A Referendum Is Not a “Hurry-Hurry Bust Trousers” Affair, Neither Is It a Life or Death Matter

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Liberia, it appears, is in deep trouble indeed, judging from complaints from the public about the rising spate of violence in the country and the apparent increase in general lawlessness.

The most recent incident of such violence occurred on November 23, 2020 involving bus drivers and motorcyclists that resulted in the burning of several motorcycles and a bus, leaving several persons injured.

And the George Weah-led Government appears to be headed for potentially deeper trouble given the rising and palpable tension associated with the upcoming elections and proposed referendum amid dire predictions of violence.

The Supreme Court recently slapped a prohibition on the conduct of the referendum based on points advanced in the Petition for a Writ of Prohibition on the conduct of the proposed December 8 referendum. In its ruling the Court said:

“It being the finding of this Court that the Official Gazette is inconsistent with the dictate of the Constitution, prohibition will lie to prevent the 1st Respondent from relying thereupon in the execution of its functions.  The Constitution provides that ballots for a referendum shall present the proposed amendments to the people in such a manner so as to avail them the opportunity to vote for or against them separately.  With this Ruling, the Referendum, cannot take place until a new Gazette consistent with the Resolution of the Legislature is published, logos identified for the eight (8) proposed amendments, and public education and awareness conducted on the proposed amendments.”

Further, according to Article 92 of the Constitution, “proposed constitutional amendments shall be accompanied by statements setting forth the reasons therefor and shall be published in the Official Gazette and made known to the people through the information services of the Republic. If more than one proposed amendment is to be voted upon in a referendum, they shall be submitted in such manner that the “people may vote for or against them separately”.

However, Government officials at the highest level, including the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and the Chairperson of the NEC, have declared that the Court’s ruling has and is being misinterpreted by the public.

Minister of State Nathaniel McGill has declared that the Gazette will simply be set aside, and the ballots will be printed to reflect the separate issues to be voted on. 

But from all indications, the Minister’s statement appears to clearly undermine Article 66 of the Constitution according to a leading lawyer (name withheld). Article 66, quoted below, states:

“The Supreme Court shall be final arbiter of constitutional issues and shall exercise final appellate jurisdiction in all cases, whether emanating from courts of record, courts not of record, administrative agencies, autonomous agencies or any other authority, both as to law and fact except cases involving ambassadors, ministers, or cases in which a country is a party. In all such cases, the Supreme Court shall exercise original jurisdiction. The Legislature shall make no law nor create any exceptions as would deprive the Supreme Court of any of the powers granted herein”.

But Presidential Affairs Minister McGill’s insistence that the referendum will go ahead despite the Supreme Court’s prohibition and despite objection by the political parties, the public is left wondering just who is in charge of electoral/elections matters.

By law, the NEC is supposed to be an independent body but actions and pronouncements by its chairperson appear to suggest that she has either surrendered its functions and authority to Minister McGill or that he has usurped the powers of the NEC.

Whatever be the case, the public image and integrity of the NEC is being called into question and there is no doubt, based on previous experience, that the challenges to whatever results produced by the exercise will arise.

The question is where will such challenges go for resolution aside from NEC’s dispute resolution mechanism/complaint board? And should the parties not agree, will they resort to the Supreme Court whose decisions/rulings can be ignored or simply set aside with impunity?

And as the date to elections fast approaches, there is mounting concern that clean-up of the Voters Roll(VR) has not yet been completed and may not likely be completed within time to allow publication and public vetting of the VR before December 8, 2020.

From all indications, and with just twelve (12) days left until election day, and with the VR not published for public display and vetting, this nation could be headed for trouble, deep trouble. As things stand, the elections must be held on or before December 31, 2020 in order to avoid a Constitutional crisis.

The referendum could always be postponed to another date. It is not a life or death matter to warrant such risk and, the sooner this it is realized that this is no “hurry-hurry bust trousers” matter, the better it will be for everyone.

33 COMMENTS

  1. Whether Liberians and our partners like it or not, under Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government, the Republic of Liberia has absolutely become a lawless and perhaps headed to becoming a failed Republic. In the space of 8 days, four skilled and promising Auditors were abducted, tortured and murdered. Today, the Autopsy Report released and published, claimed that the Auditors purportedly died by ACCIDENT. Something that no rational human being will ever accept and left alone take to be the truth. The unexplained attack and the burning of the home of another official of Government and the day light burning of a transportation bus and motorbikes by lawless people running the streets of Liberia, certainly establish that under Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government, Liberia has become a lawless Republic and certainly on her way to becoming a failed State. This is a total disgrace and national embarrassment.

    Do Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government care???

  2. Mr. Editor, let people hear their ear about tension at elections and hurry hurry burst trouser. Where on earth has there never been tension, before, during and even after election? Is it in America or in Nigeria or in the rest of ECOWAS Member States? What you should be writing here is an apology for publishing false information on the referendum.

  3. Certainly not! They have prepared themselves to take the country to another round of bloodletting, if their wishes are not met. Is the president talking or saying anything? Those are things and events he has given his tacit approval to and is telling his surrogates to continued telling us foolishness.
    The electorates were forewarned about the character, we now called President in many words from diverse people who had interacted with him: his football team mates, people who helped form the CDC and other socialites, etc. Yet, they voted overwhelmingly for him, now three years down the road, Liberia is at a cross roads, to make it or go up in flame again.

