Cracks Appearing In CDC?

Dr. Lester Tenny, an economist and a lecturer of economics at the University of Liberia, as well as a staunch supporter of the CDC

-Staunch partisan says Agenda was not about experiencing with kids

Since the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government took over the mantle of authority just a little over a month ago, it appears to be experiencing cracks as some staunch supporters are now growing very wary about the manner in which the state of affairs is being conducted.

A progenitor and one of the intellectual backbones of the ruling establishment, Dr. Lester Tenny, in a social media rant that went viral last Wednesday, Feb. 28, said the CDC is diverting from its initial agenda as the issues of nepotism, recruitment of inexperienced and unqualified “kids” and recruiting of individuals with questionable characters.

Dr. Tenny said the CDC’s Pro-poor agenda was “never about experimenting with kids who have no experience, including others whose records in this country are sordid and filthy with the odor of corruption.”

He noted that the CDC’s was never an agenda to recruit family members and friends who share no vision nor possess the slightest inclination of running a “bedroom before given serious responsibilities to manage the state.”

Dr. Tenny is an economist and a lecturer of economics at the University of Liberia. He is credited for being one of the brains behind the economic pillar of the CDC’s manifesto—an agenda upon which the government is to pursue its economic policies.

“I cannot be a spectator to what is unfolding in this government,” he said, adding “I traded my integrity and accepted insults, even from those I mentor in the classrooms. I argued that Weah would deliver on the party manifesto.”

He said the agenda’s compass is shifting gradually, and may within 6 years, deviate from its course. “I must therefore speak now” he said, noting that the CDC is no longer an opposition political party. “We are a government now,” he noted.

He further noted in his post, “If we chose to assist families and friends, it should and must never be at the embarrassment of the President. The office of the president cannot be brought to public disrepute. Let’s not forget the battle we fought with those who labeled the President as inept and incompetent.

“Why would we chose to ruin the generation that’s supposed to replace us while at the same time embarrass the intellectual class that defended the party by experimenting with kids?” he asked rhetorically.

“How do we justify the inclusion of college drop outs and non degree holders to positions of public trust? What is the empirical reliance of our decisions? The society is sensitive and we shouldn’t deceived ourselves, the opposition will feast on our ignorance soon,” he said.

Worst of it all, he said, is to leave some of the gallant men who are competent and experienced out of the arrangement simply because they refused to run to some venue where jobs are negotiated. “This is a contradiction. We said Ellen Sirleaf was nepotistic. We said Ellen was corrupt, yet we copulate with corruption daily.”

His comments were in apparent reference to the lack of knowledge as confessed by the Deputy Finance Minister for Administration-designte, Rebecca McGill, during her confirmation hearing at the Legislature.

Dr. Tenny, it appeared, was also not happy with the President paying his first official visit to France—even the outcome of that visit, which saw a donation of US$10M and other add-ons, seems to have been discouraging.

“10 million Euro is LD$ 1,560,000,000. If we pay 10,000 workers for 6 months at LD$20,000 per month, we would have spent $120,000,000. Why not ask China for agriculture materials and mobilize 10,000 real people to produce short term products, such as vegetables and corn for exports? We must think smart in this kind of depressing economy,” he wrote on Facebook last week.

When contacted, the Executive Mansion, said it could not comment. It did not confirm or deny Dr. Tenny’s membership or contribution to the party. The Executive Mansion also could not respond to Dr. Tenny’s concerns, but referring our reporter to the party leadership.

However, Executive Mansion Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, said, “I know Lester to be a supporter of the CDC, though I cannot confirm whether he is a card carrying member of the party… I’m not saying this to mean that we are only giving jobs to only partisans as we are having a government of inclusion.”


  1. Why complain about school dropouts being appointed to public offices when you fought for a high school dropout to become president of the country in order to promote your selfish interest? You invited it on the Liberian people, so be ready to face the consequences, Dr. Tenny.

  2. Is president Weah still a high school dropout? If one drops out ofbschool and goes black to school, even to achieving advance degree, … should S/he be referred to as High School dropout?

