Wednesday, August 4, 2010

WHY NOT A BOYCOTT? Liberian Lawmakers Deserve Taste of Their Own Medicine


EXECUTIVES OF ALL three civil society organizations can do Liberia a world of good by rejecting a demand from the full plenary of the Liberian Senate to appear before the body next Thursday to answer to what senators call concerns about remarks they made in the public recently that members of the Legislature are mentally impoverished by their decision to prepare a joint resolution for the passage of the electoral threshold bill.

RECENTLY, the three groups, the Liberia Democratic Institute (LDI), the Liberia Democracy Watch and the Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE) urged members of the Legislature’s action to carve a resolution to pass the controversial Threshold as “cowardice Scheme, Mischievous, ill calculated, illogical, sinister thought and an ill- informed political tactics.

GBARPOLU COUNTY lawmaker, Theodore Momo in a communication to his colleagues declared that he was constrained to register serious and outright dissatisfaction of a particular statement from the Liberia Democracy Watch, Liberia Democratic Institute, Center for Democratic Empowerment and the Institute for Democracy and Development contained in a STAR RADIO major News broadcast week before last.”

IRONICALLY, Senator Momo, in a two-page letter averred that while the Legislature cherishes and welcome the exercise of free speech as a basic and fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution, all must be cognizant of the fact that those rights are accompanied by responsibility and in his words the dignity of individuals institutions especially the National Legislature which he said embodies the national pride and being.

SADLY, IT APPEARS that Senator Momo and his peers are misguided in the sense that they continue to hide behind their seats in the national legislatures and render one poor decision after the next to the detriment of poor and down-trodden Liberians.

SENATOR MOMO should listen to the advice of his peer, Senator Abel Massalley who responded to Momo’s letter by stating: “If you took your water in the bathroom, you undress yourself and you started the bath, and a crazy man went there and took all of your clothes and started to run out of the bathroom, will you follow that crazy man? For me I will not follow you because if you follow the man then all of you will brand as the same group of people.”

IN CONTRAST, Lofa County’s senior Senator Sumo G. Kupee also took the low road in pointing to Article 15 of the Liberian constitution, suggesting that no one has the right to insult him because he is a Senator or an employee of the people. “I am sure you will agree with me that my comments will mean that I am mentally impoverished because those people who have gone through my hands will notice that I am not, including some of the people that wrote it, or I am not speaking because I feel guilty of what they said, but I am speaking because I belong to an institution,” the lawmaker said

THE BOTTOM LINE here is that lawmakers are answerable to the people of Liberia and must never feel that they are in any way, shape or form above reproach or criticisms from those who elected them to their post.

MANY OF THOSE hiding behind “Executive Committees” and “Secret Sessions” will soon face the drumbeats when the 2011 legislative elections comes around. It will be wise for those harboring thoughts of being above reproach to begin having second thoughts about their activities and the works they have done over the past five years.

THOSE WHO HAVE failed to delivered will most likely be voted out of office and those who have worked hard to push laws on health care, education and poverty will be rewarded. Sadly, not many can stand and be counted on issues that matter most to the ordinary Liberian. The body dubbed the “Cold Water” bunch has done itself very little good and the latest attempt to summon civil society groups speaks volumes about the body Liberians put their trust in.
LET THE WORD go forth that serving Liberia and Liberians is a privilege, not a right for any lawmaker, Senator or Legislator. Voters should make that much clear when they cast their ballots in 2011. The Civil Society Groups Summoned next Thursday should begin the process by holding a meeting to decide whether or not they should appear and if possible, or better still, file a motion among themselves to reconsider whether such appearance before a body which has made itself the laughing stock of Liberia, deserves their time .

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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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