Antoinette Sayeh Tipped for IMF Deputy Managing Director Post

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Dr. Antoinette M. Sayeh, tipped for post as deputy managing director of the IMF

— IMF Managing Director Kristina Georgieva Proposes

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), yesterday proposed the appointment of Antoinette Sayeh as a Deputy Managing Director, effective March 16, 2020. The appointment is subject to approval by the IMF’s Executive Board.

In announcing her selection of Ms. Sayeh, Ms. Georgieva said: “We are welcoming back a dear friend and member of the IMF family. Antoinette is very well known and highly respected, having served as Director of the African Department between 2008 and 2016 where she led a major transformation of the Fund’s relationship with our African member countries.

“Antoinette demonstrates a rare combination of institutional leadership, deep analytical capacity, and an unwavering commitment to fairness. I have always been impressed by her genuine care for the well-being of the people we serve and her ability to place them front and center in our efforts. I personally have known and worked with her for many years in a wide range of positions that she has held. I look forward to working closely with her again as she joins the management team.”

Since 2016 Ms. Sayeh, a Liberian national, has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and was also the external Co-Chair for the recently concluded 19th Replenishment of the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA19).

As Minister of Finance in post-conflict Liberia from January 2006 through June 2008, Ms. Sayeh led the country through the clearance of its long-standing multilateral debt arrears. Before joining President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, she worked for the World Bank Group for 17 years, holding various senior positions. Prior to that, Ms. Sayeh worked in Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a PhD in International Economic Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

43 COMMENTS

  1. The late Daniel Patrick Moyihan, an American politician once said, “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”

    Competency is rare in Liberian government. You have to search very hard in Liberia and the world to find competent Liberians who are willing to work in Liberian government. Some competent Liberians have retired, while many are now working for big institutions and foreign firms.

    Congratulation Dr.Sayeh on your preferment for the post of IMF Deputy Managing Director.

    Liberia had one of the best Finance Ministers who demonstrated her skills, experience and vast knowledge in international monetary affairs. During Liberia’s reemergence to democratic rule after electing President Sirleaf in office, Dr. Sayeh was brought on board in 2006 by President Sirleaf to help rescue Liberia’s poor economy that was saturated in debt.

    Dr. Sayeh’s wealth of knowledge from her protracted years of working in international banking and finance helped Liberia achieved a debt waiver status thus clearing the way for Liberia to regain its borrowing power during President Sirleaf’s 1st Administration.

    As the late Daniel Moyihin said, “Competence is rare in government.” People of Dr. Sayeh’s caliber and integrity are now rare in Liberian government.

    Never too late to get Dr. Sayeh back!

    • I hear ya, Apha. You sure they want Dr. Sayeh? She will close all their loopholes of chicanery. No wonder LIB is still way behind in every aspect of development. Development comes only when you utilize the skills HONEST, and PATRIOTIC experts like Dr. Sayeh. Parabens Dr. Sayeh!!

    • Alpha Corneh, your gullibility knows no bounds. Antoinette Sayeh is the most corrupt mimister of finance in Liberian history! Now read below the exchanges between she Antoinette as Finance Minister and the Auditor General John S. Morlu 11 at the time Antoinette was Finance Minister: Look, Antoinette was only appointed to pay Ellen´s war deabts!

      Antoinette Monsio Sayeh her first Minister of Finance from 2006 to 2008 had an exchange with the auditor General of Liberia John S. Morlu 11 while she Antoinette was Finance Minister. See below the exchange, and be your own judge and see if Antoinette is not just another corrupt individual.

      ”In 2007, I made a simple request to the Minister of Finance for the financial statements at the start of the audit. I received a letter from the Minister of Finance lecturing me about the difference between Government financial management and private sector. Yes, in Liberia, everyone knew auditing and financial management more than me. For them, John Morlu II was just an ‘idiot’ imposed on them by the European Union. The Minister of Finance wrote me and said, “GOVERNMENTS DO NOT PRODUCE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.” I wrote her back and said simply, “by your letter you have shown your ignorance of financial management in Government. Please find attached the Financial Statements of the Government of Ghana and a link to the Financial Statements of the Government of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Justice. I shall frame your letter for posterity.” THE PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE DECEMBER 8, 2013

      The second Minister of Finance in the Ellen Sirleaf Government condemned me, the GAC and said I have crucified him. He condemned my professionalism and trashed the HIPC audit reports, because he said he was not in the “movie” so how he is held accountable for actions in the movie. He was politely reminded that it is true he was not in all sections of the movie but he was in the part that had to deal with expending of the “general claims” money, which at the time constituted 20% of the national budget. But here was the funny part. While he was condemning me and the audits, he packaged all the audits, wrote a cover letter, signed the cover letter and put them all in a big envelope and sent it off to the World Bank and IMF asking them to accept and approve for $4.9 billion debt waiver.

