The Die Is Cast, History Awaits the Verdict

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The die is cast, the Senatorial elections, Representative by-elections as well as the referendum will proceed as planned at least according to the NEC chairperson, Davidetta Browne Lansanah.

This has been reinforced by Minister of State Nathaniel McGill who has reiterated that the referendum will go ahead as planned. For the record, this referendum is proceeding ahead despite the stay order placed on it by the Supreme Court.

But there is a major concern surrounding the elections which appears to not have been addressed. At this point, with just eight (8) days left to the elections, there is no update on the clean-up exercise of the Voters Roll (VR).

The law requires that the Final Registration Roll (FRR) be published and displayed at all polling centers for public vetting.

It can be recalled that a team from ECOWAS had come to Monrovia recently to assist the NEC in the clean-up of the VR. During the 2017 elections a team from ECOWAS was also here to assist in the clean-up. Despite best efforts on its part, the team was however, unable to complete the task.

That prompted the parties to take the matter to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in their favor and accordingly mandated the NEC to clean-up the VR before the conduct of the run-off election.

To the consternation of the opposition, NEC simply disobeyed the mandate of the Court with virtual impunity. And it did so with what was widely believed to be the approbation of the executive (President Sirleaf).

Three years later today, the same problem persists and amid the palpable tension, it appears more likely than not that the elections will be conducted on the basis of a flawed Voters Roll. Judging from experience, it appears that this is a certain recipe for trouble.

Already there is great uncertainty surrounding the outcomes of the December 8 election that the results may be rejected by the opposition on grounds that the results lack legitimacy in view of the Supreme Court’s stay order.

The danger is, the national leadership appears bent on pursuing a course of action whose outcomes may prove undesirable and or untenable.

Somehow, according to a former security official (identity withheld), they appear to be fixed in a delusional mindset that emboldens them to take uncalculated risks believing they can ride roughshod over anyone who stands in their way.

According to the security official, this was the same kind of mentality exhibited in the behavior of top officials of the Doe and Taylor governments.

Doe believed in the supremacy of his 7,000 strong military-equipped with armored vehicles and an array of heavy weapons including Katyusha rocket launchers and long-range heavy artillery but he eventually learned some hard lessons in very hard ways.

As for President Charles Taylor, he apparently believed that he had the perfect solution to Doe’s shortcomings. His answer was to create a huge military organization built on fear and absolute loyalty to him alone.

And for years he held sway over virtually the entire country wielding absolute power, executing at will his enemies or any of his following perceived as a potential rival. He was the “Lord Surpremo” fixed in a delusional belief that he was the best Liberia had to offer.

But history placed a check on his lordly ambitions and today Charles Taylor sits out his last days in a British jail cell, shut off from society. And despite this being recent history, it appears that its lessons are lost on this current national leadership.

Sycophancy, lies and deceit appear to be defining characteristics of officials of this government, says a former long-serving Liberian diplomat who currently resides outside the country.

In a telephone conversation with the Daily Observer over the weekend, the former diplomat expressed strong disappointment over what he is says is the fawning and servile attitude of  officials of this government.

Characteristic of their behavior, according to him, they have fed and continue to feed President Weah with blatant falsehoods that in just three (3) years he has proved to be the best leader ever of Liberia when they know in their hearts of hearts that such is simply not true.

But apparently President Weah believes them and has on a number of occasions publicly declared that in just three years he has done more for Liberia than any President in its history.

This, according to the former diplomat, is unfair to President Weah because his officials are simply setting him up for failure because of their inordinate greed.

Perhaps, President Weah does not realize the enormity and gravity of the situation at hand. The country’s economy keeps going from bad to worse and there are no signs of a turnaround in fortunes anytime soon.

The Liberian people have waited three (3) years for the promised economic upturn which is yet to come and they are becoming restive. This is because things are getting harder by the day.

Schools are about to re-open and many parents are gravely worried that they may not be able to send their children to school aside from other worries such as food and medicines.

Additionally, Liberian dollars are in short supply on the market although the government has printed  billions of Liberian dollar banknotes which they have in storage. Old and mutilated bills are instead being recycled.

This has created an artificial appreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar. And prices, rather than going down are instead rising by the day. 

Truth be told, the managers of the economy led by Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah have failed miserably.

And instead of taking responsibility for the failure, they are casting false blame on perceived enemies and contriving shenanigans to distract public attention from their failures.

