Sirleaf, Boakai Case Postponed

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Two of the expelled UP executives, Sen. Commany Wesseh (in coat) and Patrick Worzie (in African shirt) hung heads at NEC during a hearing.

By David S. Menjor and Abednego A. Davis

An argument that was intended to establish whether or not the expulsion of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the Unity Party (UP) violated her rights, along with other expelled executives, could not take place yesterday as scheduled due to a request from the party’s legal team questioning the legality of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to handle the matter.

The case was postponed after UP’s lawyer, Cllr. Albert Sims, filed a motion requesting the court to dismiss the complaint without hearing its merits and demerits, an action that was resisted by Sirleaf’s lead lawyer, Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi, thereby compelling the NEC’s dispute hearing officer, Cllr. Muana S. Ville, to refrain from hearing the complaint pending the determination of the motion.

Ville yesterday scheduled his ruling into the motion for Friday, February 23, at 3 p.m.

Madam Sirleaf and other party executives were expelled on January 18  for allegedly violating the party’s constitution when she visibly campaigned for George Weah, then a presidential candidate on the ticket of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), during the 2017 presidential elections.

“The behavior of the expelled persons…constitutes sabotage and undermined the existence of the party,” said the statement announcing the decision, which was taken by the party’s executive committee.

That statement, Sirleaf’s lawyer Massaquoi rejected, arguing that the meeting which led to the expulsion of the former President and other executive members of the party was secretly held at Boakai’s residence with 31 executive members in attendance, but only 17 voted to effect what he called a “prejudicial and illegal action.”

Cllr. Massaquoi argued that the expulsion violated the party’s constitution that states that the National Executive Committee shall require at least 42 votes in favor to acquire the two-thirds majority of the 65 members at the time of a decision, adding that unfortunately, only a majority of 32 were at the Boakai residence that took the action to expel the members.

In the party’s request for dismissal, Cllr. Sims argued that Patrick Worzie, one of the expelled executives, was the only person whose name appeared on the suit filed to the NEC.

According to Cllr. Sims, the available legal option was for the expelled executives to have sought reconsideration or review of their expulsion through a quorum of UP Executive Committee members.

“To refuse or neglect to do so and to take this alleged grievance to the NEC is to invite the NEC to interfere in the internal affairs of the party, and no such power is vested in the electoral body, which qualifies the complaint about the dismissal,” Sims further argued.

It may be recalled that on Thursday, January 14, a group of individuals described as ‘thugs’ converged on the UP Congo Town headquarters and staged a protest against the expulsion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other party members. The protesters read a statement debunking the expulsions.

Madam Sirleaf and other party executives, including Senator Conmany Wesseh and his wife Medina Wesseh, as well as Patrick Worzie, were expelled on January 18 of this year for allegedly violating the party’s constitution as the former president was seen campaigning for opposition party members.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Liberian Protesters are not “Boko Haram”.
    To: My dear Brother, Mr. F. Hney
    It can be recalled in recent time in our country, when the youths get in the street to protest, certain individuals labelled them as “Boko Haram, terrorists, criminals, etc.. depending on which side they are voicing their opinion.

    I can remember back in December 2017, some protesters gathered at NEC’s office demonstrating against the actions of NEC of not adhering to the demand of some political groups and some citizens wanting a rerun of the election. Those protesters were leaning on the side of the Unity Party demand. There was a counter protest the following day demanding that there should be no delay in the run-off. In both protests, no one was injured or killed, there was no lost of property. Some of the comments posted on this site labelled protesters that were not favoring a rerun of the elections, as thugs, terrorists, Boko Haram, etc. Even though, no one was killed. Since when a Liberian became a member of the Boko Haram? Should we then call those that were protesting to have the elections rerun, members of the Lord’s Resistance Army?

    Lasting peace in Liberia will depend greatly on how we Liberians are willing to accept other Liberians opinion on issues, not calling fellow Liberians a terrorist. Alienating, and calling other Liberians “NAMES”, will push us back to the dark days of the 1980s. Case in point. After the Nov. 12, 1985 fail abortive invasion by the late Breg. General Thomas G. Qwionkpah, some Liberians adopted the habit of calling the people of Nimba, ‘rebel’. We all saw what happened when Taylor came in 1990.

    In conclusion, our intellectual platform should be an arena of sharing knowledge for fostering lasting peace in Liberia. It shouldn’t be used as a turf for squaring out hidden differences. Our discussions and writings, should enlightened our people. It should also tell them where we came from, the cause of where we are as a nation, and the direction to where we must be heading.
    I know my Brother, you are more than this, sometimes, the pen goes astray!!!!!!!!

  2. Bah,
    You indicated the last time that you may go to Liberia soon. I can tell with an absolute degree of certainty that you’re accusing me in order to make your image shine in Liberia upon arrival. I am flabbergasted at your demeaning behavior. I had not the slightest idea that you would expose your hate in such a dispicable manner.

