Korkoya Weeps at Supreme Court

Claims ‘Dangerous Game against Me’

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NEC chairman Korkoya and Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, who seeks Korkoya’s removal

By Abednego Davis

National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome G. Korkoya challenged political parties, individuals, and organizations demanding to know if he ever took American citizenship to take him to court, but when what he had requested took place yesterday at the Supreme Court, he broke down in tears.

The drama unfolded when Korkoya went to court to defend himself against one of several lawsuits filed against him alleging that he holds dual citizenship while serving as NEC chairman.

In tears, Cllr. Korkoya declared: “This is a dangerous game against me.”

He said that the lawsuit against him “is a clever attempt by politicians to take away my Liberian citizenship and to make me stateless, which decision I do not want for this court to be a part of.”

The lawsuit was filed by Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, a presidential hopeful in the upcoming elections.

Tipoteh’s lawsuit seeks the intervention of the Supreme Court to prohibit Korkoya, as NEC chairman, from conducting the October elections, because he is a citizen of the United States by his alleged possession of that country’s passport and for voting in US elections.

Meanwhile, judgment on whether or not Korkoya cannot continue to serve as chairman of the NEC was yesterday reserved by Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks.

Further to his argument, Korkoya said Dr. Tipoteh lacks the legal capacity to determine whether or not he is a citizen. “It is the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice that have the right under the law to take away anyone’s citizenship and not any individual. Nowhere in the world can an ordinary person ask for another citizen to lose his or her citizenship. It is the government that has the right to do so.”

He added, “If Tipoteh has any issue with my citizenship let him take it up with the government and leave me alone.”

Korkoya argued that if the Supreme Court agrees with Tipoteh’s lawsuit, they would be setting a “bad precedent” for anyone to challenge another person’s citizenship.

He pleaded with the Supreme Court saying, “Do not allow Tipoteh to succeed in this lawsuit.” Despite Korkoya’s plea, he was unwilling to provide an answer to the issue at stake: do you hold an American passport or not?

Beside Tipoteh’s lawsuit, Korkoya has another case pending at the Civil Law Court in Monrovia, for which a ruling is expected to be delivered this week.

The lawsuit at the Civil Law Court was filed against Korkoya by the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), an opposition political party, and Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh, executive director for Concerned Citizens to Protect the Constitution.

The lawsuits against Korkoya were filed by Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe (on behalf of Tipoteh, NDC, and Fahnbulleh.) In Tipoteh’s lawsuit, he contends that Korkoya cannot continue to serve as chairman of the NEC because he is a citizen of the United States.

Cllr. Gongloe argued that in order for the results of the national elections to be considered credible, the legal capacity of persons conducting the elections, especially its chairman, who speaks for the Board of Commissioners and presides over its meetings, must not in any respect be in doubt.

“NEC requires that all candidates and voters participating in the 2017 presidential and representative elections to comply with the Election Laws of Liberia and for the Commission to have the moral authority to rigorously enforce all provisions of said law, the Commission and its members must obey, abide by and comply with every provision of the Election Laws of Liberia,” Gongloe further argued.

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  1. ” If Tipoteh has any issue with my citizenship let him take it up With the government and leave me alone .” But what does Cllr. Korkoya thinks that the Supreme Court is ? Silly , isn’t it ?

    • Ok. We are told that Fahnbulleh and NDC filed one lawsuit against Korkoya in the civil law court and they are represented by Gongloe. That lawsuit has not ended then Gongloe goes to the supreme court and filed the same citizenship case using Tipoteh. What happened to the case in the civil law court that causing them to run to the supreme court? Also, we have heard that Tipoteh is vexed because he wanted to run on the NDC ticket but can’t do so because Korkoya got the NDC de-registered in court.

      • Gongloe has become an ambulance chaser. But he will not be given the NEC job so he better start looking elsewhere. As for Miatta, she is totally shameless.

        Article 28

        Any person, at least one of whose parents was citizen of Liberia at the time of
        the person’s birth, shall be a citizen of Liberia; provided that any such person
        shall upon reaching maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue
        of one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the Republic
        shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law; and
        no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality.