      Is this the type of finance minister you want for your country? A finance minister who because she was appointed to payher boss the incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf´s war debts would tell the Auditor General: “GOVERNMENTS DO NOT PRODUCE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.” I

  2. Dr. Sayeh loves motherland Liberia. She will be back to serve her people, do not despair. We are going through a time of transition for the Liberian people to know that illiteracy, ineptitude and mundanity has never developed and presided over any country in the world. Everywhere in the world people are seeking excellence but we have decided to settle down for mediocrity again.
    Life will not remain the same. Things will change come 2023!

    This is someone who has worked for the UN, not others who always make “tunky twisted” proclamation with duffer capacity and inputs.

  3. You all are funny.
    Running other people’s Bank will never move Liberia forward. Ellen is also one of the IMF person? Looks like Liberia owns IMF?
    IMF is NOT for Liberia. Counting other people’s money will not grow the economy of Liberia.
    We must develop our country; not IMF.
    You will not get free rice or anything from the IMF for free. Liberian, please think bigger.

      • Mr. Flomo, you do NOT know what Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering is.

        I can even do country RiceFarming better than any Liberian, Have you not read my resume?
        I know a lot about Nuke energy, hydro, etc; have you not read my resume?
        Industrial economic, industries are the focus of any nation that wants to be part of the 21 century. I have enough knowledge, experience in these areas.

        ROCK? What is that Liberian?
        Mr. Flomo, put few of your credentials so we can see,

        IMF is not a Liberian Bank, what are you happy about?
        Ellen and the others have had intensive contacts with these banks? Look at where Liberia ist?
        Liberia has had massive contacts with the USA since 1847; look where liberia ist.

        You will NOT get free food.
        Even if IMF gives $100billion, Liberian will not see it?

      • Mr. Smith,

        Hahahahahah Lol Lol Lol. Your comment got me laughing. Besides my busy schedule and family commitment, My wife who holds a Doctorate in the Medical field from the University of Minnesota read some of the comments and asked me not to respond to individuals with (NPD) Narcissistic Personality Disorder OR Traits.

        One of my sons is training in Engineering and Aviation for the US Navy, who knows better that every discipline is important for the development of a nation. Only one that is limited in the functions of the IMF will conclude that it is only in the business of lending.

        Thank God my son will be graduating next year and be commissioned by the President of the United States as compared to other critical engineer / geophysicist that took 25 years to study and still studying. Hahahaha We think its about time to get out of the class room. My question is , When will this theory be applied ? Like work in that field in Liberia, so we can be the ones to critique the work. None of us are promised 25 more years to watch you study the same thing and say the same thing. Get out of the class room and from behind the computer criticizing everyone and their disciplines, this is REALITY. SHOW before you TELL.

        Congratulations Dr. Sayeh, thanks for making the family proud.

        • Mr Aaron Nelson
          I gradated in 1992 (Mechanical Engineering) and 1993 (Geophysicist).
          I am one of the best educated from Liberia.
          Read my 2017 Presidential Platform; it was the best, till today.
          You do not know me.

          25 years to complete Medical School is just 100% right (12 years high school and 12+ years medical college). I am educated, you do NOT know me.

          Just put few of qualification on Line so we can talk.
          Note: I will never, ever accept any job from any of your bosses.

          • Good Morning Mr. Curran ( Yarkpajuwur N. Mator )

            Congratulations on your graduation in 1992 and1993 respectively.
            You expressed interest in the Liberian Presidency, ran for that office and lost terribly. I’m keen to what you post on here because I am a Liberian and anyone who have interest in leading Liberia as President, the highest public office in my country will trigger my attention.

            I read a post that you wrote ‘No one in Liberia can teach me anything, I will not work for anyone below me’ Do you still stand by those statements today ?

            I have no doubt that you have some level of education and believes that your platform and resume was the best during the past presidential election in Liberia, I can submit to you sir that, ALL the other candidates thought the same about themselves.

            Mr. Curran, you write ‘I don’t know you’ and repeated it twice, You bet, I don’t know and I do want to know you somewhat on this public space that you comment on regularly to showcase that you are the best suited for the presidency of Liberia. Now, just a few questions that goes beyond your graduation from school in 1992 and 1993.

            What is your work history in Liberia after graduation as an engineer almost 30 years ago ?

            What public service record do you have that we the Liberian people can grade you on in order to make you our commander in chief ?