  4. Mr. Gbada Johnson,
    I am shocked to hear you say that Liberia could go up in flames again. Are you really serious?Your statement sounds unpatriotic and provocative at best. A statement such as yours has the potential to drive a wedge among the voters. Worse yet, a potential investor may cancel his or her plans to invest in the country if the drumbeat sounds like another “uncivil war”.

  5. Mr. Hney, the Republic of Liberia under Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government is already set ablaze and burning. How many more skilled and promising Liberians you want to see abducted, tortured and murdered by officially hired and officially PAID criminals before you can believe and think?

    ALREADY, LIBERIA AND ITS PEOPLE ARE SENSELESSLY BURNING UNDER MR. MANNEH WEAH!

  6. Cllr. Jayweh,
    Liberia needs help. Jobs are scarce. People are going through difficult times. I am aware of that. But people should not be allowed to play on the ground of exaggerations.

    Cllr. Jayweh, let’s face it! Liberia is not on fire! I don’t know how I could pacify people whose minds are dead set on kicking Weah out of office. I won’t even try because I know people have a right to express themselves. The problems of Liberia need to be solved. However, those problems were there before Weah became president. We cannot move forward with progress of any kind if we cannot reason together. The blame machine is seriously at work in Liberia. Tensions are high. Tensions need to be de-escalated.

    I do not defend Weah when he veers off track. It’s pathetic to see how things unfold in the country. Let’s work together. It’s normal for people of all persuasions in our country to feel any way want. All I would like to say is this…. let’s not engross the news. I ask for calm because cooler heads often prevail.

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  7. Those problems were there before George Manneh Weah came to power. Really and are you serious? Albert Peter, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa and Mathew Innis before George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government came to power and his CDC-led Minister of Justice telling heartless and public LIES about the officially designed and officially executed murder of Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and the Late Mathew Innis were abducted, tortured and murdered on GEORGE MANNEH WEAH’S WATCH, Liberia and the people of Liberia had peace, security and going about their normal daily business.

    Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and Mathew, all poor and struggling NAVIE WOMEN children sent to school to learn and make something of their lives were murdered. Then George Manneh Weah, Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Jefferson T. Koijee and people like Frank Musa Dean and the group of heartless people and today, Albert Peters, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa, Mathew Innis, George Kollie and Mamabotu Nyenpan are no long with us and their loving family members. Who murdered these people?

    You know, Presidents Samuel K. Doe and Charles G. Taylor thought they were the only men in town and ruling over Liberia until the NPFL and LURD came and literally chased Doe and Taylor out of town.

    Diehard supporters and public admirers of George Manneh Weah, advice him to get off his hands and lead.

    Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel F. McGill, Jefferson T. Koijee and others are not the President of Liberia.

    Tell George Manneh Weah to lead or the same people that elected him will certainly chase him out!.

  8. Jayweh,
    I am not a CDCIAN. I have never seen President George Weah in person. I left Liberia a very long time ago!. I got to know Monrovia in 2010-13. You want to know the truth? I don’t know the difference between Garnersville and Barnersville. Regardless of that, I love my country. Because of the love that I have for Liberia, I sympathize with its people, some of its leaders and leadership. Example, I do not sympathize with the lawmakers because of their unpatriotic behavior.

    Reverse….
    If a guy named Cllr. Frederick Jayweh were in Weah’s shoes, I’d show as much sympathy. Weah’s situation is sad. Frankly, it has nothing to do with his education. What you should understand is that when Weah came to power, Liberia was not in a good financial, educational, economic, political and agricultural position. So for him and sadly for all of us, it’s not going to be a cakewalk. And frankly, I don’t know whether Liberia has ever been in a good position across the board. If you know the when Liberia was financially stable, don’t hesitate to let me know.

    Mysterious Deaths…..
    Jayweh, please listen carefully. I am 100% unhappy to hear about mysterious deaths in Liberia. Your above comment seems to suggest that I care less about the deaths of the people you’ve listed above. Please stop. If you continue to insinuate such a message, I will break up with you. I mean it.

  9. Hney wrote, “Weah’s situation is sad. Frankly, it has nothing to do with his education.”
    Really? Really, Grand Frere? Are you sure?
    It has ALL to do with his ignoramus, ineptitude and illiteracy.

    An educated president could NEVER have killed those 4 auditors in cold blood like that. An educated president could have gotten around this problem in another way if he felt that his reputation was endangered. Only an illiterate blood thirsty dictator like Weah will murder people’s good children like this.
    Weah must face justice for the death of those 4 innocent souls, who were only doing their jobs professionally.

  10. Due to George Manneh Weah no education and severe limitation, he maintains an evil and wicked heart. If George Manneh Weah, Samuel D. Tweah and Nathaniel McGill and their pay agents, truly had nothing to do with the abduction, torture and murder of Albert Peters, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa and the Late Mathew Innis, why did he and his Government transport to Liberia JUJU people from the Mali to make shameless and silly sacrifices to help him and his CDC-led Government to have peace and stability?

    Mr. Hney, like you, I really don’t know Albert Peter, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa and the Late Mathew Innis. I have never met them in my professional or private life. But, Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, Mathew Innis, Mamabotu Nyenpan and the Late George Kollie, first and foremost, are Liberians educated and skilled children of STRUGGLING NATIVE LIBERIAN WOMEN. These women went to the market in the Sun and Rain to make money to get their children, Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, Mathew and George Kollie, Mamabotu Nyenpan educated. But they all were murdered in George Weah-Liberia.

