UL Suspends Student Politics Again

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Flashback: One of UL campus-based party during a rally.

The administration of the University of Liberia (UL) has once again announced the immediate suspension of all student groups and campus-based political activities on all of its campuses for time indefinite.

The suspension, which is the second in six months, comes less than four days to the highly publicized “Save the State” peaceful protest, slated for June 7.

The UL administration’s move, according to political observers, will affect students who are both for and against the June 7 protest, who have been using the campuses to rally support for their respective causes.

According to a June 3, 2019 statement signed by the vice president for UL Relations, Norris Tweah, the suspension of student political activities comes as a result of the Monday, June 3, 2019 disturbance on the Capitol Hill campus.

According to Tweah, students run the risk of suspension or expulsion if “this emergency directive is breached.”

“Accordingly, no political group shall assemble or hold meetings or engage in any politically-related activities on any of the UL campuses during this period of suspension,” Mr. Tweah said.

“The suspension affects political/solidarity marches, political gatherings, the wearing of symbols and emblems depicting and promoting campus-based political groups, and student protests,” the statement warned.

Meanwhile, students are being reminded that the revised UL Student Handbook, “strictly prohibits the use of disruptive noises, violence and vandalism on all its campuses.”

In reaction to the UL administration’s decision, Martin Kollie, a student leader accused President George Weah of masterminding the suspension of student political activities, which is intended to silence the voices of their leaders.

Kollie added: “The UL administration is not working on its own; it is rather taking instructions from the President and his associates. The action of the government is provoking, and if the move is not rescinded, it will have greater consequence.”

He said no matter what, the government and the UL administration cannot stop the students from mobilizing for the June 7 protest.

“The banning of students politics is unconstitutional and shows that Liberia is returning to its dark days,” Kollie said.

According to a UL release dated Friday, January 11, 2019, the University administration at the time suspended all student groups and campus-based political activities on all its campuses until further notice. “Accordingly, no political group shall assemble or hold meetings or engage in any political-related activities on any UL campus during this period of suspension,” the release said.

The suspension, according to the January 2019 release, affected political/solidarity marches, political gatherings, the wearing of symbols and emblems depicting and promoting campus-based political groups as well as student protests.

But a month later, the UL administration lifted the suspension following the approval and publication of a revised Student Hand Book to govern and guide student behavior at the nation’s highest institutions of learning.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The Administration isn’t only responsible for ensuring an environment conducive to learning, but also safety of all at its campuses. So, until the Board priorities those over echoing the usual anti-establishment sentiments of few faculty members, some students, and influential alumni, it will continue to send mixed signals on where it stood on UL’s slow descent into a political faction.

    First, it wasn’t farsighted encouraging uniform-clad students calling themselves “militants”, and, second, frivolous allowing Henry Costa, who had talked of getting guns he would order people to kill with, on the main campus to persuade students “join his protest” as Frontpage Africa rightfully reported the story.

    Apparently, some political elites are so accustomed to manipulating UL students they forget that the need for academic freedoms doesn’t make a university a beehive of anti-government activism. The same tendency once existed at Fourah Bay College, but was gradually discouraged by more studious students. I know because I had role-acted as minister of national security in a student union government there. A position which required me to often liaise with students, faculty, administration, and campus security guards.

    • Sylvester Moses you have no credibility to speak. You are one of those who was used by Siaka Stevens to clamp down on any form of free speech or descent in Sierra Leone. You also led Doe astray and had him create fake coups jailing Liberians extrajudicially. Here you are again using fake propaganda about Henry Costa, taking his words out of context where he threatened those who attacked his station and tied up watchmen. You will not be allowed to cause President Weah to crack down on students and opposing voices. Its foolish to arbitrarily stop students from taking part in national politics. This will backfire as usual. Historically any violent protests that have occurred in Liberia, have never come about because of the protesters; but always because of how people like Sylvester Moses reacted, because they had the power and guns of the State behind them.

  2. Bartum Kulah, lies are indispensable to anarchists like you; motormouth Henry Costa made terroristic threats in a podcast before returning to Liberia, and numerous people saw and heard him. You guys would the poor continuously undergo insecurity while government is disabled by senile paralysis.

    It reminds of the about-face-turn of PUL’s Coffey, who was sarcastic in his response to a warning by UN, AU, and ECOWAS against “media messages that promote violence”, wangling a MOU from LNP for safety of journalists ahead of June 7 protests stoked and led by journalists Henry Costa, Rodney Sieh et al. God only knows where the IG got such idea of signing MOU regarding an event which course and outcome are indeterminate. That’s why anarchists will always collude with foreign covert aggression agents to bring grief to our people: Nonsense.

  3. Oh well, the man who left Liberia 25 years ago is completely “brooked”, because he was rich before.

    When boastful blockheads lack logical arguments, they resort to smear campaign. I’m concerned about my family in the country and some talking rubbish; no wonder motormouth Henry Costa believes cussing will catapult him into the presidency. He has fools licking his palms like lapdogs: Rubbish.

  4. Sylvester Moses, From your analysis, I understand you are saying this nonsense to gain favor from your slave master, and for clarity this protest is not Henry Costa protest, this protest is for conscious minded and patriotic Liberians who have seen the damage this ruling establishment has caused this nation, both National and International seen, and we have come to tell all meaningful Liberians to rise up to checkmate this government of all those numerous contradictions for good governance,

    This generation, is a generation of change,
    Keep living in your passed..

    Just do me a favor, name five protest that took place in this country that was not peaceful, and I will name you ten that was peaceful.

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