Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Liberia: INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE T.Q. HARRIS JR. INTRODUCES RUNNING MATE


18th Street, Sinkor
Monrovia, Liberia
Phone: 088 072-4514 / 076 54 0359
tqharrisforpresident@yahoo.com / www.tqharrisforpresident.com

Hon. Harris

Hon. Paasewe


PRESS STATEMENT


WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE MEDIA FOR COMING TODAY TO COVER THIS HISTORIC EVENT. THE TIME FOR TALKING IS OVER. IT’S NOW TIME FOR ACTION; IT’S TIME TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD; IT’S TIME FOR A NEW ORIENTATION, AND IT’S TIME FOR A NEW OUTLOOK!


A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE LAUNCHED “PROJECT DEMOCRACY LIVE” - AN INITIATIVE INTENDED TO GIVE LIBERIANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTIVELY PARTICIAPTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. TO THIS END WE ASKED THEM TO RECOMMEND A PERSON TO SERVE AS VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE TO T.Q. HARRIS, JR. THEIR RESPONSE WAS OVERWHELMING. THIS WAS A CLEAR INDICATION THAT LIBERIANS ARE EAGER FOR A RENAISSANCE. THE RESPONSES CAME FROM THE INTERNET, FROM CALLS INTO RADIO STATIONS AND FROM TELEPHONE CALLS. AND WE ASSURED THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE THAT WE WILL HONOR THEIR DECISION ON WHOMEVER THEY MIGHT CHOOSE.

WE HAVE INVITED YOU HERE TODAY TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AT LARGE THE PERSON WHOM THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED AND WHOM I ALSO BELIEVE WILL MAKE THE NEXT BEST VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY.

BUT BEFORE I INTRODUCE THIS ESTEEMED INDIVIDUAL, I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT WE WILL BE SEEKING THE PRESIDENCY AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES. THIS IS IN KEEPING WITH MY PROMISE TO THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE THAT I WILL NOT ADD YET ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY TO THE MORE THAN TWENTY THAT CURRENTLY EXIST. WE BELIEVE THIS IS A GROSS ABUSE OF THE CONCEPT OF MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY.

NOW I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS OCCASION TO SHARE WITH YOU A SUMMARY OF THE BOLD AND AUDACIOUS AGENDA MY VICE PRESIDENT AND I WILL BE IMPLEMENTING WHEN WE ASSUME LEADERSHIP OF THIS NATION FOLLOWING THE 2011 ELECTIONS.

1. THE T.Q. HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL FREEZE THE ASSETS OF PERSONS SUSPECTED OF CORRUPTION AND DENY ACCESS TO ANY AND ALL PROPERTY PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION.

2. TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF HUNGER IN THIS COUNTRY, THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL INITIATE A SUBSIDIZED WORK PROGRAM WHEREIN ANY CITIZEN WHO WORKS AND EARNS AN INCOME OF LESS THAN A HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS A MONTH AND CAN PROVE THIS LEGALLY WILL RECEIVE AT LEAST 50% SUBSIDY TOWARDS THE COST OF A 100LB BAG OF RICE.

3. THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL ABOLISH THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS. JOBS THAT WERE ONCE PERFORMED BY THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS WILL BE AWARDED TO COMPANIES THROUGH A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS, AND THESE COMPANIES WILL BE OBLIGATED TO THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE AND PAY TAXES TO THE GOVERNMENT.

4. IN A BID TO REDUCE THE ILLITERACY RATE AND IMPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS WITHIN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL ABOLISH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND REPLACE IT WITH THE NATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION WHICH WILL INTRODUCE THE “QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAM”. UNDER THIS NEW DISPENSATION EACH ELIGIBLE STUDENT WILL BE GIVEN A FIXED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO ATTEND A SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE.

5. THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL INTRODUCE THE RESETTLEMENT HOUSING PROGRAM (RHP). UNDER THE PROGRAM, GOVERNMENT WILL UNDERWRITE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AFFORDABLE LOW-INCOME HOMES IN THE 15 COUNTIES FOR CITIZENS TO BUY, AND OFFER A DEFERRED PAYMENT PLAN FOR THOSE UNABLE TO PAY THE UPFRONT COST TO OCCUPY THOSE HOMES.

6. THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ESTABLISH A CRIMINAL AND A CIVIL COURT TO HANDLE MATTERS RELATING TO WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COVERING THE PERIOD OF THE 14 YEARS CIVIL WAR. WE WILL ALSO REVISIT THE TRC.

7. AS A WAY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENRY AND OUR GUESTS, THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL REARM AND INCREASE THE OVERALL STRENGTH OF THE LIBERIAN NATIONAL POLICE (LNP) AND WILL ENSURE THAT THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION IS PROPERLY EQUIPPED TO SECURE THE BORDERS.

8. TO ADDRESS THE SHORT TERM HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR CITIZENRY, THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL DEPLOY HIGHLY EQUIPPED MOBILE HEALTH UNITS THAT WILL TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY CONTINUOUSLY.

9. TO STRENGTHEN MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY, THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT WILL LEAD TO THE CREATION OF FOUR STANDING POLITICAL PARTIES, EACH ASCRIBING TO A SPECIFIC POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. THESE FOUR POLITICAL PARTIES WILL RECEIVE MINIMUM FUNDING FROM GOVERNMENT UNTIL THE GDP OF THE NATION EXCEEDS TWO BILLION DOLLARS.

10. THE TQ HARRIS ADMINISTRATION WILL FACILITATE THE MECHANIZATION OF THE DIAMOND AND GOLD MINING INDUSTRY AND CREATE A STANDARDIZED BOURSE FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PURCHASE AND SALE.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I WILL LIKE TO INTRODUCE A MAN WHO WILL WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH ME TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF OUR ADMINISTRATION. HE HAS SERVED GOVERNMENT FOR A DECADE. HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA, A DIPLOMAT, A FAMILY MAN, AN ENTREPRENEUR, A HUMANITARIAN, LEADER IN HIS OWN RIGHTS, A NATIONALIST, AND A TRUE SON OF THE SOIL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEET THE NEXT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, MR. MOLLEY VARNEY PAASEWE.

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