    George Manneh Weah, Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel and inept Jefferson Koijee, Siafa Mai Gray and the Executive Director of PPCC went to the Ministry of Public Works to pressure Mamabotu Nyenpan to STEAL US$50,000,000 out of Liberia’s Road Construction and Rehabilitation Account. These Criminal Minds were sent by George Manneh Weah to pressure Mamabotu Nyenpan to release to their care the US$50,000,000 to used by CDC- buy votes in the upcoming election and run their Campaign for December 8, 2020.

    Mamabotu Nyenpan declined and so today, Mamabotu Nyenpan for standing up to George Weah and his GANG, and the next thing you know, Mamabotu Nyenpan, like Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, Mathew Innis and George Kollie, also died mysterious and an unexplained death. Only a man with no education will act insanely to listen to Samuel D. Tweah and Nathaniel McGill. George Weah needs to lead or else, the same Liberian people that elected him, will chase him and his CDC-led Government out Town.

    Like Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, Mathew, Mamabotu and George Kollie, Many Liberians are children of STRUGGLING NATIVE MARKET WOMEN. Our mothers sat in the Rain and Sun daily to educate us. And so we will do everything legal and available to us to bring the killers of the Auditors and Mamabotu Nyenpan to justice In our custody and possession are the deadly Audit Reports and so-called Autopsy Report.

    We will begin by asking Liberia’s Partners and friendly Nations to list and place the killers of Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, Mathew, George Kollie and Mamabotu Nyenpan on their NO-FLY LIST.

    LIBERIAN WILL IDENTIFY AND GO AFTER LIBERIA’S STOLEN REVENUES AND RESOURCES intensely and everywhere they are kept. We will aske the USA and other Nations to freeze those accounts!

    • Frederick Jayweh, if your mentality and character of no actual education, compounded with your chronic limitations could ever qualify for even an imaginative proximity to President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah, Dr. Weah would have never been able to be endowed with the imagination, education, rationality, and human reasoning powers to summon the courage and the discipline to inter alia emblematize the power of education on the local, regional, and international stages IN A MERICRATIC WORLD ORDER! ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!

      As for the rest of your usual exhibited tendencies of madness, they, of course, do not deserve attention.

      • What is the False Nationalist saying here, my people?
        So, you think your guy has made any intellectual impact? Where? How? On what?
        Just open your ears around West Africa and hear how we are mocked daily!
        Have you seen your guy in a meeting with other regional leaders?
        I hope to show you a video to show you how his pairs retain themselves from chuckling.

  11. Petit Frere,
    There’s no doubt about the fact that education is vital. All leaders are expected to be educated. Alone with education, all leaders are expected to possess a high level of common sense.

    I think you’re taking my idea of Weah’s education out of context. My point is this….., there are some leaders/presidents who are not highly educated, but yet some of those leaders/presidents go on to perform effective governance. Conversely, some leaders who are very educated, sometimes perform below par.

    In Liberia, Madam EJS obtained an Ivy League education. But she wasn’t as effective as she was expected to be by many people, including you! The late Samuel K. For was not a college graduate, although somehow, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree. When Doe was president, I wasn’t in Liberia. However, there are some Liberians today who will say openly that regardless of his mediocre education, Doe didn’t authorize the Liberian lawmakers to make over $100,000 per year. That’s education vs common sense!

    Finally, you always refer to Weah as an ignoramus! Irrespective of his education, Weah is the president. I think Weah deserves a little bit more respect than referring to him always as an ignoramus. Remember, what goes around, comes around. Don’t get upset when your critics and those of Alexander Benedict Cummings return the favor. It’s not my style to get into name-calling. I caution you not because I am a cop in our neighborhood. I do so only as a grand Frere. But you are a grown guy. You can make your own decisions!

    For the record, I do not support everything Weah does. If Weah is wrong, he’s wrong. What I refuse to do is to accuse him falsely.

    Lastly, I am into education. There’s no way on earth that I could say that education is unimportant.

    Thanks for coming out on Saturday.

  12. Mr. False Nationalist, what happen to you? You are late in writing your usual trash for George Manneh Weah. What happened to you? We are reliable informed that George Manneh Weah and his GANG, sent for and transported JUJU PEOPLE from Mali to Liberia to make sacrifices to confuse the people of Liberia to let him, Samuel D. Tweah and Nathaniel McGill in peace and forget about the abduction, torture and senseless murder of Albert Peters, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa, George Kollie and everyone else murdered in George Manneh Weah-Liberia.

    Question: did the JUJU people from Mali, charge DR, Dr, Dr. George Manneh Weah too much money to make the goat, sheep, cow and human sacrifice to confuse the Liberian people and so he sent you, Garsuah Gborvlehn and other educated fools’ checks late and so you and your associates-in-crime are so writing this LATE???

    MAKING JUJU to cover MURDER of fellow Liberians cost more money than those street Criminals contacted and paid to Murder Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and the Late Mathew Innis, I bet you know fully so; don’t you?

    ACTUALLY ONLY A man SEVERELY WITH NO EDUCATION WILL DARE BRING PEOPLE IN LIBERIA TO MAKE silly SACRIFICES TO COVER THE MURDER OF FELLOW HUMAN BEING!

