Enraged Senators Cite National Security Heads, NEC

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The Senators including (pictured above) Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, Oscar Cooper, Darius Dillon and Conmany Wesseh, in their full participatory debate, argued that the security, especially officers of the National Police, have been found wanting in all of the electoral violence crises of late, although they were always present.

-Vent emotions, anger over “appalling security degeneration”

Following three hours of debate characterized by strong-worded exchanges over the “degenerating and appalling” security shortcomings in the country, especially Montserrado County, the plenary of the senate on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, ordered its secretariat to cite all heads of national security apparatus, including the National Security Agency (NSA), to appear before Plenary on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Those specifically mentioned in the citation include the Minister of Justice, Inspector General of Police and Deputies, and other paramilitary heads.

Their failure to appear before the Senate at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday will be regarded contemptuous, according to the motion proffered by Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman.

The Senate decision comes as result of a communication from Grand Bassa County Senator, and political leader of the opposition Liberty Party, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, and backed by Senators Conmany B. Wesseh of River Gee county and Abe Darius Dillion of Montserrado County. The joint communications reminded the senators about the current electoral violence, especially the one that almost cost the life of Ms. Telia Urey, candidate of Collaborating Political Parties, and her supporters in the District #15 by-election.

In her August 15, 2019 communication to the Senate plenary, Senator Lawrence requested the intervention of her colleagues in what she described as “the gravity of recent incidents of pre and post-election violence that characterized the combined Senatorial and Representatives by-election for Montserrado and electoral District #15… Due to our past history of chaos and conflict, it is an alarming situation to have an electoral system being repeatedly marred by violence. I wish to request that the Senate plenary intervene in this matter.

The Senators in their full participatory debate argued that the security, especially officers of the National Police, have been found wanting in all of the electoral violence crises of late, although they were always present.

Senator Tornolah: “Colleagues, this is very vital and nowadays, with such a growing alarm of violence in our country which we have had a part of, it is creeping in and, as leaders, it is foremost important to bring to our attention and to nail it. The leaders that are responsible for our security should be brought here and let them speak to us as leaders of the people; there are no arrests or prosecutions, this tells us that little by little Liberia is getting to be chaotic.”

Senator Wesseh recounted incidents of electoral violence since November 2018, when the first occurrence in District #13, to the incident on last Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Logan Town, and further recalled that the war that started on December 24, 1989 has its history of cases of violence after the 1985 elections… with the President at the time used the national security as regime security, and were no longer representing the people of Liberia.

“Some people started to take into their own hands their own security and the consequences were that 250,000 of our population got killed; in our own life time. Are we going to sit down and allow that to creep in? This is dangerous; they must not be a regime security. Don’t push people to look for their own security, because the consequences can be grave.”

He continued by saying that the seriousness of the matter is such that all those responsible for the national security apparatus must be brought to the Senate, so they can understand that they have a duty to protect this country. We cannot pay our taxes to pay them for them to want to be regime security; absolutely not, we will not allow it we will stand up and we will be damned the consequences.”

Quoting Article 34b of the 1986 Constitution, Senator Dillon said that the economy of Liberia will never be good if, “we continue to experience and allow lawlessness, violence and chaos in our country, seemingly backed by the Executive. Nobody is going to bring their money here, because good money is afraid of bad environment. This environment is bad, polarized and is being led by the national leadership of our country. Where the police is supposed to intervene when there is violence, they stand by.”

He, too, called for the appearance of the Minister of Justice and the Inspector General of Police. Senator Dillon then reminded his colleagues of Martin Luther King Jr’s statement: “Any society that cannot protect the many that are poor, cannot find security for the few that are rich.”

Other Senators, including Oscar Cooper, Prince Y. Johnson and Sando D. Johnson, all agreed to cite members of the security apparatuses, and regretted that the country is gradually slipping into the darkness of chaos, while others suggested that President George Weah needs to be invited to pay another visit to the senate to discuss the state of the security.

17 COMMENTS

  1. MERE HOT AIR. Corrupt Nyounblee Kangar Lawrence from LPRC is a very VIOLENT PERSON. Why is it she and only she always in the center and fury of political violence, whether electoral or otherwise. Everybody here in our county she represents as a senator knows and hates her for her violent character.

    • Okay, let’s forget about Nyonblee Karnga a bit. Can’t you see the violence that is going on in Monrovia due to the bi-elections? I think as a Senator, she’s within her capacity to call those buffoons to answer some questions related to the current security situation in the country.

