‘Serve the People First, Be Last to Eat’

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Opposition leader, Alexander B. Cummings

ANC Political Leader Cummings cautions Weah administration

The political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, says it is good for government officials to serve the people first and be the last to eat, citing the wave of scandals involving government officials who are on trial for the abuse of their leadership privileges and those who are reported to be involved in land purchases and building mansions.

He said President George Weah and his government officials need to be conscious of what they can do to fulfill their promises to the people instead of building their own properties first. Cummings also emphasized the reported purchasing of properties by government officials, including the President, as a situation that does not signal confidence in the government.

He also said he prefers to remain a critical opposition politician in order to constructively criticize the ruling party and ensure that it meets up with deliverables it promised the Liberian people.

Mr. Cummings’ comment comes following public concerns as to whether or not he would contest for the Senate in 2020, in order to begin his experience from there as he pursues the presidency through a democratic election.

In a live radio talk show on December 4, 2018, the ANC political leader could not state if he would contest the special senatorial election; however, he said the three collaborating parties — the Liberty Party (LP), Unity Party (UP) and the ANC are preparing for the 2020 election to ensure that they have an adequate representation in the Senate.

For him, he said being in the Senate may get him not to discuss issues as an opposition politician because he will be in government and his voice may not adequately be heard based on the conduct of the Senate.

Therefore, he said he feels better remaining an opposition to keep watch on the government, to criticize ills and provide solutions than to be in the Senate where some policies and situations will prevent him from doing what he ought to do.

Mr. Cummings noted that from the time the government took office in January this year, he has been commenting on national issues and providing solutions for the government to follow, but the more he and others do, the more the ruling establishment brand them as “enemies of the state.”

As an opposition politician and well experienced former world-class business executive, Mr. Cummings indicated that the system of governance here has now cast a dark cloud over the investment prospects of the country.

The ANC political leader, who earlier this year criticized the manner in which two loan agreements (ETON Finance and EBOMAF) with others were arranged, emphasized that unfolding events of recent do not signal good governance and trust in the country.

Among those issues are the missing 16 billion printed Liberian notes; pronounced infusion of US$25 million to mop up liquidity in the Liberian dollar, the controversial impeachment of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh; recently leaked information about bribes at the National Housing Authority (NHA), mounting speculations about tension between the President and the Vice President, and the recent election riot in Montserrado District 13 that left some wounded, with one person reported to have died, though the Liberia National Police later issued a statement that there were no deaths, except serious injuries.

He said the growing tension between the vice president and the president and the one between the Legislature and Judiciary involving Justice Ja’neh, are complete distractions that the government need not give attention to except corruption issues that affect the economy and which have the propensity to undermine the credibility of the government.

Cummings boldly stated that the government is not in the position to fight corruption, neither is there an attempt by government to do so.

On calls for justice that have been trumpeted since the beginning of the year, Mr. Cummings said he is quite convinced that Liberians do need justice, which will bring an end to impunity and foster a healthy reconciliatory process for all Liberians.

Meanwhile, an Executive Mansion press release announced yesterday that President George Manneh Weah has, with immediate effect, suspended the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA) Mr. Duannah Siryon, Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Mr. Tugbeh C. Tugbeh and Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Mr. Isaac Roberts for time indefinite.

The three officials are being investigated in connection with their roles in an alleged act of fraud at the NHA, involving U$92,000 kickback, the release posted at the Executive Mansion website, said. Also, the President has mandated them to turn over all government properties and relevant documents in their possessions.

18 COMMENTS

    • Cummings is bad news. I worked with the United Nations within the Africa Bureau for years, especially during the 1990´s and before. I never heard one day about any Alex Cummings doing anything for the Liberian people.

      This man, after living his lavished lifestyle in the corporate world in America, while others were struggling for the Liberian people, this crook comes to tell the Liberian people he would never accept to be paid as president and he would make Liberia a paradise, tells that he is bad news.

      What human being who would say I put myself last and put the people first, but could not , as I have read in this same daily observer newspapaer, he cummings adamantly refused to pay hundreds of citizens who worked for him during the election?