  3. A crevice was expected. If anyone thought that there would not be a crevice at all in the Weah-Taylor government, that individual was sleeping in a dream land. My fear is that the cracks (if they are real) should not come close to what’s happening in the Donald Trump presidency. Trump’s Secretary of State, Mr. Tillerson thinks that his boss is a moron. It’s been reported that Tillerson and others in the government of Trump are unhappy. Now, that’s a classic example of an embarrassing catastrophe for Trump. Notwithstanding, the situation in Liberia is different. It seems that Weah has 6 senses. Weah’s sixth sense is called “common sense”. It is unlike what we are experiencing here in the states! Besides, the Weah-Taylor team is down to earth. I am sure that those cracks (again if they authentic) will fade in oblivion.

  4. I thing Dr. Tenny point is clear. They, (those who supported Weah) are beginning to feel and experience some sort of frustration with the inexperience of the president and his inability to listen and heel advice. This guy lacks the knowledge and the capacity to run anything let alone a country. Liberians are in for a shock and a long haul of frustration and depression.

  5. It’s a brilliant idea for all leaders to possess a certain amount of experience. What counts most is whether a leader will his or her common sense in a unique way. In America, President Harry Truman was a high school graduate. He did not earn a college degree, but his common sense approach to the issues of his time enabled him to prevail. The problem of doing a poor job exists if political appointees lack foresight and experience. Or sometimes, some Liberians do not discharge their duties professionally because of their own self-interest.
    Professor Tenny and others who worked tirelessly to get Weah to the presidency should not give up yet. The government of Weah and Taylor is young. Hopefully as time goes on, the pieces of the puzzle will fit.

    • Do you read about Truman’s Administration? it was one of the worst America ever had!! Truman was a disgrace to America. READ!! READ!!!!

  6. With regard to the government of Truman, it’s a matter of opinion. There are some who felt that Truman did a good job and of course, some people thought that he was not a good president. The question of education had nothing to do with his performance.

    • Bro. Hney, common sense only with no experience or training is not a reliable measurement. We are no longer in the 1940’s when apprenticeship could suffice for entering the bar. That was Truman time – 70 years ago. We are now in the high tech computer age. Yes, college degree is required now more than before.

  7. Cee,
    Much to your surprise and perhaps to some enquiring minds, President Harry Truman is not listed as one of the 10 worst presidents in the US. The best way to find out is to google the “10 worst US presidents”. I would have listed 10 of US’s worst presidents, but my time is limited.

    I do not want to be misunderstood. Education is great. I am thinking about writing a proposal that will raise money for Liberia’s public schools. While visiting Liberia a few years ago, I noticed that our youth did not have their full set of textbooks, neither did teachers have teacher edition textbooks, grade books, etc. Sadly, our kids do not have a computer lab at their schools. Question is this: Whose responsibility is it to fight for learning materials? It is incumbent upon us as Liberians to improve the quality lives of our people.

    As it relates to Weah, he is up to a good start so far. However, Weah has his share of critics too. To call him a high school dropout is to impugn his integrity. If he got dropped out of high school, Weah did not quit! He went back to school. That’s a credit to him. He speaks French better than me. What we ought to come to grips with is that the presidential election is over with. Weah is President.

    Finally in my view, experience and education compliment one another. In other words, some Liberians are very educated, but they’re devoid of experience. As a consequence of that, there are problems of management in the ranks of many appointed public figures in Liberia.

  8. Kromah,
    You are right. I have never intended to imply that common sense and experience are incongruent. If you are experienced in any profession, you need to approach what you do with maximum care. Conversely, if you’re uneducated, you need to approach whatever you do with common sense. So, I strongly believe that common sense compliments experience, because in my view, the two concepts work hand in hand.

    Let’s step back a little bit. The origin of this ongoing debate can be traced to Weah’s critics. Weah is tounted as being uneducated and inexperienced. Weah is also accused as being a high school dropout. My contention is that while he may have been a dropout (It’s what they say, not me) Weah did the most honourable. He re-enrolled, and went on to college. Without doubt, Weah lifted himself out of obscurity. It’s a credit to him. The issue of experience came about as a way of disparaging him. I contend that irrespective of his limited experience, he seems to be up to a good start because of his common sense approach to the activities he undertakes. For instance, not only did he reach out to VP Boakai after the run-off in a demoncratic fashion, but Weah appointed Nuquay to a high level position. As we all know, Nuquay was VP Boakai’s vice presidential running mate. With all intents and purposes, Weah’s approach (was) (is) one of common sense. Do you agree?

    The bottom line is clear. The presidential election was over with in 2017. Weah is the president. Let’s move on. If he’s wrong, he’ll be castigated. So far, he is slowly driving in his lane without violating the speed limit.

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