  2. What else is wrong with these ignorant and disgruntled FIFTEEN THOUSAND US DOLLARS PER MONTH SALARY PER MONTH WICKED SENATORS? In as much as the law prohibits election violence, don’t you rascals and hypocrites know election violence is generally inevitable, especially in a polity with selfish and irresponsible opposition senators as the likes of Nyounblee who killed her husband for insurance money?

    • Mae Moore please do not disrespect my late Brother and my family. Your remarks are totally irresponsible and reckless. His Wife is respected by my family.

      • Tell this jack called Mae Moore, and if you want to be popular pls leave my brother and my sister in Law out of your very cheap gossip. We love our SIL so much.

    • Mae Moore, the kind of elections violence we are currently experiencing did not happen under the previous government. This is only happening now due to the hooligans we have in the CDC. I am sure you do not like Senator Lawrence, but why would you ridicule her based on her husband’s death? Trust me, I do not like her as well, but we should be respectful of the dead. Do you have any evidence that she killed her husband for insurance?

    • Who are you with a fake account. If you called yourself woman put your real name here I am accusing you of KILLING my brother. Please don’t disrespect my family with your fake ASS

  3. “And ye shall speak the truth, and the truth shall make you free”: From John!

    With backdrop of the November 2018 District #13 falsehood told by a LP Candidate that one of her female supporters was knifed to death by bodyguards of Mayor Kojee, a faked story frantically embellished and fanned by Daily Observer, other media outlets, and a phalanx of social network anti-establishment echo chambers, LNP should’ve assigned special police protection to the candidates, especially Ms. Urey.

    Nonetheless, this lapse by LNP (which had not only capably handled the June 7 protests but according to a Facebook post of Counselor Ambrose Taplah – whose car was extensively damaged in this District 15 melee – assisted in saving his life) doesn’t deserve to be the target of Senator Wisseh’s false equivalency. He knows it is insidiously misleading to say, “the [civil] war has its history of cases of violence after the 1985 election” when some of his own closest friends and political comrades were training in Sierra Leone with godma Ellen’s hireling Qwinwonkpa long before the 1985 elections to invade Liberia.

    Not to mention that by Opposition partisans engaging in unwarranted protest before NEC office, while election-related complaints were being heard inside and accusing Chairman Korkoya of trying to rig the results, which made CDC partisan to bus themselves there, set the stage for the ruckus during campaigns for a rerun. Moreover, the ordeal of Counselor Taplah, someone returning home from work, indicates that the violence was also random, a trend started with mob-killing of supposedly witches in Sinoe County and burning down of a police station in Margibi County.

    In other words, the emphasis of whatever Senate oversight responsibility should be on looking at the causes of violence in general and Security Sector readiness to meet that grave public safety threat. Otherwise, nothing substantial or transformational will be achieved if their purpose is to beat on CDC and concurrently accusing LNP of colluding with it by looking the other way. Let’s not normalize violence, and the electorate would that senators rise above partisan pettiness on matters of national security.

    “And ye shall speak the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. From John!

    • Chief, with all due respect, the Bible is the Holy Book of Christianity, not to mention the very word of God. Take my advice: the next time you want to quote the Bible in such a public space, “google” the phrase you remember. You will likely see the phrase, along with its reference. Read it carefully for relevance, copy and paste, and include the reference. This will help you to give the source, instead of saying, “From John”, for example, which may sometimes be too weak for argument purposes! You might also find that all along, what you thought was the correct quote is erroneous, or not in the Bible at all! The correct quote is, “…And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free(John 8:32)”. The word “speak” was never mentioned in that verse!!!. We all need to be more careful about such things…

  4. Mr. Fredrick Dwalu

    Your attempt at correcting a quote I loaned from KJV Bible Gateway via Google, and which, incidentally is also the motto of the CIA, speaks to a tendency of wrapping ourselves around small things while Liberia gradually disintegrates.

    The quote doesn’t add or take away anything from a coherent take on a subject dearest to me.

    That I didn’t bother to make the appropriate reference should’ve shown an intent to deemphasize the religious connotation. Let’s keep levity at a level and learn to be serious: Misinformation as a tool of propaganda to control the political narrative is becoming a security distress.