    Please be advised, when the goats, sheep and cows sacrifices cannot do the trick, Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Garsuah Gbovlehn and other closed friends and admirers, shall come next to be sacrificed.

    A HINT TO YOU AND YOUR ASSOCIATES foods IS GOOD ENOUGH!

  13. Frederick Jayweh, if Mali has so many juju men capable of erecting peace and stability in a country as you are saying they have done for Liberia, THEN WHY PEACE AND STABILITY ARE NONEXISTENT IN THE VERY MALI, Frederick?

    Frederick Jayweh,, if other countries can import jujumen from Mali to impose peace and stability in their country, THEN WHY Opponents of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the have led mass protests since June calling on Keita to resign over what they say are his failures to restore security and address corruption, and have ended up chasing Keita away leaving the country in turmoil? Or is it because Keita wants to go to heaven and so he has no time for jujumen? You see how you rant for ranting sake?

  14. Grand Frere,

    I am a technocrat. I like to be pragmatic. Just give me the name of one (01) leader who was not educated and went on to do well in governance.
    I look forward to your answer on this!

    Educated leaders sometimes fail lamentably, what’s more of a dunderhead?
    Nicephor Songlo of Benin, a PhD holder in Economics, failed lamentably, what do you expect of someone with no economic, political, administrative, technological or architectural knowledge?

    A leader must first and foremost be educated, then know how to solve problems creatively by surrounding himself with the finest brains.
    But this is a guy who dropped out of school in Grade 9 (it means he doesn’t even have a Grade 9 WAEC Certificate) and is surrounded by people with “approximative” creative minds, and you expect miracles from God.
    Miracles are still possible, but you must be defined by God. And when God defines you, He gives you the means (financial, technical and required human capital), like Moses when he was assigned Aaron to help him in his mission.
    Can we say a guy who can kill 4 auditors in 8 days is someone defined by God? From my Christian background, I will emphatically tell you he is NOT!

    Now, let’s take the case of Samuel K. Doe. Though not also educated, the guy was smart indeed. Despite his smartness, he groped through politics and governance for almost 6 years. By the time his feet were ingrained, he had to rig the 1985 election to leave a legacy on the country.
    And tell me what he did? He had to go back to the cluster to bring out Tolbert’s blueprints to execute as a legitimate president.
    Know that everything realized under Doe was copied from Tolbert. The only thing Doe did was to seek the financings.

    With all due respect, Ellen did lay some good foundations. Had she not done that, Weah could not have even found his way into the presidency.
    However, as I always say, she was entangled with war and war debts. She had to pay back her debtors (for killing the Liberian people) and cronies.
    You should have gone to Liberia in 2005 and then compare Liberia to when she was leaving. She did well, Grand Frere but she could have done far better than that.

    Grand Frere, I am not afraid of any cops. I know the risks I am taking and ready to pay the price. “Cowards die many times before their deaths”. Liberia is not the land that lays waste, Liberia is you, Liberia is me. If we sit by and see bunch of hooligans destroy our future, what can I say to my children tomorrow?
    I am going to be ashamed to tell them I sat there and did nothing; I was a mere spectator. Weah should be ready to kill us all!

  15. Defender,
    Since we are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, allow me to tell you and the esteemed readers who I am. I am a realist. Never do I want to be an alarmist. Being an alarmist could degrade my significance.

    You want me to furnish the name of one person who was not highly educated, but who despite his poor education performed surprisingly well in office. I therefore present to you (because of my generosity) not just one person, but more. They are:

    1. John Majors.
    Majors was the Conservative British Prime Minister who replaced the popular Margret Thatcher. Majors was a high school graduate. He never attended college. But he did a good job in the UK. And

    2. Former US president Harry Truman.
    Like Majors, Truman was a high school graduate. But he left an indelible mark on the American political scene. Example, although Truman’s parents were anti-black, he integrated the US military. No US president before Truman had accomplish such a feat.

    I have been consistent with my argument. Again I repeat …. education is great. But a leader does not necessarily have to possess a PHD in order to perform his or her political duties effectively. I also mantain the view that in conjunction with education, a sixth sense that’s often called “common sense”, is needed.

    Liberians want experienced educated leaders who will govern the country with common sense. The fact that someone worked for Pepsi, McDonald’s or Coco-Cola in Italy does not qualify him or her to become president of Liberia. Also, the fact that a lady sits on the boards of four International Corporations, does not make her a business woman. When the mystical lady’s resume is laid out, it will show that she worked in the private sector with a successful business organization. In reality, the fact that she has worked in the private sector does not make her a businesswoman. A businessman/businesswoman is a person who has established his or own business.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf:
    On the line of EJS, you’re in agreement with me. She could have done more. She didn’t. According to you, she owed debtors! The question is….whose fault is it? Your? My fault? The country’s fault. As long as you tell your readers why she failed to accomplish more than a whole lot more, you’re in fact making excuses for her. The point is this, irrespective of her debtors, she should have made Liberia her highest priority. A country takes precedence over a leader’s self interest. Sadly, her self-interest made Liberia a mediocre country. My friend, I don’t hate madam EJS. There are some people who think that I hate the lady,’s guts. That’s a lie! I became discouraged in her because my hopes were dashed!