      Now even those who have not seen through this guy´s dishonesty, can see why he could not even win more than 6 percent in the elction. And he thinks after all such abuses of people rights and his lavished life style while others were suffering for the country, the people of Liberia will ever notice him or even consider him for any elected position. NEVER!

  1. No. “This is the man” self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-entitled elites picked as their hope to ape the ineffective, unresponsive and unaccountable authoritarian rule of Tubman, so they forced poor people in Maryland County to carry him on their shoulders during campaigning. That contemptuous scene with Mr. Alexander Cummings wearing an oversized country gown while being transported like a White colonial official was instructive in another way. It didn’t only show his lack of compassion for the human mules, but also arrogance of ANC strategists and collaborating journalists who think that despite such disdainful attitude towards Marylanders, a drumbeat of anti-CDC rhetoric would catapult their circus chief into the Executive Mansion. Elitist delusional thinking, “Put your feet on my head, disrespect me, I will vote for you”.

    • Mr. Cummings is stating facts on the ground and your best response is hyperbole? This government has serious credibility issues with the Liberian people, and the international community, and likewise potential investors. The debate should focus on what the government is doing to solve the problems facing the country but all you CDC guys do is lambaste critics as if that will solve the problems. I’m sure you are aware that the talk on the streets of Liberia and cities across the world is that George Weah and his officials are stealing public funds and building mansions while the people are suffering. If that’s not bad PR for this government then I don’t know what is.

    • you should never criticize any government you worked for the NSA when thousands where politically slaughtered. I have heard of you you. how many deaths and torture was the NSA involved in . sylvester moses you are the last person to be on the internet talking about fairness. what about the thousands who lost their rights under your watch. GO TO HELL WITH YOUR STUPID SELF

  2. All men and women are entitled to their opinions, but not the facts! So in that sense, Kerkulah is right to think that Cummings is the right guy to turn things around for all Liberians. Kerkula speaks for “some” Liberians, not “all” Liberians. That’s how far I go to support Kerkulah’s viewpoints. Overall, my views are consistent with those of S. G. Moses. Like Moses, I strongly believe that Cummings is not the ideal gentleman who could shape Liberia’s future.

    First of all, Cummings is not a leader. According to his unseen resume, Cummings informs us that he was a Coco-Cola business executive. Granted! But there is a difference between a leader and a manager, or a business executive. Cummings is not a leader until he becomes one. Second, a presidential aspirant who displays or exhibits a colonial mentality is not worthy of consideration for the presidency. The time is long gone to tote a man or woman in a thick blanket. Once again in that sense, Cummings displayed insensitivity when he did not discourage or stop the poor uneducated people to carry him up in arms. So the question is this….how long do we have to go in order to put up with Cummings’ provocative actions? Cummings claims that he is a derivative of the Karluway tribe of Gbaken, Maryland county. But, throughout his executive business years, no one in Gbaken, Maryland county, had seen him there or heard that he was a native son. Only when Cummings chose to run for the presidency did he appear on the scene as being a derivative of Gbaken. That’s not positive, but rather suspicious. Finally, during the 2017 presidential election, Cummings sold a lot of snake oil that was disguised as vegetable oil. Example, Cummings faithfully promised the Liberian people that he’d create 100,000 jobs once he got elected. Huh! This time, the Liberian people became smart. If the Liberian people had not worn their reading glasses during the presidential campaign, Cummings’ chicanery of snake oil sale would have succeeded. Golly, Liberians do not play dumb always, only maybe 5 times out of 365 days.

    • Like they say, “where is the beef?” This government will have to delivery the goods it promised or it will not be re-elected. Simple as that. So you guys should spend your time thinking about solutions instead of lambasting critics because that won’t create a single job.

