Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ALCOP Has Joined No Other Party

ALCOP Has Joined No Other Party


The First Partisan of the All Liberian Coalition Party, Prof. Alhaji G.V. Kromah, has said ALCOP has not joined any other party in alliance nor merger. He said as a national party, ALCOP will make its own announcement if it decides to collaborate with any other political party. He said the responsibility of announcing its position on political matters cannot be relegated to any other group.

Prof. Kromah said ALCOP was making the clarification in reaction to a statement by the leader of the National Patriotic Party, Cllr. T.C. Gould, that ALCOP was among the parties that have established an alliance with the NPP and the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC. Prof. Kromah said ALCOP has not held discussion with any political party on alliance or merger, and Cllr. Gould's statement was therefore a political miscalculation or faux pas.

In a special press statement issued over the weekend, Prof. Kromah said the NPP should have taken advantage of ALCOP's policy of constructive engagement instead of enthusiastically announcing the results of discussions that were never held. Kromah said ALCOP has an experienced open door policy and might see reason to associate with a political party or parties in the future, but as of the moment, it has not done so officially nor unofficially.

The ALCOP Standard Bearer said as one of the original political parties, which participated in the first national elections held after the war in 1997, and also ran in the 2005 elections, ALCOP is carefully watching the national political terrain and consulting with its membership nationwide and internationally. He said ALCOP's natural and other constituencies are well grounded in the political lessons of the past two elections and will take action based on the national interest of Liberia. ALCOP's political decisions are guided by the principles of participatory democracy among its membership, Prof. Kromah said.

In its press statement, ALCOP disclosed that its priority now is to reactivate various chapters of the party in the 15 counties of Liberia. The Party said it has also organized youth groups to conduct civic and electoral education in population centers in the various counties.

Prof. Kromah said the ALCOP Executive Council will shortly meet with the National Elections Commission to discuss voters' education, registration, constituency demarcation and other matters related to the national elections of 2011.

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Everyone is a genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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