  2. I think this is the way Korkoyah wanted to go down, with all due respect for him. He should have resigned long since. There’s life after NEC!

    • Momolu Pewu, have you ever worked in a “Group Home”? There is a world of difference between what Kokoya is today and the menial status of “Group Home”! Do you blame him for perjuring himself to advance his status and income? He was receiving money under false pretense. Therefore, he should be made to refund every dime that he received as Chairman of the Elections Commission or face the full force o the law. What kind of lawyer is he to question the right of a citizen to attempt to rectify a wrong in a country where citizen arrest of a criminal is allowed under the law? I support the dual citizenship act now before the Legislature, but until it passes and goes into a referendum; there is no Dual Citizenship” in Liberia. QED! ,

      • Actually there is dual citizenship in Liberia. If you read it carefully the law only requires persons born of one foreign parent and a Liberian parent to forfeit their dual citizenship status upon the age of eighteen. So if a person is born unto two Liberian citizens and falls into either one of the following categories they have legal dual citizenship:
        1. born in another country (which in most cases automatically grants you citizenship of that country)
        2. naturalization by choice

  3. This guy wants to eat with two hands, the American hand which l know he really prefers since it has unlimited opportunities including airlifting him from crisis prone country like the situation of the Liberian civil war when he was airlifted to the US naval ship near the coast of Liberia and flown to Newark airport in the state of New Jersey where it is alleged he got his citizenship and voted for Obama and a hand he believes that has nuclear weapons to protect its citizens, a hand he strongly believes will move all of it’s citizens somewhere to safety like to the moon or somewhere from the sight of God should he decides to end the earth; and the Liberian hand for name recognition in notable position such the chairman position he holds now, a hand he considers his short term backup plan since it does not guaranteed him everlasting life as compare to the American hand.

    Good luck Kojoya.

  4. This story is unbelievable. Nowhere did Korkoya weep in court today. No, he was not in tears. He simply argued that Tipoteh has no standing. Observer, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Ok, he cried in court. He must have thought this was going to be one of that NONSENSE, folks cry foul and move. The evidence is there yet he thinks we are fools. If those in POWER decided not to act, the citizens did….case closed. The plot that failed.

  5. If this lawyer does not even know that Liberia allows for a citizen arrest, little wonder his legal practice was limited to providing care in the Group Home. I know a lot of Liberians prating law in the USA who are not citizens, and the make no secret of their Liberian Nationality! Every Liberian knows that any Liberian Citizen can affect a citizen arrest; not to mention taking a person to court to rectify a crime that has been committed against the Sovereign Republic of Liberia by a person who does not believe that Liberia is worthy of his allegiance.
    Those who are similarly placed, should strongly advocate for the passing of the Dual Citizenship Act, and let it be placed on the ballot as a referendum in the ensuing October 10, 2017 general elections. The Law is the Law until it is changed legally.

    • Kromah ,
      So what is the process of working in Liberia, a Liberian who became citizen of another country and later on return home?

      • Go to Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and Labor Ministry and regularize your documents legally! Ask a Lawyer or Alieu Donzo, Former Public Works Minister. He is a gentleman and did not perjure himself like some crooks.

  6. Thanks for understanding and this show that liberian citizens are law abiding.The world will know that liberia have laws and order and must be upheld.First of all to be confirmed with false account is a very serious offence. THE liberian people must not say oh this is liberia he borned here or it is a witch hunt no. It is simply it is the law our liberian creditability must never be let now.

  7. He (Jerome Korkoyah) has not started crying yet. The real cry shall be when his KPEHSEH behind is been placed behind bars for his commission of the crime of perjury -in this case both a felony and a treason. The former being his criminal violation of the Liberian Constitution, and the latter, for his allegiance to another sovereign nation while pretending to be giving allegiance to the sovereign nation of Liberia.

    • K.Z; We expect better of you. This has nothing to do with Korkoyah’s Tribal affiliation. Calling him such name, is the equivalent of calling a black man NIGGER. I believe you know that. Let’s keep to the ISSUE(S) that’s what matters most.