    I have to go my lawyer today. I was involved in a terrible car accident on Saturday. My car was totaled. A female motorist jammed me two times with her BMW in the rear of my car. It’s a kind of an car accident I have not seen. The cops offered to take me to the hospital, I declined because of the fear of Covid-19. The most important thing is God spared my life. If I could, I would send pictures of my damaged car. Keep hope alive. God is good!

    • Mr. Hney

      My family and I are in prayers for your safety. I told her about how you were rammed in the rear by female motorist and we hope that nothing happens to you.

      Word of advice. you would do well to go see a doctor just to make sure that you are ok.

      My wife is never driving my car anymore.

      your President Trump is making a complete mockery out of your electoral system. Nothing can be done about it?

      Be safe out there, Sir.

      Thank you

  16. Grand Frere,

    I am very sorry to hear about the accident. Thank God you are safe and able to even communicate with me this morning. I pray that the Almighty continue to shield you from all physical and spiritual attacks, as we have to meet to put a face to the name. may God fortify you in this troubled time!

    1 – John Major
    Grand Frere, this guy’s parents underwent financial difficulties, but he was educated at the O-level in 1950.
    An O-level in the 1950s is like some master’s degrees nowadays.
    By the way, he attended one of the prestigious schools (Rutlish School) in Great Britain, worked in parliament for many years, held ministerial positions before eventually becoming a prime minister.

    2 – Harry Truman
    He graduated from the Spalding’s Commercial College. I will stop here and not delve into his experience before becoming 33rd president of the USA.

    The two examples given above clearly tell our readership that no illiterate man has ever taking over the helm of a state.
    Besides, you are given examples of advanced countries like the United Kingdom and the USA, the nations that educate and civilize the entire world. They can NEVER settle down for any ignoramus.

    We don’t need a PhD to successfully rule a country. The high school certificate is the ultimate qualification anyone needs to lead. A first or second or third degree is a plus. Therefore, we should not play with high school education. An individual will NEVER be vibrant in his career if he missed out on his subject matter in high school. That’s why the major you choose in the freshman year could be changed in the sophomore year.
    I agree we need the 6th sense, but you must be at least a high school graduate, it is proven academically. You should know it, Grand Frere, don’t dispute it for argument sake!

    You said Liberians want experienced educated leaders who will govern the country with common sense. That’s what I say too.
    We need a morally clean person (first condition) who was NEVER associated with any warring faction, such person must be educated (it may be a first or second or third degree), must have working experience (within a company or organization of at 5,000 staff) and must have an international outlook.
    It doesn’t mean if you had work with MacDonald’s as a chef, I can vote for you, NO! You must have presided over an administration or management or finance or a trade union to effectively run Liberia.

    Grand Frere, you have great impact on our readership. Your writings and ideas are educative to many people on this blog. Therefore, continue to leave your positive indelibility on our readership. The examples given above are misleading. You need to encourage excellence and promote the rewards of merit. Liberia has trampled on these values, we need to rekindle it to have a better society.

    I could have gone back to Liberia right away to join the CDC and work with them if Weah had really known the Liberians’ problems. When I saw him promising fixes, I was hoping the fixes we lack were going to begin.
    I thought the Buchanan – Harper coastal highway was already in the pipeline and ready to roll.
    I thought LEC was going to be privatized with minimal government participation to ensure there are high grid electric lines in every major cities of Liberia before the dawn of 2023.
    I thought a general reconstruction of road networks contracts were in the making with multinational companies payable over a long term or indirectly by the people through toll roads.
    I thought a well-equipped polytechnic was in the making to ensure Liberians can customize our development plans.
    I thought our famers were going to be subsidized to indulge in industrial farming to feed ourselves and grow cash crops to bring in high currency to ensure our balance of payments. Etc. etc. etc. etc.

    I did not know Weah came to ask us: What did the other people do?
    I did not know they too came to steal and kill innocent people for doing their jobs.
    I did not know they were going to be involved in ritual killings across the country to maintain themselves in power without service to the people, etc.

    Weah, is a deception and big hindrance / impediment to the advancement of Liberia. May God solve this problem for us in accordance with His wisdom!

  17. Cllr Jayweh,
    Who does your statement refer to? To me? Well, if you’re referring to me, don’t hang around the bush like a coward. Address your comment (s) to me and man up. I am very simpatico. I think you’re a good guy. But on the flip side, you inject pains and strings in the necks of your frenemies. I wish I could arrange a forum for you and Mr. True Nationalist to duke it out. Of course if that were possible, I would offer no cash benefits, but rather, a cup of decaffeinated coffee or tea in order to calm you down.

    For the second time I ask….”do you think I support the gruesome wave of killings in Liberia”? Just because I do not shout profanities at the killers does not mean I am being supportive or defensive. Someone has got to be a dolt in order to support anyone who murders people ritualistically. The killers must be brought to justice! Again, I am not defensive about the killings.

    I have long argued about the usefulness of education. If previous Liberian leaders had made education a top priority, we wouldn’t have been in such a dispicable situation. The idiots who murder ritualistically are half-baked!!!!!! An educated person like you and a litany of others who interact on this blog will never consider killing a cat in order to be promoted or hired. Killing is a serious problem.

