
PLO Lumumba is mobbed in Liberia by youth mesmerized by his message that says Africa must unite

If my thought is not good enough, let me give you a scenario between Prof. PLO Lumumba of Kenya and Mr. Lang Nubuor of Ghana.  Prof. PLO Lumumba: ” I held 250 town hall meetings. I articulated solutions to our problems in my constituency. My opponent did not campaign at all. He gathered money and showed up one day to elections. He distributed money. He won. Africans are not moved by ideas. Their stomach leads them.” Mr. Lang Nubuor comments: ” Okay. In that case, we mobilize and organize them around their stomach and make them owners of what their stomach needs perpetually to assure the power in their hands.”  

Prof. Lumumba, in my mind, was practically blaming the victims. Unlike Prof. Nubuor who analyzed the case entirely differently, and sees an opportunity. Two great men with different thoughts.

Political Activism And Innovation 

Mr. Siaka Toure, Cuttington University–2019, graduation commencement convocation speaker narrates:  “India, also one of the biggest producers of rice had parliamentary elections some 2 years ago. A small party, that had won no seat in parliament for a very long time, stated that rice consumers in most places in the world, where Indian rice is exported to, are taking advantage of Indian farmers. Indian farmers, according to them, should not do the hard work of producing rice and giving it out cheaply to the world. They ran a campaign, promising the farmers that should they win, they would ensure that they, the farmers, would get the right value for their harvests. That party won a good number of seats in the parliament, and the price of rice rocketed.”

Isn’t this narrative equivalent to a college political science degree? Answer: that is not for me to say. You be the judge! But it speaks significance of the common entrepreneurial’s skill of “Secret Sauce.”

Alternatively, Steve STRAUSS explains “Secret Sauce,”:  “I am going to make a long story short because I think it is important to share. Having been in business for 20 years, what I have learned is that you have to differentiate yourself somehow from the competition. Everyone today is so obsessed with social media. Blech! Do something different people! — Erin”

For a very long time, there’s has been little or no secret sauce in the body politics of Liberia, thus creating non-innovation at best. Every political party, for instance, is so interested in tapping on the errors and frauds of resident government to reach the zenith of state power. Why can’t some parties create job opportunities as a means of campaign and distinction ? Why can’t some parties endeavor in Tech-agriculture activities? Questions to ponder over. The way forward for me, is that we should  put the entrepreneurial’s skill of “Secret Sauce”  and “politics” in one box.

Limitation and Burdensome Mindset 

Many at times brothers and sisters attribute all our present problems to the age-old story of slavery, colonialism or another. The fact though but it doesn’t entirely make sense cause there’s present and opportunities. This kind of assertion must be exhausted and retired—that is, we can use the present and opportunities to redefine our past and secure a better future for generations to come.  In my view, the essence of reading history is to mirror the past, to teach the present  and project a future. Indeed, Liberia has a semi-barbaric past, yet there are present and opportunities.

Conclusion 

If we get well-balanced tactics, and we are focused, and determined, we are sure of undeniable victory! In this light, we need capitalism not, we need socialism not, we need communism not; we need patriotic leaders. With patriotic leaders, we can cohesively build a nation on the principle of PEACE, JUSTICE, and EQUALITY; and the nation will be well respected among the comity of nations. Onward to victory!

Author: Sallia S. Komala, a student studying economics at Cuttington University and can be reached at ksalia96@gmail.com
Main Photo: Pan African Progressive Politician, H. Boimah Fahnbulleh

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What next shall we do? Forget the Senate, it will confirm Weah’s NEC nominees https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/30/what-next-shall-we-do-forget-the-senate-it-will-confirm-weahs-nec-nominees/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/30/what-next-shall-we-do-forget-the-senate-it-will-confirm-weahs-nec-nominees/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:16:47 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20336 The Editor,

Mr. Weah’s nominee for the Chairmanship of the NEC, Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike, whether native-born Liberian or immigrant will be committed to rigging any future election for the CDC. President Weah must rescind the nomination of Mr. Ndubusi under pressure from the public, civil society, and the opposition. But we expect Mr. Weah will appoint another person who excluding the nationality issue has a similar character trait of Mr. Ndubusi. What next shall we do? Forget the Senate.

Mr. Weah will bankroll the gullible majority in the Senate to confirm his nominee. In fact, he has already dished out money to some members of that Senate to do his bidding. The bottleneck here is the pressure from the public regarding Mr. Ndubusi’s nationality. So Mr. Weah might compromise on that and rescind the nomination and nominate a crooked Liberian. For example, Floyd Oxley Sayor who is a Liberian native, but is the most criminal element who Weah nominated to the Board of Commissioners of the NEC.

He has over ten years of experience in criminally manipulating election data. He worked for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2017 and also worked for the CDC in 2019 to deny Telia Urey her electoral victory in District 15, Montserrado County. The CDC has lost the legitimacy to lead. Thus, it will never again win a free, fair and transparent election. They know this. They are quite aware.

This is why they will most likely rig the upcoming elections and use brute force to consolidate power. This is going to be a recipe for conflict as patriots will not sit idly for President Weah and his henchmen to take ownership of Liberia, loot it vastly while the Liberian people languish in despair. It is a historical dejavu. It is high time the international community comes to ensure electoral reform that will include other stakeholders of the society in the nomination and appointment of the Chairman and members of the Board of Commissioners of the NEC. If not, Liberia will again be a scar in their conscience.

—-M. Uneh Yahmia

Main Photo: Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike, 

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OPRM: in solidarity with marketeers of Waterside and poor masses https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/30/oprm-stands-in-solidarity-to-the-marketeers-of-waterside-and-our-poor-masses/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/30/oprm-stands-in-solidarity-to-the-marketeers-of-waterside-and-our-poor-masses/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:42:12 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20331  

For immediate release[PRESS]

 

(30th March 2020)- The One People Revolutionary Movement(OPRM) condemns in the highest term the report of the use of brute-force against the struggling poor marketeers at the waterside market on yesterday morning. Brute-force, we believe, must be the very last option for State Security Forces. It must exhaust all means of persuasion before reverting to bute-force, at least at ethics demand.

More importantly, life is extremely difficult in Liberia as a result of the devastating and unbearable economic conditions the country is currently experiencing, as such, these indigent marketers, “yana and value boys” are compelled to go to the market grounds and in the streets on a daily basis to fend for daily bread for their impoverished families. If they don’t do so, their families will perish from starvation. Most if not all these marketers are poor people who barely live on daily sales (hand-to-mouth in Liberian parlance), which makes the government lockdown totally difficult if not impossible for them to fully grasp. To fully adhere to the government lockdown would literally mean staying home and dying from hunger, as these people have no food and other needed items stocked up at home, for they do not have money to do so. Hence, this becomes a tricky dilemma that requires leadership not brutality.

We foresaw this complication from the very day the lockdown was pronounced and instantaneously suggested that the government compliments the lockdown with a bit of food, drugs and other essential supplies to the slum communities where the poorest and neediest of us are residing. This includes New Kru Town, West Point, Clara Town, Doe Community, Buzzy Quarter, Saye town, Jallah Town and Soni Wien Communities. The government has failed to heed our suggestion yet expect these peasant poor people to stay home and perish out of hunger while officials of government have stock packed their homes with food and other assorted items. This is utter travesty and cruelty, to say the least.

While we support all the precautionary measures prescribed by health authorities, we are equally concerned about the survivability of our less fortunate citizens and expect the government to be equally concerned about how it can find means to lend some social support to poor Liberians while they are lockdown at home. The million-dollar question now lingering is, how does the government expect these striving poor people and their families to survive when their only means of survival is been shutdown or impeded?

Hectoring marketers and yana boys and destroying their market huts and tables is a sheer act of gangsterism and wickedness. The government should demonstrate leadership and bring hope to its vulnerable citizens in times of crisis rather than inflicting further pains and distress on them. We are witnessing other countries like the United States, United Kingdom, European countries graciously presenting lofty stimulus packages to their citizens amid this ravaging COVID-19 scourge. We also see African countries like Rwanda, Ghana and others delivering food, drugs, and other items to the doorsteps of their people—displaying care for their citizens amid this deadly health crisis. Ghana’s Nana Kuffour Ado stepped it up in a big way by generously donating his three months salaries (March, April, and May) to a special social welfare fund he designed, to bring relief to the poor in Ghana during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown of that country. This is surreal leadership! This is pure grace from the heart of a meek leader.

