Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Côte d'Ivoire: African Union Chief Arrives


"This is a very interesting choice for an envoy considering that the AU still technically has a mediator," says correspondent Marco Chown Oved.

"Mutharika has made statements in the past supporting Ouattara so it's not clear whether he will be acceptable to Gbagbo's camp or not."

Mutharika is expected to make a statement after meeting both candidates

Separately, European Union election observers confirmed Ouattara's victory in their report, which was published on Tuesday.

A recount is "not at all necessary", said Christian Preda, the leader of the observation mission. He added that it might have been if the result had been closer, because they had observed some irregularities, but that the 400,000-vote difference meant Ouattara was a clear winner.

On an official visit to South Africa, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday criticised the United Nations' position on Côte d'Ivoire and called for an independent African enquiry into the registration of voters and the polling and counting processes.

His host, South African President Jacob Zuma agreed to push for an independent continental enquiry.

The UN recognises Ouattara as the winner of the election.

Each country has its own constitution and framework to solve internal problems, Museveni said, describing the UN's position as "simplistic".

This contrasts with the position of West African regional bloc Ecowas, which is considering military action to depose Laurent Gbagbo.

Côte d'Ivoire is expected to dominate the agenda when African Union leaders meet in Addis Ababa on 30 and 31 January.

In Paris, the Ivorian ambassador named by Ouattara, took up position in the embassy. French authorities had said they would only recognise an ambassador named by Ouattara.

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The African Union chief Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika is meeting with Côte d'Ivoire's presidential rivals today.

Mutharika flew into Abidjan on an unannounced visit to hold talks with Alassane Ouattara, and Laurent Gbagbo. Meanwhile, the presidents of Uganda and South Africa are supporting an independent African enquiry into the Ivorian election results.

AU mediator Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga left last week without achieving a breakthough. He was told he was not welcome to return by the Gbagbo government which accused him of being partisan.

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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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