Chief Justice Korkpor ‘Shocked’ by Ponpon’s Actions

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“It shocked to see a Liberian Citizen set himself ablaze. This is the first time to see such a thing."

Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, bemoaning the action of judicial staffer Archie Ponpon to self-immolate over threats of arrest and prosecution, has described the fiery incident as ‘shocking and surprising.’

According to the Chief Justice, he was in total shock and disbelief upon hearing that Ponpon immolated himself at the steps of the Temple of Justice, which hosts the offices of the Justices of the Supreme Court.

“It shocked me to see a Liberian Citizen set himself ablaze. This is the first time to see such a thing. There is no reason for people to always come to the court to protest at one point to accuse me of planning to kill them,” Korkpor said. “For what reason? I hope this will remain with us as we look forward to a better working relationship in this November term of court.”

Chief Justice Korkpor further added during the opening of the November Term of the Criminal Courts for Montserrado County that he witnessed the incident via social media video as he was attending a program for the commissioning of newly appointed judges.

The Chief Justice explained that after seeing the video, he immediately dispatched the judiciary’s personnel director to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center to meet Ponpon, “but the personnel director was prevented from entering the premises of the [JFK].”

However, the Chief Justice failed to state the reason why the personal director of the Judiciary was denied entry and how much effort he has exerted since then to see Ponpon.

Of late, Ponpon had led Judicial Workers to protest against the delay on the part of the Judiciary to pay staffers their Liberian dollar salary components. As a result, Ponpon and his co-workers accused the judiciary of owing them 12 months, and even referred to the Chief Justice as “criminals and rogues”.

Arcie Ponpon, after being washed down with water by his colleagues who also removed his burning layers of clothing to rescue the man from his grief.

During an earlier protest, Ponpon laid flat under the Chief Justice’s official vehicle, so that it would not be able to move without rolling over him. During that event, police officers responded by man-handling the protesters, causing injury to some, while others fainted.

But this time around, Ponpon’s action to self-immolate came as a result of suspension and threat of dismissal as well as pending investigation from the Justice Ministry based on a request from the upper echelons of the judiciary.

The Judiciary’s request was contained in a communication from Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, the administrator of the court to Montserrado County Attorney, Cllr. Edwin Martins, to have Ponpon and others arrested and investigated for their actions against the judiciary, particularly on claims by Ponpon that the Chief Justice is corrupt and had threatened his life.

Before the self-immolation, Ponpon earlier claimed that he approached several lawyers to defend him against the accusation of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and the associate justices. In his quest for justice against what he termed as “illegal intimidation and threat,” he alleged that lawyers refused to come to his defense for fear of reprisal by the Supreme Court Justices.

But a ranking official of the Liberia National Bar Association had disputed such claims, noting that they had asked Ponpon to submit a written request cataloging his complaints against the Chief Justice, but he so far failed to do so.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Korkpor has said that claims by staffers that they have not been taking pay for one year, “are untrue. According to him, the only months that the judicial workers have not gotten pay are November and December of 2020.”

He stressed that it is “the national harmonization program that affected every one of us salaries, so claims that the money was cut to be added to the Chief Justice’s and Associate Justices’ salaries is far from the truth..

“This program is by law and all of us have been affected by it,” the Chief Justice said. “Members of the Supreme Court Justices did not introduce salary cut for any judicial worker, as it has been spreading in all quarters of the country,” Korkpor indicated. “The salary cut was done by the central government. Judges and Justices and the low-income employees were all affected by this decision.”

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Justice Korkpor or what ever mess you are will have you time in due course. you are just another good for nothing useless and clueless judge benefitting at the expense of the Liberian people. Your time is in reach very soon. Just continue to harm our citizens to appease your paid masters. you are a shame and disgrace to your county – Nimba , your catholic church and the people of the Liberia. The Bishop who bread and raised you to lamplight would be ashamed to hear these disappointing news about you.

    You are disgrace to the judiciary and should have resigned by now, come talk about shock’ he was when he heard about Archie Ponpon attempt to take his life away. You first wanted his life by the way. Foolish chief Justice masquerading as one time human right lawyer. Useless Korkpor!

