Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cllr Charles W. Brumskine: "I am not like President Sirleaf whose party brought war to Liberia after they lost the elections in 1985, and again in 1997 after President Sirleaf lost her presidential bid. She lost the election in 1997 and later went abroad and brought war to this country.

A US based support group of Liberian opposition Liberty Party of Cllr Charles W. Brumskine Citizens United for Brumskine(CUBE) has responded to a recent statement of the Philadelphia based Delaware Valley Chapter of the ruling Unity Party (UP).

The ruling party Delaware Valley branch recently issued a statement in response to a statement attributed to the LP leader and carried in the independent Daily Observer newspaper on December 2, 2010 that he, Brumskine "has threatened that he will take "all necessary action" come 2011 elections, if the Liberty Party (LP) and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) are cheated.

The statement signed by the group's Secretary General Deegar Buigbo and President Frederick Sam Gibson further noted that "while it is true that every Liberian is entitled to freedom of expression, the Chairman, with the advice and consent of the Executives of the Unity Party Delaware Valley Chapter in the U.S.A is not sure what Cllr. Brumskine is implying when he starts making early threat that will undermine the results of the general elections in 2011. In addition, the Chapter is of the strongest conviction that Cllr. Brumskine's attempt to remind the citizenry of the politics of fear is unhealthy. We equally believe that every individual regardless of race, status, or gender in Liberia should be fostering a message of peace and tranquility geared towards promoting a peaceful election."

But CUBE in a statement issued over the weekend under the signature of its National Chairman Mr. Tamba Aghailas said, "in response to that article, Citizens United for Brumskine Election, (CUBE-USA) would like to unweave this web of misinformation, state clear facts about Cllr. Brumskine's statement, and in so doing highlight some stark differences between Charles W. Brumskine and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf."

The CUBE statement which was copied to RUNNINGAFRICA/AFRICA TV1 futher maintained that "...the statement which was deliberately taken out of context and misquoted in Unity Party's diatribe was taken from remarks made by Cllr. Brumskine during the question and answer period following his speech at a Journalist Symposium held recently in Monrovia. Cllr. Brumskine, in response to a question concerning free and fair elections in 2011 said,

Cllr Charles W. Brumskine
"I am not like President Sirleaf whose party brought war to Liberia after they lost the elections in 1985, and again in 1997 after President Sirleaf lost her presidential bid. She lost the election in 1997 and later went abroad and brought war to this country. I am not a man of violence! I am not like that. I lost the 2005 elections and I accepted the results. I did not travel out of Liberia. I remained here after the elections. But for these coming elections, I can assure you that we will take the necessary action to ensure that the elections are free and fair—that we are not cheated."

The Liberty Party's auxillary group attacked and accused the incumbent President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, saying, "...The extent to which Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (or in this case, her political machinery) has gone to downplay, twist, and in some cases even try to re-write the history of her direct involvement in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Liberians is dangerous and insulting to the Liberian people. Any attempt to say that Cllr. Brumskine represents even a fraction of the threat to the Liberian people that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf does in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections is gross misinformation at best, and dangerous propaganda at worst. A brief summary of Liberia's fate after elections that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf lost."

Although Liberia's National Elections Commission has yet to announce the formal commencement of campaigning, political rivals have allowed their surrogates and supporters to lob attacks against their opponents. Presidential and General Elections are scheduled for 2011. Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seeking a second 6 year term.

The Liberty Party (LP) placed third in the last Presidential election in Liberia and is planning to contest again.

By Emmanuel Abalo

Philadelphia, PA
Source: Running Africa

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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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