President Weah Concedes?

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The big question has been whether President George Weah (right) will turn over Sen. Prince Y. Johnson (left), the man who delivered Nimba County to him for landslide victory in the 2017 presidential run-off election, to a war crimes tribunal. In the above photo, Sen. Johnson gives an endorsement speech on behalf of Weah in Nimba County.

Writes UN requesting assistance to establish war crimes court for Liberia, as U.S. House of Representatives passes Resolution 1055

Credible reports reaching this newspaper suggest that President George Weah has finally conceded to calls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia. According to sources, President Weah made the concession recently when attending a UNESCO conference in Paris, France. Attempts by this newspaper to contact Minister of State for Presidential Affairs to confirm the reports proved futile and a text message sent to his phone went unanswered.

This latest development comes in the wake of a National Justice Conference held here in Monrovia last week. The Justice Conference drew together a large number of local and international human rights organizations, actors and justice campaigners and it concluded with a call for unrelenting efforts and concrete action to advance the quest for accountability.

Meanwhile, the United States House of Representatives, in Resolution 1055 on Tuesday, November 13, affirmed strong United States-Liberia ties and US support for democratic principles, and calls for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.

The Resolution published on www.congress.gov, the U.S. House of Representatives said the bill was submitted by Rep. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (Republican, New York for himself and Rep. Henry C. Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia), and it was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Resolution affirmed strong United States-Liberia ties and support for democratic principles, and call for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.

The Resolution said the United States is home to an estimated 80,000 people of Liberian ancestry living in vibrant communities across the country, who have been instrumental in America’s efforts to build a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Liberia.

“Liberia and the United States share close historical, political, and economic ties over the course of a nearly 200-year relationship. The people and Government of the United States have deep interest in Liberia’s democratic stability and post-conflict development noting that the civil war from 1991 to 2002 resulted in the death of over 200,000 people in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the internal displacement of over 1,000,000 persons, and horrific cases of amputations, mass rape, and human rights abuses conducted under the leadership of Charles Taylor,” the Resolution said.

The US House of Representatives said former Liberian President Charles Taylor was convicted through the Special Court for Sierra Leone for 11 different charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, such as rape, sexual abuse, and slavery, and violation of international law, including the use of child soldiers and a comprehensive peace agreement was signed by the Government of Liberia, rebel groups, and political parties in 2003.

It said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as established under the 2003 comprehensive peace agreement, was formally created in 2005 with a mandate “to promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation by investigating gross human rights violations and violations of humanitarian law, sexual violations, and economic crimes that occurred between January 1979 and October 2003.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a report in December 2008 recommending the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia and listed individuals, corporations, and institutions recommended for further investigation and prosecution, among other recommendations (but) the Government of Liberia has not fully implemented the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to date, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal.

The resolution said Liberia experienced its first democratic and peaceful transition of power since 1944 after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf respected constitutional term limits and George Weah defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai, following a runoff during the 2017 Presidential elections

It said the United States congratulated the people of Liberia on the successful conclusion of the Presidential runoff election and recognized the important role Liberia’s Supreme Court, political parties, security forces, and civil society organizations played in holding a peaceful and transparent contest; and the United States Government and American citizens have invested in Liberia to rebuild and support democratic institutions, post-conflict recovery, economic growth, improved access to education and health care, professionalization of the country’s military and civilian security forces, and efforts to foster accountability and transparency of government institutions.

Therefore the US House of Representatives resolved upholds its commitment to maintain and foster the enduring relationship between the people and the Governments of the United States and Liberia; (and) urges the Government and people of Liberia to support the truth and reconciliation process through full implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal as well as supports efforts by the Department of State and United States Agency for International Development to advance Liberian efforts toward national reconciliation through continued support for the rule of law, effective governance, and the robust role of civil society.

in addition to Donovan, who recently lost his legislative seat in the recent U.S. mid-term elections, the resolution, cosponsored by eight other lawmakers, including Rep. Henry C. Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]*, Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick [R-PA-8], Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA-30], Rep. Christopher H. Smith [R-NJ-4], Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA-37]Rep. David N. Cicilline [D-RI-1], Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA-4] and Rep. James P. McGovern [D-MA-2].

