Dr. Bropleh: ‘Too Many Criminals on Gov’t Payroll’

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Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh

-Welcomes the establishment of War and Economic Crimes court

Former Liberian Information Minister, Dr. Lawrence Bropleh has expressed regret over government’s payment of salaries to people he referred to as ‘criminals in government.’

He made the remarks when he appeared on OK FM afternoon drive talk show in Monrovia on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

According to Bropleh, one of the sources of the country’s corruption that is civil servants lack of respect for time allotment to duty, rather play games on social media as well as gossips every sector.

“They are stealing from the Liberian people; they are being paid for stealing. That is one of the biggest avenues of corruption in our country,” he said.

He added, “if heads of all government agencies can correct that, there will be more proficiency.”

He is a former Minister of Information from the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who defended to the core the operations and policies of that administration, which later fell prey to corruption.

Dr. Bropleh said at most of the offices in government, a lot of the staffs work for barely three hours a day but are very complacent marching to banks for their salaries at the end of every month.

“Another frustrating thing that is taking preeminence in [President Weah’s] administration is the act of ministers and several other government officials abandoning their jobs each time to see him off at the Roberts International Airport, each time he departs the country.

They do the same when he is returning home. This is a complete waste of time and misuse of state resources,” he noted.

According to him, when former President Sirleaf assumed office in 2006, her ministers and other officials of government lined up and saw her off as well as welcome her whenever she returned from foreign trips but at the end she frowned at their actions and warned them to stay at work.

He also raised concern over the lack of synchronization of communication in the Weah administration.

“Public relations officers at various government functionaries are disjointedly operating. Each one is only there to promote his or her boss, rather than the institution or government in general,” he alleged.

According to him some Ministers even pay more money to their public relations officers so as to attract the President’s admiration and attention.

“They need to stop the too much talking and do more work. In fact all government PRs should operate under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Information. The Ministry of Information should conduct trainings for all PRs.

“Let there be a specific mechanism and system of reportage at all government offices,” Bropleh admonished.

On the establishment of the war and economic crimes court in the country, Bropleh said he is hundred percent in support of the court’s establishment.

“Now is time to establish the court. The public’s advocacy must be strong. The culture of impunity must be something that is of the past. People must account for their wrong doings,” he said.

According to him, if he were President George Weah for a moment of just thirty seconds, he could have signed a document paving the way for the establishment of the war and economic crimes court.

“I understand the position President Weah finds himself in and I empathize with him but when do we fix this?” he asked rhetorically. “Everyday people are hurt and killed but no justice for the victims. Perpetrators of crimes against other people should account for their actions.”

Bropleh said he is deeply hurt each time he thinks about the pains hundreds of thousands Liberians and other nationals alike encountered during the course of the separate wars that were fought in the country between 1989 and 2003.

He said professionals such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, among others became nameless, faceless and even died at Buduburam camp in Ghana. They were somebodies at some point in time but due to the war, they became nobodies and many of them even lost their lives and were buried without dignity.

“Saying, ‘let it be mehn’ is crippling us in Liberia. Family way of settling major issues is not good. It is compromising the integrity of a whole generation for the sake of a very few,” he said.

Bropleh said family way of settling matters should consist of respect for human life.

“The establishment of the court will never be timely until it becomes the time to do it,” he said. “Should we establish the court when all those who have done so much harm to our people died first?”

About people standing against the arrest of those expected to face justice, he said it is being naïve for anyone to think that a whole county will stand in defense of an accused kinsman or woman.

“No county will rise in defense of a kinsman who has caused so much harm to society. I am of the conviction that we have gone above that low level thinking. Liberians are decent people and I am very sure that everyone wants to see the country become better than what it is now,” he boasted.

He added: “In 20 years from now what will become of those who will replace us? Will they become people with hearts focused on preaching justice? No. Not at all, because people who they consider today as their role models have, in time, killed people and gone without punishment. They stole from the country’s coffers and allowed the majority of the country’s population to suffer.”

Bropleh said people’s mindset about the country’s fragility in peace is completely wrong and as such they should be confident that the peace will no longer be threatened by anyone or a group of people.

He said there is too much abuse of power in the country and there is a need for people to understand how to use power when given to them by the people for whom they work.