    The real truth of what I said has been twisted by you in order that your ego might be satisfied. The Liberians to whom you will happily explain your concocted false narratives to, will think twice before they act. I know that Liberians are better than that! What I actually said was that the young protesters had a mindset of Boko Haram. I did not say that the young Liberian protesters were the equivalent of Boko Harem. You should be ashamed of yourself for spreading falsehoods.

    In an earlier comment that I made, I asked; “what’s your outrage as it relates to the disorderly storming of UP’s headquarters”? You seem not to care whether property was destroyed. What you fail to comprehend is that in a demoncratic society, it’s okay to protest. A protest is a form of expression. However, it is naively preposterous to cause destruction in anyway whatsoever. The comparison was made by me to inform the young protesters about violence. Just because a person has a right to protest does not mean that violence is inevitable.

    When Ghandi and his countrymen and women made demands for independence in India, Ghandi assured his followers that he preferred “non-violence”. He was right. In 1947, India became a freed nation, 100 years after Liberia declared itself an independent nation. Also, years later in the US, a charismatic African-American preacher named Michael Lewis King led African-Americans to recognition and promenence. King adapted Ghandi’s techniques of non-violence. (Note. Dr. Michael Lewis King changed his name to Martin Luther King). Many people don’t know that King had a name change.

    In Liberia, university of Liberia students have a God-given right to protest, but not violently. In Caldwell, residents of that area have a right to protest for electricity to be brought there, but not violently. Finally, the young Liberians you are blindly defending had a right to protest. But their protest was disorderly. It was dead wrong!

    I don’t need your lecture.

  3. Bah,
    In an earlier commentary of yours, you quoted the synoptic gospel of John 8:7 out of context. It seems to me that misrepresenting my ideas or maybe the ideas of others is a trademark of yours.

    Mary of Magdala (otherwise known as Mary Magdalene) was about to be stoned.
    The ruling council (Sanhedrin) could have stoned Mary Magdalene to death without involving Jesus. Mary was somehow caught in the crosshairs.

    But the real truth is that Jesus was the main target. Some of the Sanhedrin members wanted to entrap Jesus. If Jesus had said, “stone her” the hypocrites would have said that Jesus was not the son of God. If Jesus had said, “don’t stone that poor lady”, still some council members would have said that Jesus had no regard for the laws of Moses. Their egregious strategy was to put Jesus in a bind. It did not work!

    Jesus asked if any of the council members could declare themselves sinless. None of them could. Jesus caught their bluff. Christ new that the council members were in violation of the Mosaic law. Example, in the Tanakh or Mikra, which is the Hebrew Bible, the forgiveness of sin and the issue of witnesses are stressed. But the council members brought forth no witness or the woman or gentleman Mary Magdalene may have had an illegal sex with. (The issue of sex is not mentioned in the Christain Bible. A Catholic priest suggested that Mary Magdalene had an improper sex and that’s why the Sanhedrin men wanted her stoned for sin).

    So I ask you Mamadu Bah, “you asking me to cast a stone”? I have not told anyone to be stoned. I am anti capital punishment. If your answer is yes, you need to check again! Just a few days ago, you asked if the Unity Party was any good, remember? Are you better than the Unity Party?

    You can spread my name all over the place. Liberians are fair-minded. Remember this: “Whatsoever you sow, the same you shall reap”.

  4. Why David S. Menjor and Abednego A. Davis keep calling NEC a court…it’s not a court and the compliant to the NEC is not a lawsuit.

  5. Mr. Hney
    Even though I m going to Monrovia, my plan is not working in government. I usually comment on this site, only because , in my opinion, other comments need some counter comments. My trip in Monrovia, doesn’t mean I m going to seek government position, sir.

    My dad was a business man. We have a lot stores and shops in Monrovia and Freetown. Anytime you hear Mamadu Bah in government, it will not be me. I m only concern about Peace.

    I went to school on Liberian taxpayers’ money, therefore I owed a lot to that poor country, that I cannot pay. Therefore, I add my voice here to promote peace.
    Thanks ever so much

  6. Bah,
    The central theme of your response is peace. Indeed, peace is in the best interest of everyone, including me. Weah won the election hands down. Weah reached out to Boakai in a way most people did not expect. Also, as a way of showing his sincerity of reaching out to his political nemesis, Weah hired Nuquay to work in his government. Ultimately, Weah is up to a spectacular start! He deserves credit every inch of the way.

    Your peace overture looked like a frontal assault. However, if I misread you, you know where my heart is. My heart is peaceful.

    A day after Christmas the Liberian voters went out to vote. They caused no trouble at all. For that, I am proud of them 100%. If the young protesters had observed Weah as he reached out to Boakai and others, you and I would not be in this mess. I Was fun of you because of your comments, for instance telling the whole wide world that you can speak Grebo. I have a nice in Australia. She cannot speak Grebo. I don’t know who could have taught you Grebo. If a bona fide Grebo girl taught you how to speak Grebo, that could put a further strain in this cross Atlantic correspondence! From my end, there is no grouch! It’s my hope that you and your beloved family are in good health.

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