A Man Who Cannot Fathom His Own Flatulence Will Always Cause Problems for Himself and Others.

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For God in Heaven’s sake, can Liberian government officials not smell? Have they lost their sense of smell to the point where they cannot or are unable to fathom (catch drift of, perceive, decipher) their own flatulence (intestinal gas, fart)?

The old saying that “a man who is unable to smell his own fart will always cause problems for himself and others”. What fate would befall him if, for example, he involuntarily farted, let out  very foul-smelling air in the presence of the king and his royal guests?

If our officials have lost their sense of smell, how come they quickly appear, more often than not, to always smell farts either by ranking US officials or the US government itself?

Perhaps, this question may appear irrelevant but when one considers the contextual meaning of the statement “when Washington sneezes, Liberia catches a cold”, one cannot escape coming to grips with the fact that Liberia has in effect served over so many years as a virtual footstool of US interests in Africa, meaning that the US could change and has changed governments at will (regime change).

Oxford University Professor Dr. Niels Hahn cites as an example, the case of former President William R. Tolbert whose bloody overthrow on April 12, 1980, was masterminded by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In his book, “Two Centuries of US Military Operations in Liberia – Challenges of Resistance and Compliance”, he writes:

“Tolbert’s administration marks a significant shift from the Tubman administration and was inspired by Kwame Nkrumah’s and Sékou Touré’s notion of socialist Pan-Africanism. During Tolbert’s administration, social reforms were implemented, which gradually introduced free education and health care, pensions schemes, low-cost social housing, and food security. The GoL broke the strong alliance with the USG and established close relations with socialist-oriented countries, such as East Germany, Guinea, Libya, the People’s Republic of China, Romania, and the USSR, from which Liberia received financial and technical support for comprehensive agricultural programs and the establishment of more than 30 state-owned enterprises. The Open Door Policy that expanded under Tubman’s administration was gradually reversed. Concession agreements with foreign corporations were reviewed, and local infant industries were protected by import tariffs. The GoL further restricted the USG from using its military bases in Liberia…”

“These restrictions on US businesses and military bases and closer relations with the USSR and China resulted in several US covert and overt military operations in Liberia that removed three governments from power between 1980 and 2003. During this period, the USG did not succeed in securing a long-term, stable, US-friendly government in Liberia. From 1990 to 2003, the country experienced full-scale war involving more than 15 nation states, most significantly Britain, Burkina Faso, France, Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Libya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the United States.”

Perhaps it is within the above context the rather knee-jerk response of the Supreme Court attributing reasons for the JIC’s prolonged delay in the handling of the Brosius case to resource constraints can be explained.

This is a matter which had long since been in the public domain so it can be safely assumed that the Court was aware because lawyers representing Brosius had filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against Judge Mappy’s ruling.

A 2014, October 23, lead front page story carried in the Daily Observer headlined, “Commercial Court Judge Erred in US$8 Million Dollar Case”, reads..  “The ruling in a US$8 million proper accounting case handed down against Ducor Petroleum by the Chief Judge of the Commercial Court, Eva Mappy Morgan, has been reversed by two other Judges of the same court, Chan-Chan A. Paegar and Richard S. Klah Sr”.

For the record, Judge Richard Klah has since resigned under threat of impeachment for improper conduct related to bribery and extortion in another case.

But the issue here remains the reversal of Judge Mappy’s ruling by her colleagues because under the rules she could not have single-handedly sat, heard and ruled in a case involving more than US$1 million.

Why did the Supreme Court not stand by the majority opinion of the panel of Judges, of which Judge Mappy was member, is a question begging answers.

Just imagine, a complaint of unethical conduct filed against a judge nine (9) years ago lingered at the Supreme Court. Not having received redress from the Court, Brosius took his case to ECOWAS. The ECOWAS Court ruled that he should exhaust all locally available legal remedies first.

Even then, nothing happened until the US State Department “farted”. And all of a sudden the sense of smell is regained and then, a knee-jerk response, a very feeble one, emanates forth from the High Court: “resource constraints”.