What is Mr. George Weah doing personally for poor Liberians? What has his government done for the people its security forces have started brutalizing in the name of stamping the lockdown measures? We only heard George Weah sang a COVID-19 awareness song, fine, but the hungry Liberian people will not eat song. They do not have time and dexterity to listen to the song. They cannot even afford the radio to listen to such a rendition. They want food. They want to survive. That is what matters to them and us.

We believe with will and courage that, the current committee set up by Mr George Weah to probe causes of the gasoline shortage, which has submerged the country into a blistering crisis--crippling every aspect of livelihood for citizens totally lacks the quantum of integrity and moral rectitude required to independently probe this matter to any logical and forthright conclusion. Therefore, it must be unconditionally squashed and decommissioned to make way for a  rather sound and independent committee.
One People Revolutionary Movement/OPRM

Why we encourage our people to follow the preventative measures against this killer virus, we call on Mr Weah and his government to lend some support to the poorest and neediest. Liberia is not poor to the extent that it cannot identify with its slum communities. This is the time to lead, not to unleash brutality on our already impoverished, hopeless and distressed masses. In scaring and perilous times like these, the government stands by their people and provides them with the cushion they need to go through these tough moments. They do not prey on them! Despicable. Disgusting. Irresponsible. Hawkish.

We stand in solidarity with the marketeers, all slum communities and offer a revolutionary salute to them all as we gallantly battle COVID-19. We offer prayers for all healthcare workers at the frontline of the battle against this deadly COVID-19 plague. Together, we shall roll back this dangerous disease. God bless Liberia and the rest of the world.

UP with the marketeers and slum communities, DOWN with State security brutality!! Enough said.

 

Signed_____

One People Revolutionary Movement/OPRM, Press Bureau

 

Main Photo: Moncio Kpadeh, leader, OPRM

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Where We Slipped: Choosing Electoral Board Members in Liberia https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/29/where-we-slipped-choosing-electoral-board-members-in-liberia/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/29/where-we-slipped-choosing-electoral-board-members-in-liberia/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:33:06 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20327

Jackie N. Sayegh

“ Elections are central to competitive politics. They are central because, ideally, they should provide the opportunity for yesterday’s winners to become today’s losers, and for yesterday ‘ s losers to become today’s winners. The model of democracy on which this theory of elections is based is liberal democratic. The centrality of elections to liberal democratic politics also presupposes the importance, particularly of impartial electoral administration. This is because the indeterminacy of elections the possibility of erstwhile winners becoming losers and erstwhile losers becoming winners-which is an inherent and necessary prerequisite of liberal democratic politics is to a large extent a function of an impartial administration of elections’. – L. Adele. Jinadu (African Journal of Political Science)

Do not look where you fell, look where you slipped is a Liberian maxim which perhaps is as old as the country itself. Time and time again we seem to have the knack for finding the slippery places. So it is with this recent outcry about the president’s appointment of the National Elections Commissioner.

The establishment of the National Elections Commission (NEC) is provided in Chapter X, Article 89. (CHAPTER X AUTONOMOUS PUBLIC COMMISSIONS Article 89 of the constitution provides that: “ The following Autonomous Public Commissions are hereby established. A. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION; B. ELECTIONS COMMISSION; and C. GENERAL AUDITING COMMISSION. The constitution further provides that the Legislature shall enact laws for the governance of these Commissions and create other agencies as may be necessary for the effective operation of Government).

NEC is tasked with “administering and enforcing all laws related to the conduct of elections throughout the Republic of Liberia.” The commissioner and members are appointed by the president of Liberia, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a period of seven years and can only be removed from office for misconduct. The criteria for becoming a commissioner are not extensive. They require only that the person is a Liberian citizen, at least 35 years of age, of good moral character, unaffiliated with any political party and not from the same county as another commissioner.

The current issue being debated in Liberia is President Weah’s appointment of a naturalized citizen to head the NEC. This has become a hot topic on all Liberian outlets. Why should it?  When we slipped by providing in the constitution that the president appoints the Chair of the Electoral Commission and the election commissioners, why should the outcry come now when we have fallen?

“The composition of the EMB (Electoral Members Board) should be representative of the society. . . Consideration should be given to appointing independent persons known within the society for their integrity. It is recommended that the chair of the commission should be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (a high court or supreme court judge). That is the practice in several countries. (Taken from the Southern African Development Community’s “Principles for Election Management, Monitoring, and Observation in the SADC Region”, as adopted by SADC in Johannesburg 2003.)

In order to ensure that persons appointed to the commission are independent and competent, the process of appointment must be transparent. It should be spelt out in the electoral laws which are not the case in the present Liberia laws.  The problem with a unilateral appointment is that it does not always guarantee the appointment of an independent Chair and commissioners. Elections are a contest between political parties. Evidence from all regions of the world shows that 80% of all democracies elections are run by independent electoral commissions. – Rafael Lopez-Pinto. The Liberian approach is criticized by some who argue that it could favor political bias toward the Head of State as a prerequisite for members’ nomination.

“There are many ways to select members of the election board. The recruitment and selection can be from nomination procedures or open advertising. The process should include a public interview of prospective commissioners to ensure that they are competent and possess the necessary integrity. . . . . An advantage of using open advertising for recruiting these posts may be that such a process creates transparency and good screening of the merits of the candidates. Contrary to the present system where appointments are made solely by the President, it opens up opportunities for candidates outside the normally favored elites to apply.“ according to Jinada.

Liberian remains one of the few countries that give the power to the president to appoint the NEC commissioner without any input from stakeholders. The electoral management design is where we slipped. Therefore, regarding our laws, the president is within the law to appoint whomever he feels is fit for the position. Absent any exclusionary criteria, no law has been broken. What we need to focus on is to propose a change in the way commissioners and members of the commission are selected and appointed.

On the issue of naturalization, the Liberian Constitution permits individuals to be naturalized as Liberians. So if he has dual citizenship, does that disqualify him from holding this position? Is there an exclusionary law? As Nigeria accepts dual citizenship, the present nominee would have to renounce one of his two citizenship as required by Liberian law to be appointed to such a position. The proposition slated for referendum states that a natural-born citizen of Liberia may hold another/additional citizenship but shall not qualify for elected national or public service positions and the following appointive positions: 1. Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia; 2. Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers; 3. All Heads of Autonomous Commissions, Agencies and Nonacademic/Research/Scientific Institutions; 4.Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaries; and 5. Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia A Liberian with dual citizenship shall have certain rights, including the right to hold elected national or public service positions and all appointive positions if he relinquishes the other citizenship.  Are there eligibility requirements, other than the ones previously mentioned, that this nominee does not have? Are there qualifications for NEC Commissioner in the Liberian laws that would stop this President, or any other, from appointing someone naturalized or not?

Rather than focus on a non-issue, what we need to focus on is to ensure that the NEC does not fall prey to manipulation. What measures can Liberian civil society put in place to ensure and uphold a transparent process? How can budget allocation to the NEC be exempt from politicization? Who should be qualified to be nominated to the commission? These are the issues that will advance the independence of the Electoral Commission, a body that worldwide has been held to be of critical importance to the holding of free and fair elections.