    My utmost position…..
    I don’t know who the killers are in Liberia. You don’t know who the bloody killers are in Liberia. You are politically opposed to Weah, because of that and because he’s the president at the present time, you’re infuriated. I understand your frustrations. I am mad as hell. But because Weah is the president, you think he’s the culprit who authorizes the murders. No take a pause here. As lawyer, can you argue a case successfully in court without evidence? Look at Trump… Trump’s legal team has made itself the butt of the stick. The Trump legal team has no evidence. Don’t be like that Jayweh.

    If you have the proof, make it known. You repeat the names of the fallen Liberians everytime you make a comment. But do have an axe grind….. in other words, do you have a solid proof. Should I get on your bandwagon and hound people everyday about people being killed without substantiation? I can’t do that. I will not do that.

    Weah is far off from sainthood. He commits errors. But “some” people hate him with passion. As a consequence of that hatred, Weah is plastered with dirty mud always. That’s not fair to him. Let’s go about things democratically.

    Peace

  18. Monseiur Defender,
    Far from the truth. With all intents and purposes, the examples I gave above are consonant with the specific issue you’ve raised. Although Majors and Truman were born in top notch developed countries, they weren’t as educated as Gordon Brown or Barack Obama.

    My point (was, is) that it is important for anyone’s immediate boss to be adroit. But, a college education is not a prerequisite to being a manager or a CEO of a company, or a governmental entity. Bill Gates is a college dropout. But Bill Gates is a smart person and a billionaire. Forget once again about the society in which Gates lives. By the way, there are millions of Americans who’ve got college degrees. But not all degree holders are millionaires or billionaires.

    I am not trying to demean education in Liberia. It’s a plus to be college-educated. But one does not have to have a college degree in order to be
    a manager, a CEO or one’s boss!

    The killing of people…. Very barbaric!
    People are dying in Liberia. The way I look at it, it is plain stupid for rituals to be performed by snatching away the precious lives of God’s children. It is horrendous. There’s not a better way to describe the gruesome killings.

    My argument…..
    If you have the evidence that Weah is the mastermind of the killings, present it. If you do not have any evidence, don’t accuse! By saying this, I am not defending Weah. I will say the same thing if you or anyone is the president!!!!!!!!!

    Just recently, you complained that Alexander Benedict Cummings is not a gay! I am not the person who labels him as such. But, you are getting precisely what you deserve! As long as you label Weah as a killer (without proof) your enemies will get even with you by labelling your half god as a boy-child rapist.

    We can do well if we desist from falsely accusing people.
    Galatians 6:7. You reap what you sow!

  19. Grand Frere,

    I wish you a joyous and festive month of December. May you enjoy the season and forget the ills of the American and Liberian societies. Be revived during this time of advent as you await the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    I hope you have been able to settle things with your insurance for your car to be repaired as quickly as possible. “Du courage!”

    My compliments and well wishes above, in no way, mean I agree with all that you have said in your last post, far from it. So, stop chuckling with your computer.

    Ii in any way I have offended anyone on this blog, why can’t that person take it at me instead of Mr. Cummings? You keep saying all the time that Cummings is a fair game, how and in what way? Petarus Dolo has written something, get back at him if you think he is wrong.
    By the way, I consider NO ONE on this blog as an ENEMY. All Liberians who comment on this blog are all patriots, only that our perception and interpretation of patriotism differ sharply.
    Against this background, I admonish all CDCians and Weah’s sympathizers to begin to indulge in intellectual exchanges, as we witnessed over the weekend with Fallah and Dillon. It is the way forward for our country.

    Now, who should we hold responsible for the death of those 4 auditors? Do you want me to give or show you proofs? I am not investigating the case, how can I?
    However, from intellectual analyses, anyone can conclude that the death of the 4 was a political assassination from the following indications:

    – Weah, the Commander-In-Chief of the Arm Forces of Liberia and guarantor of the Liberia’s Constitution, upon the assassination of the first 2 victims, said and I quote, “It is a girlfriend / boyfriend thing”. So, what intuitive conclusion can we reach from this statement? And the guy said it from behind his shrine (hypocritically called ‘altar’), can you imagine that?

    – Weah refused access to the corpses of the victims by their parents in order to tamper with proofs, before calling in his own (government) forensic pathologists. What else do you need to see or to know to prove that they were assassinated?

    – And the 4 victims were auditing public corporations with massive or gross mismanagement records. Did you read the results from the pathologists? An aberration!

    Stop defending the undefendable, Grand Frere. Let Weah pay reparation fees to the victims’ families. Also, let him put an end to such political assassination. Liberia has gone a long way to repeat similar mistakes of the past. The human life is sacred, preserve it! Only God has such right over our lives.

    John Majors, Truman et al
    Grand Frere, you sometimes like to use very weak analogies in your comparisons. Why are you comparing people that should NEVER be compared to your dear president Weah?

    Bill Gates is from a wealthy family, he is a college dropout from a developed country with many opportunities and incentives, not a grade 9 dropout from a poor family in a third world underdeveloped country where ‘the survival of the fittest’ is the order of the day.
    It means the guy (Gates) graduated from one of the best high schools, left one of the best universities to focus on his invention. It was useless to spend precious time on other subjects; studying, doing researches, preparing term papers, etc. while he could use such times on his invention. We call this a judicious choice!

    We are comparing John Majors and Weah, not John Majors and Gordon Brown. John Majors graduated from one of the prestigious high schools in Great Britain, Weah dropped out from one of the poorly run government schools in Liberia.