But this is after the fact. Besides, nothing has been said about restitution of the cash withdrawn from Brosius’ Ducor Petroleum account under court orders signed by Judge Mappy. Why is this so?

By the way, there is a growing tide of public opinion calling for the impeachment of Judge Mappy. Will the Supreme Court support her impeachment as it did in the case of Judge Richard Klah? And is “what’s good for the goose also good for the gander”?

What signals are or has the Supreme Court conveyed by its handling of this matter? According to views sampled by this newspaper, the public suspects the involvement of higher-ups who they believe have apparently “eaten the money”. 

Sadly, Judge Mappy is now left alone to face the music. Only recently she had unveiled the publication of a book on legal ethics. Whatever this would mean for her future remains unclear as it ranks very low on the list of urgent public concerns.

What is of rising urgent concern is whether can this Supreme Court bench, as currently composed, can be trusted to impartially, fairly and transparently preside over elections disputes complaints arising from the 2023 polls. Lest it be forgotten, it was the conspiracy of the Supreme Court and the Elections Commission to legitimize stolen elections results in 1985 that led to civil war in 1990.

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  1. Moses: You saw it, you lived it, you experienced it, and so I do not take your words for granted.

    Many, who may be enjoying the status quo ante and feel Liberia is the best of all worlds, may likely not take your statements seriously. However, like you said, the writings are on the wall. This core of spineless, heartless, and bribable judges will eventually do the country in either before or during the 2023 elections; the results will be another catastrophic replay of the 14-yr civil war.

    Events reveal since Liberia’s independence, nothing has changed much in the conduct of good governance. Transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law have all remained “fleeting illusions to be pursued”.

    • Fahn, IF IN THE 1980S AND THE 1990S WITH THE RULE OF LAW BEEN AN EXCEPTION (instead of being the standard), AND THIS VERY MOSES ETC. ETC. ARGUED AGAINST AND WERE RESISTERS OF LIBERIA BEEN GOVERNED UNDER A UN TRUSTEESHIP OR EVEN THE USA, (even as such were the discussions in New York, Geneva, Brussels, Lagos and later Abuja, London, Addis Ababa, and Washington) YOU BET HE MOSES IS SIMPLY HUMORING, SINCE AS HE ARGUES, OPINIONS DO NOT AND CANNOT QUALIFY AS FACTS!!!

      In other words, Fahn, no justice system or judicial system is immune from lapses, whether isolated or not isolated as this etc. Not even the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, nor the entire global justice system, whether it is within the PFIVE countries or non PFIVE countries.

      Notwithstanding, this government, according to local, regional, and public international records, this Liberian Government and the Judicial system of Liberia continue to demonstrate the upholding of the ultimate rule of law! As our people in the villages sometimes say…”LIE MAN SAY MY WITNAY IN THE ZOEBUSH”. WELL, HERE IS THE TRUTH HEREUNDER. RES IPSA LOQUITOR …THE FACT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      New Millennium Challenge Compact Scorecard Shows Improvement in Rule of Law in Liberia FRONTPAGEAFRICAONLINE NOV 9, 2020

      Lennart Dodoo

      MONROVIA – Liberia has made improvements in the ensuring rule of law and gender in economy, according to the new Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) scorecard expected to be released on Monday.

      The MCC Compacts are based on the principle that the U.S. assistance is more effective in countries that have adopted policies promoting an environment for economic growth and poverty reduction. Every year, MCC publishes scorecards for all candidate countries, including countries such as Liberia with already signed, ongoing compacts. The scorecard assesses performance in three policy categories: ruling justly, investing in people, and encouraging economic freedom.

      The Chargée d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Monrovia, Alyson Grunder, in a communication to President Weah obtained by FrontPageAfrica informed the President

      In a November 6, 2020 communication from the Alyson Grunder, Chargée d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Monrovia to President George Manneh Weah, informing the Liberian leader of the Liberia’s “improved standing on the scorecard and applaud the work of the government’s MCC Eligibility Team Steering Committee to strengthen the flow of data to the scorecard indicator institutions. We encourage your government to redouble its efforts to concretely address the policy areas the indicators measure and look forward to improvements being reflected in stronger performances by Liberia on future MCC scorecards.”