            Part of a geophysicist study is the internal structured of the earth ( everything under our feet ) collect data that are very vital for industries like oil and gas. Mr. Curran, when was the last time you lead a team to test our rocks and soil with recommendations to the government that could be beneficial to the people of Liberia ?

            You always mentioned in your post about you been the best in your field of study and the educational system in Liberia is very poor, my question to you is, when was the last time you were in Liberia teaching students who want to be like you Engineering ?

            What have Liberia benefitted from you to award you the Presidency ?

            My Curran, you asked me to post qualification on line, unfortunately, this is not about me rather about you because of your interest in the Liberian Presidency but what I can say personally is household income is in the high 6 figures. You are high skilled in math, so there it is.

            You write ‘ I will never, ever accept any job from any of your bosses ‘ I hope Humility was part of your platform as it relates to your christian journey. Voters look at every aspect of leadership in a leader.

            Good Day Sir.

            My post below is not related to this one. Thanks.

          • Mr. Aaron Nelson:
            1. You wrote:
            “What is your work history in Liberia after graduation as an engineer almost 30 years ago ?”
            Answers:
            a) before you work for any nation, you must have studied well. There has never been any Industry in Liberia that could have used my Education, Skillsets, etc. We must first build those industries. To build them, one has to have had atleast (15+ years) hands-on needed Experiences and Skillsets from the industrial world.
            There was never any industry in Liberia. High School Dropouts and Footballers do NOT have the education and Skillsets needed for Liberia.
            We are now in Liberia the start building our industries but a large part of the population do NOT need us now but football, etc.

            2. You wrote:
            “You expressed interest in the Liberian Presidency, ran for that office and lost terribly. ”
            Answers:
            a) I was happy with our results. Most Liberian said they were NOT interested in educated people, the Phrase (da book we le eat?).
            Even a former Education Minister also made that very statement.
            b) Liberian in super majority believed footballers and High School dropouts could solve Liberia’s problems.(again, da book we le eat?).
            3. You wrote:
            What have Liberia benefited from you to award you the Presidency ?
            Answer:
            The benefit for Liberia is to have studied and have the Know-Hows to help with her developments, I have the education and many years of industrial experience (30+ years experience) but the nation is opting for “da book we le eat”, high school dropouts?

            With out the needed education, Know-Hows, it is NOT possible to do anything for Liberia.

            What has your leaders done for Liberia up to this time? They will never move Liberia forward because the Know-Hows are NOT there? Tell any of them to debate with me about how Liberia should develop. None of them have the Know-Hows and I know that 100%
            Again, check my 2017 Presidential Platform; it was the best. I did not run to winning Political Parties to joint because, I didn’t see any Political Party that could understand my Platform. My Platform is industrial, Industrial economic, creating kwee jobs, etc.

            4. In the medical area?
            Again Sir, I am educated enough. I know what a hospital should be and what should be going on. Most doctors should have spent atleast 25+ going to school.

            All or most of your questions are not in the right direction. I may not have answered all your questions.

            Liberian, get up and boast about what you can do. People boast about things they can do best?
            If you do not, Liars will take your place.

            God bless.
            Please fill in the rest.

        • Antoinette Monsio Sayeh her first Minister of Finance from 2006 to 2008 had an exchange with the auditor General of Liberia John S. Morlu 11 while she Antoinette was Finance Minister. See below the exchange, and be your own judge and see if Antoinette is not just another corrupt individual.

          ”In 2007, I made a simple request to the Minister of Finance for the financial statements at the start of the audit. I received a letter from the Minister of Finance lecturing me about the difference between Government financial management and private sector. Yes, in Liberia, everyone knew auditing and financial management more than me. For them, John Morlu II was just an ‘idiot’ imposed on them by the European Union. The Minister of Finance wrote me and said, “GOVERNMENTS DO NOT PRODUCE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.” I wrote her back and said simply, “by your letter you have shown your ignorance of financial management in Government. Please find attached the Financial Statements of the Government of Ghana and a link to the Financial Statements of the Government of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Justice. I shall frame your letter for posterity.” THE PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE DECEMBER 8, 2013

          The second Minister of Finance in the Ellen Sirleaf Government condemned me, the GAC and said I have crucified him. He condemned my professionalism and trashed the HIPC audit reports, because he said he was not in the “movie” so how he is held accountable for actions in the movie. He was politely reminded that it is true he was not in all sections of the movie but he was in the part that had to deal with expending of the “general claims” money, which at the time constituted 20% of the national budget. But here was the funny part. While he was condemning me and the audits, he packaged all the audits, wrote a cover letter, signed the cover letter and put them all in a big envelope and sent it off to the World Bank and IMF asking them to accept and approve for $4.9 billion debt waiver.