In many new African constitutions, the appointment of the electoral board chair and members is given primary importance. Kenya 2010 constitution provides for a public interview process after the nomination. The Selection Panel invites applications and publishes the names of the applicants. Televised interviews give the public the opportunity to ask about qualifications. The Panel is mandated to evaluate, shortlist and interview the applicants and then selects three persons qualified to be appointed as chairperson and thirteen persons qualified to be appointed as members of the Commission. The Kenyan president does not have the discretion to unilaterally appoint. The names are forwarded to the President for the nomination of a chairperson and members. The Kenyan president then forwards the names to the National Assembly for approval.  Upon consideration and approval, the National Assembly forwards the names to the President for an appointment. The Kenyan Constitution states that someone is ineligible for appointment as a member of the Commission if he or she has, at any time within the preceding five years, held office, or stood for election as:- a Member of Parliament or of a County Assembly; or a member of the governing body of a political party; or holds any State office. (The Electoral Knowledge Project)

In South Africa’s 1986 constitution, one of the five members of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) must be a judge (qualification). Members of the IEC are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the National Assembly, following nominations by a National Assembly inter-party committee. The National Assembly inter-party committee consists of the President of the Constitutional Court (Chair) and representatives of the Human Rights Commission, the Commission on Gender Equality and the Public Protector (Electoral Commission Act 51 1996, 6(2)).

Liberians need to be invested in a participatory process to ensure that “ yesterday’s winners become today’s losers, and for yesterday ‘s losers to become today’s winners’ in a system that is transparent and one in which all stakeholders know and trust that the system works. Without that, the fall is surely guaranteed. READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

Main Photo: Jackie Sayegh, is a Liberian writer and essayist, and an alum of the Universities of Liberia and Cornell

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What kind of government is this? Ndubusi is a bad choice! https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/29/what-kind-of-government-is-this-ndubusi-is-a-bad-choice/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/29/what-kind-of-government-is-this-ndubusi-is-a-bad-choice/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 21:27:56 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20325  

 

By Martin K. N. Kollie

Nwabudike has miserably failed “The Citizenship Test (TCT)”. His score is too tragic to reveal. He is unfit to even be called for Confirmation Hearing. It will be an affront to our Senators for a con man like Ndubusi to even be called for vetting. I will challenge him in a 20-page argument to be published tomorrow. This academic paper will consider 10 contexts that are mainly intended to render Pres. Weah’s choice for NEC Chairmanship legally flawed and logically inappropriate. Of course, Ndubusi can better be described as a “Procus Reprobi” (an unfit nominee).

Since this universe was formed, no nation has ever entrusted its electoral commission with a naturalized citizen. From Africa to America, this hasn’t happened. From Australia to Antarctica, no country has done this. From Europe to Asia, this world is yet to witness such a tragic democratic precedent. Why must it always be Liberia? Preferring Ndubusi to occupy such a very strategic post is a reflection of zero reasoning and a semblance of zigzag logic.

In the last 35 years, Liberia has had native-born Liberians as Chairpersons of NEC. Here are facts to consider:

  1. A) Former Chairpersons of NEC since 1985:

1) Emmet Harmon – NEC Chair, 1985 Elections – Native born Liberian from Montserrado Co.

2) G. Henry Andrews – NEC Chair, 1997 Elections – Native born Liberian from Grand Gedeh Co.

3) Francis Johnson Morris-Allison – NEC Chair, 2005 Elections – Native born Liberian from Bomi Co.

4) James Fromoyan – NEC Chair, 2011 Elections – Native born Liberian from Lofa Co.

5) Jerome Korkoya – NEC Chair, 2017 Elections – Native born Liberian from Bong Co.

  1. B) Current Chairpersons of Electoral Commissions from a few Countries in Africa:

1) Mahmood Yakubu – INEC Chair of Nigeria – Native born Nigerian from Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria

2) Mohamed M. N. Conteh – NEC Chair of Sierra Leone – Native born Sierra Leonean from Komrabai, Koya Chiefdom

3) Amadou Salif Kébé – INEC Chair of Guinea – Native born Guinean from Guéckédou

  1. C) Current Chairpersons of Electoral Commissions from a few Countries out of Africa:

1) Steven T. Walther – FEC Chair of USA – Native born American from Reno, Nevada

2) Tom Rogers – AEC Chair of Australia – Native born Australian from Canberra

3) Lee Chin-yung – CEC Chair of Taiwan – Native born Taiwanese from Sihu, Yunlin

Where is Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike coming from to head NEC of Liberia? He is’nt a Liberian, not even a “Naturalized Liberian”. It is going to more than a week now and he cannot even prove his wild and ill-fated claim of being a “Naturalized Liberian”.

He does not even have any of these to show:

  1. a) Certificate of Naturalization issued by Liberia;
  2. b) Certificate of Renunciation issued by Nigeria.

Ndubusi has indeed failed “The Citizenship Test”. Even if we decide to reduce the complexity of this test for him to only show us copies of his “Declaration of Intent for Naturalization (DIN)” and his “Petition for Naturalization (PN)” which are legal requirements contained in Section 21.2 and Section 21.3 of 2014 Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia, Ndubusi will still flunk this test. This is too pathetic on his part.

We are calling for his immediate dismissal as Chairman of LACC and his de-licensing as a practicing lawyer in Liberia. Ndubusi has survived this grave FRAUD for more than a decade now. The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) MUST also de-member Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike for committing PERJURY. He must be held in contempt by The Supreme Court of Liberia and prosecuted for such criminal offense.

What is wrong with Liberia? What kind of government is this? Is George M. Weah along with his cronies in a state of trance? The insistence of Pres. Weah to impose this Criminal of a Lawyer on Liberians, in a futile effort to rig 2020 and 2023 polls, is a recipe for national crisis and chaos.

Only in Weah’s Liberia, a “Naturalized Citizen” can be appointed to Chair such strategic, autonomous, and a constitutionally established public Commission like NEC. This tragic democratic precedent is a form of sacrilege against our Republic.

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IJG: President Weah’s Criminal Enterprise Extend Its Tentacles To The NEC https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/27/ijg-president-weahs-criminal-enterprise-extend-its-tentacles-to-the-nec/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/27/ijg-president-weahs-criminal-enterprise-extend-its-tentacles-to-the-nec/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:51:26 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20323  

 

 

POSITION STATEMENT

THE INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE GROUP (IJG) REJECTS THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION (NEC) AS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT WEAH

AND DEMAND THAT THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION (NEC) BE REFORMED BEFORE ANY FURTHER ELECTIONS ARE HELD IN LIBERIA UNDER ITS AUSPICES AS THE ELECTORAL GOVERNING BODY

 

WASHINGTON DC

March 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REJECTION OF NEW NEC BOSS

 

THE IJG REJECTS THE APPOINTMENT OF CLLR A NDUBUSI NWABUDIKE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION OF LIBERIA (NEC) AND IS OFFENDED BY THE ACTIONS OF PRESIDENT GEORGE WEAH TO APPOINT AND NOMINATE A SUPPOSEDLY RECENTLY NATURALIZED CITIZEN OF LIBERIA FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TO THE HIGH OFFICE OF CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ELECTION COMMISSION (NEC).

WHO QUALIFIES AS A LIBERIAN TO HOLD A HIGH OFFICE?

WHENEVER THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERIA, STATUTORY LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES REFER TO A “LIBERIAN” AS A QUALIFYING CRITERIA, FOR A POSITION OF HIGH OFFICE AND TRUST IN THE LAND, LIKE THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION (NEC) THAT REFERENCE IS UNEQUIVOCALLY REFERRING TO NATURAL BORN LIBERIAN, AND NOT A NATURALIZED LIBERIAN.

AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND INTEREST, IT IS UNTHINKABLY INIMICAL TO OUR NATIONAL INTEREST THAT A NATURALIZED PERSON WILL BE NOMINATED TO ASSUME SUCH HIGH OFFICE, ESPECIALLY ONE CREATED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERIA WHICH, THEREFORE DEMANDS UNQUESTIONABLE ALLEGIANCE, UNDYING LOYALTY, AND COMMITMENT TO THE STATE WITHOUT AN IOTA OF DOUBT.

IT IS EVEN WORSE THAT THE NOMINEE IS CLAIMING LIBERIAN NATIONALITY UNDER DOUBTFUL CIRCUMSTANCES AND HAS EXHIBITED LOW SCALE VIRTUES OF UNETHICAL CONDUCT, BORDERING ON CRIMINALITY AND BRIBERY IN CONJUNCTION WITH OR UNBEHALF OF PRESIDENT WEAH.