The resolution comes after two major events took place in Monrovia, in support of a war crimes tribunal, first among them being the “National Justice Conference”, organized by the CSO Platform, Global Justice and Research Project and other partners including Civitas Maxima and the Center for Justice and Accountability. On Friday, Nov. 9, in Monrovia Ambassador Stephen Rapp, former United States Ambassador at Large on War Crimes, expressed the need for the Liberian government to take serious steps to hold alleged perpetrators in the country’s 14-year civil war accountable for the atrocities they committed.

Ambassador Rapp said there is no way people can protect their children and grandchildren or realize sustainable peace in a post war country without holding people, who committed war crimes, accountable for their actions.

Then on Monday, Nov. 12, hundreds of Liberians under the banner, “Campaigners and Victims for Justice”, marched through the principal streets of Monrovia and presented petitions to the American Embassy, European Union, United Nations and to the office of President George Weah, calling for the establishment of War and Economic Crimes’ Court in Liberia to seek justice for the victims of the 14 years civil-war (1989-2003).

Meanwhile, while Liberians have called for the establishment of Economic and War Crimes’ Court, the US House of Representatives Resolution has called for the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal to ensure that the recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are upheld by the government.

The Resolution will now go to the US Senate for concurrence, which in turn is expected to mount further pressure on the Liberian government to live up to the expectation of the International community and thousands of Liberians who want economic and war criminals to face trial.

In fact, since former President Charles G. Taylor was tried and sentenced to 50 years imprisonment in a British Jail, for his support to RUF rebels who hacked off the limbs of their victims, many Liberians have since felt there were many war and economic criminals roaming Liberia freely that deserve to face justice for their actions against humanity.

Though calls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court appear to have gained momentum, there are some Liberians who charge that the establishment of such a court will instead serve to undermine national unity; but their voices are few and far in between.  With the the American Government now adding its voice to the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal to try war time offenders, Senator Prince Y. Johnson (and his likes) may be having sleepless nights, for the truth is now clear that he and others may face justice for violations of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, gross violations of human rights and egregious domestic crimes.

41 COMMENTS

  1. Decisions made in Liberia are not predicated upon how loud or how much voices are made or heard. We record in history when leaders were elected based on voices and yet these leaders were brought down like wild animals, during 1980, 1990, 2002-5. The power to Liberian leadership is based on the number of votes, majority. With all ties with the United States Government and its people, the United States congress has no power to magnify nor impose any decision on the Liberian nation, neither does the United nation. Majority of registered Liberian votes must make such decision to avoid another arm struggle. The United States of America is not the only diplomatic relationship we have. We cannot continue to allow the U.S. Congress to make laws or introduce bills on blood issues to our secret heritage when we are capable and independent to our own aposteriori. This act not apocryphal, the United States Government should be instead introducing bills to curb destructed lives of blacks and whites in streets, homes and places of worship in the United States. Media channels should prevent words like “calling on” or “establishment” by international organizations because in the end it is only Liberians who will fully decide their own destiny. No real Liberian is against any establishment that will ease the pain created by the effects of the past civil war. No Liberian needs another civil confrontation either. There are two aspects of the Truth and Reconciliation process that Americans will not understand. The Truth side is civil oriented and is easily resolved under our civil Justice. The Reconciliation aspect is purely military as it pertains to our last physical fight and will eventually be solved as the Liberian army becomes more capable of unity in tribal and ethnic coagulation to bring to its own jurisprudence perpetrators of the past present and future crisis. This is the time program tribunal level by our founders of this nation. The last resolution of both civil and military codes we must own and be proud to follow without international interference. I am not saying that we as Liberians should not formulate such criminal courts. What I mean is that we must implement the laws we have now under our jurisdiction that we have not done sense our foundation first, before we bring in new legislation pertaining to crime courts. Nevertheless, If we cannot see the conflict in redundancy that might commit to violate the TRC as passive, rely on registerd majority of the people and not on how loud a few can yell as the decision to observe, if there is a need for this process. I am out again for a long time. Do not answer or chat with me.
    Gone to registered silent majority.