  2. How could this goon be shocked’ when he was the same criminal who masterminded the scheme to take Archie Ponpon life away? This mad dog is just a weakling whos trying to safe face. he send his director of personnel to finish the job he started. Liberia has now turned to a killing field where critical voices are being chase from their native country for fear of getting kill by Nat McGill, Justice Korkpor, Eugene Nagbeh, Sam Tweah, Norris Tweah, Supreme, Belcharmie CKA – Anthony Torbor, TPIN and Link-1. These are the new killers in town.

  3. Philip WW Moore, or whatever pupu you really call yourself, it is you who will have your time soon as that INSANE PUNK AND HOMOSEXUAL Archie Ponpon time came the other day when his indiscipline head, and his insanity and stupidity dumped him where is now receiving his just awards and rewards.

    Chief Justice Korkpor has nothing to do with that fool´s crazyness! And the Minister of Finance made that very very clear to Archie Ponpon and his gang.

    All the others understood and accepted what was the reality of the matter. So when a PUNK AND A HOMOSEXUAL who went on hunger strike to have the Legislature make laws for man to marry man in Liberia, extends his insanity to taking his own life, it is his damn kpormeni as our Kpelleh people would say — IT IS HIS ARCHIE PONPON´S DAMN BUSINESS!

    So Philip WW Moore, you are as stupid and foolish as Archie Ponpon to come out here to insult our Chief Justice! You are a damn fool.

    • See another concern citizen ranting his stupidity. He transferred his foolish anger at an opinion expressed by a critical analyst wanting the best for all in his native land. Who’s this crazy mad cat’ calling him/ herself concern citizen? Why don’t you come clean and say your name – you idiot of a he/She goat? You should not hide under the banner of one who cares, you should be brave enough to say the type of creature you are to unmask you quickly. what a moron writing under false name/ title. Justice Korkpor is another helium who has contributed to the destruction of the entire judiciary system in that poor country of ours where one can no longer see justice for the poor. Justice Korkpor has put justice on the market for the power that be for his selfish interest and he will be resisted at all levels. he’s as foolish as the poster calling him / herself something else. You probably have forgotten what happened to the former TWP leaders in late April of 1980. Continue to sleep in bed with the murderers of today Liberia leadership and compromised the true image of our justice system. Idiot!!

      • Philip WW Moore or or whatever pupu you really call yourself, ”a critical analyst wanting the best for all in his native land” is disciplined, civilized, and polite, and does not go around insulting public officials or others simply because he disagrees with the action or inaction of the public official or others. You are simply one of those bastards drowning in his wayward life.. Secondly, a critical analyst reasons very well. Your reasoning here is very poor and foolish as you have presented your extremely rude and very stupid bastardly self.

        • Here I come with your lunch you of a He goat’. Since you have chosen to have your meal in the dumpsite, I will deliver same to you just as its fool. You bootlicker will continue to suck up for little of nothing just to survive in that criminal empire. Are you afraid to speak to your step dad cuz’ he will abandon ur mom? you need to muscle the courage to tell ur step dad or aunt husband Korkpor the dam truth. he’s just one of us and wont do you a dam thing. Continue to suck up to him and no sooner you get you handsome reward.

        • Concern citizen or whatever creature u call ur ugly self, has become irrelevant to the discourse. I just cannot fathom how in this world of ours one would choose to call himself a concern citizen’ when he supports the extermination of another citizen only because he enjoys the loots from his step dad at the expense of the suffering people of our dear country.

          Korkpor , who was brought up supposedly in Christian home under the tutorship of our late respectable Bishop Michael Kpakala Francis, would chose the wrong side of history. The Late Bishop Francis spirit would flog the heck out of that idiot for been wicked to his fellow humans. Korkpor grew up in the Catholic church and should have become a priest and later chose to do something else; but disappointingly, he has become the Jean Bedell kalegular Bokassa’ of today’s Liberia and will rot in hell one day. Sleep on this for now while I prepare for more rockets for you soon. u soon be unmasked helium and a he goat!

  4. So CJ Korkpor say he’s shocked? Really? Come on CJ. You suspended the man indefinitely from his job, ordered his arrest and then say you are shocked at his self-immolation? It’s people like CJ Korkpor the likes of Samuel Doe came in the 1980s or Charles Taylor in the 1990s.