      • And this government shall deliver with distinction beyond expectations, and be triumphantly re-elected via a tsunami win! By not confining oneself to the yellow journalism, tabloid, distortions, inaccuracies, and falsehood, or personal vendetta of Rodney Sieh, but reading other Liberian dailies, one easily discerns and realize the transformative developments, improvements, and progress, been made by this government by and through such strategic domains as the “BIG BANG” policy transformation – tuition free country; the “BLUE PRINT” policy metastaszation- refurbishing o the major sources of the economy; the “MOSAIC” reconstruction- building of modern roads throughout the country; and of course the “INCREMENTALISM” or piecemeal small-scale transfiguration of the abundance of jobs, world class educational systems, and health care safety networks throughout the country.

    • Look Alex Cummings, a mere transmission belt of the elite, and daring to make the people to carry you in hammer as some 4th century king or Paramount Chief, you are behind time. Whether you are fooling Rodney Sieh and that Ghanaian Kwame Clement or they are the ones fooling you, you bear the costs of regrets. President George Weah THE PEOPLE´S PRESIDENT is set for 12 years to build Liberians a great nation. And after that, there is no reason not to believe the CDC shall not accept the people´s mandate and petition to go on with triumphant presidential leadership!

  3. KOKOPIE11
    IT TAKE A VILLAGE AND BUT IN HARPER, MARYLAND A EXECUTIVE MANSION FOR THE PRESIDENT MANSION WAS BUILDING BY THE GOVERNMENT MONEY. NO OPPOSITION PARTY TO CRITICIZE THE GOVERNMENT LEADER. FOR 20YRS OR MORE YRS.YES WE CAN AND IT TAKE A VILLAGE IF WE CARE FOR SINOE COUNTY, GRAND KRU COUNTRY, LOFA COUNTY, FISH TOWN AND NO GOOD ROADS FOR 5YRS OR MORE YRS. WHEN YOU WHERE IN MARYLAND HARPER YOUR NAME WAS ALEXANDER CUMMINGS NO CRITICAL FROM YOU. WHEN THE T PARTY OF LIBERIA FROM THE 75YRS LEADER FROM DOE, AMOS, CHARLES AND ELLEN ADMINISTRATION NOW NO CHANCE. NO CRITICIZE AND THOSE LEADERS BUILD MANSIONS FOR THEIR FAMILIES FROM YOUR FATHER AND MY FATHER HARD WORKS. YES WE CAN IF WE CARE NOT YOUR NAME NOT FROM WHERE YOU FROM.LET THE PEOPLES OF LIBERIA WORKS HARDEST TO SAVE THE UNION OF LIBERIA.YOU SEE NOW IN LIBERIA IS NOT PRESIDENT GEORGE M.WEAH CORRUPT BUT HIS LEADERS BUT ONE BY ONE ALL WILL GO. YOU SAW ABOUT THE THREE ADMINISTRATORS BEING SUSPENDED FROM THEIR OFFICES. GOOD TIME NOW. WHEN JESUS ASK THE RICH MAN TO SELL HIS POSITION OF HIS RICHES BUT HE REFUSE DO THAT AND WILL YOU DO? FOR THE LOVE OF COUNTRY LIBERIA? NEXT YEAR WILL BE A BLESSING FOR THE LEARDSHIP OF PRESIDENT GEORGE M.WEAH BLESSING FOR HIS PEOPLE OF LIBERIA. OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS LIKE YOU IF YOU WANT CHANGE IN LIBERIA ASK YOUR GOD TO CHANGE THE NATION NOT CRITICIZE BECAUSE WHEN YOUR TIME COME BROTHER AS GOD SAID WHAT FROM HEART PROCEEDED IN MOUTH. NO GOOD ROADS, HOUSING, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS,TEACHERS, DOCTORS, NURSES IN ORDER TO CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITICIZE LET US DO YOUR PARTS AS BUILDINGS THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLES IN LIBERIA. AS OPPOSITION PARTIES LIKE LIBERTY PARTY, UNITY PARTY AND ANC AS A SAID YES WE CAN BECAUSE IT TAKE A VILLAGE TO GO TOWARDS A NEW LIFE, NEW YEAR AND WE WILLING TO WORK.