One of such shenanigans, which now appears to be playing center-stage, is the “second term” bid when the first term is still three years to completion. President Weah has to be careful, else he may end up making the same mistakes as his predecessors. And history will judge him harshly if he does.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The CDC-led Government is now setting the stage for another blood bath in Liberia by its officials making the President of Liberia to believed he is the best that Liberia has ever produced. The Government set the stage by: 1. In 2018, by the illegal impeachment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia;
    2. Mysterious death of citizens, without investigation
    3. Illegal Referendum on the Constitution of Liberia;
    These are some reasons for an insurrections in Liberia. It will surely happen.

  2. As I see it, the Republic of Liberia is no longer a country of laws but a country of men. As far as the eyes can see, the Republic of Liberia under the rulership of Mr. George Manneh Weah has absolutely and totally become a plantation of criminals—a plantation, owned, controlled, and managed by a GROUP of determined criminals. The Courts of Liberia, particularly the Supreme Court of the Republic under Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and now Mr. George Manneh Weah are challenged and have totally become an instrument deceptively invoked and used by Mr. George Manneh and Weah and his CDC-led Government at their will and defined pleasure. Why are Liberians and friends of Liberia spending so much time and money to conduct free, fair, and transparent elections in Liberia when Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. George Manneh Weah absolutely have no intention to remotely hold anything known and referred to as free, fair, and transparent elections anywhere in the Republic of Liberia, our so-called land of Liberty?

    Criminally, Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf at her will and pleasure harvested and packed the Final Voter Roll (VFR) with nearly 1000,000 names of people whose vote Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf knew illegitimately and under false pretense would have been counted in favor of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Mr. George Manneh Weah to save her and family members’ necks from an indictment, arrest, prosecution, and conviction for their commission of financial and economic crimes in Liberia and against the people of Liberia. Knowing fully well that Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Sirleaf family were most determined to conduct a criminal and rigged Representative and General Elections in 2017, Liberia’s opposition political parties consciously and knowingly went ahead and campaigned to hold criminal and rigged elections and later fled to Liberia’s Supreme Court seeking to make legitimate the known and rigged Elections conducted in 2017.

    Right before the opposition political parties’ eyes, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Government printed nearly 1,000,000 additional ballot papers without the opposition political parties raising their hands and objecting to the already rigged and compromised elections. Today, the nearly 1,000,000 fake and illegitimate names still make up the Final Voter Roll that Liberians and the opposition political parties are yelling all over the place to have the Supreme Court order Mr. George Manneh Weah and his handpicked and controlled NEC to clean-up. Did the opposition political parties and their leaders not actively participate in the criminal and rigged 2017 Elections conducted in 2017 by Mr. Johnson Sirleaf and her Government? Sadly, the did.

    Since the National Elections Commission in 2017 failed and refused to clean-up the Final Voter Roll and the
    opposition political parties publicly went along and participated in the criminal and rigged Representative and General Elections in 2017 without timely objections, Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government criminally see nothing wrong with instructing the National Elections Commission (NEC) to refused and disobey the Supreme Court of the Republic with impunity. So, Mr. Weah and his CDC-led Government will hold the Senatorial, By-election, and Referendum on December 8, 2020, without being punished by the Supreme Court of Liberia. Is this not the same National Elections Commission (NEC) that overtly refused and failed to clean-up the Final Voter Roll (FVR) and the same Supreme Court in 2017 that looked the other way and permitted Mrs. Sirleaf and her Government to hold the rigged elections with impunity? In fact, the Supreme Court speaking through Mr. Justice Phillip A.Z. Bank, publicly stated that though there were irregularities, they were not sufficient to overturn the 2017 rigged elections.

    The Same criminally harvested, compromised and rigged Final Voter Roll (FVR) that Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf and her Government used to bring Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government tp power in 2027 with explicit and known participation of the opposition political parties, is the same rigged and compromised Final Voter Roll (FVR) that George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government are using today and will use come 2023 to criminally remain in power up to and including 2039 should the Referendum be ratified.

    Painfully, Dr. Joseph Nyuman Boakai, Benoni Wilfred Urey, Alexander Benedict Cummings and Cllr H. Varney G. Sherman and the Late Charles Walker Brumskine acquiesced and openly participated fully in the 2017 criminally harvested and rigged elections conducted by Mrs. Sirleaf and her Government without objections.

    Come what may, the Republic of Liberia and residents certainly need real and bold change.

    The Republic of Liberia and resident are not mere Su-Su CLUB for you eat and I eat people.

