Brumskine/Karnwea Ticket Announced

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Brumskine lifts Karnwea’s hand in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf City Hall in Saclepea to rounds of applause from the audience

The political leader of Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, on Saturday named former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., as his presidential running mate.

Karnwea, a native of Nimba County in northern Liberia, was subsequently elected unopposed as deputy standard bearer of the LP by delegates at a daylong special meeting of the party’s national, county and legislative aspirants in Saclepea, Nimba County, on Saturday, March 18.

Karnwea, a former superintendent of vote-rich Nimba County and Minister of Internal Affairs, resigned recently from the ruling Unity Party (UP) in favor of the opposition, Liberty Party.

In spite of the many criticisms of Karnwea’s decision to cross over to the LP, Brumskine told the gathering that selecting him was based on recommendations from a special committee set-up by the LP.

He said that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket will bring victory, not only to the LP, but to the country, which will eventually witness tremendous developments.

Amid great excitement in the audience, Brumskine said, “It is my pleasing duty to announce to you that Nimba County has been selected to produce the next vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and is therefore my honor to inform Liberia that the honorable Harrison Karnwea has been selected as my running mate.”

In a brief statement, Karnwea accepted his selection as vice standard bearer and promised “to work overtime” to ensure that the party wins the October 10 elections.

“By this acceptance here, now and today, my intent and desire for the vice standard bearer position of the LP are hereby created and expressed,” he said.

Mr. Karnwea told partisans that he would, alongside Brumskine and the other partisans and sympathizers, canvass for votes when the campaign process kicks off so that the party can effectively and efficiently challenge all other political parties during the elections.

“Sincerely speaking, I see no ticket so unifying Liberians than our ticket that sends out a clear message that ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’ I see no ticket deserving victory than our ticket. I see no ticket that can be easily entrusted with the future of this country other than our ticket,” Karnwea said to rounds of applause from the floor.

“I see no ticket that sends out a clear and loud message of peace, reconciliation and unity than the LP’s ticket that features Brumskine and I.”

Karnwea indicated that through the LP ticket, he sees a Liberia on the best and proper trajectory for progress and development, adding that, “On our ticket, I see giants and real warriors in the political war to effectively minimize corruption.”

The LP vice standard bearer continued by saying that on the party’s 2017 ticket, he sees real patriots with the minds and hearts to put Liberia first, and: “On our ticket I see a better future for the old and young Liberians no matter which village, town or quarter you find yourselves. I can say this ticket is a vote magnet that will attract the votes to push the LP to the leadership of this country in the upcoming elections.”

The former UP stalwart said from the day he decided to make LP his political home, he started to effectively put together all the political energies, tactics and strategies to ensure that the party captures state power “from a party that desperately wishes to dominate the political landscape for 24 years.”

Karnwea said he feels strongly that re-electing UP for the third time would be the wrong message for Liberians to send to the outside world, “and that we are satisfied with the maintenance of the status quo.”

“I refuse to accept that Liberians will be satisfied with giving our country to one party for 24 consecutive years or more in the spirit of acceptance of superficial reforms against a transformative agenda that brings about serious systematic and positive changes for Liberia’s progress, which the LP stands to usher,” Karnwea said.

Shortly after the pronouncement of Karnwea as the LP’s vice standard bearer, there were mixed reactions from some Liberians who consider his crossing over to the UP as betrayal to Vice President Joseph Boakai, in whose honor Karnwea named one of his quadruplets.  Another is named in honor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while the other two are named in honor of Mr. Karnwea and his mother, Monsoun, respectively.

“I believe Karnwea has violated the tradition of naming a child after an individual by defecting from the UP to seek for Boakai’s position as VP,” said a Karnwea admirer only identified as Nyahn.

A female well-wisher at Saturday’s occasion and many of her colleagues welcomed the revelation of the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket.

Kou Meipein, who admires Karnwea’s forcefulness when it comes to development and his stance against corruption, and her colleagues believe that the selection of Mr. Karnwea as Brumskine’s running mate is the best decision the LP has so far made on its political sojourn.

