‘General Power Was Never Arrested; Why Dumoe?’

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Cllr. Gongloe (center) says General Power’s (left) statement was far more threatening to the peace and security of this nation than what Dumoe (right) wrote on his Facebook page.

Liberia National Bar Association President Claims

Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), has claimed that the recent arrest and subsequent release of Menipakei Dumoe for a comment he had made on his Facebook page against the government’s proposed food distribution process manifests a glaring picture that the George Weah Administration is gradually sneaking into the practice of selective justice.

Gongloe made the assertions recently when he spoke to journalists at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

Referencing some much more grave statements made last year by a former Rebel General Augustine Nagbe, notoriously known as “General Power”, who hails from President George Weah’s home county of Grand Kru County, Cllr. Gongloe, a rights advocate, recalls that Nagbe “was never arrested”.

Gongloe added that General Power, now a member of the Liberia National Police (LNP), some time ago threatened to form a Kru Defense Force to be a private militia group to protect President Weah. The former rebel general in October last year was seen executing operations with the assistance of state security in the closure and subsequent seizure of a transmitter and other broadcast devices belonging to Roots FM of the popular talk show host, Henry Costa.

“General Power was never arrested for that statement he made in the presence of the hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and other constituted national security apparatus,” Gongloe said, wondering,” Why is it that he has not been arrested for questioning? That statement undermines the Constitution and the peace, stability, and security of this nation and absolutely nothing happened to him and nobody ever calls him to account for his utterances.”

Gongloe continued, “General Power’s statement was far more threatening to the peace and security of this nation than what Dumoe wrote on his Facebook page for which he was arrested and awaiting prosecution. This is selective justice that must stop immediately.”

Menipakei Dumoe was arrested on May 12 after he posted on his Facebook page that “poor people in Liberia don’t need rice we need AK-47 so that government can take us seriously.”

However, Dumoe was later released upon the order of Justice Minister Musa Dean, who had just recovered and was discharged from the 14 Military Hospital after he was tested positive for COVID-19.

Shortly afterward, Minister Dean in a press statement said though Dumoe was released, there is a continuous investigation to be conducted by the joint security which includes the examination of materials seized from his home when the Monrovia City Court issued a writ of search and seizure against him.

In complete disagreement with Minister Dean’s press statement, Cllr. Gongloe said the investigation showed the selective nature of the state security handling of national security issues.

Cllr. Gongle emphasized that Dumoe, who is not a member of any warring faction and has no record of being recruited by any of the defunct factions, is now forwarded to court for a post on his  Facebook page.

“Dumoe did not fight any of our wars. He does not know how to assemble an M1 gun before AK-47, and he does not have any record of violent crime,” Gongloe said.

According to Gongloe, for the Weah led government to ensure that human rights and other international laws are credible, respected and effective, it means that every letter of the laws needs to be applied consistently and fairly against all those who violate its principles and not just against a very few like Dumoe who was arrested and not General Power who was never arrested.

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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.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Counselor Gongloe, Sorry to say here that you don’t know your function. Someone’s statement that the Liberian people need weapons but not food, what this means? this statement alone undermines the Peace and Stability in that country. Power didn’t mention anything about weapons so why are you confusing your self. I think your position need to be monitored or be replaced because you are in support of the AK_47 coming back in that country. Stop, thank and analyze before you speak.

    • Gongloe seems to be on another Nimba mission to rise to heroism, no wonder why they never get ashamed of themselves making troubles for Liberia, rising against every democratically elected government!
      General Power didn’t ask for A47 to rise up against government, Dumoe did!
      To form a Kru Defense Force to protect government and Kru kinsmen is not rallying arms to overthrow a democratically elected government!
      This tribalist of a Gongloe will fail miserably this time around!
      Liberians are tired of confusion!

      • Ok, Ok . So what is the political difference between the notorious Senator Prince Johnson from Nimba County and the so-called tribalist Cllr. Gongloe ? The Senator has kept a very close alliance of a relationship with his citizens, while the so-called tribalist Cllr. Gongloe has taken up a national political position. So why are the two Presidents Ellen Johnson and George being politically afraid of Senator Prince Johnson than Cllr. Gongloe , even after making politically threatened ridiculous comments and accusations about the two leaders ? And both being afraid to act on his war crimes reports listed in the TRC Reports ? One thing, Senator Johnson is not the notorious Charles Taylor. It is not because the Senator speaks about having ten thousand of his tribesmen coming to combat for him , but going after the Senator in any war crimes Court or any politically motivated action against the Senator means political suicide, as it was for the former President, it is true for George. That is , if he George would like to have any chance of being reelected, then let him go after the notorious Senator. It is not the ten thousand citizens that the Senator boasted of that got them afraid, it is the political punishment they will received from the voters of Nimba County. Cause the notorious Senator, as notorious as he is like Charles Taylor, Senator Johnson is not Taylor to be sent away or to be found guilty for war crimes. This is what George knows and will not act against the Senator regardless of what the Senator says or threatened to the regime. Ellen did just that, and George is doing just the same. Nimba County counts. And it does matters. Called it selective arrest based on free speech, the Senator has George by the BALLS.

