‘President Weah Should Institute More Stringent Measures to Combat COVID-19, If…’

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Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe, president, LNBA: “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.”

-Says LNBA president Gongloe

Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, president of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) says for  precautionary action against the deadly COVID-19 virus that is spreading rapidly in the country, he will support more stringent measures if those announced by President George Weah were not working  to stop the spread of the disease.

Cllr. Gongloe said the LNBA, which is responsible for all lawyers in the country, fully supports the declaration made by the President about the state of emergency as a means of combating the disease, which according to him does not have any cure for now.

Cllr. Gongloe’s statement came after President George Weah announced a State of Emergency as a measure to combat the deadly COVID-19. According to a confirmed report, the country infected rate has jumped for 14 to 31 as of yesterday, April 8, with 4 reported deaths.

He made the statement when he addressed journalists at the Temple of Justice.

Defending his action, Gongloe said “Because the virus is more dangerous than even the civil and conventional warfare, he would support any drastic decision the government would take just to save the lives of the population.

Gongloe, meanwhile, assured the government about his association’s readiness to support any action that would be taken to protect the lives of the population.

“There should be no opposition to the President’s statement because the COVID-19 is more dangerous even than the Ebola that we experienced few years back,” Gongloe emphasized.

“Other countries have instituted more stringent measures and we can do likewise to stop the disease from killing our population. So, we need to support any stringent measures introduced by this government,” the LNBA president pleaded with the citizens.

Later, Gongloe urged his colleagues, particularly those having law firms to disengage from allowing more clients entering their premises, pleading, “You have to ensure social distancing at your law firm.”

The government’s State of Emergency affects all 15 counties in the Republic of Liberia, and all ordered quarantined from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020, until further notice.

President Weah noted: “As a further measure under this State of Emergency, all Liberians and residents within the borders of Montserrado County, Margibi County, Nimba County, and Grand Kru County are to STAY AT HOME for the next 14 days, beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020.”

“Throughout this period residents may leave home only for essential journeys for reasons of health and food, which should be restricted to your local community only, and be limited to a single person per household for a maximum of one hour,” the president noted.

According to Weah, “exceptions shall be made for persons who are designated as essential staff in government offices, banks, supermarkets, and other business establishments such as hotels, petrol stations, and health facilities to travel directly to work and return directly home. All such commercial activities are to be closed no later than 3:00 p.m.”

“All non-essential businesses and Government offices will remain closed, with the exception of essential businesses, health facilities and a few key government offices, such as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Bank of Liberia, the National Port Authority, the Liberia Revenue Authority, the Monrovia City Corporation, and the Liberia Broadcasting System, and accredited media, where only a skeleton staff will be given passes to work.”

Excluding other public entities, Weah said, “other government offices may be designated as exempt based on the essential nature of their function. Meanwhile, non-exempt government employees and people in the private sector are encouraged to work from home.”

“Also exempted from these restrictions are: (a) production, distribution, and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and medicine; (b) environmental and sanitation activities; ( c) members of the security forces assigned to lawful duties; (d) essential staffs of electricity, water, telecommunications, banking, and hotels, and (e) the staff of fuel stations,” the president indicated.

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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. President Weah should institute more stringent measures to combat the Coronavirus, says Counselor Gongloe , President of Liberia National Bar Association. But as a lawyer, what are or should be some of those stringent measures that the Counselor would like George put in place if the present declaration of emergency measures are not working ? The Counselor did not or refused to say. And that is and has been the problem in that country by influential citizens of the body politics. Like they say , be a part of the change that want would like to see, not only by speaking out, but recommending workable solutions. As mentioned by the Counselor that in other or in some countries the authorities have put in stringent measures , but failed to give examples of those measures. James Davis has seen on television and videos where citizens are being beaten by their law enforcement officers community leaders alike enforcing measures. Certainly, one knows that that is not what is being suggested by the Counselor. But who knows how that request from the Counselor may be misunderstood even by the regime or some community leaders. Prominent health experts have been calling for a national lockdown, but failing to recognize or suggest what to do concerning the humanitarian aspect of the lockdown. And so George placed a state of emergency measures, without a budget to address some of the needs until international assistance can follow through. It is not surprising that the country’s love for draconian measures in almost everything can be found in the nature of its politics of totalitarianism or authoritarianism. With less approach to humanitarian considerations in its legal form. Liberia is a country that for the very good of society, it seems that things are made to go in opposite direction than the intended purpose. So let the Counselor explain what he means about stringent measures that should be taken. The calls for total lockdown, shut down and whatever else by the health experts to get their 15 minutes notice was not followed to suggest some recommendations for humanitarian relief. No, they are not suggesting anything, but more stringent measures in the face of the declining economy and food centers or storages. When children are up early in the mornings, their first thoughts are about food. Don’t just say these draconian measures are needed, but think about its implications also to the shut in. By working with the regime and also suggesting ways how to reach the shut ins communities through the churches and others organizations and pushing for some kind of relief budget. These were not thought of by those calling for shut down, lockdown, more stringent measures. The last state emergency measure for all good intended purposes, saw a kid got shot. The recent confrontation between Senator Johnson and the police Chief, for all intended purposes, things usually go wrong due to the lack of proper training and planning.

    • Sr. Engineer, Geophysicist: Peter Curran (Yarkpajuwur N. Mator 2017-Independent Presidential Candidate)

      True.
      God bless Liberia.

  2. Hon. Curran,
    It’s a pleasure for me to tease your brain once again. I am almost certain that you will contest the upcoming presidential election in 2023. It shows. You write comments about economic and political development in Liberia all the time.
    So, please do the most professional and honorable thing. Will it be possible for you to respond to the question that has been posed below.

    Question:
    Let’s say you are the president of the republic of Liberia. How would you have handled the current Covid-19 crisis?

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