    • JT Diggs
      Your post is very entertaining to say the least. As a displaced person in Liberia during the civil war, I heard some of the same statements from Charles Taylor “Greater Liberia”. The idea that Liberia does not need international interference and is capable of solving all of its problems is beyond reason. I doubt if you could point to any reasonable project/program implemented by our country without foreign intervention. Oh Mr. Diggs if this is your real name, I just got a flashback. Taylor is telling Ecomog to leave Liberia because Liberians are capable of making peace.

  2. Weah’s poor decisions and bad governance are coming back to haunt him. Notice how they didn’t bother Sirleaf about this? Its because she, although corrupt, was upholding the law and Constitution to the letter and not bending and breaking it to suit the needs of herself and her followers.

    You think the US also doesn’t know who stole the “missing” monies? They know exactly what happened. They will tie this requirement to Aid money. If anyone thinks Liberia can survive without foreign aid, especially with the economic outlook at the moment, they must be mentally challenged.

  3. A wise person once said, “My country cannot continue to live in a state of perpetual chaos and economic deprivation, while those we call our friends in the West continue to live in economic prosperity.”

    President George Weah is caught between a rock and hard place! Damn if he refuses, and damn if he agrees to pressure from the United States to establish an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in Liberia.

    It is true that heinous acts committed during Liberia Civil War: mass murder, rape, amputation, cannibalism, etc., should not be taken lightly. Those horrific acts have caused long lasting psychological problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the people of Liberia. The war has also left irreparable damage to the country.

    Therefore, these violators of human rights in Liberia should be brought to justice under certain conditions. They should be arrested and tried in a neutral country with the resources like International Criminal Court in (The Hague) Netherlands to prevent another unstable environment in Liberia.

    The damage done to Liberia from 14 years of fighting and many years of instability remain unabated. Liberians cannot continue to live in state of perpetual chaos and economic deprivation when Liberia’s so called long time friend, the United States, and other countries advocating for the Establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in a poor and fragile country like Liberia are enjoying the fruits of their economic prosperity.

    If these foreign powers really want to help Liberia, then, let the United States, the United Nations and other Western proponents for the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in Liberia come up with the money and move the trial on either their soil, or move it to the International Criminal Court (ICC). These Western Powers can also continue to support Liberia in its redevelopment process if they really want peace, justice, democracy and economic development to flourish in Liberia.

    To play the Devil’s Advocate, why did the U.S. House of Rep. not pass (Resolution Bill 1055) establishing an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in Liberia during President Sirleaf’s Administration which lasted 12 long years? Remember, she was instrumental in helping the United States and the Special Court of Sierra Leone bring Charles Tylor to justice?

    Our “Pro Poor” president is now caught between a rock and hard place. What an extraordinary political dilemma to be in Mr. President!!!!

    • We only have ourselves to blame for our current situation! When we had opportunities to peacefully engage each other for the betterment of the nation we instead chose coups, genocide and wars. When we continue to see false prophets clearly doing wrong we praise and worship them.

      Although Foreign powers may have instigated and manipulated many of the events we have experienced over the years, in every single case their have been Liberians at the forefront; starting from the “Progressives, to Doe to Taylor”. Again, we now see a President who has learned nothing from his predecessors; especially Doe and Taylor, both of whom decided to tread autocratic paths and reached their prominence through subversive means.

      The writing that Weah was not prepared was all over the walls and who elected him? Country woman Born soldier…You kill my Ma…You Know Book. It is not coincidence that every time you hear these songs we get a terrible leader. We are and have always been our own problem!

  4. Concedes where, Daily Observer? The Liberian Government has never said it would never establish a war crimes court. The Government says, as President Weah said at the UNGA, that as a matter of inter alia national security, Liberia is unable to establish any war crimes court for Liberia now. SO, IF this story is authentic, the president or the government is simply repeating its position AND NOT “conceding” nor would rush to establish a war crimes court amid its national security obligations.