  8. Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Liberians!!!!! We’re so racist. Many of us wished we had similar opportunities of being citizen of a developed Western Nation and citizen of our maternal country. We are so naive to the point that we are not even encouraging our children’s children to see reason to come home and contribute their quota to the development of mama Liberia. What the heck is wrong with having dual citizenship?? What’s most important is making sure those Liberians who are “so-called” dual citizens choosing to return home to work are governed by the same laws as those of us buried home.

    Comrade Jerome, it’s time to step aside and handover the mean Liberian people job. After all, you’re a learned guy with expertise and skills to engage other professional jobs or even embark on your own business.

    • I think you missed the whole point. The issue is simply, following the law. If and when the law is rectified, a German-Liberian or British-Liberian or whatever country Liberian can contribute to the development of the country. Until then no “dual citizenship” period. They are just following the law of the land and applying it.

  9. this citizenship business in Liberia is killing everyone, bad image for Liberia, bad image for a government that has gotten so much support from many countries not just America…

    it is stupid to even play the citizenship card at this crucial time in our history where “diversity” plays key role in the development of any nation..

    Liberia is not playing a better example to the rest of Africa but telling them, “look, we can kill our own over dual citizenship”…

    sad, sad, sad…

  10. Actually there is dual citizenship in Liberia. If you read it carefully the law only requires persons born of one foreign parent and a Liberian parent to forfeit their dual citizenship status upon the age of eighteen. So if a person is born unto two Liberian citizens and falls into either one of the following categories they have legal dual citizenship:
    1. born in another country (which in most cases automatically grants you citizenship of that country)
    2. naturalization by choice

  11. We will stay long inside. No health system, da dual citizenship; no educational system, da dual citizenshi; poverty everywhere, da dual citizenship. For a so-called Christian people, we are one of the most mean societies. Instead of focusing on what we want our country to be going forward, we screaming about dual citizenship. This is only a smoke screen by a failed socialist wanna be and a tired old woman who wants to be politically relevant. Let us leave this thing and focus on what we want for our future president. There are many others who hold dual citizenship in the country and if they are born in Liberia, that is not a bad thing. Why are we turning on our own people. I swear some times I feel that other foreigners living in our country just sit and laugh at the stupidity that we show to the world.

  12. “Korkoya argued that if the Supreme Court agrees with Tipoteh’s lawsuit, they would be setting a “bad precedent” for anyone to challenge another person’s citizenship.” Is this an admission of guilt? Is he afraid already when he arrogantly urged those accusing of having an American citizenship to go to court? Did he also called on Tipoteh to take his American citizenship issue up with the government?Wow this is getting interesting.

  13. I am a Liberian of Canadian citizenship. Resettled to canada as a refugee. It would be a grave mistake and criminal for me to pretend to be otherwise. Until the dual citizenship act passes, I am nothing more than a mere foreigner in Liberia. Mr. Korkoya is a smart lawyer and knows the legal implications of being a foreign national and occupying such a vital position. He simply needs to come clean. if he is a citizen of the USA, simply resign and apologise to the Liberian People and seek a lesser sanction from the court. Otherwise, he needs to say in simple language to the Liberian people that he is not a US citizen. I support dual citizenship but will not support the blatant disregard of the laws of the republic of Liberia.

  14. Somebody still has to explain to me why Jerome and not the person who appointed him is being tried. Was there no background check or is Miatta and Co too cowardly to put the blame where it lies?

  15. The so-called diaspora haters (as I call them) led by the likes of Dr. Randolph Roberts (Dr. “Tokpah Nah Tipoteh”) and others are at it again. These were the so-called 1970 Liberia’s “Revolutionaries”. They proclaimed to have had the ultimate and final solutions for all of Liberia’s social, economic, educational, and intellectual malaise. When the opportunities came for them to make good on their so-called final solutions in the 1980s, they failed miserably.

    These actors are back again, this time with venoms spewing from their mouths and actions with the same malicious tactics to take down any diaspora Liberian who dare return home to assist his/her country. There is nothing patriotic about what these people are doing to their fellow Liberians. Liberia and Liberians must resist these divisive ideologies of the Tipotehs and their likes that try to malign the good characters of decent Liberians simply because they hold citizenship of another country.

