Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cote d'Ivoire: Rebel Recruitment Ring Busted

Source: allAfrica.com

The National Security Agency is holding a former LURD fighter accused of recruiting for rebels loyal to Allassane Ouattara, the declared winner of Cote d'Ivoire's election now in war with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, according to court documents.

The ex-fighter, according to NSA documents, said the intent of the Liberian fighters in Ivory Coast is to bring their weapons back here, since they have concluded that 'anything can happen in Liberia.'

Timothy Mama dee Toure, an employee of PMS Gas Station in Buchanan, is currently in prison pending trial, and his arrest provides concrete evidence of Liberians being recruited for both sides of the war in Ivory Coast.

NSA documents from the Monrovia City Court reveal that Mr. Toure said Mr. James Innis approached him in November, one year before the December polls, to recruit fighters for Ouattara rebels, receiving US$20, 000 from Mr. Innis.

On 8 January, court documents say, Innis again alerted Mr. Toure to inform him that the war has begun.

Court documents say more money changed hands between the 2 men, and that on 23 February 2011, Toure received US$20, 000 from a man he said he could not identify, with the unknown man telling him that the money was for transportation to Bahn, Nimba County, and that he recruited 2 fighters in Ganta.

Court documents say Mr. Toure escaped from Mr. Innis in Bahn, crossed over to Butuo, where he said he joined other fighters into Ivory Coast. In the Ivory Cost, according to NSA documents submitted the court detailing the activities, Toure said he and other fighters in Ivory Coast were promised US$1,500 each, US$300 paid up front and the balance US$1,200 to be paid upon return from the war front.

They were supplied military uniforms and weapons by the Ouattara group, he said, adding that he and others fought for 3 weeks. Court papers quote him as saying he also joined the Laurent Gbagbo forces after hearing that the pay there was US$20, 000. He said he left the Gbagbo forces because they were losing men, moving back to join the Ouattara forces.

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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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