  5. Jonathan Payelayleh, a former type setter at Daily Observer and reportedly BBC stringer, lost his tongue about establishment of a war crime court during the dozen years of EJS’s presidency, yet suddenly found it in less than a month of the present government taking over; and, my friend, Daily Observer’s editorial manager Mr. John H.T Stewart 11 was a commissioner of the TRC, all of which would suggest Daily Observer isn’t an impartial reporter on the issue of war crime court. In any other West African country, a newspaper persistently advocating a particular outcome on a controversial issue wouldn’t jump on a ‘they-say’ and indulged in such free-fall speculation after failing to get confirmation as this article did.

    Well, what can we say, Liberia is a different kettle of fish. Rather than outracing each other to timely and accurately report on events; more often than not, some of our media outlets invent and drive events dangerously like a derailed freight train carrying harzadous materials. A case in point is the $16 billion vanishing container hearsay which was haughtily and hurriedly handed over to BBC without any duty of care to check its veracity. Of course, the world witnessed why, most likely, the speedy step was seen as necessary: Blackened the country’s image, create a crisis of confidence at home, and catalysed streets protests at home and abroad. The question is, how much partisan and maliciously misleading can a newspaper be to claim the attention of responsible concerned citizens that could be victims in any resulting conflict?

    Unlike in the omnipresent omnipotent U.S, an independent, impartial, and ethical media space is indispensable to a postwar poor and polarized country so much in need of economic respite, political stability, and reconciliation. But I’m afraid ours is a far cry from those criteria, thus ought to reform itself or probably drag a reluctant nation into another conflict. That was what happened in Rwanda which led to the inclusion of “hate media” as a war crime. Few Liberian media personalities and their partisan fans, ironically, have the tendency of abusing readers who try to hold them accountable. However, despite their nonchalant posturing and no matter that the pen is mightier than the sword, the security of the state is more important than the oversized egos of a seemingly self-absorbed few.

    And did I include that Daily Observer shouldn’t spoon-feed us with more salty concoction on war crimes court, because in the final analysis the government would consult all stakeholders at home and do what’s in the interest of the people and best for the country. Yes, right, keep the one-sided opinions to yourself; citizens debate hot-button issues in a democracy, they aren’t rammed down their throats or blackmailed into taking sides: Enough is enough.

    • Sylvester Moses,

      Stop hurting your head – what will be, will be – Que sera, sera! Go sleep, or better still, open your own newspaper. Wait, go and teach literature 101 on LU campus. Perhaps even you need to account. You nearly kill Tom Kamara, according to him, when you were NSA Director.

      “The security risk encompassed critical journalism, for Doe, unlike

      Taylor, had little idea what constituted “espionage.” Without a

      formal charge, I was thrown in prison, but not before the head of

      the NSA (the secret police) Sylvester Moses, now in US exile, gave

      me a dress down for my alleged masterminding of underground leaflets

      produced by University of Liberia students against the regime. Since

      the NSA concluded that I was the only one capable of producing such

      scathing leaflets in the absence of press freedom, Doe decided that the

      high security prison in the jungle of Bella Yalla was the best place to

      dump me and thus remove the risk. So the soldiers bundled me up from

      my prison at the NSA cell and escorted me the tiny city airport to be

      flown to Bella Yalla possibly to be killed en route. But the officer in

      charge of the tiny plane saved my life by refusing to fly the plane and

      demanded legal papers on my case, including formal charges.”

  6. Mr. Gbada Flomo,
    You have said it all. If I was close to you, I would have lifted you up on my shoulder.
    The Free Syrian Army, have killed millions of Syrians. It’s considered a terrorist group by the Syrian president, Arasat. Guess what, it the darling of the West. The LTTE : Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam, was a guerrilla group fighting for the liberation of the people of Jafna province in Sri Lanka. The government in Colombo, labelled them as ‘ terrorist’, while the Tamil people called them freedom fighters. Many other groups around the globe have committed worst atrocities. However; it looks as if it is not the crime you committed that matters, but your associations that matters.
    Liberians should ask themselves, did the Contras in Nicaragua ever go to the ICC? Will the Free Syrian Army go to the ICC?
    I m not backing any wrong doers in Liberia, however, the Liberians people should not always be used as a scapegoat by some foreign hidden hands.
    Why didn’t UNITA -FNLA of Angola, back by South Africa and the West went to the ICC? Those atrocities committed by UNITA, FREE SYRIAN ARMY, THE CONTRAS etc……didn’t take lives?