    Citizens of Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra-Leonea, among others enjoy dual citizenships which benefit the overall development of their countries. Only Liberia see this differently with sinister motives. Lest not forget, diaspora Liberians did not migrate to other parts of the world through their own volitions. They did so through some of the malicious actions of some of the diaspora haters.

    The behaviors of these diaspora haters can only be described as idiotic, narrow-minded, uncultivated, egregious, mirroring self aggrandizements.

    Today’s Liberia, a barren country, naked and divorced of many intellectual capitals stands at an unfortunate cross road. Her few diaspora citizens who have dared to return home to share their resources to assist in her redevelopment are lambasted by agents and relics of the old 1970 orders. This is a travesty! Liberia and Liberians, WAKE UP! STAND UP! GET UP! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND LET NOT THESE DIASPORA HATERS DEFINE WHO YOU ARE! I KNOW AND I BELIEVE YOU KNOW YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT!

  16. I see no reason why people are crying over this dual citizenship thing. From 1989-present the dual citizenship of Liberians has increased.
    1. The war, many Liberians came to the US and gave birth to many kids and the law here is that birth with citizenship automatic.
    2. Poverty, so many of are very poor and looking up for social, educational and economic opportunity to better our lives. There are so many officials in government are carrying US passport.
    3. There is no law. Code of Conduct, where is it?????

  17. DUAL CITIZENSHIP; this is what Liberia gets from former Liberians who want to live a divided
    loyalty; in fact to eat with two hands, do what they want to do to damage the country and
    then flea to their newfound country. I am just surprised with the Speaker of the Republic of
    Liberia who appears to support the dual citizenship. It is plainly and actually a divided loyalty.
    I think this is the kind of Liberia Speaker Nuquay wants; a country peopled by divided loyalty;
    as if we (Liberians) have not seen and suffered in the hands of people who left Liberia, went
    abroad (in USA), solicited moral and financial supports to destroy the country. These are all
    Constitutional criminals who parading in Monrovia today as President and other officials of
    Liberia- those with divided loyalty. Don’t we have it enough from people with divided loyalty?

    Yes! Honesty should have moved Jerome Korkoya ever since to resign. But what about the
    person who appointed him to head the National Elections? I think the President of Liberia
    Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was fully aware that Jerome Korkoya is an American citizen. That
    is why she has been silent all this time to remove Jerome Korkoya from office. Something
    smell sinister here. Why President Ellen Jphnson-Sirleaf sits unconcerned in this matter?

    I just want to ask Mr. Flomo Matthew of Cleveland, Ohio, USA a simple question. Mr. Matthew,
    where in the world citizens from poor countries get a portions from budgets of the developed
    countries simply because of their being naturalized for their social, economic, educational and
    intellectual development? I am interested and so i wait for the answer.

  18. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. June 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    DUAL CITIZENSHIP; this is what Liberia gets from former Liberians who want to live a divided
    loyalty; in fact to eat with two hands, do what they want to do to damage the country and
    then flea to their newfound country. I am just surprised with the Speaker of the Republic of
    Liberia who appears to support the dual citizenship. It is plainly and actually a divided loyalty.
    I think this is the kind of Liberia Speaker Nuquay wants; a country peopled by divided loyalty;
    as if we (Liberians) have not seen and suffered in the hands of people who left Liberia, went
    abroad (in USA), solicited moral and financial supports to destroy the country. These are all
    Constitutional criminals who parading in Monrovia today as President and other officials of
    Liberia- those with divided loyalty. Don’t we have it enough from people with divided loyalty?

    Yes! Honesty should have moved Jerome Korkoya ever since to resign. But what about the
    person who appointed him to head the National Elections? I think the President of Liberia
    Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was fully aware that Jerome Korkoya is an American citizen. That
    is why she has been silent all this time to remove Jerome Korkoya from office. Something
    smells sinister here. Why President Ellen Jphnson-Sirleaf sits unconcerned in this matter?

    I just want to ask Mr. Flomo Matthew of Cleveland, Ohio, USA a simple question. Mr. Matthew,
    where in the world citizens from poor countries get a portions from budgets of the developed
    countries simply because of their being naturalized for their social, economic, educational and
    intellectual development? I am interested and so i wait for the answer.

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