WEAH’S COMPANION OF DEVOUT LOYALTY

THE NOMINEE HAS PERFORMED LEGAL AND ADVISORY SERVICES FOR PRESIDENT WEAH AND IS BEEN MOVED AROUND FROM ONE POSITION TO ANOTHER, TESTING THE RESOLVE OF THE LIBERIA PEOPLE BEFORE FINALLY LANDING AT THE NEC, WHICH MAY NOT BE HIS FINAL DESTINATION.

HE HAS BEEN MOVED AROUND BASED ON THE PERSONAL INTERESTS OF THE PRESIDENT IN MANIPULATING, DENIGRATING, ECLIPSING THE INDEPENDENCE OF INTEGRITY INSTITUTIONS AND ESTABLISHING AN ALL-POWERFUL EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THUS SECURING HIS DOMINANCE OF THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND REMOVING THE CHECKS AND BALANCE PRINCIPLE, WITHOUT WHICH THERE CAN BE NO TRUE DEMOCRACY.

FROM GOOD GOVERNANCE COMMISSION TO ANTICORRUPTION COMMISSION JUST WHEN MR WEAH THOUGHT COVERING CRIMES AND CORRUPTION WAS A PRIORITY; THEN HE IS NOW MOVED TO THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION (NEC) WHEN HE BELIEVED RIGGING ELECTIONS WAS AN EVEN GREATER PRIORITY.

 WEAH’S ADVISOR AND LAWYER

THE APPOINTEE, CLLR A NDUBUSI NWABUDIKE WAS THE PRINCIPAL ADVISOR, IN ADDITION TO OTHERS LIKE CHARLES BRIGHT, WEAH’S ECONOMIC ADVISOR, MR EMMANUEL SHAW AND OTHERS.

THE APPOINTEE WAS WEAH’S LEGAL ADVISOR IN THE ILL-FATED JORDANIAN AIRPORT HANDLING CONTRACT AND STATEGIZED ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

THE APPOINTEE IS THE LAWYER WHO PREPARED THE ILLEGAL AGREEMENT AND STRATEGIZED THAT IF THE LIBERIAN AIRPORT AUTHORITY (LAA) MANAGEMENT IS RELUCTANT TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT, WEAH SHOULD USE HIS POWER TO COERCE THEM TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT DESPITE THE MANAGER’S RESISTANCE TO THE CONTRACT BECAUSE IT WAS PROCURED WITHOUT DUE DILIGENCE.

BASED ON HIS ILLEGAL AND UNWISE COUNSEL, THE MANAGER OF THE LAA WAS SUMMONED TO THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS, HONORABLE NATHANIEL McGILL, AND WAS COERCED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT, OTHERWISE, HE WAS ILLEGALLY RESTRAINED, DETAINED FROM LEAVING THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER UNTIL THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED.

THE MANAGER, MR WIL BAKO FREEMAN SIGNED THE AGREEMENT UNDER DURESS AND FLED THE COUNTRY FOR HIS LIFE. HE NOW RESIDES IN THE US.

 

JORDANIAN DIABOLICAL AGREEMENT

THE JORDANIAN AGREEMENT DRAFTED AND NEGOTIATED BY CLLR A. NDUBUSI NWABUDIKE, THE APPOINTEE, WAS AT THE TIME, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GOOD GOVERNANCE COMMISSION (GC), AN ILLEGAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH CRIMINAL MANIFESTATIONS. THE SAID AGREEMENT WAS EXECUTED UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

It was negotiated and executed without any due diligence or evidence that the company was not connected to terrorist networks around the globe or that it had the financial and technical capacity to perform the contract. The Public Procurement & Concession Commission Law was violated by this single-sourcing initiative of the nominee and President Weah.

The Article of Incorporation prepared by the nominee, included the names of nine (9) fictitious individuals as incorporators, without verifying their individual and collective personalities as natural persons of good repute without terrorists’ linkages, forming a corporation in Liberia.

The lawyer, Cllr Nwabudike (a Nigerian Citizen), engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the Government of Liberia. He was fully aware that the Jordanians had bribed the President with US$1m to the political efforts of Mr. Weah, a form of bribery never disclosed publicly or to the NEC, the nominee should have known that awarding such contract without competitive bidding, due diligence and negotiating the best interest of Liberia into the agreement, was effectively influenced by the act of BRIBERY the Jordanians and President Weah did commit, against the laws of the land and all international covenants and good governance principles;

Former TRC Chair Jerome Verdier

In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, Cllr Nwabudike supervised and led the registration of the Jordanian Company in Liberia as a Liberian Corporation after Mr. Wil Bako Freeman, then Managing Director of the LAA raised concerns that the company was illegal and not a Liberian Corporation.

IN REACTION, THE APPOINTEE MADE CERTAIN THE JORDANIAN COMPANY WAS REGISTERED AS A LIBERIAN CORPORATION ON JANUARY 30, 2019, FOLLOWING WHICH THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED ON FEBRUARY 2, 2019, TWO DAYS LATER.

Further, The Agreement replaced the usual “License Fee” which is mandatory with “Concession Administrative fee”, which is discretionary.

 

CONCLUSION

The nominee of President Weah for Chairman of the National elections Commission (NEC), Cllr A. Ndubusi Nwabudike, engaged in criminal misconduct by conspiring to defraud the Government of Liberia with the Jordanians and others and  is therefore unfit for that high public office of trust for the following reasons:

He is attempting to occupy a position reserved for natural born Liberians. He is supposedly a naturalized Liberian if his citizen’s credentials can be examined to verify the assertions that he is a true, legitimate, legalized naturalized citizen of Liberia.

He is too close to President Weah in a corrupt conspiracy that undermines his public standing and moral integrity to hold such high office of public trust.

His inclusion and appointment will undermine the integrity, independence and neutrality of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and, not a good thing for Liberia as contentious electoral contests in Liberia has historically been a source of disunity and violent conflicts in Liberia.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

To President Weah:

In the best interest of the Liberian nation and to protect the integrity of the electoral process, withdraw your nomination for Chairman of the NEC and prepare yourself for a reform of the Elections Commission as was envisaged and recommended by some stakeholders after the controversial election that brought you to power.

To the Liberian Senate:

It is time you stand up and project an independent posture of neutrality and integrity by pursuing much needed reform of the Elections Commission and rejecting the nominee of President Weah for Chairman of the NEC.

Those Honorable Senators who opposed the unconstitutional removal of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, are true patriots and deserve to be called “Honorables” for the sole stance to project an independent posture of the Senate and opposed unconstitutional conducts of President Weah.

Liberians are in high anticipation that all members of the Senate and the honorable House of Representatives can well deserve to be called “Honorables” by doing the right thing and exerting the integrity, honesty and independence of the 1st Branch of Government in the political and governance process of Liberia.

To Political Parties and Civil Society:

To aggressively pursue, campaign for the reformation of the NEC, as major stakeholders in the electoral sector, bearing in mind that conflictual elections in the past have been a source of violent conflicts in Liberia and around the world.

That the signs of an overbearing Executive with the proclivity to negatively impart future elections are all too visible to see. CAMPAIGN FOR AND DEMAND A REFORM OF THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION BEFORE ANY OTHER ELECTIONS ARE HELD, INCLUDING THE PENDING SENATORIAL ELECTIONS AS A COMPELLING NECESSITY, BECAUSE HOLDING ANY OTHER ELECTIONS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CURRENT COMMISSION IS A RECIPE FOR FRAUD AND VIOLENCE.

To the International Community:

To partner with civil society and political parties as major stakeholders in the electoral sector, to reform the NEC as was recommended by nearly all stakeholders following the last disputed presidential and general elections.

In order to sustain the democratic gains already made and foster a sustained future of democratic free and fair elections, pursue a reform of the NEC bearing in mind that the conduct of a successfully free and fair elections doesn’t begin with the announcement of results but with the process as a whole and the integrity of the electoral management body, in this case the NEC.

THE EXPERIMENTAL 12 YEARS WITH PRESIDENT SIRLEAF IS OVER, ITS TIME WE GET IT RIGHT IN LIBERIA:

BEGINING WITH THE REFORM OF THE ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODY, THE NEC, ENSURING IT IS RECONSTITUTED AS A TRULY REPRESENTATIVE BODY OF THE CROSS-SECTION OF STAKEHOLDERS AND THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN LIBERIA.

