Liberty Party Snubs Mediation Talks

Liberty Party says it is not interested in speaking with the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, Chief Zanzan Karwor (pictured)

-Says chiefs and religious leaders are “living in Pres. Sirleaf’s purse”

An official of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) says that his party will not have time to sit with any group of negotiators including members of the Traditional Council as being suggested by the head of the council, Zanzan Kawor to reconcile with authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) ahead of the ongoing legal formalities before NEC hearing officer.

On Wednesday, November 8, Chief Kawor said the National Traditional Council of Liberia in partnership with the inter-religious council took a decision to intervene in the ongoing legal battle between the LP and the NEC.

In an apparent reaction to the council’s mediation plan, Daniel Sando, LP assistant secretary for press and publicity, told the popular “the Truth Breakfast Show,” on Truth FM 96.1 last Friday, that framers of the mediation have already compromised their neutrality, and should dare not invite the LP to any planned negotiation table, because they (Traditional Council) are already living in “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s purse.”

He said the LP will not cooperate with any group of negotiators, neither compromise its claims of electoral irregularities and frauds, but rather stay the course by pursuing the case to a logical conclusion.

“We respect the Traditional Council and the Inter-Religious Council, but please, we are not asking for intervention from any quarter; we are going to court and therefore, are not interested in bringing war to this country. Let those negotiators stay by themselves, because we know the history of this noble land,” Sando said.

For him, the LP leadership does not want any out-of-court settlement, and so, “The Traditional Council should not waste their time, to… be thinking of establishing any form of conversation with the Liberty Party. Let me inform the Liberian people that nobody should waste their time on this matter for out-of-court settlement,” the LP official said.

The party standard bearer, Charles Walker Brumskine, has earlier ruled out any settlement to the crisis, except a ruling from  the Supreme Court. Brumskine recently told the Voice of America (VOA) Daybreak Africa Program that the LP would settle for nothing less than the Supreme Court ruling into his complaint.

Like the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political leader, Simeon Freeman, has written several groups, including the traditional council and the inter-religious council, requesting for their intervention to resolve the current political impasse so as to move the country forward.


  1. Final Options: Since UP admitted wrong doing, UP should step aside and give chance to LP and CDC to run-off. The next alternative is: Have the entire Presidential election over with all 20 aspirants (re-run). The Liberian People money will accrue any new ballots for printing. The money for this exercise has been constitutionally appropriated not yet encumbered. Put the country instruments on all of them for peace sake. This NEC has enough time to act and decide before the Supreme court comes in again with the people’s interpretation.
    Gone to silence for corn bread. Tell the Liberian nation. Do not answer this box.

  2. Apparently, these Traditional Chiefs do not understand their roles in a constitutional democracy. These frequent interferences by Traditional Chiefs in constituting legal system is becoming worrisome and unwarranted. Instead of focusing on free, fair and transparent elections of their fellow members and themselves, these appointed chiefs are frequently meddling in legal issues they do not understand. The Ministry of Internal Affairs should conduct frequent educational forums to help our traditional leaders understand the intricacies of the democratic systems of our Nation.

  3. Tony Leewaye,
    It seems that your frustration level is at an all time high as it relates to Traditional Chiefs and their role in government. I do not vouch for them for any confusion or disturbance they cause. However, like you, I think the Traditional Chiefs are terribly upset at the system in its present form.

    There’s a Greek adage that states that “a fish rots from the top down”. If you don’t believe it, buy a fish from one of Monrovia’s market houses, clean it and leave it on your kitchen table for a while.The adage is up for individual interpretation. The inference I glean from the foregoing is simple: Corruption starts from the top and seeps downward.
    Realistically you will agree that the election of October 10 didn’t go well. It was marred with all kinds of issues. Ridiculously, a Ghanaian official who witnessed voting in Kakata, Margibi county, said that some precinct workers weren’t adequately trained. Furthermore, Brumskine and others cried foul because polls did not open in certain areas of the country until noon time. The bottom line is irrefutably transparent. On October 10, corruption and incompetence held hands together as bossom buddies.

    Sure, the Traditional Chiefs should not meddle as you say! The Chiefs have no recourse but to stay focused on their assigned duties. But, we can all calm down in order that an accommodation could be reached. That’s to say a “free and fair election and a smooth transfer of power to whomever is elected”. The Chiefs like all Liberians (whether educated or not, whether Americo-Liberian or Native) have a God-given right to demand a set date for a new runoff.


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