In a related development, the LP political leadership has commissioned the Bahn/Buutuo highway, which has remained deplorable over the years.

At a brief groundbreaking ceremony earlier in Bahn City, Brumskine and Karnwea assured the gathering that the LP was reconditioning the road to revive the “lost hope of residents, and also to increase government’s revenue intake from that part of the country,” which connects Liberia to Ivory Coast.

Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe, on behalf the residents, commended Mr. Karnwea and the LP for their decision to recondition the Bahn/Buutuo road network.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Will Liberians get this up-coming 2017 election right this time? Or, will Liberia revert to the imperial presidency that has crippled our beloved nation?

    With so many political parties and candidates vying for a single post to become the next president, it is relatively impossible for ordinary Liberians to decipher all the noise in such polarized environment. There are too many critical issues at stake for this election to be taken for granted. The problems (political, economic, social, religious, inequalities, legal, poverty, developmental, lawlessness, homelessness, corruption, education, et cetera) in Liberia are enormous!

    There is a shortage of technocrats in Liberia. There massive brain-drain during our conflict years has left Liberia vulnerable. We cannot afford to elect the wrong people (legislators and president) this time. How will the neglected people in the rural areas vet most of these candidates whom they barely know? Will these presidential candidates remain in the country to contribute their skills after they are defeated?

    Liberia is at a cross-road! If we do not elect leaders with integrity, vision, knowledge, strong work ethics, empathy, respect for law, love for people and country, we will only have ourselves to blame!

    Remember, Liberia will never develop as long as hyper-partisanship, tribalism, and divisiveness continue to polarize our nation.

    The renowned American social activist and philosopher, Grace Lee Boggs, once said, “In order to change the world, one has to change oneself”. In order for Liberia to develop, Liberians have to change their negative behaviors.

    • Alpha honestly I ha read hundreds of comments on ppl different opinions on who should Liberians elect as the next president, but ur comment is by far the best I ha read. You are one of those ppl who are seeking the best for our country and I applaud you for that… I think if a lot of Liberian had the same mind set as u our country would be in a much better place…

  2. As Liberians approach date with destiny on October 10, 2017, developments are bringing us closer to the realization that Vice President Joseph Boakai may well become our next president. And the recent behavior and policies decisions by Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party are no exception either.

    On March 16, Cllr. Brumskine gave a hateful speech in which he rained insults on the head of Vice President Joseph Boakai, calling Boakai “Da Country man,” and dismissing as “Da Country thing” legitimate grievances by Native Liberians against marginalization and exploitation by the small Congo minority who have corruptly ruled Liberia since its founding. The speech backfired badly and certainly won for the Vice President sympathies among many citizens who viewed Cllr. Brumskine’s speech as a mark of disrespect for a sitting Vice President of the nation. Native Liberians also took Brumskine’s insult of the Vice President, a native Liberian, as a direct insult against themselves. Brumskine is Congo, or a Liberian of slave-descent.

    But as if that was not enough, Brumskine made a choice of a running mate that may well prove to be his political undoing. He chose Harrison Karnweah, a long-time member of the Unity Party, who very recently defected to Brumskine’s Liberty Party, perhaps believing that the Unity Party without President Sirleaf will not be victorious. Interestingly, Harrison Karnweah is one of those politicians likely to be affected by the Code of Conduct law. He resigned from FDA as Managing Director only recently when he should have done so 2 years ago to be qualified.

    On the surface, Brumskine’s choice of Karnweah may seem to be the right political move, but there are many other considerations as well. Although Karnweah is quite popular in Nimba, having served the County as Superintendent, a presidential run by Senator Prince Johnson of Nimba County will likely reduce Karnweah’s vote-getting potential to negligible. Senator Johnson is the acknowledged Political Godfather of Nimba County.

    In 2011, Senator Johnson as a presidential candidate, overwhelmingly carried Nimba County which enabled him to flogged Brumskine for a third place behind the Tubman-Weah Presidential ticket. Brumskine’s political disaster in 2011 caused him to declare that he was “done” with politics, only to change his mind in 2017,

    Two sons of Nimba County have had the honor to serve Liberia as Vice President; and one, briefly as president. Enoch Dogoleah, served as President Taylor’s first vice President; he was believed to have been murdered by Taylor who is now serving a long term prison term in England. Moses Blah served as Taylor’s second Vice President, and succeeded Taylor to briefly serve as President.

