Jones: ‘I’ll be in this Presidential Race’

-Says ‘irresponsible politicians, cronies must save their breath’

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Dr. Jones “I will not bow before any self-imagined master; and I intend to be in this presidential race.”

Former Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones is also a student of history as he drew experiences from it to drive his position home to Liberians yesterday – particularly to those who may have entertained the idea that the recent affirmation of the Code of Conduct by the Supreme Court had dealt a heavy blow to his presidential aspirations.

In a one-hour speech at a program held at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, where thousands reaffirmed their support to Dr. Jones’ presidential aspiration, he was emphatic with his declaration when he repeated, “I will not bend my back to anyone, I will not bow before any self-imagined master, and I intend to be in this presidential race.”

Flanked by his wife, Mrs. Jones, and the chairman of the Movement for Political Empowerment (MOVEE), Dee Maxwell Kemayah, and other party stalwarts, the man described as ‘poverty doctor’ made it clear that he would not back down, even to his political enemies.

Repeating the words of a song that was popular in his native Greenville, Sinoe County as a child many years ago, he said, “free born Liberian/before I be a slave/I’d be buried in my grave/and go home to my Lord/and be free,” and then declared: “I say here today to the people of Liberia, I intend to be in this presidential race. I look forward to the beginning of the transformation process in this country.”

In a message embedded with harsh words for politicians, specifically mentioning, among others, Montserrado County District #6 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, Dr. Jones once again sought relief in history when he said: “And I say to the resurrected Napoleons, there is still a place called Waterloo.”

History records that it was at Waterloo in Belgium, that the Corsica-born Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the greatest military strategists in history, rapidly rose in the ranks of the French Revolutionary Army during the late 1790s, and later suffered defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington in Waterloo, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.

Immediately after the Supreme Court upheld the Code of Conduct, reports went wild in the media the following day pointing fingers at Dr. Jones, and suggesting that his presidential dream was over.

MOVEE reacted by accusing politicians and their cronies for putting out misinformation on their standard bearer. In his reaction yesterday, Dr. Jones described that action as ‘crab mentality’ and said “Attempts to keep me off the ballot is not because I am a threat to the state, but a threat to some self-centered politicians; not because I am incompetent, but because under my leadership I will not tolerate the selfish intent of those who see Liberia as their family farm; not because I lack patriotism, but because I have  no regard for those who believe in tribalism; not because I have no vision, but because I stand up for the poor and the marginalized.”

Dr. Jones believes that “the misinformation campaign is a campaign against change for a better Liberia. This misinformation campaign is an attempt to prevent a new vision for Liberia. But worst of all, this misinformation campaign is an attempt to deny you your right as citizens of Liberia to choose the person you think can best represent your interest. In sum, this effort to stop me from running for president is aimed not at me, but at you the people who believe that I am your hope for the future. Not just my constitutional right, but yours as well will be denied.” He said the diabolical scheme against him will not work because “Liberia is for all Liberians; and that is how it is going to be.”

In his own defense, Dr. Jones said, “I have endured much, while saying little.  For me, that is a sign of maturity. And being president of a country requires maturity. It is not about talking loud and saying nothing. But I will keep quiet no longer. From the time the public began to acknowledge my work as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, I began to experience difficulties from senior people in government. These selfish, unconscionable and we-don’t-care-as-long-as-we-get-our-way politicians want to convince us that they love Liberia by excluding certain citizens from the political process rather than focusing on defeating poverty, building infrastructure, establishing good health care and educational systems and trying to grow more food, including the rice we eat every day.

That will not happen! Dictatorship triumphs when complacency replaces a nation’s sense of dignity. Let the word go forth that the age of complacency is over.”

Jones said the Code of Conduct as it stands resembles a political minefield and suggested that the UP-led government should take the initiative on its own to find a speedy solution “to this political minefield called The Code of Conduct” that he, along with two other members of the Supreme Court, believes is bad for the nation.

Perhaps taunting those he considers the originators of the Code of Conduct misinformation against him, Dr. Jones declared amid cheers, “I have killed no one; have not carried or encouraged the carrying of coffins in foreign countries against any government; have never advocated for stopping foreign aid to Liberia; have not brought war to Liberia; have not paid for war to come to Liberia; have not been sanctioned in the TRC Report, or any report for that matter. Some who have gotten on the ballot in recent times cannot say the same.”

His statement, broadcasted live, elicited responses from many in the political establishment in the late hours of yesterday; and even Rep. Snowe, presently in Nigeria, weighed in, denying the claim by Dr. Jones that he sought loans for his business from the commercial banks.