THAT THE ELECTORAL REGISTRY OR VOTERS ROLL IS UPDATED PERIODICALLY AND CURRENTLY BEFORE THE NEXT SET OF ELECTIONS ARE HELD.

PERPETRATORS OF THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE:

President George M Weah

Hon Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State

Cllr Cllr A. Ndubusi Nwabudike

Mr. Charles Bright, Economic Advisor to President Weah

Mr. Emmanuel Shaw, Political Advisor to President Weah

 

SIGNED:

JEROME J VERDIER, SR (CLLR)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

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An Open Letter to Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/25/an-open-letter-to-senator-prince-y-johnson-of-nimba-county/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/25/an-open-letter-to-senator-prince-y-johnson-of-nimba-county/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 02:30:48 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20311

Dear Mr. Johnson,

Recently, I came across a couple of videos from you, in which you hurled insults on all Justice Campaigners, including the lawyers under the leadership of Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, labeling them as “stupid”, and you also predicted the intention of President George Manneh Weah to rig the 2023 national presidential elections. Senator Johnson, I have never been more pressured than your continued provocations to make my way into publically discussing national politics for the first time.

To begin with, Counselor Tiawan Gongloe and his team of learned lawyers at the National Bar Association of Liberia are NOT stupid, and all those yarning for Justice around the country are NOT stupid either; instead, they are farsighted.  In his profession as a human rights lawyer, Counselor Tiawon Gongloe has always defended human rights and above all, stood up for the voiceless.  He has always fought to see true and fair practices of justice in Liberia. He is a man of excellent moral character and a farsighted dignitary who will never compromise JUSTICE for brown envelopes or bribes.

The 14-year uncivil war that claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Liberians

In case you have forgotten, Senator Johnson, the war, which claimed more than 250,000 lives in Liberia, sounded necessary because of the following three phrases, and again, those were the same three phrases that ushered President Samuel K. Doe, an uneducated military sergeant, into the helm of power in 1980: 1) Rampant Corruption, 2) Misuse of public offices and 3) Gross abuses of human rights.

In reality, these three phrases are not just made up: but history accounts for their practices and existence in all past governments that led to war.  Today, in fact, the corruption, misuse of public offices, and gross abuses of human rights in the country are not just rampant, but recklessly outrageous, unscrupulous, and beyond imagination.  And Senator Johnson, you are right to predict that President George Weah is most likely to rig the coming national presidential election in 2023. Your utterances of that prediction are not any prophecy as you claimed in your video; rather, it is the mere fact that any growing child can predict base on past history and the current provocations in government.

Liberian Economy Group (LEG) Bella Casa Hotel Sinkor, Monrovia. Cell# 0777516641/088696999 Email: reservations@bellacasaliberia.com Hon. Albert Chie President Pro-Tempore House of Senate Mr. President Pro-Tempore: Please find attached the Report of the Liberian Economy Group (LEG) on the Current Statement of the Liberian Economy. We of LEG remain confident that the Action Steps indicated in the report, when taken, can lead to the solution of Liberia’s main problem, longstanding and widespread Poverty. Respectfully Yours Liberian Economy Group (LEG)
Comrade Tipoteh, progressive icon

It can be recalled that years after the arrival of the Americo-Liberians in Liberia, barbaric practices such as force labors, secret human trafficking, ritualistic killings, and discriminations of all types (denial of any government participation by indigenous descendants, etc) were committed against the mass populations comprising of the major tribal groups in Liberia.  In order to legalize these inhumane practices, the indigenous were not earlier included as citizens in their own country. In fact, education, which is the key to building any society, was kept far from the sight of these indigenous groups. It was the missionaries who felt compelled to break the barriers by introducing the culture of education to the indigenous children of Liberia. When these efforts began to gain grounds, the indigenous child who became inspired and desirous to be further educated would rather change his sure name if he were hired by a Congau person or to pay school fees. Force labor meant nothing to most indigenous (native/country) children as long as it would allow them to get food to eat and go to school.

On the line of social justice and economic distributions, there were none in favor of the mass native population until lately. The natives were compelled to pay what was termed as “hut tax” annually although they were not working to earn any salary, neither were they receiving social benefits.  If the hut tax were not paid, the one who was responsible to make that payment would be dragged into another form of forced labor.  There was no justice, in any form, to favor a native person except that he is somehow connected to a Congau person.  In some cases, native men were openly and publicly disgraced in front of their wives and children because they didn’t have money to pay their hut taxes, Interestingly, however, the taxes being collected were not reported to government revenues; instead, it went directly into an individual’s accounts. More besides, the country is abundantly rich in natural and mineral resources with a relatively low population.  You will notice that during the period of these intense cruelties against the majority of indigenous people, the actual population of Liberia was 2.5 million people or lower consumed in 45,000 square miles landscape. The Congaus made up only a fraction of five percent of the entire population.  Because the indigenous were mostly hunters and farmers, they mainly survived by cultivating the fertile land.

Any attempt by the natives to criticize the government or its officials against these abuses was seen as a very serious offense, often punishable by long-lasting imprisonment or by death. Hence, when the indigenous were finally integrated, employment decisions (whether in government or private sector) were made in secret (UBF) society based on “who knows you”: meaning that an indigenous candidate would be required to provide two forms of qualifications: connection to a Congau person and a resume. The most popular jobs easily offered to native descendants were house boy/girl or military unless they were perfectly qualified and well connected.  Military jobs were mostly considered because there not a lot of education requirements as long as the candidates were physically fit to contend with the rough physical pieces of training, although the practice of order of command from top ranks to bottom played some important role.

Fast forward, political tensions within the ruling families paved the path for a new group of progressives, mostly educated natives combined with frustrated Congau descendants, to emerge as they preached and pushed the truth fearlessly, for the first time, against the corruption, misuse of public offices (nepotism and injustices), and human rights abuses as well as the importance of multi-party democracy. They were able to pressure the government to, almost involuntarily, give up the one-party rule.  Although there was still no fairness in the pronouncement of multi-partyism, the progressives were well connected with the masses (mainly indigenous) who made up the largest portion of the population. Those progressives were seen as the only voice of the voiceless.

As the pressure on the President continued to mount, several leaders of the progressive class were arrested and placed behind bars on treason charges.  These untimely arrests which seemed to have been a strategy to intimidate the progressives were an unfortunate and gross abuse of power by the Americo Liberian oligarchs and family ruling clique, Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe as Head of State of the Republic of Liberia on April 12, 1980, would seized on this popular euphoria for change to seized power.  A new page in the history of the country was reached with a new brand of military leaders. In his very first public speech to the nation on April 12, 1980, the head of state used those three phrases (rampant corruption, misuse of public offices, and grudge human rights abuses) ass his reason for killing an elected president.

Senator Johnson, you will also agree with me that the expectations of the ordinary citizens were beyond imagination when Sgt. Doe was ushered into the helm of power: Liberians anticipated rising prices of commodities to drop, the practices of injustice to end, jobs, whether in government or private sector, to be distributed indiscriminately, and the list goes on.  Yes indeed, for the most part, or for the sake of argument, the head of state started by eliminating the evil society (UBF) which was a gateway for human rights abuse and economic-political sabotage, the hut tax, and other minor practices that were thought to have been other contributing factors to the many ills by which the country was being affected in past regimes.  Another anticipation of the head of state and his colleagues was that they would quickly put their acts together, return to the barrack, and watch over a free and fair election.  Disappointedly, there were no signs. In fact, the practices of discrimination, which existed only between the natives and the Congaus, began to gradually sneak its way back as folks from the old order or the TWP began advising Samuel Doe: corruption, misuse of public offices, and human rights abuses were now on public displayed and still, are. The threats of rigging an election became a choice for the head of state in order to keep power as a way to avoid being prosecuted after his regime.