      MCC partner countries are expected to maintain a compact eligibility throughout the life of the compact, including passing scorecard, one of the key requirements considered by the MCC in awarding second compacts. In so doing, sustained and consistent policy performance is critical given the inherent time lags in the third-party data MCC uses in the scorecard.

      Improvements, But Still Lags

      This year, Liberia came close to the attaining the pass mark by passing nine of the 20 indicators compared to passing only eight last year. Countries are required to pass at least 10 of the indicators.

      Newly passed indicators include Gender in Economy, which improved from 50th percentile to the 81st percentile and Rule of Law which also improved from 50th percentile to 52nd percentile.

      Liberia, however, failed the Immunization Rate indicator, which declined from the 54th percentile to the 35th percentile.

      We appreciate Liberia’s improved standing on the scorecard and applaud the work of the government’s MCC’s Eligibility Team Steering Committee to strengthen the flow of data to scorecard indicator institutions. We encourage your government to redouble its efforts to concretely address the policy areas the indicators measure and look forward to improvements being reflected in stronger performances by Liberia on future MCC scorecards.”

      – Alyson Grunder, Chargée d’Affaires, a.i.
      Previous Performance

      Liberia for the first time since 2009 fell sharply on the annual assessment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

      Liberia fell slightly below the borderline regarding corruption, while scoring low on civil liberties and political rights, scoring 38 percent on Fiscal Policy, 23.5 percent on Inflation, 40 percent on Regulatory Quality, 28 percent on Trade policy and 31 percent on Government’s effectiveness.

      The country also scored 50 on rule of law, 50 percent on Gender in the economy, 35 percent on Land Rights and Access, 24 percent on Primary Education Expenditures, 21 percent on Natural Resources Protection, 17 percent on Girls Primary Education Completion Rate and 42 percent on child health.

      The country also did not fare well on health expenditure, with a borderline score of 52 percent. Access to credit score was at 53 percent, Immunization Rates at 54 percent and an impressive 64 percent on business start-up.

      The MCC scorecards are a key component in the MCC’s annual competitive selection process that determines which countries are eligible to develop compacts – grant investments that last 5-years. The scorecard indicators can also be used by businesses, investors, and the private sector to inform investment decisions and better understand the operating environment in a specific country.

      In 2016, Liberia received a grant of US$257 million from the United States through the MCC to enhance its electricity and road projects. A total of 85% of Compact funds have been committed in contracts, while 73% of total compact budget has been disbursed. Total Compact about $256.7 million. The five-year compact is already into its halfway stage and intends to impact an estimated half a million Liberians before ending in 2021.

      Some of the achievements of the MCC Compact in Liberia include the completion of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Project; increased reliability and access to electricity; a trained and skilled energy workforce and stronger management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation; completion of a five-kilometer raw water pipeline from the Mount Coffee Hydropower Project to White Plains; establishment of the Liberia Energy Regulatory Commission; and creation of systems to more effectively managed the maintenance of Liberia’s roads.

      Cautioned in 2018

      In June this year, Jonathan Nash, the Chief Operating officer of MCC visited Liberia, held several meetings with top government officials and stressed the need for the government to successfully implement its part of the current compact and at the same time focus on maintaining its grades on the scorecard.

      Mr. Nash also emphasized that if Liberia must regain another compact it must first perform on the upcoming scorecard.

      Said Nash while in Monrovia in June 2018: “To obtain a second compact, the board looks at the extent at which a country was able to deliver and have a high-quality implementation of the first compact. The board generally looks for improved performance on the scorecard over time as well. I’m here to engage with President Weah and his administration to review the progress that has been made to date and to take a look ahead at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the completion of the particular compact.”

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