  4. There’s no doubt that Sayeh is an educated individual. I believe that her selection is based on the fact that economic conditions are beginning to improve in Liberia.

  5. Chief Engineer and Honorable Geophysicist Dr. Curran,
    When you become president of the Republic of Liberia, will you create a Liberian bank?

    • Mr. Hney,
      I do not have Dr in anything.

      The best Bank any Liberian should want is an Industrial Bank (industries); that is Know-Hows, Production, Export. Most are happy thinking Dr. Sayeh will be getting free money for Liberia, so they can eat, drunk, etc instead getting the needed Know-Hows.
      No Economist in Liberia can lift up Liberia as long as there are not any Know-Hows to produce and export. Liberian Economist do not have any idea about what will be needed most in the Country in the next 5, 10, etc years so that young people can prepare.

      Ellen was there for 12 years? Where are the results?
      High school dropouts? Worst as you can see?

      If I become president, most people in Liberia will have to be reeducated, they will show their resumes.

  6. Brother Aaron Nelson Sr.,
    Where have you been? Welcome back! Don’t stay away from the show like that. The CPP/CoP people are coming with vengeance. We’ve got to stop them by all means. Hence, I need your support.

    See you soon buddy.

  7. Snr. Bro. Hney,

    You will always get my support. While unofficial spokesman, unregistered and inexperienced to be member of ANC Dolo is using this site to do politics and recitations about 2023, We are on the field talking to our friends in the opposition that are potential delegates to the CPP/COP Primaries to vote Joe Boakai as their Standard Bearer and our work is yielding dividends.

    All the ANC USA officials and partisans I have met in my State of Minnesota are educated, qualify and intelligent. It is some of the ones that are in Africa / Liberia that are very inexperienced and arrogant that have put Mr. Cummings in a catch 22 situation.

    The VPS idea Cummings’s ANC wants for the CPP/COP to elect their standard bearer is not a bad idea but the arrogant and forceful manner in which their ‘apologists’ in Liberia and Ivory Coast tried to impose on the CPP/COP short of a primary is highly rejected by Henry Costa and Mr. Urey.

    Conclusion: Snr. Bro Hney, The only vengeance I’m aware of from the CPP/COP is the one that will make Cummings the loser on every side.
    1. If ANC Cummings decides to stand along to run for the Presidency, He will lose.
    2. If ANC Cummings goes to primary with in the CPP/COP, He will lose because Unity party delegates will go for Dr. Boakai, ALP delegates will go for Dr. Boaka and most of LP delegates will go for Dr. Boakai in the second round of voting after Sen. Karnga-Lawrence falls short in the first round of voting in a primary setting.
    Cummings is very aware of this so he wants to buy his way and be SELECTED, unfortunately for him, Urey and Boakai are not for sale on this particular issue and this is making the ANC LIB / Africa apologists increasingly frustrated.

    I will give $10.000 USD to Dolo to donate to a charity of his choice in Liberia Not Ivory Coast If Mr. Cummings becomes the Standard Bearer of CPP/COP.
    I will go further and give $20,000 to Dolo to donate to a charity of his choice in Liberia if Mr. Cummings becomes President of Liberia in 2023.

    We are on a mission to SHOW before TELLING.

    Good Day Bro.Hney, while we awaits ANC 2023 apologist Dolo Bombastic response. LOL…..

  8. Very good brother Nelson. Hope the snow is not bothering you. But I understand if the ground of Minnesota is white. This is the time of the year for snow. Besides, Minnesota is a snowy state.

    Hang in there buddy!

  9. So interesting, Comrade Neslon. I really love this debate tone and please, let’s keep it there. I was about to close my office and go home but I thought it was wise to reply by asking some questions and making some points clear.

    1. Unless you want to tell me you have changed political party but as far as I am concerned, you are a CDCian. What interest do you have in rallying CPP or CoP to make Joseph Boakai or Urey their standard bearer? Have you become a partisan of the Unity Party? Or do you want them to choose a weaker candidate that you can easily defeat?
    2. Why are you keen on the ANC’s method to designate its standard bearer?
    3. I guess you should be happy to see Cummings lose to CDC. Why are you worried about our loss come 2023?

    ANC has a dream for Liberia. Our party will introduce a near American-styled democracy in Liberia in vetting our nominated representatives for the presidential, senatorial and representative elections.
    We also yearn to see superintendents elected and not appointed with developmental role in a quasi-decentralized system. We love intellectual debates and exchanges to put the best people at the right places. We have never and will never shy away from intellectual competitiveness.

