Rep. Enders Admits to Bad Governance, Condemns December 30 Protest

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By Leroy M. Sonpon, lll

Montserrado County District #6 Representative, Samuel Enders, has reminded Liberians to not to forget their bitter past and avoid any act that will bring back such bitter experiences and, at the same time, admitting that the governance and economic situations in the country are quite unfavorable.

Speaking Saturday, December 28, 2019, at his newly constructed African Dream Academy along the RIA Highway outside Monrovia, Enders called on President Weah to step up his governance style and tackle the “Bad economy,” conditions that are the sparking points for the much-publicized December 30 protest.

In the first branch of government, where Enders works, he admitted that the House of Representatives is not in order and issues debated are not based on the interest of the country but on the ruling party’s interest. He called on the House Speaker, Bhofal Chambers, who is a stalwart of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), to also exhibit good leadership attributes to put the Lower House in order.

According to Enders, loyalty to a political party and partisan decisions are defiling the image of the House of Representatives and, if not tackled, the heroism of popular talk show host and chairman of the Council of Patriots (COP), Henry Costa, will boost if he continues to point out the wrongs.

Regarding reports of majority members of the House receiving US$5,000 to allow the printing of additional Liberian banknotes as requested by the Executive, Representative Enders distanced himself from the allegation and said he was not in the country during the sitting of the extraordinary session and therefore not a recipient of such an amount from the Executive as alleged.

Despite his confession of bad governance and worsening economic situation for which some Liberians are contending to use their constitutional right to “Peacefully” assemble and petition their government what to do in line with Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution, the Montserrado County lawmaker, being fully aware of history of protest in Liberia, is warning Liberians against the “Weah step-down” campaign which according to him is a sign of another civil war.

Recalling the past, Enders said such was the case in 1980 and 1990 that resulted in the killing of 250,000 Liberians with several raped, tortured and humiliated in other forms with properties destroyed.

As a member of the House’s Committee on Peace, Religion and National Reconciliation, Enders recalled during his statement the song, “Native Woman Born Soldier; Soldier Killed Tolbert” and “Monkey Come Down,” motivating songs that led Presidents William R. Tolbert and Samuel K. Doe to be slaughtered which consequently led to the 14-year devastating civil war.

As a minister of the Gospel, Representative Enders admonished Liberians not to allow the past to be repeated, singing a stanza of the song, “Remind Me, Dear Lord.”

At the same time, Representative Enders is urging Liberians to dissect their action and confession of CoP Chairman, Henry Costa as another “Hero.”  As Costa’s political opponent who Enders bested in the 2017 Legislative election, Enders wondered whether or not Henry Costa lives in Liberia or has a home here, as he leads a large group of Liberians in protest; even though Costa usually comes from the United States, where he is studying, to be a part of every protest he calls for.

“People in the streets are singing of the hero (Henry Costa), how well do you know your hero? Where does Mr. Costa live? Does he live in Liberia or in America? Where is his home? Where has he (Mr. Costal) worked over the years? Which school are his children attending? Which company has he worked before?… he (Mr. Costal) was here June 7 and he came specifically for Liberians to demonstrate and he left, today he came back. What has he done since June 7 up to today? Has there been any investment brought in by Mr. Costa? Has there been any plan put forth by Mr. Costa?” Wondered Rep. Enders in compacted questions.

However, Representative Samuel Enders was among beneficiaries of huge sums of US dollars that were surreptitiously allotted for private clinics and hospitals by the Ways, Means, and Finance Committee of the House of Representatives after the passage of the 2018/2019 budget.

His African Dream Clinic operating with the African Dream Academy among others including the EJ&J Hospital of Nimba County District #1 Representative Jeremiah Koung, and the Ma Watta Eye Clinic of Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations, D. Maxwell Kemayah, were not part of the fiscal budget after passage, but in the end, they were allotted not less than US$250,000 and above to the surprise of the rest of stakeholders of the national budget.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Sam Enders, there is no bad governance on the part of this government. The problem here is an inherited deteriorated economy which no one in his or her right mind or a reasonable person should expect a government which has been in power for just two years to fix, when the government it succeeded could not fix the very economy in twelve years.

    As for your assessment on loyalty to political party, just take a shot at the impeachment trial in the US where NO REPUBLICAN PARTY REPRESENTATIVE VOTED FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE STANDARD BEARER OF THEIR PARTY PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND ALL REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE VOWED TO VOTE FOR THE ACQUITTAL OF TRUMP THEIR REPUBLICAN PARTISAN! With regards to this CoP menace I would like to caution the Liberian people for which I reverberate what you have wondered ….

