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BLOODY WEDNESDAY at the University of Liberia campus

Student Politics Leads to Chaos, Confusion at UL

Source: FrontPageAfrica


07/08/2010 - Moses V. Kowo

Monrovia –

Another chapter turned in the history of the University of Liberia on Wednesday when students of the state-owned institution turned to each other’s throat as they inched closer to holding another election later this week.

One of the contending parties, the Student Coalition for Change said it will not allow the debate to go ahead unless the administration clears its candidate for the post of Student Representative to the University Council, Gabriel Saydee.

The Elections Commission had disqualified Mr. Saydee on grounds that he did not meet the necessary academic benchmarks to be a candidate in the ensuing student government elections. But Saydee supporters contend that members of the Student Unification Party must have manipulated the process leading to the denial of Saydee.

Saydee, a student of Geology said he is qualified for the process but said the administration had interest in the process.

The stalemate continued for most of Wednesday with the contending party holding on to the main auditorium where the debate should have taken place until members of the Student Unification party stormed the venue to in their words break the standoff which lasted more than four hours.

One student believed to be supporter of the Saydee was seen bleeding profusely after the stalemate had been broken and Mr. Saydee whisks away.

No official of the University of Liberia was prepared to speak on the matter as the Associate Vice President for UL Relations Dr. S. Momolu Gaytaweh said only that the University President Dr. Emmett Dennis could speak on the subject under discussion.

The University of Liberia since its formation in 1951 has been a major source of agitation in the country. Students are either at each other’s throat or engage in tussle with state authorities on the administration of the country. The latest incident will no doubt trigger intense debate as yet another student elections comes into play.

Students at the University had bitter engagement with the government of William Tolbert over the exclusion of some members of the population for the decision making process of the society.

When Samuel Doe took over in 1980, student again challenged the regime over corruption and dictatorship leading to the imprisonment of more than five student leaders at the notorious Belle Yalla prison and some students lost their lives in university politics including Momolu Lavela and Tonia Richardson.

Students suffered some of the worse form of attacks under administration of now detained war crime suspect Charles Taylor with more than 20 students fleeing into exile after persistent witch hunting on the part of the regime.







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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.
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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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