    Also, know that a party-vetting system can only be possible within a given political party with a common philosophical and political mindset. How then do you expect Cummings, Urey and Boakai to vet in order to choose who would be the standard bearer if they do not belong to the same political party?
    In fact, is it your business? Mind your business brother.

    By the way, understand this today and for once that the CPP (Collaborating Political Party) and CoP (Coalition of Opposition Parties) are not political parties. They came together at sometimes to get something done together. It doesn’t mean they have become one political party.

    The ANC has an open arm to all Liberians who believe in our manifestos and aspirations for motherland. One person cannot do it. We need Mr. Urey and Mr. Boakai with us come 2023. If any of these personalities want to become president under the banner of the ANC, they can then come on board to meet up with all the conditions of the ANC before raising their hands to be vetted. But as far we are concern, they are opposition political parties like the ANC.

    Before I finish, let me just tell you something. Our commitment here is not for a job or some personal interests or for financial gains. This is what we are fighting against. For far too long, we have listened to beautiful speeches with lamentable failures. We have had leaderships and still have leadership that care only about themselves and immediate friends and relatives at the detriment of the children of Liberia.
    Mr. Nelson, if you are, I am not happy and proud to tell my children we obtained our independence since 1847 and yet we do not have paved roads from Monrovia to Harper, Greenville and Barclayville, passing through Zwedru. It is embarrassing that Gbarnga is still not connected to Voinjama by paved roads. How do you expect our brave women and men to bring their produce to the market to provide quality education to their children? I am ashamed that Yekepa provides substantial revenue to the government of Liberia yet there are no paved roads for the children of that region to travel to their villages. How can we increase the volume of trade among African countries if the roads from Ganta to the Ivory borders are still primitive 1860 roads?
    Our elected officials go for medical checkups in the subregion and the USA because our health system is broken. Can you see the life expectancy in Liberia? My senior brother died in Lofa County from malaria and my best friend died from rheumatism in Gbarnga, can you imagine that Aaron?
    How can you imagine that since 1847, Liberians beyond Gbarnga have never had access to Liberian cable news through televisions but the subregional, European and American’s channels?
    Do you agree that the children of Sinoe and Grand Kru counties should only drink cold water when they cross over to the Ivory Coast or venture into Monrovia?
    Most of all, are you proud to see future leaders of Liberia make a pass in ONLY 1 subject out of 9 in our WASCE exams and they feel proud to graduate? How will they compete with the outside world brother Aaron? Or is it because you care less because your children are in the USA learning and so the others should go to hell?
    Why? Why? Why? Why in the 21st Century? These are crimes against humanity. Our leaders should face lawsuits for crimes against humanity too.

    I am not doing political politics. I have a conviction for Liberia. I could have raised my hands to propose a better alternative, but I am handicapped in so many capacities. I am not supporting a person but an ideal. I understand Uncle Hney has qualms with Cummings but just look into that pot of crabs, who can you pick from there to bring some change if Ellen, who won international fame, favor and immense financial endowments could not deliver on some basics or embark on many of them?

    This is a crusade. Nothing has ever come without trying. I will risk my life, give all I can to campaign for Cummings come 2023. This is not about supporting a grouping but an ideal. See you on the campaign trail. Note that the partisans in the USA are not going to be counted during the elections but we will need them to help fix things. It is the people in Liberia who will vote and so they are the ones we are concentrating on.

    Weah has good intentions but lacks the intellectual capacities. With all the above problems, what is Liberia doing with an annual budget of half a billion dollars? Why should we be collecting only 0.017% of our taxes while we should be collecting between 25% and 35%? What is Weah fixing? If he continues this path, all development indices will tumble as they have already begun. We have the money, use it for the people.

    Keep you your money and see you on the campaign trail. Liberia will rise again!

    • Comrade Dolo

      Thanks for taking up the time after the close of your work day to ask me some questions and make some points. I’m on my way to one of my daughter’s high school orchestra concert, will respond to your questions as soon as I get back.

      Snr. Bro Hney, the weather here has been pretty good as compared to what we are used to. Not much snow on the ground, just the ones from previous snow fall. Roads are good.

  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, I knew I strike something, maybe a nerve. Hon, Dolo, let it all out. where do I start ?

    1. We have not change our political views when it comes to Liberian politics.

    2. Because of our experience in Liberian Politics, we have friends on every side, ruling and opposition.

    3. Definitely not worried about Alexander Cummings loss in 2023.

    Mr. Dolo, you have invested your time and energy if not daily to let us know that Alexander Cummings is the best suited for the Liberian Presidency come 2023. The vetting process per ANC view expressed above by you only buttress our work for the rejection of the ANC in the CPP, I think we are on course.

