Sunday, February 6, 2011

We Will Not Vote For Ellen, If...Says Indigenous Movement

Source: The Inquirer Liberia
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
A group calling itself the Indigenous Movement of Liberia has threatened not to vote for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf if she does not withdraw from the ongoing land Case involving Mr. Joseph Cornomia and Elouise Duncan. The Indigenous Movement said in the interest of peace, unity and transparent justice, they are calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to order the withdrawal of the case from court to allow both parties have equal access to justice without Presidential interference. The group in a press statement said that it has observed with keen interest the long land dispute between Mr. Cornomia, a native and Elouise Duncan, a 'Congo woman' in whose interest President Sirleaf has taken side.

The group said President Sirleaf took side by writing a letter to the Ministry of Justice to institute cancellation proceedings against Mr. Cornomia's deed and turn said land over to Elouise Duncan in case Republic of Liberia versus Joseph Cornomia. The Indigenous Movement said the same lawyers that were representing Elouise Duncan against Mr. Cornomia in this land dispute in the past are the same lawyers representing the Republic of Liberia.

The group said it appears that the primary concern of this government is use the power of the Executive Mansion including the Ministry of Justice selfishly to protect the legal interest of Elouise Duncan at the detriment of Mr. Cornomia only because he is a country man.

“We strongly feel that if the President wants to intervene fairly in this land dispute, she should apply a high degree of neutrality to respect and protect the interest of all parties equally whether Congo or country,” the Indigenous Movement said. The group said further that since both parties allegedly acquired their title deeds from the Republic of Liberia, the President needs to order an investigative survey to establish if the two parties are actually on the same spot as specified in their respective deeds.

The Movement said the President's action to take side in this case, is not only intended to divide the nation on Congo and country line, but it is counter productive to peace, unity and equal protection under the constitution.

The Movement noted that Elouise Duncan is a very rich woman with the best lawyers to protect her legal interest, but they wonder why the President would want to act as a Special Public Defender for such a rich woman. “This is a calculated attempt by the President to re-establish the ugly past where the country people were oppressed, suppressed, abused and enslaved by some of the Congo people who depended or are still depending largely on their votes to stay in power,” the Indigenous Movement said.

“We must speak against these ills that have the potential to ferment chaos because in that what is happening to Cornomia could happen to any of us,” the group statement signed by its National Chairman Reuben Larkpawolo said.

The statement noted that all they know is that Cornomia is not only a fine son of Liberia who is law abiding but one who advocates in the interest of all whether Congo or country.

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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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