    Cllr. Brumskine faithfully served as Legal Adviser to Warlord Charles Taylor who went on to kill many prominent sons of Nimba County at the time, including Hon. Jackson Fayiah Doe, the presumptive winner of the 1985 presidential race; Stephens Daniel, a former superintendent of Nimba county; David Borbor Dwayen; Moses Duopu; and Senator Sam Dokie.

    Although Cllr. Brumskine was President Pro-Temp of the Liberian Senate when Senator Sam Dokie was murdered, he did absolutely nothing.

    Because of Nimba’s large population, Dr. D. Zekitoe Kortoe came fourth in the 2005 Presidential Race and helped Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to gain the upper hand with his endorsement.

    However, the question most Liberians are now asking themselves is this: Why should it be that on every ticket share by a Congo person and a Country person, the Congo person must be the Presidential Candidate and the Country person the Vice Presidential Candidate? Is it a subtle acceptance by Native majority that they are inferior to the minority Congoes?

    And with this in Native Pride in mind, many Nimbaians may not look favorably on the Brumskine-Karnweah ticket. Vice President Boakai is very popular in Nimba causing some to wonder whether he is eyeing the famous Human Rights lawyer, Tiawon Saye Gongloe, a native Mano, as a possible Winning Mate.

    • @ Emmanuel F. Saingbe: It behooves me to see some of my fellow Liberians in the United States, who live in comfort, who have employment, who have integrated in the American Society, try to spread ethnic (CONGO vs NATIVES) divisions among Liberians living in poverty back home in Liberia. I speak as a Liberian with mixed heritage……..Mandingo, Vai, Kpelle, Grebo, Kru, and West Indian. Maybe you need to trace your DNA.

      After Liberia’s horrific war that decimated lives and properties, this is not the time to practice ethnic propaganda just for political expediency. Our politicians have to learn from our conflict! Learn the power of inclusiveness and unity for the Love of Liberia.

      Liberians do not want to repeat our dangerous mistakes of the past: mistakes of tribal, economic and political warfare that destroyed our beautiful nation. Politicians who are ethnocentric have to be very careful because propaganda and ethnocentrism alienate other ethnic groups that are part of the Liberian fabric. Despite our political philosophies, we are all Liberians. In the interest of unifying our country, we should be working peacefully to achieve one common objective: Economic opportunities for all Liberians.

      Mr. Saingbe, your toxic propaganda of “US vs THEM” or “CONGO vs NATIVES” is propagating an ethnic divide that is not conductive to the development, equal opportunity and security that you are currently enjoying in your new found freedom in the UNITED STATES.

      The political climate is already toxic; please do not add fuel to the fire. If your man, VP Boakai wins, so be it. He is a Liberian. We will have to work together for the love of Liberia.

  3. Well with me, I am not thinking about who is and who is not on the ticket for President and Vice president. What is important in this presidential election this year is that Monrovia is not Liberia but one who will explore the problems and dilemmas that arise in relation to development and policy making considering how economic and social development goals are pursued and how we understand development, who benefits from the development, why particular development trajectories and ideas are privileged over others as it is about the political economy of specific areas in Liberia.
    Whosoever that will be elected as president, must think about the Rural Liberia as the first framework in terms of the broad geographic and historical trajectories. While it is true that we are thankful to Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for keeping peace and for making some progress in certain areas, we as Liberians should think wisely that there still exist economic and political crises as well as corruption as formidable obstacles still constrain the nation to restore growth and stability of the financial industry continue to impede development. Our past should be a reflection and a stark reminder of just how difficult the challenge of sustained rural development remain.
    For the next President, remember if America is your father and mother, what did you see in this Country and others African nations. Ghanaians were in lines for a cup of rice, India was a laughable nation now where are we going Liberia? Please have the country at heart do not assume failure pursuit the interests of the nation we are sovereign. Do not unsettle your national anti-corruption campaign.

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