    I find it laughable Hon.Dolo for you to ask ‘ is it my business ? You are the first person in the morning before we can get up on this end on your computer in every business that concern Liberia, therefore your business is our business. LoL…

    I must give you credit for your passion and the ideas of the ANC you listed above but sorry to say, it is dead on arrival. The first step is Alexander Cummings leading the CPP/COP as standard bearer which is near impossible as this point.
    Dr. Boakai served the Liberian people as VP for 12 years, one time Agriculture Minister under President Dr. Doe, one time Managing Director LPMC. Political leader UP, Mr. Urey served as Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Businessman, Political leader ALP, Cllr. Sen.Nyonblee Karnga – Lawrence, Lawyer and Senator who is up for 2nd term re election, Political leader LP.
    Alexander B. Cummings ???????????? NA NA NA NA Political leader ANC.

    Comrade Dolo, I give credit to Mr. Cummings for serving as one of the managers for a private for profit entity and making a living for his family but to lead Liberia as a President with ZERO public service experience is far-fetch. Mr. Cummings has ZERO track record of heading a public corporation where money might not be forth coming timely and how he’s going to handle that situation and his public employees.

    There is No way delegates will come to a primary with these 4 political leaders that make up the CPP to elect a standard bearer and put inexperienced no public service Cummings to the top.

    Snr. Bro. Hney, I will take you on that offer, Cassava and palm butter.

  11. Good morning Aaron,

    As I have always told you, you live in the greatest country on planet earth. Just learn to read about the history of some of the famous people who have chartered its course.
    Current President Trump has never held a public office but is proving to be one of the greatest presidents in the modern history of the USA.
    Ronald Reagan was just a movie star, but he eased the cold war, stabilized and brought great economy boom to the USA.
    The most revered Abraham Lincoln served briefly as a congressman but is remembered today as the architect of America’s unity and greatness.

    The people you are naming, tell me about the positive impact they have made on Liberia? Everyone is doing the same thing over and over and expecting God to send his angels down to earth to perform miracles for Liberia. In fact, some of them are the worst plagues for the Liberian society.

    We need a new breed of leadership in Liberia, people who are disconnected from the status quo. In short, we need to try the “gbeleys” or the “stupid people” or the “asses” too. All the “dons” have failed us.

    I am not really interested in your political politicking. Carefully read what I wrote to digest, then get back to me with your feelings and standpoints.

    I hope you enjoyed your daughter’s concert.
    If I were you, I wouldn’t have mentioned such recreational activity on a blog where most of our interlocutors do not even have food to eat nor potable water to drink.

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)

    • Mr. Dolo,

      You got me laughing. I have read about prominent political figures in America.

      I first of all, I disagree with you that Trump is proving to be one of the greatest presidents in the modern history of the USA, Who told you that lie ? Please reference where you got that info. I bet if you did a poll of people living and experiencing life as a whole in the USA will tell you quite the opposite.

      In an attempt to mitigate my stands on Alexander Cummings having ZERO public service record and NO experience in public service as compare to the other political leaders in the CPP/COP that he might face in a primary to elect a standard bearer, you caution me that I live in the greatest country on planet earth and should learn and read about famous people who chartered its course and naming President Ronald Reagan as just a movie star that ease the cold war and brought economic boom.
      Well, Prof. Dolo, Do you know that President Reagan had a public service record and experience before becoming President of the USA ? Maybe you should continue to study before sending others to the class room which I don’t mind because I have a teachable spirit and continues to learn daily as compare to others who believe they have arrived and have nothing to show upon their arrival.

      Hon. Dolo, you write ‘ you are not interested in my political politicking ‘ My question to you is, how can you not be ? You admire the political leader of the ANC, Mr. Alexander Cummings, You admire his accomplishments and compared it to none, You cherish the ideas and try to sell it on this public space, Don’t you think we have the ability to question his abilities, work history and intellect to get to know more about what and who you are selling ? or we just suppose to buy a ‘pig in the bag’ our people say.

      Granted those that I named have a past ,that is why it is important for us to know well those that have the intent to be President and you as a surrogate and apologist of ANC on here have to do more to tell us who Cummings is.

      Mr. Dolo, You bet I enjoyed my daughter’s concert, I owed NO apologies to anyone for mentioning it. The war in Liberia affecting me in so many ways as other Liberians. I have a track record up to date with on going support to Liberia. I just don’t sit in the comfort of my home and criticize everyone and everything about Liberia. I show before I tell.

      Amen to the Bible verse.

      Snr. Brother Hney

      I have not added my list from Sinoe, I’m already hungry.

      Have a good evening Sir. After All is said and done in 2023, Maybe Dolo will provide the GB.

