Monday, November 22, 2010

CDC Gets 72-Hr - Supreme Court Ultimatum


A dissenting group has given Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) 72 hours to withdraw from any political engagement with Liberty Party (LP) in spite of the warning to partisans contained in the November 21, 2010 merger/consolidation resolution of the party.

The group, which called itself "The Majority Bloc of CDC Grassroots Partisans, Stalwarts, and Sympathizers", has called on the CDC National Executive Committee (NEC) to rescind the Sunday resolution and "return to status quo".

"Supreme Court Writ of Prohibition inevitable after three days should you ignore this mass-signed partisans' petition to reverse this disastrous course," the group admonished the party's leadership.

It is not clear whether the warning is a bluff or a serious opposition to what CDC's top leadership called 'a political breakthrough after a difficult periods of negotiations', but observers say in political Liberia, nothing should be left to chance.

In a statement released yesterday under the signature of one Mulbah K. Morlu, Jr., as "Chairman, Policy Response Committee" the group said the CDC executive committee did and released the resolution under the "cover of darkness" thereby confirming its unpopular nature.

The group conceded that the executive committee has the right under the Constitution of CDC to make critical decisions in the interest of the party and partisans, but that yesterday's decision violated several provisions of the constitution including Part III Bye Laws, Chapter I, Codes of Conduct, Rule 6, no. 5 7 8.

"We seek your kind forbearance to begin to see the unspecified consequential risk you subject 'The Movement' to by your 'nightfall Resolution' signatures and the selfish decisions you have rendered," the group said.

The group equated CDC's resolution to engage LP politically to a "disregard and callous contempt" for the majority of the partisans, further describing it as an "ultra-dictatorial" act performed in violation of Article 4, section 3 of the CDC Constitution.

"By your 'Nightfall Resolution' restricting merger conversations to two parties, you have jeopardized the once availing opportunity to coalesce the entire opposition bloc into a united force to defeat... the Unity Party leadership," the group said.

He group's statement did not seem to mind that the resolutions released yesterday by LP and CDC noted the need to bring other parties on board to produce a "union of opposition parties".

It accused the party's executives of taking a decision that did not only deteriorate and diminish the prospects of larger opposition but that has also "desecrated the wisdom of the Accra Communiqué CDC signed with Cllr. Winston Tubman of the opposition Liberian National Union (LINU) Party and with three other smaller parties at the Monrovia City Hall.

"Tragically, the 'Nightfall Resolution', if allowed to see daylight, is a cursed ink dried to paper that will alienate the CDC from the critical Islamic bloc and their affiliating sympathizers who are certain to vote-rebel against our candidate based on the heightened religious one-sidedness of Cllr. Charles Brumskine," the group said, without saying which opposition party represented the so-called Islamic Bloc.

Article 79 (d) of the Constitution of Liberia forbid religious bloc political parties, but the group insisted that the CDC-LP engagement was circumventing "good for evil" by limiting CDC's political engagement with LP, a Christian fanatical political party. It then accused the executive committee of working to woo support for what it called a Brumskine presidency in disguise in exchange for bribe being offered by a Brumskine agent.

"Evidence in avalanche proportionality continues to point to the widespread disbursement of bribe money and other forms of inducement traded by the Liberty Party to several senior party members in Monrovia to influence their support for the CDC/Liberty Party ticket," the group alleged.

It did not say how much was involved in the bribe or which party member received it and for what purpose, but it maintained that LP "allegedly utilizes bribery, dishonesty and croaked dealings to drive through a difficult barrier presumably to capture power".

"The fact that the National Executive Committee is at the epicenter of a bribery scandal that questions the moral integrity of the institution is one reason for the emergence of new critical voices (speaking out here) whose only interest is to dislocate the threats posed to our common patrimony by actors from both sides of the divide," the group said.

The statement said the group was therefore petitioning the CDC's NEC to halt any further actions and advances on the 'merger talks'.

"We further request you to make a public statement of your intent to speedily launch an internal investigation into the Liberty party bribery efforts and to return the 'The nightfall Resolution' to status quo ante as though it never took place," the group demanded.

It said failure to do so would prompt it to file two lawsuits simultaneously before the Supreme Court of Liberia and the criminal court "to dispense justice in the bribery scandal that has hit our noble institution".

Meanwhile the group said it would remain peaceful, law-abiding, and constructive in what it called its current "redemptive pursuits in a fearless manner".

Observers recalled that the group's position was once held by the Deputy Secretary General of CDC Acarious Gray, but that given that Gray signed yesterday's resolution, it was difficult to say who was behind the dissenting group.

The Analyst was unable to reach Gray yesterday for comment on the emergence of a new group that was articulating the position he reportedly held.

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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.
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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