Mr. Prince Johnson, this is exactly where your so-called “prophecy” comes in.  After the highly corrupt and brutal regime of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who also, disappointedly, revamp all the forgotten wounds of injustices (secret society, unfairness, economic abuses, etc), rampant corruption, and so on, President George Manneh Weah was overwhelmingly elected to change the status quo.  On the contrary, corruption and all elements of the status quo have become unbearable. Yes, Mr. Johnson, President George Manneh Weah is most likely to rig the elections in 2023.

I believe that all of these evils in our society, which have grown miserably in proportion over the years in our society are not strange to you.  Indeed, you said you were provoked, like many others, to accept the idea of taking up arms in order to fight for change to correct these evils.  Today, the beautiful county of Nimba has elected you twice as a Senator after the brutal violence of the civil war. Today, Nimba County and Liberia, want the real issues that have led us to war and the injustices to be addressed, through War and Economic Crimes Court.

Dennis Kotee, the author

The blood of those Nimbains and other Liberians, as well as foreign nationals, are not meant to satisfy your political rhetorics or your threats and insults on peaceful citizens. Without you, Mr. Johnson, there are numerous of educated Nimbaian who hold the senatorial position to truly represent Nimba. You have betrayed and continued to betray Nimba and the Liberian people. Since you got elected to the Senate, you have not presented any bill to solve the problems of rampant corruption, misuse of public offices, and abuses of human rights, or any of the elements of injustices that provoked the violence in the past; instead, you have become one of the main sources of these injustices: you have come to make your senatorial colleagues believe that receiving brown envelopes is the legal way for their votes to be counted, you have come to convince Nimba that the only way to get a job or exercise any democratic right is to join a ruling party, you have come to make Nimba and Liberia understand that the only way to acquire wealth is to act cruelly against your people and steal from them as expressed in some of your various videos and utterances.  Senator Johnson, Nimba County, and Liberia are no longer in the position to be fooled continuously.  We have the young and next generation before us. Enough is enough! War and Economic Crimes Court will set the precedence for a better and brighter Liberia.

—By Dennis Kotee, contributing writer, contact: dkotee@yahoo.com
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NEC: Weah is determined to entrench himself in power against the popular will! https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/21/nec-weah-is-determined-to-entrench-himself-in-power-against-the-popular-will/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/21/nec-weah-is-determined-to-entrench-himself-in-power-against-the-popular-will/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 23:41:44 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20307  

 

 

Just when we thought Weah will spare us another political circus because our country has mobilized all efforts on the homeland to fight the killer virus, then George Weah’s obsession with power and his terminal fixation on entrenching himself even amid a viral pandemic sweeping the world and recording innumerable fatalities showed up. Political expediency would force even the wretched of souls to watch national mood before taking political actions— at least that should be the simplest requirement every leader would perform. The death sentence of  Liberian democracy is at hand. This is what Weah’s nomination of new individuals at NEC says.

The circulated list of newly nominated individuals of Liberia’s foremost electoral body by Mr. Weah and the soon-to-be minted officials of that body to replace the outgoing Chairman and Commissioners strikes an interesting point that we have relentlessly push through our many commentaries on Liberia. While some elements of the Liberian public are in utter shock and grueling disbelief about the latest episode in the Liberian farce, this is nothing but everything, a conscious effort by Weah to flip the election in his favor. And it doesn’t surprise us but reveals the scale of the challenge the nation is grappling within this era of political stasis. Weah’s latest appointment reflects the consummation of plans by the government to create the condition to rig the 2020 and 2023 elections. With an NEC operating at his whims and fancies and a subservient Supreme Court pliantly loyal to his demand, Weah is all but set for a stellar finishing. Against these realities, any thought that the CDC-led government will conduct credible elections and the chronology of the trend is incidental is a sick joke and a profligate illusion.

Leon Trotsky, the brilliant Marxist revolutionary of sainted memory, defined theory as the superiority of foresight over astonishment. What we are trying to point out here is that Mr. Weah and his henchmen will do everything to consolidate power not by the popular sovereignty of the people but through shutting out the democratic space, fraudulent elections and making it very impossible to seek justice within the internal spaces of the state.

Liberia has been looted and turned into a wasteland of neocolonial capitalism. The havoc wrought on the society by Weah is revealing of national neglect and the intense level of contempt Ellen and her cabal must-have for poor and working people to have orchestrated this farce on the fatherland. Weah’s actions have angered the people, and they resolved to vote the CDC out at any electoral poll. And here comes the dubious plan Weah has reached. So, we are not astonished upon reading the list which comprises names of familiar stooges.

Consciousness is shifted by future events.  As they say, history forces mankind to use a drastic solution to deal with existential threats. We are in a turbulent period, and how we settle this menace will determine the future trajectory of our nation. Liberia is on a precipice of an explosion. The path reveals it all.

—-M. Uneh Yahmia

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Fumigating The Debris From An Imbecilic Analogy Against SUP – A Brief Retort https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/19/fumigating-the-debris-from-an-imbecilic-analogy-against-sup-a-brief-retort/ https://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/03/19/fumigating-the-debris-from-an-imbecilic-analogy-against-sup-a-brief-retort/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:14:48 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20299 Fumigating The Debris From An Imbecilic Analogy Against SUP – A Brief Retort To A ‘Dum-Dum’ in NPA Managing Director Bill Tweahway Alias Gbekugbeh Jr. – Part 1

The Editor

As our nation woefully endures another shattering epoch in human history, there must never be a moment where the venom of nonentities and petit rascals should coerce voices of moral consciousness to bow in cowardice and censorship. These are troubling and tragic times confronting Liberia under an extravagant and ill-ideological footballer – a time where mediocrity and tomfoolery have become the highest standards for consideration in public service – a time where merit and integrity have zero worth or zero price tag – a time where most public offices have become horrific theaters of mimics and egoistic illiterates. Too pathetic and poignant to swallow these wrecks!

The Republic continues to footslog in this nightmarish state of shackles and shams. Unless enlightened men and women of courage and conscience stand up in one accord to punctuate these prevailing horrors which are grimly impeding Liberia’s progress, posterity will forever render our generation “inordinatum” (purposeless). In order to avert this injurious legacy, philosophical minds must now begin to boldly detect and detest the debris of jesters and juggernauts whose overriding yearning is to unlawfully annex the sacred corridors of history. In this conscious vanguard, erudite militants, ideologues, and cadres who are fortified to gate-keep must respond to reclaim this sacred bequest by castrating misfits and lame zealots.

With this forethought and a deep sense of duty to history, I am compelled to proffer this brief retort or rebuke to one ‘Dum-Dum’ of a Port Manager in Bill Tweahway alias Gbekugbeh Jr. To delay further in reprimanding this henchman of Gbekugbeh Sr. (George Weah) would stamp a burden of guilt on my conscience. History has bestowed upon me the onus to fumigate the toxin spewed out against the immaculate image and supreme heirloom of the indomitable Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP). No myopic mind goes with impunity for committing such grave sacrilege against Africa’s bulwark of ideological and intellectual superiority – The Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP).

Gbekugbeh Jr., a misguided adjutant of Weah’s cunning platoon, has to pay the price for his blatant misinterpretation of history and his willful to succumb to false analogy. It is a pity beyond all limits for an aging con man like Bill Tweahway to belittle himself as “Gbekugbeh Jr.” even though he is far older than Pres. George Gbekugbeh Weah. Only a “Dum-Dum” auctions his birthright in such a dishonorable manner. A relic like Tweahway as Port Manager of NPA clearly foretells the extent of the wreckage facing Liberia. But this tragic moment also imposes an imperative on us as conscious cadres to nip such wreckage. The undertaking of this historical task must be fulfilled without any form of penitence.

The imbecilic analogy leaping out of Tweahway about a few days ago was only intended to falsely amplify the nauseous profile and ruining the reputation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). It is a form of abnormal reasoning and sheer vulgarity to even compare ‘a CDC’ with the all-powerful SUP. Such poor judgment is a reflection of zero logic and ballooned ego. How could Gbekugbeh Jr. even compare an ideological vanguard movement of peerless paragons (SUP) with a misguided social club of thuggish elements (CDC)? No wonder why he struggled and stuttered to mislead the public with such a vague analogy.

