Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sirleaf’s 2011 Announcement Desecrates Presidency, Says NPP Lewis Brown

Sirleaf’s 2011 Announcement Desecrates Presidency, Says Lewis Brown, National Patriotic Party (NPP)


SELFISH AMBITION: “What has never been done-well until the recent “report” of the President-is to not just trivialize the important function of the President but also employ the resources of the Liberian state in announcing a wholly selfish political ambition”.  

A staunch member of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP), Lewis Brown has described the recent action by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to use the time allotted for the delivering of the State of the Nation Address to declare for intention to contest a second term of office as a desecration of the office of the President.

Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia Friday, Brown said the action of President Sirleaf did not trivialize the important function of the President but the President also employ state resources to announce her political ambition.

“What has never been done-well until the recent “report” of the President-is to not just trivialize the important function of the President but also employ the resources of the Liberian state in announcing a wholly selfish political ambition”, Brown frowned.

The former Foreign Minister of Liberia observed that since the foundation of the Liberian nation no President has diminished and disfigured the office of President and desecrated the sacredness of the duties assigned like President did on January 25.

“No president, since the foundation of our Republic, has so diminished and disfigured the Office President and desecrated the sacredness of the duties thereunto assigned like President/candidate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf”, the NPP stalwart declared.

President Sirleaf, Brown asserted has the right like any other Liberian to declare her intention to contest any position in Liberia but said what is troubling is reducing the office of the President for the remaining two her of the current term to a campaign office.

“What is at issue is not the right of a citizen Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to run in 2011. Of course she, like many qualified Liberians, is protected by law to pursue her ambitions. However, what ought to trouble all concerned is that, to the detriment of our fledging democracy, and especially our need for cohesive governance, at least for the next two years, the candidate/president has intentionally reduced the office of President to campaign headquarter, effectively rendering the entire Executive domain, their actions, including the administration of the national budget, as self-seeking and intended to make the candidacy of Madam Johnson-Sirleaf, to choose her word formidable”, the opposition politician observed.

Ellen Must be checked
Brown believes the action by President Sirleaf to use the constitutional time to announce her personal political ambition must not go unchecked to set precedent for future presidents.

“The employment of state resources and the sequestration of the entire government to include the Supreme Court which should be insulated from the intrigues of politics, so as to justly anchor our democracy, to merely further an individual’s political aspiration would have been wrong than and is certainly wrong now. And, is allowed to go unchecked and unaccounted for, we unwittingly participate in corruption the institutions of our government established to serve our national interests”, Brown intimated.

He called on the National legislature to act promptly to what he termed make the Liberian know that they are individuals who stand for principle and upholding of the constitution.

“As the legislature, the candidate/president, in unprecedented fashion may have shattered what residue there may be of the hollowness and sanctity of the legislature Dias. It is left to be seen what courage members of the Legislature will summon not simply to halt the cascading public impression with which their reputations have unfortunately come to be associated but also whether they can even muster the will to retain a modicum of self and institutional respect about what used to be popularly referred to as the First branch of government”, Brown challenged the legislature.

Brown is one of few Liberian opposition politicians that have expressed anger at the action of the President to use the state of the Nation Address to declare her political intention to contest the 2011 elections
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