  7. Mr. Rochefort Dennis,

    Badmouthing the dead isn’t in my African Methodist Episcopalian upbringing, but I debunked that statement in a response published by the Liberian Journal based in Philadelphia, US. As a matter of fact – by contextual analysis – I showed that his allegation in the Perspective.org was a half-truth he had presented to foreign immigration authorities while applying for asylum. Unfortunately, because of our group-interest, group-think mentality, his comrades at the Perspective.org refused to publish my side of the story based on the shallow excuse that he was deceased, never mind that what he wrote was a historical account subject to review and rebuttal at any time. Even when I contacted our mutual friend, Daily Observer’s Mr. John H. T Stewart, for them to publish the article, they stuck to that position. In any case, it pleases me that I later became one of the editorial cornerstones of the same media outlet which had rejected an article to clear a well-earned professional reputation.

    Suffice it to say that Tom Kamara escaped because the management of NSA didn’t approve of the agency being used as a detention center for the Ministry of Defense. The story is simple. He and his uncle Senator Kpoto were in a love triangle; an open secret to leading progressives and close media colleagues, so the politician convinced the then defense minister to teach him a lesson at Belle Yalla Prison. Apparently, when soldiers who carried him to Sprigg Field arrived, there was no plane, and they were instructed to keep him overnight at NSA. The following day, it shocked me to find a casual acquaintance detained in one of the offices on some silliness. Let me just conclude that someone gave him a book about the escape of then correspondent Winston Churchill from a South African jail during the 19th century Boer War, and an ungrateful Tom, as it turned out, escaped that night.

    Mr. Rocheforte Dennis, read the 1987 Report of the American Lawyers for Human Rights entitled “Promise Betrayed”, an account of on-the-grounds investigations they conducted following the November 12 1985 failed coup. According to them, NSA under our supervision was a “professional institution” and yours truly though out of the agency then, was described as a “low profile professional. I would go on in mid -1989 to be minister of national security and in late 1991 a security adviser to Interim President Dr Sawyer until June 1994. I have been in the public safety and national security business since the age of 17 yrs, and trained and worked in three continents. In other words, I know that those who pose threat to stability are quaking in their boots at the probability of my return; did they ask you to test the waters, Mr. Rocheforte Dennis? Oh, well, my bad, just thinking aloud about a pointed comment from out of the blue.

  8. All in all, Liberia is a sovereign State. As so, a nationwide referendum must be conducted to arrive at the final decision for the establishment of war crimes tribunal on Liberian soil. After all, the same America calling Liberia to bow down to establishing the court is the same America that secretly released Taylor from prison and shower him and his cohorts with logistical support to topple the Doe regime. And when all hell was let loose Liberia’s natural resources were looted under cover. This Government is Democratic and ushered into power by and for the people. Therefore, America cannot decide for us. Let the people decide for themselves through a nationwide referendum.
    Simple as that!

    • Hahahahaha..Liberia has never been a sovereign nation….look around…. Is like me saying that Liberia is a democratic nation… Hahahahah…..

  9. Someone’s liberators to rape , as using rape as weapon to terrorize , to disfigured humans and children alike ? You have got the wrong idea or definition of that word. A better example of that word is the UN forces that went to liberate civilians and restored peace. And even while restoring peace through liberation, forces of the UN found in unlawful acts such as rape or torture or other criminal acts were dealt with. Just to prove that someone’s terrorists is not another man’s liberators. You have got that idea wrong.

  10. Opi,
    In a way, yes! We are our own enemies. At least on this particular issue, it’s hard to disagree with your logic given the circumstances. But, realistically, the fact that it’s been reported that Weah “concedes on the issue of a War Crimes Court” does not show weakness on his part. Opi, the question you must answer is this…if you were president of Liberia, what would you have done differently? Or, how would you have handled HR 1055?

