Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CDC Grass-Rooters Reject Merger

Grassroots partisans of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) have rejected a merger deal signed recently between the party and Liberty Party (LP) of Charles Brumskine, accusing the CDC standard-bearer emeritus George M. Weah of betrayal.

According to our correspondent who covered the arrival of Mr. Weah on Friday, October 22, 2010, scores of distraught partisans were pacing the reception area shouting invectives on the CDC executive committee members who took part in the merger negotiations in the US and subsequently in Accra, Ghana.

“We will not accept that nonsense. If anyone wants to join a merger with the CDC, it means that that person must come to us and we are not prepared to be second to anybody,” seemed the general refrain amongst the discontented partisans.

It can be recalled that the CDC’s first partisan repeatedly told local and international media that he was not prepared to be second to anybody in his quest for the nation’s highest seat, emphasizing that politics around the world was about number.

But over the weekend, the two parties reportedly signed a joint communiqué agreeing in principle to put forward a formidable and united opposition that would ensure victory in 2011, contrary to what Ambassador Weah said in his initial response to the news of the merger.

The communiqué, among other things, called on supporters of the two parties to see such move as an answer to the desire of the Liberian people, a move observer say will prove tough for the Ruling Unity Party and president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The communiqué however felt short of disclosing the name of the leader of the planned merger, but an insider has hinted The Analyst that the standard-bearer of the Brumskine-Weah’s merger may likely be Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.

Making remarks at last Friday’s welcome program, Mr. George Weah failed to disclose the actual deal struck with LP, but repeatedly called on his partisans to register and vote during the ensuring voter registration process that would enable them to be a part in the elections.

CDC supporters who grouped themselves in separate locations to listen to their standard bearer speak on the deal, indicated that the deal was not proper, vowing to resist any action on the part of Mr. Weah to come second to anyone.

The aggrieved CDC partisans told this paper that they believed in Amb. Weah and not anybody and warned the executive committee of the party that they would resist Cllr. Brumskine representing them in the merger as standard-bearer.

Some of the partisans who spoke to this paper disclosed that for the past five years they have received insults from some Liberians for their decision to support the CDC and Weah.

They therefore vowed to withdraw their support from the party were the party’s executives to allow Cllr. Brumskine to represent them as standard-bearer, describing the planned opposition merger as totally unacceptable and out of order.

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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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