  3. As I see it, the Republic of Liberia is no longer a country of laws but a country of men. As far as the eyes can see, the Republic of Liberia under the rulership of Mr. George Manneh Weah has absolutely and totally become a plantation of criminals—a plantation owned, controlled, and managed by a GROUP of determined criminals. The Courts of Liberia, particularly the Supreme Court of the Republic under Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and now Mr. George Manneh Weah, are challenged and have totally become an instrument deceptively invoked and used Mr. George Manneh and Weah and his CDC-led Government at their will and defined pleasure. Why are Liberians and friends of Liberia spending so much time and money to conduct free, fair, and transparent elections in Liberia when Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. George Manneh Weah absolutely have had no intention to remotely hold anything known and referred to as free, fair, and transparent elections anywhere in the Republic of Liberia, our so-called land of Liberty?

    Criminally, Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf at her will and pleasure harvested and packed the Final Voter Roll (VFR) with nearly 1000,000 names of people whose vote Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf knew illegitimately and under pretense would have been counted in favor of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Mr. George Manneh Weah to save her and family members’ necks from an indictment, arrest, prosecution, and conviction for their commission of financial and economic crimes in Liberia and against the people of Liberia. Knowing fully well that Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Sirleaf family were most determined to conduct a criminal and rigged Representative and General Elections in 2017, Liberia’s opposition political parties consciously and knowingly went ahead and campaigned to hold criminal and rigged elections and then later fled to Liberia’s Supreme Court seeking to make legitimate the known, compromised and rigged Representative and General Elections conducted in 2017.

    Right before the opposition political parties’ eyes, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Government printed nearly 1000,000 additional ballot papers without the opposition political parties raising their hands and objecting to the already rigged and compromised elections. Today, the nearly 1000,000 fake and illegitimate names still make up the Final Voter Roll that Liberians and the opposition political parties are yelling all over the place to have the Supreme Court order Mr. George Manneh Weah and his handpicked and controlled NEC to clean-up. Did the opposition political parties and their leaders not actively participate in the criminal and rigged 2017 Elections conducted in 2017 by Mr. Johnson Sirleaf and her Government? Sadly, they did.

    Since the National Elections Commission in 2017 failed and refused to clean-up the Final Voter Roll and the opposition political parties publicly went along and participated in the criminal and rigged Representative and General Elections in 2017 without timely objections, Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government criminally see nothing wrong with instructing the National Elections Commission (NEC) to openly refused and disobey the Supreme Court of the Republic with impunity. So, Mr. Weah and his CDC-led Government will hold the Senatorial, By-elections, and Referendum on December 8, 2020, without being punished by the Supreme Court of Liberia. Is this not the same National Elections Commission (NEC) that overtly refused and failed to clean-up the Final Voter Roll (VFR) and not the same Supreme Court in 2017 that looked the other way and permitted Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Government to hold the rigged and fraudulent elections with impunity? In fact, the Supreme Court speaking through Mr. Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks, publicly stated that though there were irregularities in 2017 elections, the aforesaid irregularities, were not injurious sufficient to overturn the 2017 rigged elections.

    The Same criminally harvested, compromised, and rigged Final Voter Roll (VFR) that Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf and her Government used to bring Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government to power in 2017 with the explicit and known participation of the opposition political parties, is the same rigged and compromised Final Voter Roll (VFR) that George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government are using today and will use come 2023 to remain in power up to criminally and including 2039 should the Referendum be ratified by the people.

    Embarrassingly and painfully, Dr. Joseph Nyuman Boakai, Benoni Wilfred Urey, Alexander Benedict Cummings, and Cllr H. Varney G. Sherman and the Late Charles Walker Brumskine acquiesced and openly participated fully in the 2017 criminally harvested and rigged elections conducted by Mrs. Sirleaf and her Government without objections. Come what may, the Republic of Liberia and residents certainly need real and bold change.

    ABSOLUTELY, LIBERIA IS NOT A SUSU CLUB FOR YOU EAT AND I EAT PEOPLE!

  4. What a clown! Frederick Jayweh, days ago it was Mali, embroiled in crisis, instability and war, exporting to Liberia jujumen capable of turning turmoil into calm, peace and stability in Liberia. Complete moppet vulnerable to be someone’s puppet on strings!

    Today it is “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf practically gone into oblivion printing 1000,000 additional ballot papers without the opposition political parties raising their hands and objecting to the already rigged and compromised elections“, even though the very opposition political parties protested but were rejected by public expectations, the voters or electorates in general throughout the country, and also rejected by the Supreme Court!

    What a height of one (Frederick Jayweh) making himself the laughingstock!

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