But as a former Standard Bearer of SUP, I am provoked to use a few minutes of my time to respond to Tweahway’s diatribe due to three (3) essential reasons:

  • To puncture his LIES about SUP in a video that has gone viral on social media;
  • To unpack the debris in his closet;
  • To warn him to refrain from using NPA as a corridor for political conscription/coercion.

Gbekugbeh Jr. is actually ‘a nobody’ in the real sense of the world but his arrogance deserves a stern rebuke, not because of his proximity to Gbekugbeh Sr., but because of the position he currently occupies. I blame his wild claim and thoughtless tantrum against SUP on political patronage and pomposity. But like Tweah and McGill, so is Tweahway. The phenotype of the trio is analogous to their master (Gbekugbeh Sr.) –and on his back, they’ve become leeching predators and plunderers of public capitals!

What did Gbekugbeh Jr. say about SUP?

SUP Militants

In a futile attempt to vainly align the impeccable repute of cadres and philosophers of SUP to a pro-CDC precedent of preferring inept morons to contest as candidates in public elections, Bill Tweahway ignorantly said in his usual colloquial parlance:

“…we got one big work for us to do. The work has to do with recapturing Montserrado. When I was on LU campus, they had one party call SUP. All we know SUP must win. Even if SUP has a dog on the ticket, everybody will say ooo that person that dog oo and everybody will vote for that dog. Even if they say the person da rogue here. They will say the rogue da our rogue. From the time SUP was founded, only one time they have sustained defeat. I was in the other party call SIM. The 10 years I spent there, they beat us in all the elections.”

This is the video link to Tweahway’s imbecilic analogy: (https://web.facebook.com/mulbah.kesselly.5/videos/2057423157736306/?t=7).

Before fumigating Tweahway’s debris, it is important to note that the CDC-led government is a rogue regime that continues to shield petit mafias to raid Liberia. Tweahway is one of Weah’s criminal proxies that is strategically positioned as Managing Director at the National Port Authority (NPA) to fast-track and patronize institutionalized thievery at the expense of the ordinary masses.

Like Gbekugbeh Sr., Gbekugbeh Jr. has a roguish makeup and mischievous credential. In a subconscious mood, he thinks SUP is like his criminal enterprises (CDC, SIM, and STUDA). How could a “senior official” of government even speak in such a weird manner? Bill Tweahway knows ABSOLUTELY nothing about SUP. Unlike CDC and SIM, SUP has never and will never place a “dog” or a “rogue” on its party’s ticket.

The doctrine of SUP which is firmly anchored to massescracy, unapologetically abhors mediocrity and criminality. Our Party (SUP) has zero-tolerance for ineptitude, patronage, elitism, state plunder, indiscipline, egotism, and the wanton abuse of power. The almighty SUP remains the only mass-based and ideological movement in Liberia that has produced and continues to produce the highest number of trained professionals and acclaimed technocrats in different academic fields.

The Vanguard Party will forever remain the citadel of brain-trust and idea-surplus. The students have always voted and will always vote for SUP because we’ve never comprised our ideals to gallantly struggle for social justice, academic freedom, and peace. The enviable stature and superiority of SUPists are too heroic to compare with the sycophantic prototype of a group racketeering puppets in SIM, STUDA, and even CDC.

The Student Unification Party (SUP) is even on record for suspending and expelling its own for acts inimical to the constitution, tradition, and precedents of SUP. In SUP, self-mutual criticism and democratic centralism are fundamental ideals that our Party espouses. Does Gbekugbeh Jr. really know SUP or he is pretending to know SUP after spending a decade of his time on nothingness at UL?

Gbekugbeh Jr. must understand that the students could neither vote for SIM nor STUDA all the 10 years he spent at UL because their “best and brightest” could not even match up to the beginner militants of SUP. Up to date, this unchallenged reality is yet to change. Like SIM and STUDA, CDC too is a mushroom cavalcade of nitwits and simpletons. But for the sake of this response, the most suitable semblance of their truest persona is, “a column of clueless bigots and arrogant illiterates”.

The harangue coughed out by Tweahway against SUP is an inevitable similarity of CDC, SIM, and STUDA. The peculiarities of this trio (CDC, SIM, and STUDA) are grounded in inanity, novicity, and notoriety. The catchphrase “All we know, SUP must win” was ignorantly misconstrued by this ‘Dum-Dum’ of a Managing Director who has zero knowledge in Port Management and Administration. “All we know, SUP must-win” is a revolutionary slogan that inspires, compels, and motivates all SUPISTS to settle for nothing less than VICTORY –and this victory has always been won through intellectual warfare, academic preeminence, ideological strategies, revolutionary consciousness, and mass mobilization/recruitment.

It is a pity that this aging adjutant of Weah’s hegemony in Gbekugbeh Jr. does not even understand ‘Dialectical and Historical Materialism’ and ‘Marxism-Leninism’. SUP is willing to offer free tutorials for SIM, STUDA, and CDC. But does Bill Tweahway along with pro-Weah cronies have any ounce of moral rectitude to even question an armed robber? Not yesterday or even now! US$25m for mop-up, L$16b new banknotes, and US$152m of net foreign reserves remain unaccounted for under Gbekugbeh Sr. The CDC-led government is a ROGUE REGIME in all dimensions.

This is the same Bill Tweahway who was politically whipped in District #4 in the 2017 Representative Election after failing his constituents for 6 consecutive years. This was the same Bill Tweahway who could not even manage a junior high school in District #3. This is the same Bill Tweahway who could not propose a single bill whilst serving as Chairman on Education at the House of Representatives. This con artist in Tweahway could not produce a single policy prescription or public administration strategy while serving as Director of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA).

The Gateway to Liberia’s Economy, The Freeport of Monrovia, is again a victim of Tweahway’s poor leadership ability. The revenue base of this public corporation (NPA) has sharply declined. Like his boss, Tweahway is not policy-based, vision-prone, impact-driven, agenda-focused, and accountable. This was the same Bill Tweahway who gave US$30,000 to a Liberian musician (D12) just for performing a single song (Born To Win) on Independence Day. The NPA under Tweah recently bankrolled CDC’s failed political jamboree. Tweahway had three (2) extravagant parties at 3 different locations for his birthday.

The account of NPA is fast depleting as mass plunder remains prevalent under Gbekugbeh Jr. and Gbekugbeh Sr. The challenges at NPA are so vast but all Tweahway cares about is to politicize this public enterprise. Such anti-democratic and intolerable precedent violates Article 18 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia and the 1970 Act of the National Legislature establishing the Free Port of Monrovia. Political conscription and coercion is totally unacceptable and CDC needs to put an end to such misrule and abuse of power. The NPA is not the Headquarters of CDC. The gimmick must end now! Gbekugbeh Jr. has miserably failed everywhere he has ever served. He is a monstrous symbol of FRAUD and everything that FAILURE represents.

In all terms, the debris thrown at SUP by this ‘Dum-Dum’ in Bill Tweahway is not only baseless but it lacks believability. Such imbecility is only good enough for MCC Trashcan. SUPists have been and remain the proudest, the brightest, the best, the most patriotic, the most accountable, the most responsible, the most ideological/conscious, the most impactful, the most educative, the most innovative, the most serviceable, the most honest, the most tolerant, the most peaceful, the most humbled, and the most progressive with an undisputed history of STRUGGLE. What is your struggle history? You have none besides beggary and thievery!

Let me just name a few SUPISTS who you and your likes cannot even match up to: Dr. Louise Mapleh Kpoto, Prof. Alaric Tokpa, Cllr. Jerome J. Verdier, Hon. James Fromoyan, Dr. Joseph D. Korto, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, Cllr. Kofi Woods, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, Hon. Augustine KpeheNgafuan, Dr. Kerkula Foeday, Dr. George Gonpu, Mr. Abraham Doedeh, Cdr. WuoGappieTapiah, Cdr. WiwiDebah, Cdr. Tonia Richardson, Hon. Dusty Wollokollie, Madam LusieyaMassaley, Cde. Augustus J. Panton (Ph.D), Cdr. FederickGorbawolie, Cdr. Irene Nimpson, Cdr. Swanzee Elliott, etc.