    • You fucking Bozozs are talking shit about Chief Justice Korkpor who has done nothing to the judicial staffer. Who the hell is that guy guy Achie Ponpon? They should have let his ass burn to death since he wants to act stupid for two Months of salary. The next time he wants to protest, he will first look at his scars face and hands before attempting any nonesense.

  5. Elekem, so when one is suspended indefinitely from his job, and he commits an offense or violation requiring or necessitating arrest, he or she who has committed such offense or violation, should enjoy immunity from arrest because he or she has been suspended indefinitely from his or her job? Such is not even possible in the jungle, let alone in a body politic under the rule of law!

    Now let see who is feeling the agonies he is now going through as a result of his foolishness and wickedness upon himself and his children, and his father who is begging for funds to pay his Archie Ponpon’s hospital bill.

    You guys unnecessary and baseless anti establishment thinking usually place you people in the same reckless disposition as the likes of Archie Ponpon who goes on hunger strike because a country will not enact laws to have others or the whole nation commit the abomination of sodomy.

    • Who’s this Kojolokpo KK Kojolokpo again? Liberia just have too many unserious people all over the place writing nonsense in the cyberspace. This other bitter herbs have got nothing important to say; but to come here and write craps. Have a good day another idiot.

  6. Is Chief Justice Korkpor really shocked, or is he just pretending? Alright, let him keep joking with people’s lives and playing unintentional forgetfulness.

    This incident only precedes what is really on the way, and that is trauma, the king of shocks and heart attacks!

  7. Our society has become such a place of ignorance and arrogance. Anyone can readily come upon another with insults for no just cause. Until something can be done, good and reputable people will shall away from public offices and we will have to grapple with mediocrity in public service. There is an urgent need to roll back some laws to enable legal redress for ultra-rudeness towards public officials.

  8. George Wheeder

    To hell with you and I condemn your damned ass if you are one of them!! You are a half canine and a half orangutan just like korkpor.

    What respect do you flesh eating parasites and grave thieves deserve? Korkpor is a shit-hole criminal just like any other criminal.

  9. Solomon Latro Blamkpai

    I’ll not venture into using invectives. I personally believe only weak intellectuals use insults to express themselves. But let’s understand something here., we Liberians blame others but ourselves for what happens to us. This is exactly what has happened here. Archie set himself ablaze and we are here insulting another person. Why can’t we blame ourselves for once? The Chief Justice was not responsible for salaries payments neither did he stop any of his staff members from being paid… Think about it and let’s stop the transfer aggression..

  10. George Wheeder

    So, the stock of people including you in office today are the brightest minds Liberia can afford, right? Well, the public is counting on you then since you are among the “Who’s Whos” of Liberia’s power brokers to broker a legislation that would stop people from expressing their freedom of speech.

    What an unprecedented achievement that would be not only for Liberia but for the rest of the world’s “thriving democracies” where a person from some third-world country living under a totalitarian regime becomes instrumental in passing an act that serves to curtail the citizens’ basic freedoms of expression.

    Maybe if you could just bridle your “transferred stupidity” and allow for a little reasoning, then at least you would be able to see the glaring paradox in your assertions.

    The behavior of enablers like you is what is fueling the failure of Weah’s government and its inability to bring development to the country.

  11. I have never worked for any Liberian government. None of my immediate family member has ever worked for any Liberian government. However, I have worked for the greatest organisation in the world: The UN for many years. I speak from a neutral stand. You can abuse all you want but such won’t change anything. To add, I have worked for the Australian government at some point. I speak from a place of moral authority. So, go ahead and use invectives and pretend you’re intellectually capable of making logic. I’ll leave you right there. Keep blaming others but yourselves.

  12. George Wheeder

    What do you define as neutrality? And according to you, you work for one of the greatest organisations on Earth, the United Nations. Then how come by now you are still behaving in ways that contradict one of the greatest tenets for which it exists: Protecting and promoting the universal declaration of human rights under which the freedom of self-expression is enshrined?

    How come you work for the United Nations and when another individual attempts to simply decry the brazen acts of an oppressive regime such as Liberia’s, you describe him as being, “ignorant and arrogant?” Have the ideology, concept, and indoctrination of the United Nations not sunk in yet?

    Maybe you are in the wrong place then. You sound like you could be the right person serving in some kind of government propaganda network, witch hunting, and black listing them for murder!

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