    House Resolution 1055 is powerful. It carries the full weight of the Lower House in the US. It’s unusual for the members of the Republican and Democratic parties to demand something like that. It seems to me that somethings may have happened during the years of the bloody uncivil war that you and I and others do not know. Frankly, you write and sound very educational! I agree. So, given this fact, I think it’s in our country’s best interest for us to see and not take sides until the perpetrators are brought to justice. We can certainly wait. It took nine months to get in this sinful world from our mothers’ wombs.

    In an earlier post, you seem to suggest that EJS was not pressured as much as Weah has been by the US government. In fact, you blatantly claim that “EJS was upholding the law and constitution”, and that’s why she was not pressured. My question is this? How do you know? Were you employed in EJS’s government? I hate the role of playing the devil! As you know, no one has named his beloved son after the devil. Playing his role is not easy. But, for purposes of this discussion, I’d say this: A good number of American lawmakers lost confidence in EJS! Fact! Just imagine that Liberia’s lawmakers earn $120,000 per year. That amount does not include perks. Such a poor country. Our country’s public schools do not have computers during this internet age. Secondly, the institutions that brought about tenured positions (which by the way is a hot potato in Liberia) came about during the regime of none other than EJS. Madam EJS sanctioned the payment of such exorbitant salaries. God forbid, what will happen if EJS is exposed as a war crime criminal? Remember Kurt Waldiem (not sure of the last name) the former UN Secretary General from Austria? He was a former SS sympathizer during the 2nd World War. Waldiem “upheld” UN’s constitution. He left office before he was nabbed and exposed.

    Let’s wait and see.

    • 1. If you were president of Liberia, what would you have done differently? Easy! I would have started by extending an olive branch to opposition as soon as I took Office. I would have upheld the Constitution and Laws of the Republic by not violating Acts passed by the Legislature, Ex: LEITI and so many others. I would have appointed credible and knowledgeable persons to the highest positions of trust. I would have focused my Governments efforts on “meat and potatoes” by building on the gains, however small or large, of the previous administration instead of launching vanity projects and promoting pipe dreams. I would have declared my assets and ensured all of my cabinet followed suit within the time frame mandated by the Laws of the Republic! I would have refrained from going on a development spree of my personal properties and acquiring additional property while the economy was tanking. Need more?

      Weah had the opportunity to do all of this and he instead chose to do otherwise, so he bears the utmost responsibility for his shortsightedness which has ultimately led him into the trap of international politics! Both Doe and Taylor did the same and they ended up regretting it and worse of all we the Liberian people were made to pay. Its NOT rocket science my brother!

      • FS Hney. If you know anything about economics you will know that it is in the interest of Developed Nations to keep poor nations and people poor. Developed nations will use any and every opportunity to maintain the status quo so why would any sound minded leader of a poor and undeveloped nation give them ANY excuse to achieve their goal? The nations slipping through the cracks like Senegal and Ghana are being smart and playing the game of international politics well. If these nations maintain their trajectory very soon you will see them really breaking free of their chains. Again, ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE! We just have a habit of continually supporting (insanity) the wrong people for the wrong reasons!

      • On Tuesday, November 13th, shortly before a vote on Resolution 1055, The Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Representative Ed Royce said, “…Much more needs to be done to crack down on corruption and create a more conducive environment for trade and economic investment. The government must ensure that policies are in place to encourage businesses to invest, grow and create jobs. But this resolution affirms the U.S. commitment to continue to partner with Liberia to support civil society, rule of law and governance. We stand by the Liberian people in their continued efforts for a more prosperous and democratic Liberia…” the U.S. Congressman said.

        IT’S CLEARLY ABOUT MORE THAN JUST A WAR CRIMES COURT!

  11. Correct spelling…Kurt Waldheim. The guy was an Austrian diplomat who later on became the UN Secretary General. The gentleman did not enjoy the remaining few years of his life because the world body including of course the Jewish state of Israel, pulled the blanket off his world war two atrocities.

    Now, I am not accusing EJS as being a closet criminal. I will never make blanket statements about her. My main point is that as powerful as the US is, it is highly unlikely that Weah would have refused to act. Let’s not forget or even delude ourselves that Resolution 1055 is a bipartisan document. As I said earlier, the resolution carries the full weight of US’s Lower House. Something is wrong somewhere. At least one little sanction against Liberia and we’ll go tumbling straight down at the bottom of the ocean.