Beyond this end, SUP remains faultless and flawless. Without SUP, the multi-party democracy or the pluralistic democratic atmosphere that CDC, SIM, and STUDA are enjoying today would have been inconceivable. Be grateful to SUP and SUPists for risking their lives for a country you are now looting without remorse. Be glad that you are now surviving on the sweat, blood, and tears of fallen compatriots and fellow SUPISTS. Such benevolence is enthralled in MASSESCRACY.

Never again must you attempt to inflate your role or CDC’s role in history by using SUP as a reference point for your thoughtless analogy. CDC, SIM, and STUDA are not in the same league with SUP. Neither yesterday – nor today –or even tomorrow! SUP is the originator of history whilst you are the duplicator. It is ludicrous to even compare Junior Professionals FC with Real Madrid FC. It is like willfully sending a Rat to challenge a Lion. This is just Part 1 of my response to Tweahway’s twaddle and bunkum against the Vanguard Student Unification Party.

 

About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is an exiled activist, columnist, and emerging economist. He served as Standard Bearer, Secretary-General, and Chairman on Information, Propaganda, Research, and Guidance of the ever-potent Student Unification Party (SUP).

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By Francis Nyepon

 

The World Health Organization, WHO, has declared Coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, instead of an epidemic. Since the explosion of the COVID-19 in December 2019, the pandemic has been spreading at alarming rates and frightening levels throughout the world. The pandemic has spread to over 100 countries, infecting over 200,000 people, and killing over 7,000. The COVID-19 pandemic has reached the heartland of the West African sub-region. Several countries in the sub-region have already recorded cases of COVID-19. Some of these countries include Togo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, Cameroon, and Nigeria. Elsewhere on the continent; DR Congo, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco have all recorded cases with more yet to come. In the sub-region, Ghana has allocated a $100 million US dollars towards a Coronavirus Fund to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and also ban official travel; while Senegal, on the other hand, is set to roll out a COVID-19 test kit, which will indeed be a game-changer.

So far, Liberia has been spared the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, as the virus is rapidly spreading globally. As of today, Liberia is yet to report a single COVID-19 case, but is the country’s healthcare system prepared and ready to deal with this devastating public health and socioeconomic threat? Has the George Weah-led CDC Government developed a strategic plan to deal with the outbreak of this pandemic? Is the Ministry of Health and our healthcare delivery system been strengthened and health security checks put in place at the border to deal with the virus? All Liberians are aware that the outbreak of the pandemic is inevitable, and it is only a matter of time before the pandemic reaches the motherland. However, if the pandemic does hit Liberia, is the George Weah-led CDC government prepared to deal with the consequences of the catastrophic? This author is of the belief that it is incumbent upon President Weah to comprehend the fact that if COVID-19 outbreaks in Liberia, it spread could potentially cause twice as many deaths as the deadly EBOLA virus did in 2013/2014.

Liberians everywhere are concerned and extremely worried about an outbreak of the pandemic in the motherland? Consequently, the time has come for President George Weah to make public his CDC-led government’s plan to effectively deal with the COVID-19 pandemic if an outbreak occurs in the country. The cascading effect and spread of COVID-19 in Liberia will drastically disrupt daily life since the pandemic is not just a public health crisis, but a calamity that will touch every sector of the Liberian society and way-of-life. As the pandemic outbreak in Liberia rest on the brink of inevitability, the George Weah administration needs to formulate critical policy initiatives to ensure that every Liberian understands the nature of the disease and be instructed on the best ways to protect them by putting mechanisms in place for testing and quarantining to prevent the spread of the virus. Moreover, capacity needs to be developed for spraying streets, marketplaces, commercial districts, and local communities. However, incompetence, irresponsibility, and ineffectiveness cannot be allowed to overwhelm the governance process. This colossal public health and socioeconomic threat cannot carelessly be taken lightly without the realization of the enormous danger it can pose to the country. The government needs to immediately develop a game plan to get every sector and every Liberian involved in the fight against this impending public health pandemic and socioeconomic threat.

The George Weah-led CDC government needs to proactively develop a strategic plan to obstruct the spread of the pandemic once an outburst occurs. First, the government needs to set up a multi-sectoral, inter-governmental COVID-19 Task Force with the aim of formulating structural preventative measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Secondly, policies should be put in place to encourage Liberians to suspend the renowned cultural practices of handshaking and affectionate touching, kissing and hugging to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. For example, strict enforcement measures need to be put in place for social distancing practices. Third, there needs to be the immediate distribution of test kits, ventilators, respirators, personal protective equipment, (PPEs) to healthcare facilities in all 15 counties and all bustling commercial districts and transport centers in the country.  Fourth, local communities need to be instructed and educated on preventative measures to halt an outbreak and spread of the pandemic in the country.

The George Weah-led CDC government needs to educate Liberians on ways to protect themselves and avoid the traditional cultural practice of handshaking by using an elbow bump instead.

These unique customary practices used to welcome, greet, express friendship, and finalize social agreements and business transactions need to be brought to an immediate end. Liberians need to be informed that these valuable cultural practices can cause the COVID-19 pandemic to spread and breakout uncontrollably, especially in countless numbers of overcrowded communities. Market-women, day-traders, consumers, and pedestrians need to be encouraged to observe basic prevention measures like social distancing and regular hand washing with bleach. Furthermore, Liberian needs to be instructed that the COVID-19 pandemic can also be caused and spread by the common cold, cough, flew, sneezing, fever and shortness of breath. This means they cannot take the COVID-19 virus lightly, even though, the immune system of some Liberians may allow them to carry the virus with few or mild symptoms, which would allow some Liberians to move around and travel long distances with the virus, while others may suffer the complete opposite, instantly taking on heavy symptoms that can cause immense sneezing, coughing and headaches, allowing the pandemic to spread to others in their immediate surroundings.

Although this author’s prediction may be overdue, it is not a starch, however, to wonder out loud, the potential devastation the COVID-19 pandemic could bring to Liberia’s poorest people. Consequently, it is important that critical policies be formulated and implemented to inform, educate and treat every Liberian. Moreover, is the George Weah-led CDC government prepared to require self-isolation for Liberians, and ready to ban Liberians from leaving their homes except to buy food, essential supplies, and medicines or for work? Every Liberian needs to be better prepared on ways to prevent, tackle and arrest this deadly virus from spreading and killing Liberians, most especially, the innocent. Therefore, it is imperative that all Liberians continue to look out for their fellow countrymen, women and children, especially those in vulnerable groups, and those with fever, headaches, cold, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Still, others to look out for are those in local markets, entertainers and community centers. As a matter of fact, all overcrowded transport centers and bustling commercial districts need to be equipped with public mobile hand washing facilities.  Finally, President George Weah should not allow corruption to undermine and deepen suspicions among Liberians regarding equal access to medical supplies, equipment, services, and treatment.

 

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How Can Liberia Tackle COVID-19?

-The George Weah-led CDC Government needs to immediately:

-Reboot the Ebola National Disaster Management Agency;

-Establish multi-sectoral and inter-governmental COVID-19 Task Force;

-Train ambulance, taxi, and bus drivers’ how to transport COVID-19 patients;

-Train and instruct Liberians on methods of reporting and dealing with COVID-19;

-Formulate policy initiatives to ensure Liberians understands the nature of COVID-19;

-Build nationwide capacity to conduct tests for COVID-19 and public quarantine facilities;

-Provide all hospitals and health centers with the capacity to deal with respiratory issues;

-Immediately suspend all international gatherings and events as a precautionary measure;

-Secure sufficient drugs, PPEs, and medical supplies to treat Liberians affected by COVID-19;

-Educate Liberians about social distancing, self-quarantining, and total community lockdowns;

-Train local Liberian doctors, nurses, healthcare practitioners, and hygienists about the COVID-19 pandemic;

-Test all Liberian students returning from China and Europe; including Chinese and European nationals returning from vacation;

-Establish COVID-19 centers in public markets and commercial districts to monitor shoppers, consumers, pedestrians, commuters and passengers. There is no room for Negligence, Carelessness, and Incompetence

Main Photo: Coronavirus, Military Times

 

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