        • Liberia needs a bulldozer who whisk out Prince Johnson to the International Court of Justice! This killer must account for heinous crimes!
          I think president Weah should have continued with the persecution of Prince Johnson, he’s no different from others who have faced persecutions.
          If his kinsmen should rally to his cause, Nimba is not Liberia.
          International pressure must bear on all those who took up arms and be barred from the democratic process in Liberia that’s the only way the nation will have peace!

  2. Do you not know that Tiawen Gongloe is an extremely corrupt dull fool and a hypocrite who is very stupid?

    Just read his silly argument: “Dumoe did not fight any of our wars. He does not know how to assemble an M1 gun before AK-47, and he does not have any record of violent crime,”

    So according to stupid Gongloe: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Charles Taylor, Tom Woewiyu, etc. etc. before bringing in weapons into the country, “fought wars and knew how to assemble M1 gun or AK47 and they had records of violent crime”?

    Or Dumoeś colleague – Henry Costa, who was warned by the international community for the very treasonous and seditious statement made by Dumoe, “fought wars before and knew how to assemble an M1 or AK47, and had record of violent crimes”?

    If stupid Gongloeś assertion made any sense then why did the international community condemn Henry Costa for such statement and warned against such incitement of violence?

    • Not only is Gongloe beyond stupid and a hypocrite, he is also a disgrace to the Liberian National Bar Association and Nimba County.

      There was a time when Gongloe as a lawyer and activist spoke, the people of Liberia, Washington, the international community listened. This guy integrity now is so corrupted that a fly doesn’t shake when he opens his mouth. Please save the Bar the embarrassment and remove this guy as President during the next Bar elections.

      Gen. Power utterances were made when NPFL rebel general Yekeh Kolubah made the statement to buttress the call by the COP for the unconstitutional regime change in Liberia and said he will do Liberians the honors by dragging President Weah from his Office to the Streets which was a threat to national security.
      The records will also show that President Weah government is constantly stereotype and branded a KRU government.

      This hypocrite Gongloe sits in Monrovia while the senator from his county brags about killing innocent Liberians in the name of saving people from nimba and don’t say shit.

      Why the hell Gen. Power who also have military experience should be quiet if he recognizes a threat posed to the government, his kinsmen and tribe ? Oh ok, the Kru people should sit and allow themselves to be slaughter in NPFL part 2 Crap.

      Gongloe, you will make sense if you compare apples to apples.

  3. I think everyone is entitle to his or her opinion. Guys do not insult someone for his or her expression. No body is above the law, we should not encourage any form of selective justice in our beloved nation Mama Liberia, this alone can undermine our peace and security. Let justice be done to all men regardless of political affiliation social economic, ethnicity, religious background etc.

    • Mr. Cope,

      Unfortunately, opposition elements to the Government of Liberia use this space to rain daily insults on the President, Officials of the Liberian government and Pro government supporters disregarding everything you mentioned. It is only fair to give them a regular dose of what they dish out everyday so that this space is balance and don’t become an opposition to GOL chatroom.

      • So bro Aaron when crazy man take off treasonous & jump into the street u sound man will do the same too? Am not in the opposition block though. Be it opposition, position, or no position, my point here is say what u want to say do not insult someone for what they say. We are all entitle to our opinion. As i said once, we can have differences as still work as a team.

        • Bro. Cope

          Your initial post got my attention because I agree with you and I’m also about fair play.

          I’m sure you have come across phrases like, ‘what is good for the goose is also good for the gander’
          ‘what goes around comes around”

          My answer to your question is NO. I will love to see your call for zero insults on here come to pass but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon.

          Good day.

  4. Founding defense force, the founder will not use rocks or sticks but guns. This is also threatening to our peace because it brings about lawlessness in the country. Cllr. Gonglone argument is Dumoe writing is anti peace while Gen. Power is also, why arrest Dumoe when similar statement was made Gen. Power
    and nothing was done?

    • Sam, hope all is well. Please do not be deter by the insults coming from others. However, you raised a very important point regarding what a defense force is, especially considering Liberia’s civil war history. A defense force like you wisely stated is not some hand to hand combat fighting group (lol). I find it appalling that some well meaning, educated Liberians don’t recognize the danger posed by forming a “defense force”. But, it is very possible that some of their comments could be politically motivated. We will be naive if we prentended selective justice has not been practice in our current or previous governments. Anyway, I just wanted to add my piece. Ain’t shit going to change anyway. Thanks for your time.