  12. Comrade Nelson,
    You’ve got it. Whenever you’re ready, I am ready buddy. Let’s take a peak at the palm butter ingredients:
    A. Oxtail,

    B. Cow hoof

    C. Squash,

    D. Shrimp,

    E. Crabs and

    F. Fresh fish….(salmon cuts).
    I am a Marylander. All types of ingredients go in my palm butter, semi-thick!

    Type of rice….Jasmine or basmati..(your choice).

    Maybe you are hungry already. But it will be here.

    Hang in there.

  13. Comrade Dolo,
    Please note that this is not a frontal attack against you. So if you could, will you provide an answer to my questions?

    1. Why does Cummings oppose the primary system?

    2. Is Cummings a coward?

    3. Does Cummings think he will badly lose against Urey or Boakai if the primary system is used to select a nominee?

    As I see it, the primary system is a very good selection process. Please take your time to answer my questions.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Have a great day. Peace.

  14. Good morning Uncle Hney,

    I hope you have begun a wonderful weekend. My regards to all at your end, Sir.

    My answers to your questions:

    Question 1:
    Why does Cummings oppose the primary system?
    Answer 1:
    Cummings is not opposing any primary system. He is a real democrat and will never be afraid to be vetted.
    You have lived in the USA for a very long time and still live there to date. You know what a primary system is. Today, the democrats in South Carolina will be voting to choose a presidential candidate to run against Trump this year. This primary system is being done within the democratic party.
    Having said the above, there can NEVER be a primary system among ANC, UP, ALP, etc. There can be general elections among them in 2020 and 2023 to choose senators and a president.
    However, if they want to come together to choose one candidate, then it should be done under the banner of one political party. It means if Boakai and Urey want to go to a primary with Cummings, they should pick up their ticket within the ANC, abide by the rules and regulations of the ANC before thinking about entering competition with Cummings. They do not belong to the same political party but different political parties. The CCP or the CoP is not a political party.

    Question 2:
    Is Cummings a coward?
    Answer 2:
    I have NEVER seen a Liberian as brave as Cummings in the recent history of our country. I can boldly tell you that he’s the bravest Liberian in recent history.
    If he were a coward, he wouldn’t have boldly walked off in a meeting with Ellen on policy differences.
    If he were a coward, he wouldn’t have even ventured into the political arena of Liberia, knowing the mindset of Liberians when it comes to politics.
    If he were a coward, he wouldn’t have left a decent job to be insulted by kooks, knowing his social standing in society.
    If he were a coward, he couldn’t be exposing his entire family to dire and unpredictable Liberian economic and political atmosphere.

    Question 3:
    Does Cummings think he will badly lose against Urey or Boakai if the primary system is used to select a nominee?
    Answer 3:
    The ANC was founded in 2013. The standard bearer, Alexander B. Cummings, started making himself known to the public during the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. He went to election for the first time in 2017 and won more than 7% of the votes while Urey, who has been a famous businessman and politician in Liberia for years, obtained less than 2%. Why should he be afraid of him?
    If Cummings were to join the UP today, believe me, he would defeat oldman Boakai badly in a primary. However, this is a hypothetical situation. It will NEVER happen.
    What is plausible is for Boakai to join the ANC, not the opposite. If it were the case, he wouldn’t even qualify to go to primary with Cummings for reasons I will not outline here.

    I hope I have been cleared enough. Look Uncle Hney, some of us yearned to see change. We need everyone on board the change train. But we do not want to see some people take the command.
    Weah is in a stalemate because he’s practically dealing with the same people who have maintained the status quo. Don’t expect a magic from him. We will continue to hear the same old phrase, “at least the man is doing well”. We want someone to deliver. An annual budget of half a billion for post war Liberia is a chick feed.
    We need to simultaneously open on every front: technology, construction, telecommunications, production, industrial farming, defense and security, etc.
    We have few qualified Liberians to spearhead these domains. We need to entice and coerce them to enter by providing them security and protection and some basic incentives to properly care for their families.
    Weah is only imitating Ellen. He did not have anything to propose. He can NEVER propose one good project with its social, economic and monetary data. I bet, let him show the Liberian people just one of them, then I will support him henceforth.
    I have written and worked on projects. We know how people with projects begin. Weah played on the naivety of the Liberian people.

    I must give my children their weekend, Sir

  15. Okay brother Dolo,
    Like you, I am a family man. Enjoy the company of your wife and kids during this weekend and all weekends.

    But, I will pick up from whence thou stoppest. Lots of issues you raised that need to be rebutted.