“Power should be used with humility. It should never be brutal. The most powerful person is the one who understands that the dignity of any group of people is respected and maintained. Those who have power, the people must easily gravitate towards them,” he said.

He said people should see themselves as a team always rather than concentrate on selves.

“See, if it does not affect us we don’t care. Whatever affects one Liberian should affect all of us. That is patriotism. I mean country above individual. Patriotism must be a cause that is in the interest of country rather than individuals,” he admonished.

Montserrado Electoral District #10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah phoned in on the show and reiterated his support to the establishment of the war and economic crimes court.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for public affairs at the Ministry of Information, Eugene Fahgon phoned in and said while government welcomes Dr. Bropleh’s suggestion on the need for an urgent establishment of the war crimes court, there is no need for a rush.

“They will not compel us to deviate from our plan. What they did not achieve in 12 years’ time should not be expected in less than a year of our government,” Fahgon said.

He said President Weah has said it in a clear tone that the citizens in their numbers should be the ones deciding between a war crimes court and national reconciliation.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Dr. Bropleh go somewhere and die. Liberia will never change. Corruption is key. anytime i go to Liberia i see civil servants sitting around talking not working. if you go to a government agency after 1pm nobody is there. officials hiring their nephew and nieces. the whole country is awash with criminal thoughts. the lebanese indians and chinese have nothing to worry about because black people all over the world have no desire to achieve high levels of success. an 18 year old girl, beer, nice car, and “going out of town” these are the ideals of the average Liberian.

  2. Bropleh,
    Were you accused of something stinky during the years of Johnson-Sirleaf? If that’s you, thanks be to God for your transformation. Welcome back.

    • Yeah, Bropleh has no credibility. He was indicted for stealing money from his government budget. If Liberia had a good justice system, he would have gone to prison.

  3. Bro. John Weah, let’s think positive brother. This is our country. We can make a change, if we have the desire to do so. I read everyone comments posted daily. Let us not get tired say positive things to them. Some of us who are fortunate to leave and go outside, are seeing things that we can bring back to make a positive impact on our dear homeland. Let’s us use this forum to help educate our fellow country men.

    I stand for the nationalization of more of the Liberian private sectors, massively funding advance education in Science and technology, and free education from 1 to 12 grade. The Economic Empowerment Movement, will not fail. I know it is sometimes frustrating to see how things happening in our own country, but let’s not give up.

  4. Ha, ha, this man has no shame. All these big big rogues from Ellen time looking for paycheck. he did not help his brother Albert when Ellen waged a vandetta against him. Go check yourself, bluff boy.

  5. We are now in the 21st century. All Government Offices must have the PUNCH-IN system or the BIO-METRIC system. This is a system whereby if you do not work you, do not get paid. Any Liberian who worked for the Liberian government, committed the same foolish act. The shoe is now on the other foot so, it is talked about. Regardless, whose in charge it is your responsibility to hold you and your staff accountable. Initiate the system I proposed earlier in my comment. That’s what is needed to straightened the corrupt Liberians working in Government.

  6. Bropleh is right, but he has no credibility. This criminal, Bropleh, encouraged and did the same when he had the chance to change things. No matter what, day will break. CDC, take note. The massive corruption from the EJS govt is being continued by the “No Nothings” and their chief, Mr. Scarcity -“means and wants, you buy bag of rice”. LIB bleeds!!!

  7. Dr. Bropleh, first of all, there should be no Ministry of Information. That ministry should go to the dustbin, because it’s the propaganda machine of the government. We should have PR’s at all Ministries and Agencies of government….who should coordinate their activities with the Press secretary in the President’s office. A big and rich country like the US don’t have a Ministry of secretary of Information. They have a Press Secretary in the White House. Money used to fund the Information Ministry should go towards improving PR’s at agencies and ministries.

  8. Dr. Bropleh is no exception or exempted to face justice for his corruption allegation at the ministry of information during Ellen administration. He break his own neck by bringing to focus himself in support of economics crime court be established made no mistake.

  9. Ah Liberians, let us learn to accept truth. Dr Bropleh is right in requesting for justice.
    If anyone has evidence to have him before the economic court he is recommending then you should support the setting up of the court to enable you to put the evidence against him before the court. Where is the nationalism? Where is the patriotism?
    Dr Bropleh call suggest that he has nothing to fear as a clean person.

