Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CDC Justifies Flogging of Brutalized Policeman as U.S. Condemns Assault

Source: FrontPage Africa

07/12/2010 - M. Welemongai Ciapha II, wciapha@FrontPageAfrica.com (+321) 077-119-511

NOT ABOVE THE LAW: "I would like to use this opportunity to emphasize that no private citizen or official is above the law and entitled to act with impunity against law enforcement officials who are trying to promote public safety and respect for the rule of law”.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in a statement issued in Monrovia Monday. At right, CDC's Acarous Gray addresses the controversy at a news conference Monday.

Monrovia - In the aftermath of the flogging police patrolman Lexington Beh unmercifully on Saturday night at the Zone Eight Depot CheckPoint along the Monrovia-Robertsfield Highway, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of football legend George Weah has justifiably provided reasons for the allegedly beating carried out by ‘thugs’ reportedly hired by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tokpah Mulbah (Bong County).

Patrolman Beh receiving care at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.

The home of the Deputy Speaker was besieged for over 12 hours Sunday by members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) as they attempted to arrest him for his alleged brutalizing of Patrolman Beh who remained unconscious up to the press time Sunday evening.

At a press briefing held at the party’s headquarters Monday, the CDC’s Acting Secretary-General, Acarous Gray, defended the actions of Deputy Speaker Mulbah on the grounds that officer Beh used his uniform as a shield and insulted the lawmaker by throwing him (Mulbah) on the ground.

‘CDCian’ Gray told journalists that the Deputy Speaker, not prepared to abandon the official of government to the brutality and disadvantage of the office he described as a drunken police and two occupants of the impounded truck who he did not name, reportedly rushed to Deputy Speaker Mulbah’s defense, restraining and subduing the aggression of the man in uniform against the Deputy House Speaker.

Gray said with the reliable details emanating from the testaments of those he referred to as independent eyewitness, the CDC is ‘disheartened’ at the subjective face-saving and damage-control method employed by the Liberia National police (LNP), which he said has resulted to the arbitrary use of excessive force, illegal entry and orchestrated act of wreckage against the premises of Deputy Speaker Mulbah and family members.

However, the United States Embassy accredited here has called on the government to conduct an investigation into the flogging of Beh.

US Ambassador Linda-Thomas Greenfield has described the incident as a sad turn of events.

“I would like to use this opportunity to emphasize that no private citizen or official is above the law and entitled to act with impunity against law enforcement officials who are trying to promote public safety and respect for the rule of law”, Ambassador Greenfield said in a press release issued Monday.

The U.S. envoy said she was appalled to learn that Beh, an officer of the Liberia National Police, was beaten and hospitalized after a July 10 incident reportedly involving employees and supporters of Deputy House Speaker Togba Mulbah. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patrolman Beh and members of his family. The U.S. Embassy wishes him a speedy recovery."

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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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