    • Sylvester Moses, please be careful about the way you constantly leap to the defense of George Weah’s terrible and dysfunctional government. You are not in the country and so knows little about the dangerous pathway along which George Weah and his goons are taking the country. I know you’re a Kru man, but that does not warrant you becoming an unabashed apologist for the regime. Patriotism requires that you consider the bigger picture rather than see things from parochial lenses. Of all people, you should know that while there were many and varying causative factors that led to the tragic civil war in the country, the proximate cause was the outright rigging of the 1985 elections by your late former boss, Samuel Doe, a situation that left Liberians to conclude that there was no other way to democratically remove Doe from power; and the only choice left for the people was an uprising. If you love your Kru brother that much, or are seeking some recognition from him and his officials, I’d advice you to go back to Liberia and see things for yourself and then encourage Mr. Weah to immediately course-correct in the way he’s governing the country. Blind support does not mean you have to be blind to the realities in the country. You are generally a nice person on a personal level, and I hope you’ll consider this suggestion in good faith both for your integrity as well as for the interest and survival of our common patrimony.

  5. A wise person once said, “Salvation and justice are not to be found in revolution, but in evolution through concord (agreement). Violence has only achieved destruction, not construction; violence ignites the kindling of passions, not their pacification; it brings the accumulation of hate and destruction, not the reconciliation of the contending parties; and it has reduced men and parties to the difficult task of building slowly after sad experience on the ruins of discord.”

    It is indeed very sad to watch Liberia, a nation still recovering from many years of self-destruction and countless deaths, slowly falls apart again. Many Peacekeeping Forces lost their lives, and billions of dollars spent by the international communities just to restore peace in Liberia. Will all that Goodwill go down the drain?

    Liberian leaders (those in power) cannot allow this war-weary country to once more plunge into the abyss of insanity. The entire “Leadership” has to take control of this volatile situation immediately!

    Many countries that went through similar fate (war and political violence) as Liberia, have bounced back economically. Unfortunately, it seems Liberia is heading in the wrong direction.

    There are many factors Liberians need to address in order to restore hope. Here are few listed below:

    1. Liberians should stop politicizing everything that goes wrong in the country: party politics has become synonymous to tribal warfare in Liberia. This form of “Us versus Them” politics is too dangerous and makes it difficult in the struggle toward national unity. If the security apparatus that has taken oath to serve and protect the Liberian people falls prey to a political party, then, the country is heading down a slippery slope towards violence and destruction.

    2. The high illiteracy rate in Liberia makes it difficult for ordinary people to determine their own political and economic destiny in decision making. Many politicians take advantage of our illiterate people to achieve their selfish political agendas. Despite their illiteracy, we should treat every Liberian with respect and dignity.

    3. There is an Economic Warfare between the Haves vs. Have-nots in Liberia: there exist a vast economic disparity between top Government Officials and the everyday hard –working Liberians. These vast economic gaps are responsible for some of the tensions in Liberia.

    4. Basic Human Rights violations are going in Liberia. Poor Liberians, those who are not members of the present government or past government, always feel ostracized (left out). Justice is never handed down (dispensed) equally for the poor in Liberia. Those who are in prison or arrested for a trumped-up charges, who lack money for bail or defense lawyers, are denied justice for a long time.

    5. Equal opportunity for many Liberians living in the rural parts of Liberia is very elusive. They are on their own while lawmakers and government officials wine and dine on the tax payers’ money in Monrovia.

    6. Poverty is rampant to the extent that many poor Liberians do not understand that it is their basic rights for Government (through taxes collected) to provide basic social services for its citizens: good schools, housings, roads, medical facilities and many more. These social services, if provided at all, are not provided through the Goodwill of the President and Government Officials. These government officials in Liberia always want poor Liberians to idolize them (just to remain in power) whenever they provide basic services (as though it is a gift) even if they used tax payers’ money. They were elected to provide these services for the people of Liberia!!!

    7. Violence has become ingrained into many youths (now adults) of Liberia who fought during the civil war. Not many child soldiers were adequately rehabilitated: many did not get psychological counseling for post dramatic stress disorder (PTSD), nor did they go through alcohol and drug recovery program. They still remain a threat to society if things get out of hand.

    8. The downward economy and constant political tension among rival political parties are some of the impetuses (compelling forces) that are creating hostile and volatile situations in Liberia.

    9. Many Liberians are complaining about the lack of development in Liberia. How will Liberia, a country that has many potentials of becoming a tourist destination like Ghana, develop when Liberia continues to remain in a state of perpetual political chaos? Violence and unrest drive away investors.

    As the wise person said, “Violence has only achieved destruction; not construction… and it has reduced men and parties to the difficult task of building slowly after sad experience on the ruins of discord.”

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