    • Dulleh, Thanks for saying some of the things that I was about to say. What is intresting about Dr. Bropleh`s story is, he is not calling for only a WAR crimes court, but a court that will address both war crimes and CORRUPTION. So, for those of you that are making these ACCUSATIONS against him, you will have the chance to go and TESTIFY against him. Preaching against evil does NOT mean that you will be exempted from standing for God`s judgement. If Dr. Bropleh was involved in the same act that he is against today, help us to expose him. I also read some comments regarding the CORRUPTION in the FORMER GOVERNMENT. Why can`t we ALL accept the establishment of this court or an AUDIT, so that those former corrupt government officials can be punished and made to pay back the money that they STOLE? How does it stop if people want to justify it by saying, it happened in the past government? So because it happened in the past, therefore we should continue, then when does STOP?

  10. Can Lawrence Bropleh say that? Omg Liberia is a wonderful place and the media so inept that he gets such headlines!! Bernard Waritay and others press officers assigned at Liberia embassies salaries were his additional benefits
    Observer please we respect you this man has no moral ground to say so because he’s one of the worse gangsters ever in govt

  11. Hey! Most Liberians are are considered as psychopaths due the the corrupt and boisterous attitude of public servants in Liberia,which subsequently led to the brutal conflict that lasted for 14 conservative years. Furthermore,texters and others,who made comments are just emotionally inbalance, I think those who are accusing Dr.Brople and others of corruption,starting the ordinary Liberians and statesmen lack the moral rectitude to appear in competent courts of jurisdiction with high standards to defend their cases. There is one thing that I have carefully observed about many Liberians to accuse someone and that is they are very inferior in presenting written matters than making verbal noises; inferiority complex couple lack proper learning is so responsible. In nutshell,we Liberians are not sophisticated enough to face our perpetrators.

  12. So stop accusing this man if you cannot present or display a tangible piece of paper that carrying corruption charges or semblance of corruption attitude during his time in the public service. The time you taking to accuse him,could be very necessary to develop to written papers of corruption charges to be admissable in the Liberia’s War and Economic crimes with will have the same jurisdiction to trial both crimes. Do not take this for granted,it is surely coming to happen,remember,it took place right behind us here in Sierra Leone and Liberia is next very soon.

  13. I leave with discerning commenters the task of rightfully critiquing the blatant hypocrisy of a former palace courtier who “defended to the core operations and policies” of an administration of the ‘baddest’ unaccountable governance during reign of our Iron Lady, EJS. My concern is with the national security implication of his “The public’s advocacy must be strong”. Like the U.S, Liberia, at least, happens to be a democracy, therefore, though rights of the minority must be respected and protected, the wishes of the majority prevail – a foundational fact reiterated by even fiesta democracy proponent Thomas Jefferson in his 1801 Inaugural Speech. The question, then, becomes, how “strong” should the “public’s advocacy” be after several government-permitted streets protests? Or must the protesters adopt vandalism tactics by burning vehicles and causing public disorder before Dr. Bropleh would be satisfied that they mean business? Probably. Oh, well, the brother enjoyed a sabbatical with the press, and could’ve been infected with the group-think, group-speak for group-interests’ bug of an adversarial and, ironically, unaccountable media environment. Surely, a birds of the same feathers syndrome, to put it mildly.

    As I’ve emphasized during this matter, those Liberians at home and abroad who think that the pros and cons of establishing war and economic crimes courts shouldn’t be discussed with all stakeholders, including rural communities, rather would be used as means to distract government from its pro-poor agenda, aren’t only on the wrong side of history, but also stoking potential state security distress. A war crime court outcome that laid dormant for a dozen years doesn’t deserve more urgency than deliverables to about 70 percent of a population undergoing life-denying hardships in a fragile state, where the security sector once declared “pervasive poverty is the greatest threat to national security”. Of course, this implicit appeal to violent intimidation isn’t about justice for the victims of a war, some of the advocates financially and morally supported, instead it is, as usual, obstructing the pivotal to the vast majority downtrodden. And this time, most likely, to disassociate that significant demography from GMW whose trajectory alone gave them hope that truly “God moves in mysterious ways”. Shame on our bookish rule of law pro-democracy advocates who quickly forget highfalutin principles when they contradict their interests.

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