    I strongly believe that Weah must be given a credit because he acted wisely. Weah lets it be known that the interest of our country is at stake.

  12. Opi,
    Nearly everything you’ve said makes sense. Trust me, I wasn’t questioning your ability to conduct good business as a leader. But, you seem to have missed my point.
    If you were our president (you could be someday) what would you have done if HR #1055 got to your desk? Would you refuse to install a war crimes court? Would you have said to the Americans….”no war crimes court”.

    By conceding, Weah did what was right. That was my point.

    • I understand my friend. I was playing along with your “advocacy”. If he has conceded it is the right decision. I personally would have done everything to make sure I didn’t find myself with 1055 on my desk!

  13. Opi,
    I am not an Economics major. I took three Economics courses during my college days. They are:
    1. Macroeconomics
    2. Microeconomics and
    3. Economic Statistics.
    I would like to say that in order for me or any patriotic Liberian to discuss the issues of our country, it doesn’t matter if I or anyone had specilized in economics.

    Secondly, let’s not forget that when he became president, Weah extended an olive branch to some of his political enemies. Example, Weah visited former VP Boakai and shook hands with him in a photo shoot. In fact, Boakai’s running was tapped to serve in Weah’s government.

    Qualified civil servant employees:
    I don’t know a whole lot about the men and women who have been and are being hired by Weah. But I can say that during the regime of EJS, it was speculated that some of her hirees were few inches below qualification. Sure, in a third world country such as ours, good governance is expected. In order for this to be achieved, inexperienced people are unneeded. But I cannot and will not condemn the men and women that have been and are being brought into labor force by Weah. I do agree with you 100% that experienced and well-educated people like you should be considered for employment.

    During the Johnson-Sirleaf years, good roads should have been constructed. It didn’t happen! Weah has made road-construction a top priority. The reason Ghana is making progress is that in the 80s when our country was unstable politically, roads were being built by Rawlings in Ghana. Good roads in Ghana have brought an economic bonaza. If Weah gets the support of the lawmakers of Liberia, our country will be a basket case. Why? Because Weah argues that good roads are an absolute must for economic development. On tge otger hand, although I believe that credit should be given to “all who try” (such as EJS), I think sometimes, many people heap overwhelming credit on Ghana that’s undeserved. For example, Ghanaians have problems with electricity, their currency, corruption and many more. That’s not unlike Liberia. Also about two months ago, it was reported that there were about 50 “ambulance vans” in a country of almost 40 million inhabitants. Let’s not bring up the topic of drugs! A good number of Ghanaians have misused Liberia by buying Liberian passports black market style. They have good universities. We will persevere. But, Ghanaians have a lot of downsides that Liberia does not need.

    Tenured Positions:
    Weah is trending in the right direction. The truth of the matter is that corruption ran amonk in EJS’s government irrespective of the fact that some institutions were in full swing. The very institutions that were put in place to slash corruption into smithereens did not function to full capacity. Ultimately, tenured positions should be re-examined. I cannot fathom a logical reason why any particular individual should be hired for five or ten years or even for life in order to fight corruption without being asked to step down. Especially when corruption continues to spread like wildfire or when an individual is not performing to full capacity. That’s terrible! It’s undemocratic!

    Finally in the US, the Republicans and Democrats operate at opposite ends of the political spectrum. That’s how the checks and balances work. But, despite their political differences, the Republicans and Democrats do agree on so many issues for the good of their country. Brother Opi, despite our differences, (in fact not too many of them), we can agree to disagree. Let’s work hard to improve our country.

    • All of the tenured positions in Liberia were created by law via the First Branch of Government as per the Constitution. Weah broke those laws by replacing individuals who had tenured positions. His actions were not out of some benevolence, he simply wanted to find jobs for friends and supporters. If he believed tenured positions were “undemocratic” to begin with why didn’t he start by first trying to get those laws amended? His shortsightedness and unlawful actions only helped to create more mistrust of him both at home and abroad.