  5. That nation will continued to go in circles and circles, around and around in it political arguments about what constitutes free speech under the constitution guaranteed freedom of expression, until the Courts or Supreme Court decides what is guaranteed politically free speech. For now every politically ridiculous statements, derogatory statements and irresponsible statements without criminal intent, but more so political, are regarded as threat to political instability and warmongering. This so that the government will be able to exercise its political oversight of its citizens concerning what is regarded as threat to the regime. The notorious Senator from Nimba County continues to inform the citizens that he has ten thousand citizens of his tribesmen to defend him if the need arises to the occasion for him to face the war crimes court . Such ridiculous statements never threatened the citizens advocating for the establishment of a war crime court . In as much as it sounded threatened to the stability of the country, it was as a ridiculous statements. Was the former warlord threatened with arrest ? Only a lone voice cautioned the Senator , the former American Ambassador to Liberia. But just the same, the advocates continue with their calls for the Senator to face the wrath of the war crimes Court. James Davis will prayed very hard so that the President will die . Another ridiculous statements. As if to say climbing the highest mountain in Liberia there is a guarantee that God is going to answer such prayers. But because of politics and politicians would like to be considered politically correct, James Davis is called in for questioning on such ridiculous statement about praying for the president to die or someone to die. What is the guarantee that such prayers will be answered by God ? The so-called general said he was going to form a tribal defense force for the protection of his tribesmen. For such ridiculous and irresponsible statement , should he be arrested ? In comparison to what was said by the notorious Senator from Nimba County ? Of the nation has experienced tribal conflicts in the civil war, should everyone who mentioned such ridiculous and irresponsible statements be prosecuted or arrested ? Even when another citizen makes a ridiculous and irresponsible statements that what the citizens need is AK-47, should they also be arrested and prosecuted ? Simply because Ak-47 was used in the civil war, no one should mentioned that word about what the citizens need. Since most judgement about what is ridiculously said, and what is irresponsibly said are based on the experienced about what happened in the civil war, and because of fear of repeating, should that country criminalized every ridiculous, irresponsible and derogatory statements, even when are they lacking intentions ? So how does the constitution protects ridiculous statements as free speech under our freedom of expression ? How does the constitution protects irresponsible statements as free speech under our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression ? How politically civilized must our free speech be regardless of how offensive it is without being seen as politically abusive or harmful or a threat to the regime or stability of the country ? Until the Supreme Court can decide on that, each and everyone saying irresponsible, ridiculous statements or derogatory statements, we will continue to find each other guilty of a political criminal speech. So James Davis climbing the highest , highest mountain in Liberia for God to answer his prayers as the only way that the President will die is not only silly and laughable, but very ridiculous for the court of public opinions to find him guilty and others who had made such such irresponsible statements to be sentenced to jail time or death. The Supreme Court better act fast on these politically irresponsible utterances, ridiculous rhetoric and derogatory statements before Liberians start to once killings each, based solely on who is right to say and what is wrong not to say politically.

  6. I am just wondering..do you four buffoons (George, George Zota Zotag, Kandajaba and Tamba have to respond to everything that is published? You guys can’t even construct a decent sentence. You write long, awkward run on sentences marred by punctuation and grammatical errors. You guys need to stop.

    • You need to go to school and better upgrade your English. Many of the people you are refereeing to have better education than the misfit that you have acquired as education.

  7. I have always maintained the position no political grouping in the history of Liberia has surpassed the CDC in staging so many glaring, political demonstrations, advocating for a forceful ouster of the president, even planning, organizing, and collecting resources to terrorize the country if their standard bearer, George Weah did not win the election. And most times the demonstrations were very provoking and unnecessary, but with all of Ellen’s faults, she kept her cool because she understood no leader can preach democracy, and yet, practice selective justice; worst, deny the citizens their freedom of expression.

    And so what is wrong with the question raised by Counselor Gongloe when he asked, “‘General Power Was Never Arrested; Why Dumoe?’ Nothing is wrong with this question. The brouhaha we are seeing or hearing from the Counselor’s stance concerning this matter, emanates from the fact the major player in the demonstrations of those years gone by, George Weah, has himself taken the political stage today, and consequently he and his CDC followers are refusing for others to do unto them what they have done to others. and continue to do to others. Simply put, they have forgotten the golden rule.

    If the wearing of crimson colored panties and the toting of caskets in Monrovia to spread hysteria and signal the assassination of Unity Party officials was acceptable then, why the same mode of freedom of expression unacceptable now?

