-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.”