    “People in the streets are singing of the hero (Henry Costa), how well do you know your hero? Where does Mr. Costa live? Does he live in Liberia or in America? Where is his home? Where has he (Mr. Costal) worked over the years? Which school are his children attending? Which company has he worked before?… he (Mr. Costal) was here June 7 and he came specifically for Liberians to demonstrate and he left, today he came back. What has he done since June 7 up to today? Has there been any investment brought in by Mr. Costa? Has there been any plan put forth by Mr. Costa?”

    Costa, and Kolubah are been used by especially Joseph Boakai and Benoni Urey, and other losers of the 2017 elections. But not to worry, this government will tame the bastard and his owners , and then they will realize that governments are placed in power or removed through the ballot box and through the abuse of rights, or abuse of power as Joseph Boakai believes since Ellen refused to abuse her power to rig the elections for him silly Boakai.

    • But not to worry, this government will tame the bastard and his owners , and then they will realize that governments are placed in power or removed through the ballot box AND NOT through the abuse of rights, or abuse of power as Joseph Boakai believes since Ellen refused to abuse her power to rig the elections for him silly Boakai.

    • The economy is bad but it has not stop the thief prezo from building mansions and from screwing every women that comes his way. The bad economy gives his wife 1.2 million in the budget. You people are really fools. Costa don’t have to do anything but live a good life. I think he should take the money and let you ingrates suffer under this man.

  2. Sam Enders, there is no bad governance on the part of this government. The problem here is an inherited deteriorated economy which no one in his or her right mind or a reasonable person should expect a government which has been in power for just two years to fix, when the government it succeeded could not fix the very economy in twelve years.

    As for your assessment on loyalty to political party, just take a shot at the impeachment trial in the US where NO REPUBLICAN PARTY REPRESENTATIVE VOTED FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE STANDARD BEARER OF THEIR PARTY PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND ALL REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE VOWED TO VOTE FOR THE ACQUITTAL OF TRUMP THEIR REPUBLICAN PARTISAN! With regards to this CoP menace I would like to caution the Liberian people for which I reverberate what you have wondered ….

    “People in the streets are singing of the hero (Henry Costa), how well do you know your hero? Where does Mr. Costa live? Does he live in Liberia or in America? Where is his home? Where has he (Mr. Costal) worked over the years? Which school are his children attending? Which company has he worked before?… he (Mr. Costal) was here June 7 and he came specifically for Liberians to demonstrate and he left, today he came back. What has he done since June 7 up to today? Has there been any investment brought in by Mr. Costa? Has there been any plan put forth by Mr. Costa?”

    Costa, and Kolubah are been used by especially Joseph Boakai and Benoni Urey, and other losers of the 2017 elections. But not to worry, this government will tame the bastard and his owners , and then they will realize that governments are placed in power or removed through the ballot box AND NOT through the abuse of rights, or abuse of power as Joseph Boakai believes since Ellen refused to abuse her power to rig the elections for him silly Boakai.

  3. Mr. Freedom To Be Blunt,
    On the issue of Weah inheriting a weak economy from 12 years of Johnson-Sirleaf leadership, you’re 100% correct. It’s hard for some people to come to grips with this very important issue. But it’s the hard truth. Let’s not also forget to say that because of the weak economy which he inherited, unemployment has become a problem for Weah.

    It’s a fact of life that Weah is the president. Personally, I am not making excuses for him. I would like to see his appointees become more creative. I would also like to see Weah become a little tough on his appointees, in other words, his Ministers of the institutions of government. Some people can only move if hot fire is dumped on their backs. Lastly, there are leftover employees from Johnson-Sirleaf’s government who were retained by Weah. Maybe, Weah retained them because he thought their retention would turn out to be a plus in terms of experience. Who really knows? Whatever the case, it’s time for the old people to make a quick exit, no disrespect intended.

    In management, the manager is one who performs a middleman role, or sometimes a kind of a rotten role. The manager reports to the leader or the top brass (depending on the situation) and brings back information to his or her surbordinates. In this scenario, the Ministers are the managers and the leader is George Weah. Not too many managers (Ministers) report what’s being done or what’s needed at some ministries. Take for instance the Ministry of Public Works. Does anyone think the Minister of PW tell Weah about bad roads during the rainy season? If roads need to be fixed, the Minister of PW ought to do something now and not wait to do something during the dry season.

    I certainly hope that Weah’s appointees will become proactive. I am sorry to say some of Weah’s appointees (no names) are weak! The weak, inexperienced egoistic appointees must go! Their ineptitude is a drag.

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