    Blessings

  16. Good morning Mr. Dolo,
    I certainly hope you’ve had a good weekend.

    Because of God’s grace, I am back. I promised I would seek clarification based on some of the issues you brought up.

    1. You argue that if Urey and Boakai want a primary system, they should “abide by the rules and regulations of the ANC”.

    First of all, is that what your boss Alexander Cummings has told you or do you think that’s how things ought to be? Secondly, the CPP and CoP were formed as a big tent. As I can recall, Alexander Cummings was a bonafide member of the “big tent”. Why is Cummings butting out of a formidable caucus which he helped put together?

    The primary system is unique! The primary system is working in the US! Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. Because of that label, there’s a kind of a backlash at the top levels of the Democratic party. The top level Democrats believe that the label “socialist” will be a Trump weapon against Sanders in the general election. There’s a kind of similarity in Liberia, but Alexander Cummings abnegates that process. For instance, it would be okay for the primary system to be held in Liberia. Candidates should run under one “big tent”! Why does Cummings oppose a political change in the country?

    From reliable sources, we are constantly told that the opposition is teetering on the brink of collapse. Is that why Cummings is visibly unhappy with his colleagues?

    2. Because of his refusal to cooperate with his colleagues, I asked: “is Cummings a coward”? However, in defense of Cummings, you became histrionic. For instance, you said because of his lion-heartedness or bluster (my words) Cummings walked away from a meeting with the former president, Ellen Johnson. Okay, but that wasn’t the issue though. I wanted to know whether Cummings is afraid to lose if he gets into a primary contest within the CPP/CoP caucus? Please understand that joining his colleagues in a primary contest is a matter of principle. Let me ask this question….is Cummings an active member of the CPP/CoP?
    Or would you agree that Cummings is far from being the political guru most people thought he was?

    May the readers enjoy your response.

    Peace.

  17. Dear Hney,

    Sorry I have been a workaholic since this morning. I hope you also spent a great weekend. My regards to the family and wish you a great week.

    I think I was quite clear in my explanation the last time. Let me use your term “big tent” and the example of the democratic party involving Sanders.
    This “big tent” is not a political party and so no vetting can go on in it but negotiations and comprises.
    The ANC is different from the ALP and the UP. To hold a primary under one umbrella, 2 of them should disappear, of course not the ANC. If they are not willing to disappear, then we are willing to challenge anyone at the polls.

    The beauty of democracy is seen through the primary system which permits to also get the best. Sanders is again being muscled like in 2016. Buttigieg just threw in the towel without even waiting to see the outcomes of Super Tuesday, very unfair to oldman Sanders. Anyway, it is a fair democratic and intellectual game.

    If Cummings were a coward, he could have been seeking protection under the CCP / CoP. Look, we have a vision and dreams. Let the Liberian people accept or refuse our vision for the country again, and then we will call it a quit.
    I will not use some adjectives but please, we would love to stand alone, put forward our vision and dreams; tell Liberians our aspirations for our country, our projects and how we plan to execute them, of course outlining the financing methods and modes.
    We have NEVER stolen; we don’t want to bear the etiquette of rogues.
    We have NEVER killed; we don’t want to be refused in any hamlets or villages.
    We have NEVER raped, we don’t want our brave and hardworking mothers and sisters to evade us.
    We have NEVER destroyed; we don’t want to be ignored or snubbed.
    We have NEVER cheated, we don’t want to be booed.

    Leave the ANC alone. We want to go under NO “BIG TENT”. Defeat us if you can but we want to go as “stupid people”, “gbeleys”, “dummies”, “country asses” or “heathens”.
    Sorry for these offensive words Uncle Hney but that’s how they describe us.

    My respect, Sir!

  18. Comrade Dolo,
    Those who assign negative names to ANC are my type. I don’t flock with them.

    Well, we will see, come 2023. May His grace be with us.

  19. Petarus Dolo,

    I have notice each time you write about the CPP/COP, the political leader of Liberty Party, Cllr. Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and her party is never mentioned. Is this an oversight ? As far as we know and we stand corrected, The CPP/COP has 4 political parties collaborating. Don’t forget they put up a united front with candidate AB Dillion and had a big win in Montserrado County.

    While we wait for Snr. Brother Hney to comment on the questions he posed to you, We have comments of our own to make especially with regards to ‘ Leave ANC alone ‘

    • Hi Mr. Nelson,

      Have a wonderful week.
      See you on the campaign trail in 2023. The CCP / CoP may be made up of 4 or 7 parties, we respect them all but we care more about the welfare of Liberia instead of other political parties. They were 13 during the last elections, maybe we would get 20 next time, but we don’t care how strong the wind may blow, we will stand firm and unperturbed.

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