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR NATION FOR ALL.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  4. The leader of the ANC should disassociate himself from any form of corruption statement that implies or suggesting that he is encouraging corruption according to the headline of this article . Whether first or last to eat , corruption is a political problem and practice of bad governance. Hope he will speak strongly against any form of corruption in that country. Weah is of the mindset that corruption with impunity is part of his egotistical personality of being a celebrity. As he is always found of boasting that ” I am George M. Weah with many celebrities as friends “. And so the nation has a heavy duty to this President as a celebrity. That celebrity thing is still in his head , forgetting that he is President to lead , to serve and provide for his nation and people that same opportunity in order for them to become service to their nation too . The leader of ANC will do well to provide genuine hope by discouraging such statement as the headline seems to suggest.

      • The future leaders of Liberia? He in fact said he would have created 100,000 jobs immediately had he become the president; a LIE? Liberia has very big problems.

    • Mr. James Davis, Cummings is not only corrupt. He is dishonest. Any candidate who will tell the people if you make me president I will not take pay, but them come to tell the same people “you eat I eat”, IS A BIG PRETENDER HUSLING FOR MONEY. THE GUY IS TOO MUCH OF A CROOK AND A POLITICAL GREEHORN LIVING IN THE PAST.

  5. Let us not forget ourselves when we become servants of the parties we represent. A cook even if the same as the servant or not should know how the food taste before serving. In as much as we should serve the Liberian people first, should not mean that the nation should be served with tasteless appetites. With twenty campaigners in the last Presidential election what did each of these candidates say to their supports that produced the one that leads the nation now? To keep a leadership in check, the best to do in opposition is not necessarily pointing out the faults or activities of the party in power. The most likely helps focus on the platform you presented when you did canvass for the Presidency. Is this candidate still concentrating on the things he promised to do for the Liberian people when he ran for the position or has he or she forgotten those promises and now focused on the power of the presidency which is five years ahead. Most candidates who seek the presidency lost because they forget and neglect their votes and people they made promises to.y Tell the people. Not me.
    See silent majority.

  6. Mr. Cummings is perpetuating a Colonial Caretaker mentality that has, in the past, landed us to the point of ‘no where’. This is the guy who was going around Monrovia showing himself as the saint of Liberian politic. Had he been elected, it would had been the same as ‘ When the Saints Go Marching In’. I m wondering if he would have done anything different from what this government is doing.
    We a need an economic empowerment movement, that will place the economy in the hands of Liberians…the government. We must nationalized most of our private sectors. That will lead us to massive funding for free education from 1 to 12 grade. Equipped universities in the advancement of science and technology. Something no politician is talking about. We cannot always be a share holder in a foreign monopoly capital establishment, that have ripped us in the past and continue to do so. Non of our policy maker ever know any of the return or spreadsheet balance of these companies in our home. The company may tell you their overall turnover was 75% in 2017, but you never know what they shipped out of the country. Leaving our government’s financial sector vulnerable to third party revenue collection.
    I m looking for that politician who will speak this language, them I m convenience that we are on for a great start.

    Fellow Liberians, there is no justice with out economic empowerment. It is a circle: economic empowerment, security, justice and peace. One cannot have justice without proper security. If your security is not in your hand, you are vulnerable to uncertainty by foes. Economic Empowerment first, then all other things will fall in place.
    Let’s look around the world and see other countries that are doing well, that we are running to. This is the road map they followed.
    THE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT, coming soon to Liberia.
    From the University of Sydney, Australia, the voice of hope

  7. Liberians will stay long in ignorance. This statment is to all criticizing Mr. Cummings. I guess you all are satisfied with the headless, visionless and carelessness of the CDC government.

  8. Hey Alex, should they eat at all? CDC eating before they work now u say eat after work!!
    This implies you will tolerate corruption too!!! I’m sadden because no one “MUST EAT AT ALL” Is the mantra to fight corruption in Liberia but when u say they must eat at last it’s the same because Jorweah has decided that he and his looters loot first before working with reminder and you saying work first and eat reminder. All the same ooh.

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