Rep. Snowe, however, admitted sending Dr. Jones a letter of appreciation about his good service to the Liberian people as CBL Governor.
But as Liberians and their politicians digest Dr. Jones’s message, it is safe to say that they

should be reminded that sustaining peace in Liberia, after more than ten years, will depend on the actions and inactions of what they can agree to disagree on for the common good of the nation.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The Code of Conduct is a typical political witch-hunt fabricated just to bar certain talented individuals who pose serious competition to some lawmakers who intend to run in this upcoming 2017 general election. If the motive of this so-called CODE OF CONDUCT is really about protecting government properties from being misused by political candidates who were appointed by the President, then all those who are government officials (lawmakers included) currently running in this 2017 election should also abide by the CODE OF CONDUCT.

    Is the Vice President, who is running on the UP ticket, not appointed by the President? Is the V.P. not entitled to the usage of same government property that Code of Conduct tries to protect? Are there not some lawmakers who are currently running in this 2017 election still in possession of government poverties? Why are they excluded from this one-sided Code of Conduct when they too could use government properties to their advantage to win an election? Why should this law be good only for people appointed by the president, but it is not good for those lawmakers who are in possession of government properties and contesting in this 2017 election? Imagine if all those appointed by the president were contesting in this election, THE CODE OF CONDUCT rule will surely shut down the government! This is hypocrisy at its best!!!!!!!

    We should stop making laws just for political expediency that hurt us in the long run. We should learn from our mistakes when we missed out getting a highly qualified Minister of Education, Ms. Russell Davies, a veteran educator and Aminstrator, that was denied nomination for political reasons. No matter our education in Liberia is a mess.

  2. This code of conduct is not in anyway, in the best interest of Liberians and Liberia. The issues that shoul have been best and serve our people best, would have been the recommendation of the TRC. People who escaped the horrible acts carried out by the so-called lovers of the Liberian government money (formerly REBEL leaders) should not suffer having a great idea to help make Liberia better. If Liberia should ever be a better place, we should make a law that will prosecute all the people who brought war on us. Stop them from taking part in our elections. Denie them from working in any government and let peaceful and loving citizens become our leaders. We need people who are clean of crimes against humanity and corruption as well as international criminal clearance. I hope this should serve as the beginning of the long awaited transformation Liberia has been hoping for in years. All hail Liberia hail, in Union strong success is sure. We have just won the argument.

    • I apologize for the typographical mistakes on my part. I was in hurry and didn’t proof read the comments. They words are (should and deny) instead of shoul and denie.
      Thanks folks

  3. This code of conduct is not in anyway, in the best interest of Liberians and Liberia. The issues that should have been best and serve our people best, would have been the recommendation of the TRC. People who escaped the horrible acts carried out by the so-called lovers of the Liberian government money (formerly REBEL leaders) should not suffer having a great idea to help make Liberia better. If Liberia should ever be a better place, we should make a law that will prosecute all the people who brought war on us. Stop them from taking part in our elections. Deny them from working in any government and let peaceful and loving citizens become our leaders. We need people who are clean of crimes against humanity and corruption as well as international criminal clearance. I hope this should serve as the beginning of the long awaited transformation Liberia has been hoping for in years. All hail Liberia hail, in Union strong success is sure. We have just won the argument.

  4. In my view, the Code of Conduct should not be enforced for the 2017 election because it appears to stop other citizens from seeking elected public offices. Moreover, the current government, by its deeds, does not regard it. cabinet ministers and others appointed by the president who are currently serving in UP led government are involved in political activities and holding membership cards and top positions in the the ruling party but nobody, including the president of Liberia troubles them. The 2017 election should be contested by all those who want to occupy elected public offices and let the Liberian people, through the ballot box, decide for themselves as to who they want. Exclusionary politics will not do well for the country except to drag the country once again towards anarchy, confusion and socio-economic backwardness. This is what we, as citizens, should not allow to happen again. This is my take.

  5. Political pandering, threats, and insults does not amount to leadership. Dr. Jones has missed an opportunity to make a persuasive case against the Code of Conduct; this is what a serious leader does. Instead, he has chosen the path of one he leads from behind by issuing threats and blaming everyone else but himself. After not being seen or heard from in more than two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled on the COC, one would have expected that Dr. Jones would have returned with a better strategy to “Fight back” as he had hinted he would do, but failed to do so. I am afraid, he has plunged whatever is left of his campaign further to the bottom that it may not recover.

    • I agree with you. The tone of his speech is concerning. He literally called for the disregard of a Supreme Court ruling — very arrogant and dictatorial. Is this indicative of the type of leader he will be? There was a better way to handle this issue.

  6. Alpha Conneh, please read well and exercise emotional intelligence before commenting on issue of such. Vice Presidential position is not an appointed position, but elected. The concern is not also just for using public fund. The CoC says to be an eligible candidate as a political appointee, resign two years ahead of election. Let us discuss resignations of appointees two years ahead of election instead of the naive argument you put out. Let us also ask why not elected officials but only appointed officials.

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