    Truman had a college degree, Weah is a grade 9 dropout from an abandoned school for the destitute

    Grand Frere, A COLLEGE DEGREE IS INDEED A PREREQUISITE TO MANAGE any business. However, you do not need a college degree to become a CEO of a company. If Bill Gates had not surrounded himself with the best managers, he could never have marketed his invention to the entire world. He made the discovery, and there were people to popularize such invention and make it profitable.

    Yes indeed, you are trying to demean education in Liberia. You keep advocating the slash of lawmakers’ emoluments to be diverted to education, yet support mediocrity and revere ineptitude as a normal trend in Liberia. What is your position then?
    Please go to Liberia and work for the CDC, be happy and tell me your experience after your service. I just hope you would not share your experience with me in hell or heaven.

    You were groomed and have thrived in a society where excellence succeeds beyond bounds, uphold such values in your motherland, Grand Frere!

  20. The Defender,

    First of all, thanks for your kind words. I will pick a car up this morning, (a loner) until the details of my car are worked out. Most likely, I will get another car (not a new one) because my Toyota Corolla has been wrecked…. it’s totaled!

    #1. When you insult Weah by labelling him as an ignoramus, a 9th grade dropout etc , you act as if it is fair game to degrade him. Guess what? Supporters of Weah will not bother to deal with you on a one-on-one basis. Weah’s supporters will attack your supporter, Alexander Benedict Cummings’ credibility. That’s their way of getting under your skin.

    I’m not personally supportive of name-calling! You may do whatever you want to say about Weah. But the more you insist on the use of polemics to describe Weah, Weah’s supporters will employ similar tactics. That shows the ugliness of politics. “What goes around comes around”.

    #2. Bill Gates
    Just forget about the society in which Gates was born. The guy is a college dropout, but he’s a self-made billionaire. It’s been said that Tubman and Doe weren’t high school graduates. But both of those men held their respective lines in the sand. One of your cherished icons is Senator Dillon. Right? Why do you like Dillon so much? Is Dillon a college graduate? If Dillon ran for the presidency and won, wouldn’t you support him?

    I have worked for two different banks in my life. My teaching job was not my first job; the teaching job was one of my best…..the vacation time and the idea of what Americans call “extended pay” were great. Extended pay for teachers means that as a teacher, you get paid full time throughout the year. In any case, when I worked at the bank, two of my immediate bosses were not college graduates.
    Bottom Line: It’s good to be college-educated. But no one needs a college degree in order to own a business.

    #3. Go home….
    I am a patriot. But I can sense things out and see for myself. Although I love my dirt poor country, I understand that jobs are in short supply. So, when I go back to Liberia, I will definitely start a business. Hopefully when that’s done, I will be able to showcase my patriotic duties by creating a handful of jobs.

    It seems that most educated Liberians want to work for “and” in the government. It’s about time that we Liberians had done something else for our country instead of working “for” and “in” the government! That’s my take.

    #4. Truman did not have a college degree. He had a sibling who was educated. Although his parents were segregationists, Truman surprised many of his colleagues for coming up with the idea of integration. The idea of integration during his time was a delicate subject. But surprisingly, that dreaded idea of his enabled him to defeat a guy named Dewey during his presidential run.

    #5. I didn’t dangle off tangent when I brought up Gordon Brown and Barack Obama. I said that John Majors and Weah were not as educated as Gordon Brown and Barack Obama. Go back and read exactly what I wrote. You will see and understand why I brought up the names of Brown and Obama. I don’t Sprint. I stick to the subject.

    #6. Weak analogies?
    You’re dead wrong. My usual analogies are strong and powerful. You may not agree with an analogy of mine. However, if you don’t see the logic, it doesn’t mean that the analogy is weak.

    In an earlier post when you asked me to name one leader who led his or her country effectively, I went beyond naming just one person. You didn’t think that I would name a person. Second, when you challenged me to name just one person, you never specified whether the person to be named should be an African! Again, go back to your earlier post in order for you to fully understand my point. Thanks.

    #7. Again and again and again, the investigation of the deaths of the four Liberians is ongoing. If the international investigation lands on Weah’s desk, all of us will condemn Weah. But you and your colleagues are spreading falsehoods. On the other hand, if you have the proof that Weah is guilty of murder, step up to the plate. But if you don’t have any proof, don’t point fingers.

  21. BIL Kimba,
    I thank you and your beloved wife for your kindness. I wish you well.

    In just 50 more days, my president, Mr. Donald J. Trump will be out of the White House with his Covid-19-tainted butt. Trump has made a mockery of himself. He is a spreader of conspiracy theories, but the American people will not kow-tow to his whims.

    The Liberian Grand Apologist and Defender of weak causes is taking a break from defending Trump’s bullcrap. Probably, the reality of a Biden defeat is sinking in.

    The insurance company of the female motorist who struck me in the rear has authorized me to use a car from the rental company. I don’t know how long it will take, but I will be okay by His grace.

    I hope the Three Stooges made you laugh. Hope to see you one of these days.

    • Mr. Hney:

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
      Now you making to laugh twice as hard as Mr. James Davis. dont worry, not too many flies in my house to enter my mouth.

      How do you know Trump has Covid-19 tainted butt? You folks are just unnecessarily hard on the poor man.

