Sunday, August 14, 2011


Bernard Gbayee Goah
President, Operation We Care for Liberia
Due to the nature of the prevailing political circumstance in Liberia surrounding the residency clause requirement stipulated in the constitution of Liberia for persons wanting to run for the presidency, and given the status of Liberia’s economy and others factors that have the propensity to evoke unimaginable chaos; we call upon all Human right groups, the International community, the Liberian government through its Supreme Court, the NEC Elections commission of Liberia, Senators and representatives of various counties and districts, elders and Zoes, as well as all peace loving Liberians wherever they may reside, to declare the 2011 elections (referendum –free), as such “SPECIAL  ELECTIONS” taking the TRC final recommendations into serious consideration  in the interest peace. 
We are fully aware of the current clause within the constitution of Liberia which requires that anyone wanting to contest the presidency must have lived in the country 10 years prior to the holding of elections. While we acknowledge the supremacy of the constitution, we are also only too aware that it makes no sense for any intelligent person knowing full well that he or she wants to continue to live, to have willingly remained in a war-torn country such as Liberia for 10 unbroken years.
While we agree that the 10 years residency clause is constitutional and that it could be amended, we are very concerned about the volatility of Liberia which is susceptible to renewed conflict, as such; the avoidance of situations that provoke war should be considered the highest priority at this time.  We see neglecting the TRC final recommendations  and reducing the residency clause to five years  or maintaining it at ten years  very troubling because the civil war has greatly compromised parts of the constitution.  If either of the two issues in the current referendum is to be considered, the question remains when does one start to count continuous residency in Liberia? From the date of birth or from the time the civil war started?

We recommend that all Liberians who are not recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)  for prosecution that are  vying for the presidency who own current real estate property in Liberia and are currently paying taxes on said property from the date of entrance on the Liberian soil be considered to run in the 2011 elections. We ask the supreme court of Liberia to consider the fact that the residency clause as stipulated in the constitution of Liberia should not mean being physically present in the country for 10 years without any interruption.   We are also aware that as a result of war, Liberians have had several transitory residences around the world and therefore should not be deprived of original legal residency (Liberia). Our reason stems from the fact that Liberia has almost always been unstable for the past 20 years making it impossible for a good number of Liberians to have lived in the country for 10 years in series. We call on the Supreme Court to interpret the clause within the context of "legal residency" rather than "physical residency". It would seem to us that every candidate vying for the current presidency of Liberia has been a legal resident of Liberia for more than 10 years even though they may have had temporary residency elsewhere as long as they were able to demonstrate that they intended returning to Liberia after their stay.
In the interest of peace, We therefore plea with the Liberian supreme court that a Liberian being absent from Liberia for any given period should  by no means  make an individual a non-resident Liberian.
We agree that the constitutional referendum slated for 23rd August as regards the 10 years residency clause prescribed by the constitution of Liberia is valid under Liberian law. However, Liberia has experienced an unprecedented circumstance for almost 20 years which turned the entire country into a fragile state. Massive loss and displacement of its population as well as unimaginable burdensome demands on its meager infrastructure have taxed the people of Liberia. Instead of a marathon of political maneuverings, we ask the Supreme Court of Liberia to declare 2011 as a 'Special Election', thereby allowing all the prospective candidates whose names are not mentioned in the TRC final report to contest. Declaring a special election at this time will save Liberia money, and allow Liberians ample time to submit to the Provisions of the Constitution, particularly Article 91  of the referendum process  under the caption:  AMENDMENTS   
Article 91                           
“This Constitution may be amended whenever a proposal by either (1) two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature or (2) a petition submitted to the Legislature, by not fewer than 10,000 citizens which receives the concurrence of two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature, is ratified by two-thirds of the registered voters, voting in a referendum conducted by the Elections Commission not sooner than one year after the action of the Legislature”.
We look forward to getting public response from individual institutions mentioned in this publication.
Bernard Gbayee Goah
President, Operation We Care for Liberia

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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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