  14. @Gbada Flomo, you called the gruesome murder of innocent people as being the liberation for another group of people. Did you ever take time to probe the specificity of events that occurred before making such preposterous statement? So how did the massacre of hundreds of innocent people at the St. Peter Lutheran church compound serve as a liberation for any other group of people in Liberia? It’s so pitiful that you are misinterpreting genocide as liberation. I see why the power struggle among politicians degenerated into that bloody civil war because folks seem to totally lost sensitivity relative to decency, human rights, social justice, peace and tranquility, etc. Hate has emanated so long in the Liberian geographical confines that genocide is now be considered as liberation. The forces in the Liberian civil war were ECOMOG, UNMIL and other UN peacekeeping organs. All those warring parties including the AFL, NPFL, INPFL, ULIMO, ULIMO-J, ULIMO-K, MODEL, LURD, LPC, are all rebel killer machinery that shed the blood of innocent people to people greedy politicians in power and the vast majority of the foot soldiers left alone to rot in poverty, ignorance, and trauma.

  15. sylvestert moses you worked for the NSA (Not Safe for Africans) you come on this newspaper when you were an instrument by samuel doe to Kill thousands of people now you hiding in the united states. take your body back there to the trc so we can hang your stupid butt

  16. Mr. Opi,your comment is a fine one. Especially that line: “It is in the interest of the developed nation to keep the poor nation poor”, explain it all.
    Time and time again, I mentioned in my comments that we Africans, or members of poor countries, have economic decisions that were drafted by colonial masters. Most of these ideas are absolutely obsolete. They were drafted to suite the whim of foreign entities.
    I m not an economic major, I have not read anything that has to do with marketing. I m in the Math and Science department here in Sydney. I m not too old to have served in past regimes in Liberia. If we Liberians or African want freedom, we must be willing to sacrifice.
    We are in the 21st century, according to historians, we do not own anything in our own country. Our system is not serving us sir.

    Just few decades back, people were calling the Chinese socialists and communists. They were riding bicycles and living on a bowl of rice per day. They are the same people building our railways, airports, seaports, and giving us loans. Even those who told them they could not be member of the UN, are today their biggest trading partners. Not only the Chinese, but other Asians countries. Our economy, security, are all in the hands of foreign monopoly capitalist agent. Whenever there is an uncertain security atmosphere created by foreign hidden agents, they park up and go, leaving us to starve!
    If your system cannot serve you, who it going to serve? Our governments are in the business of providing quality education for their people, therefore the citizen can easily be manipulated to work against their own interest.

    Time and time, I see our people going in the street demonstrating for ‘war crime’. A smart Liberian will ask himself, were was the issue of war crime, when EJS was there for 12 years? For just 9 months, the issue of war crime has suddenly become a major headline.
    Let’s try to think better, fellow Liberians. We have no where to called home, but this 43,000 sq. miles of real estate. Let no one keep fooling us to be at each other’s throats.
    From the University of Sydney, Australia…my love to all Liberians.

  17. Correction: our government are in the business of providing quality education for her citizen. Should be a negative statement: If our government are not in the business of providing quality education for her citizen, who will?

  18. Correction: Our Governments are in the business of providing quality education for her citizen. Should be a negative statement: Our governments are not in the business of providing quality education for her citizens, therefore, the citizen can easily be manipulated to work against their own interest. Hence most of our governments’ decisions in sub-Saharan Africa are tied up to foreign capitalist mandate, we are far away from calling ourselves “FREE PEOPLE”. That goes to say a typical Black Nation cannot make any decision on her own unless that decision is voice out by a Foreign Nations or some foreign entity, that control her economy purse string.

    We went through 12 years under Ellen Johnson Sirlef, no one voice out War crime court issue. All of a sudden just 9 months under this government, WAR CRIME COURT has taken a center stage. The Dog Whistle is being blown by foreign group, and all our citizens are taken to the streets.

    Hey Liberians/Africans, We have to change our THINKING if we desire to have a future different from the present. Being our true SELF can only come from separating our THINKING from the CROWD mentality. Let us not be HOOD WING by foreigners, who will, at the end, sit and laugh at our plights.

    From Sydney, my Love to all Liberians.

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