Monday, January 17, 2011

Liberia: 'Listen, Impose No Remedies'

Presidential aspirant TQ Harris

Presidential aspirant TQ Harris has cautioned the international community against imposing a fixed solution on the Liberia people based on what he called classic formulas.

Mr. Harris who conducted a press conference last week to address 12 core issues, which he believed were at the bottom of Liberia’s backwardness, however called for the involvement of the international community in solving some critical problems facing the nation.

As the nation goes to the polls later this year to elect new officials, he said, it was important that those who wanted to help lift Liberia out of the abyss of poverty understood the hopes and aspirations of the people.

“As preparations are underway for presidential and legislative elections and the citizenry eagerly looks forward to a new beginning that marks the end of war, senseless violence, lawlessness, impunity and moral decadence; it is important that voters and the international community are reminded of issues weighing heavily on the progress of this nation,” he said.

Even though he fell short of saying what the purpose of the 2011 elections was, he insisted that there was a purpose that must be made clear lest the electoral process turned out a national rat race in futility.

“So we say to all those desiring the best for the Liberian people that you please listen…and listen attentively…to what is being communicated in our unique style and fashion. Do not attempt to impose remedies, or exhibit biases in your good intentions to contribute to Liberia’s reconstruction,” he said, adding that Liberia was too old to adjust to classic formulas.

Again, he did not say what “classic formulas” means, but he warned that it would be wrong to interpret the absence of political protests and poverty-provoked street violence as the absence of disillusionment in the country.

The presidential aspirant, who attributed the prevailing peace in Liberia to the resilience of the people, then thanked the international community for actively engaging in the nation’s recovery efforts in the areas of security, economic resuscitation, and reconstruction.

“We thank you for contributing to the overall revitalization of the country,” he said.

The presidential aspirant has meanwhile called on the Liberian government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) without further delay.

He said the recommendations offer the best opportunity to end the era of violence and launch Liberia into the age of sustained peace, stability, and economic prosperity.

“Therefore, we strongly suggest that decisions are taken on this matter before the start of official campaigning,” he said, perhaps ignoring counter opinions that the holistic implementation of the TRC recommendations may actually drive the nation back into chaos rather than redeem it from its ruckus past.

Such opinions often refer to the TRC recommendation that sanctions the summary debarment of some 50 renowned Liberian politicians from national leadership for 30 years without the due process of law as provided for under Article 20 9(a) of the Constitution of Liberia.

Analysts say it will take several years and series of national debates before Liberians understand the full impact of the holistic or selective implementation of the TRC recommendations.

By then, they say, the roles of national security, poverty, intra- and inter-relations, and vindictiveness in the search for justice or reconciliation will be clear.

Meanwhile, TQ Harris says Liberian oppositions can do this much to create a leveled-playing field as a way of making more meaningful the 2011 presidential and legislative elections – “for the sake of national healing, field one presidential candidate and a combined single slate of legislative candidates in the upcoming elections”.

He did not say whether any such consensus is possible within the highly polarized opposition, but he said the international community, with the cooperation of the Liberian government, could support such amalgamation in recognition of the sacrifice of creating such an electoral field.

Still on the election question, Mr. Harris has expressed the need for NEC to expand the pool of qualified voters by registering individuals who would turn 18 before the voting date in October this year.

Regarding gender issue, Mr. Harris has called for an affirmative action that would put women on par with their male counterparts, noting that the height to which this nation ascends must be determined by the level to which its women are elevated.

He did not say whether this, plus his concern for adequate food production, adequate commercial transportation, upgraded road networks, and the rehabilitation and employment of ex-combatants should be addressed under the current administration.

But he noted that the achievement of these feats held the key to the eradication of abject poverty. “The current level of poverty throughout Liberia is unsustainable, and it must be addressed now,” he said.

He then called on the Sirleaf Administration to overhaul immediately the criminal justice system, prompting observers to wonder whether the presidential aspirant was out of touch with realities on the ground or whether he was simply playing the devil’s advocate.

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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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