After a week of sober reflection on what really hap pened at the commercial hub of Ganta in Nimba County, it can be concluded that greed was responsible for the cause of the violence.
From critical background checks, it would seem as if people are envious of the accomplishments of some of the young businessmen and women in the Ganta area.
Their quick rise to financial and infrastructural accomplishments has raised questions and doubts in the hearts and minds of locals, some asking: Are they involved in some kind of ritualistic enterprise at the expense of the disadvantaged, financially handicapped or poverty stricken people?
However, some of the ugly faces of the violence in Ganta and other conflict prone areas are results of constant delays in the dispensation of justice.
On many occasions, aggrieved parties, owing to the financial status of the plaintiff, cannot have speedy justice or justice at all.
During the celebration of the World Human Rights Day in 2014, Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe alluded to this problem in his statement: “If you do not have money, you cannot have justice here. Also, the poor cannot have justice because it will take him days or weeks to cover a long distance to get to the court as there are no good roads to allow vehicles to reach them.”
Another factor is that the fair dispensation of justice to aggrieved parties are on many occasions trampled upon, thereby giving rise to violence, which dominates patience and tolerance.
Quite frankly, our law enforcement officers must always try hard to exhibit all the tenets of professionalism, honesty, fair-play and equal justice to aggrieved parties, who bear the brunt of the psychological pains associated with being aggrieved.
Too often, law enforcement officers are in the habit of delaying justice to aggrieved parties in cases of grave magnitude, thus resulting to mob justice as was recently witnessed in Ganta.
As the old saying goes, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” and this constitutes a grave denial of equitable justice to the aggrieved in many conflicting situations in the country.
Critically judging by what actually transpired at the commercial hub of Ganta, the business area has been impregnated with some serious disagreements between law enforcement officers assigned to the area and commercial motorcyclists.
Ganta, being the second largest commercial hub in the country, has seen and continues to be rated as Liberia’s fastest growing business city.
Accordingly, Ganta hosts thousands of non-Nimba citizens and residents, most of them in search of some kind of business venture and endeavor to make ends meet.
A majority of the business entrepreneurs found in that commercial hub are young men and women that have devoted their time and energy to trade and commerce.
Most of the young businessmen and women went into that crowded field in spite of the huge challenges and a competitive terrain dominated by foreign business people.
These business-minded Liberian youths should be considered as pacesetters for other Nimba and Liberian citizens to emulate.
Business statistics show that the Ganta commercial hub has provided a genuine business atmosphere that could immensely encourage Liberians from the other counties to begin investing their scarce resources in the business sectors of their respective counties, yea the country.
I therefore throw in a few suggestions that could perhaps help to deter the recurrence of the Ganta violence in Nimba County:
The investigations, if not yet concluded, should go beyond the violent confrontations and divulge the root causes of the street protests and destruction of properties;
Investigators should consider law enforcement officers’ handling of civil and criminal complaints from all aggrieved parties in the Ganta violence debacle.
They should endeavor to seek factual information on the alleged ritualistic practices as reported in Ganta and Investigators should consider whether the Ganta violence is indeed related to tribal feud, envy, hatred, greed or the delay of justice, or all of the above.
About the author: Edwin M. Fayia III, holds: A diploma in Journalism and Professional Writing from the former Trans-world College of London; certificate in fisheries reporting, from Dakar Senegal and; certificate in development reporting, (UNDP). Mr. Fayia currently serves as Daily Observer’s Public Works, Sanitation and Environmental Correspondent. Contact: +231-886-656-815, 776-729-834 and 555-321-655 Email:[email protected]