    So, this situation raises the concerns of the citizens as to whether Liberia has become a two tier society under this president where only he, his political establishment, and tribesmen can make inflammatory remarks like Mr. Zoely Zoe’s and go scot-free, but when a member of another demography makes the same statement he/she falls automatically in hot water.

    Ellen took most of Weah’s insults and provocations with a grain of. satl; now is Weah’s turn and the Liberian people are expecting him to deliver on his promises and in fact prove to them he’s a far more better leader than she.

  8. Right to be Anonymous, YOU ARE A BLATANT AND VERY STUPID LIAR to spew such lies as “no political grouping in the history of Liberia has surpassed the CDC in staging so many glaring, political demonstrations, advocating for a forceful ouster of the president, even planning, organizing, and collecting resources to terrorize the country if their standard bearer, George Weah did not win the election.”

    Demanding a truthful result of elections and police brutality resulting into the slaughter and killing of several supporters of the CDC or any political grouping is in no way an advocacy for the “ouster of a president” as you stupidly and fraudulently believe.

    MR LIAR,the largest political following protesting a rigged election (in 2005) in which the whole world knew that they the largest political following (THE MIGHTY CDC) had won the very election, as was even via “AN ACT OF GOD” announced by the Election Commissioner James Fromoyan (in 2011 in the first round) were no damn “political demonstrations, advocating for a forceful ouster of the president.”

    Zoley Zoeś and General Powerś remarks were in defense of the REST OF SOCIETY AND THE SOVEREIGN LEADERSHIP! Hence, their remarks CANNOT BE EQUATED with the treasonous, syndicalist, and seditious, remarks of Dumoe or his boss Henry Costa who were warned by even the worldś most powerful capitals, major supranational actors, the diplomatic community and the international community!

    The over-tolerance in terms of freedom of speech, association, right to protest, etc. etc. supported and encouraged by the government of President George Manneh Weah in unprecedented in Liberia, on the continent of Africa and most parts of the world! And no one can deny that factuality and truism!

    Had it been in Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Ivory Coast, or even in Senegal, Rwanda or other parts of the world, that fool Dumoe or his boss would have been forgotten about by now, as is the case in the aforementioned countries.

    So, we better give thanks and praises for the he over-tolerance in terms of freedom of speech, association, right to protest, etc. etc. supported and encouraged by the government of President George Manneh Weah in unprecedented in Liberia, on the continent of Africa and most parts of the world!

  9. Right to be Anonymous, YOU ARE A BLATANT AND VERY STUPID LIAR to spew such lies as “no political grouping in the history of Liberia has surpassed the CDC in staging so many glaring, political demonstrations, advocating for a forceful ouster of the president, even planning, organizing, and collecting resources to terrorize the country if their standard bearer, George Weah did not win the election.”

    Demanding a truthful result of elections and police brutality resulting into the slaughter and killing of several supporters of the CDC or any political grouping is in no way an advocacy for the “ouster of a president” as you stupidly and fraudulently believe.

    MR LIAR,the largest political following protesting a rigged election (in 2005) in which the whole world knew that they the largest political following (THE MIGHTY CDC) had won the very election, as was even via “AN ACT OF GOD” announced by the Election Commissioner James Fromoyan (in 2011 in the first round) were no damn “political demonstrations, advocating for a forceful ouster of the president.”

    Zoley Zoeś and General Powerś remarks were in defense of the REST OF SOCIETY AND THE SOVEREIGN LEADERSHIP! Hence, their remarks CANNOT BE EQUATED with the treasonous, syndicalist, and seditious, remarks of Dumoe or his boss Henry Costa who were warned by even the worldś most powerful capitals, major supranational actors, the diplomatic community and the international community!

    The over-tolerance in terms of freedom of speech, association, right to protest, etc. etc. supported and encouraged by the government of President George Manneh Weah in unprecedented in Liberia, on the continent of Africa and most parts of the world! And no one can deny that factuality and truism!

    Had it been in Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Ivory Coast, or even in Senegal, Rwanda or other parts of the world, that fool Dumoe or his boss would have been forgotten about by now, as is the case in the aforementioned countries.

    So, we better give thanks and praises for the he over-tolerance in terms of freedom of speech, association, right to protest, etc. etc. supported and encouraged by the government of President George Manneh Weah is unprecedented in Liberia, on the continent of Africa, and in most parts of the world!

  10. The law is the gospel of the Government. We must apply it evenly among ALL the people, To be selective about who is prosicuted for the same crime, is in itself a crime. Government should employ the LAW to solve crimes, and the counselor is employing simply the theory and practice of the LAW. (JURISPRUDENCE).
    Thanks to all on the front line for JUSTICE

  11. gongoloe unfair comparison. when you incite by saying ak47 that means killing people. what is an ak47 used for?? not to cook or clean but to murder

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