Liberia: ‘Liberia Needs a Visionary, Not a Bunch of Pretenders’

Movement for Progressive Change's political leader Simeon Freeman


— MPC political leader says opposition collaboration can’t solve the country’s problems

The political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has said that the solutions to Liberia’s numerous problems cannot be found in the amalgamation of forces within the opposition.

According to Simeon Freeman, the country is in need of a visionary leader who has the capacity and capability to take the Liberia to the next level, which is difficult to achieve through political collaboration.

Freeman noted that political collaboration has no history of solving Liberia’s problems -- citing the “dismal performance” of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, which comprised three political parties.

“Liberians' quest for collaboration ahead of the October 10 elections is no guarantee that it will be the best solution. Political leaders, who are bent on forming collaborations, are a bunch of pretenders who want to take advantage of the Liberian people,” Freeman said.

“I think Liberians need to look among the candidates and ask the hard questions. Look are the issues and the candidates who have the capacity to proffer better solutions.”

According to Freeman, Liberians accepted the opposition amalgamation ideology twice, in 2017 and 2020, and nothing has changed. 

“Our people are still desperate, they are still struggling, and there is hopelessness and poverty everywhere. We have had these coalition arrangements before and they did not work.”

“A lot of people came together and one became President for the last six years. But the people who we see rich now are the people who had nothing yesterday.”

The MPC political leader however noted that if elected in October, his administration will use public resources for the public good.

“We will bring about a small and effective government,” he said. “We want to reduce the size of the Liberian government. For example, under my administration, we won’t have a Ministry of Agriculture. So we are going to create a private infrastructure that will run our agriculture programs so that the poorest of the poor farmers will benefit.”

“What Liberia needs is one man. A benevolent leader who has a clear vision for his country and people, and who has proven it in his life. If we don’t look in that direction, we will make the terrible mistake of replacing a terrible leader with another terrible leader,” Freeman added.