      The Three Stooges did make us laugh, thank you again. We hope to see you the day you decide to venture on this side again. I dont see myself coming to America anytime soon, because of the fifteen thousand dollars visa bond fee imposed by the Trump Administration. Maybe our government should do the same things to Americans who come here and overstay their visa.

      I dont know who you refer to as The Liberian grand Apologist and Defender of weak causes, but if you are referring to who I think you are referring to, I must tell you that I have great respect for him, if not for anything else but for his deep loyalty. No one can fault him for that. In trying times, you need people like those in your corner.

      December 8th is D-Day for us and January 5th is D-Day for you guys on that side. Decent folks hope that it all goes well.

      Feel better,Sir.

      Thank you.

  22. BIL,
    Thanks be to God because you’re staying out of the reach of those flies. I hope you’ve had a bucket of water near by to be poured over you just in case.

    Trump’s imposition of a fee as high as that ($15,000) shows his simplicity. On the other hand by doing that, Trump’s racist colors are being displayed. The Europeans do not have to deposit such money in order to come to America. So why is he doing that? Is the US broke?

    The Biden-Harris administration will change that mess. It’s outrageous.

    Lastly, play the DV lottery with your wife. You never know.

  23. In just 50 more days, my president, Mr. Donald J. Trump will be out of the White House with his Covid-19-tainted butt.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ooooooooooooooooooh my side bone, don’t break!

    Trump will NEVER go, watch it Grand Frere!
    The FBI has ordered to have access to proofs, it would be forwarded to the Supreme Court soon, and then the electorate college will meet, they are blocking all legal challenges everywhere; watch out, the ides of December!
    Some people will shamefully retire in an isolated home in the woods very soon!

    I am not taking a break, I am closely following events. If Trump had conceded without putting up a fight, as I promised, I was never going to comment politics or partake in it in my life. Do you know why? Because Trump is sharing similar fate with Laurent GBAGBO of the Ivory Coast. Let’s say they try their experiment on him, the real project is the USA; exactly as we are seeing: Milwaukee – 105% participation rate, cheeeeeeeeeeeey! Where in this world have you seen at most 85% participation in an election?

    God is great! “Every knatty dumboy has its own soup!”

  24. Petarus, why you always are unable to look reality in the eye?? On Sunday night, I even watched Donald Trump telling a reporter at a press conference that Yes would not like to concede, but I shall certainly concede. Even after the Trump administration has acknowledged the reality that Trump has been fired as made evident in this letter from Emily Murph the Head of the General Services Administration, you are here in such a jesting denial. Now read infra..

    November 23, 2020
    The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20230

    Dear Mr. Biden:
    As the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, I have the ability under the
    Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, to make certain post-election resources and
    services available to assist in the event of a presidential transition. See 3 U.S.C. § 102 note
    (the “Act”). I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal
    challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those
    resources and services available to you.

    I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is
    right. Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available
    facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including
    those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my
    decision.

    To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination. I did, however,
    receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and
    even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Even in the
    face of thousands of threats, I always remained committed to upholding the law.

    Contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism.
    Instead, I strongly believe that the statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not
    impose, the apparent president-elect. Unfortunately, the statute provides no procedures or
    standards for this process, so I looked to precedent from prior elections involving legal
    challenges and incomplete counts. GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and
    recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified.

    These are issues that the Constitution, federal laws, and state laws leave to the election certificationprocess and decisions by courts of competent jurisdiction. I do not think that an agency
    charged with improving federal procurement and property management should place itself
    above the constitutionally-based election process. I strongly urge Congress to consider
    amendments to the Act.

    U.S. General Services Administration
    1800 F Street, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20405-0002

    The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    Page 2

    As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential
    election. Instead, the GSA Administrator’s role under the Act is extremely narrow: to make
    resources and services available in connection with a presidential transition.

    As stated, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results,I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in
    Section 3 of the Act upon request.

    The actual winner of the presidential election will be
    determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution.
    Section 7 of the Act and Public Law 116-159, dated October 1, 2020, which provides continuing
    appropriations until December 11, 2020, makes $6,300,000 available to you to carry out the
    provisions of Section 3 of the Act. In addition, $1,000,000 is authorized, pursuant to Public Law
    116-159, to provide appointee orientation sessions and a transition directory. I remind you that
    Section 6 of the Act imposes reporting requirements on you as a condition for receiving services
    and funds from GSA.
    If there is anything we can do to assist you, please contact Ms. Mary D. Gibert, the Federal
    Transition Coordinator.

    Sincerely,

    Emily W. Murphy
    Administrator
    U.S. General Services Administration
    cc: The Honorable Edward Kaufman
    The Honorable Jeffrey Zients
    The Honorable Mark Meadows
    The Honorable Chris

  25. Mr. False Nationalist,

    I did not read all of what you posted from the GSA director, but I know you can read and understand English. So, please read an excerpt of what you pasted for me:

    “Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, to make CERTIAN post-election resources and
    services available to assist IN THE EVENT OF PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION.”

    Sorry we cannot highlight but key words were capitalized for you.
    Wait and see brother. This is nothing to argue about, the courts are working.

  26. Obey not the letter! Rather, via your intuitive and or reasoning capabilities, embrace the aim or purpose (THE INTENT) of that which is written irrespective of “highlighting“ etc.!
    In short, understand the spirit of the letter!

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