Let’s Lecture: A Tribute To The Late Harry A. Greaves

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By Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson

In our Liberia, when a man or woman dies, it is usual to make speeches, to emphasize their virtues, but rarely can we say of a person, with greater justice, with greater accuracy what we say of our late brother and friend, Harry Greaves: That he was a shining example of a Liberian patriot dedicated to the unfinished struggle for economic development and political freedom, for rice and rights in our Liberia.

I first got to know Harry back in 2005 when we worked together on President Sirleaf’s initial campaign for the presidency.  Before then, I had only known of Harry as a brilliant Liberian who had been sent to England where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant.  During the campaign, Harry brought his prodigious energies and strategic thinking to the table culminating in our raising a large part of the funding necessary for the successful prosecution of the campaign and the eventual victory of Mrs. Sirleaf at the presidential polls. The friendship which we forged during the campaign continued to grow and blossom, nourished by our common vision of a Liberia that should stand shoulder to shoulder with the best.  Needless to say, the constant blows to the ideal of bringing to birth that Liberia pained us both grievously, so grievously.

Following the elections, Harry went on to become Managing Director of the LPRC where he introduced innovative policies of governance.  He was unceremoniously relieved of this post after a few years of meritorious service.

Harry was no saint. How many of us are?  But he was not a certificated illiterate, career sycophant or political parasite.  He certainly was not a member of that ludicrous and somewhat puerile gang of high society urchins who have become professional praise singers of earned and unearned accolades.

Harry was a certified public accountant, a man of no mean intellect, and a passionate patriot who dared to raise his voice against the moral sclerosis, gross inadequacies, and downright shenanigans which characterize so much of our public life.

Yes, Harry was a critic. But he was always judicious, always did his homework, always remained open minded.  He was never equivocal, never less than sharply, superbly judgmental.

And if you were to ask Harry, as people asked another Harry, Harry Truman of the US, why he was so critical, why he gave the Government so much hell, you would get the same answer given by Harry Truman: “I never give the Government hell.  I only tell the truth and the Government THINKS it’s hell.”

Did Harry have anything against the person of the people in Government?  Not at all.  He always spoke so fondly of his longstanding relationship with the highest officials in the land. But did Harry  have issues with some Government policies and praxis?  Yes, he did.  And let us admit it: Who doesn’t? In a democracy, even the most incurable and unabashed praise singers in Government itself have issues.

Alas! Harry’s voice has been hushed in death.  And we are aggrieved: aggrieved at having lost a good friend, an intellectual power house, a fearless patriot.  We are aggrieved when we think that Harry was only 66 years old. We are aggrieved when we consider how much we need people of Harry’s stature and commitment during this period in our history when our country is racked by all the ills of underdevelopment — no rice and threatened, very threatened rights.  Indeed, we are saddened at missing the additional fruits that we would have received from Harry’s intelligence and his even richer experience.

But Harry has left us a heritage, a fine heritage, and we his relatives and friends are duty bound to promote this heritage.

And what is this heritage? It is to be found in Harry’s progressive thinking, his tenacity, his capacity for hard work. It is to be found in his fearless ability to raise his voice against the many ills which pervade our society. Harry thus joins the ranks of Edward Wilmot Blyden, Didwho Tweh, Albert Porte, G. Baccus Mathews—and many others– who have gone ahead marked with the gratitude of the people in whose behalf they fought so courageously.

If Harry were concerned with national issues, he never forgot his local government, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County, where he was deeply involved in efforts to solve the burning problems confronting people in that rural area of our Liberia.

What were the circumstances of Harry’s death?  Who killed Harry? The pathologists with their tainted record of medical practice are saying that Harry was killed by drowning. The report from our JFK Hospital is saying something else, almost the contrary.  Is there a deliberate attempt to conflate and obfuscate what should be a clear-cut case?

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which has been assisting in securing peace and security in our country has long gone. Whilst still in our midst, however, we experienced a string of unexplained deaths and mayhem.  As Christ warned the women of Jerusalem on the road to Calvary, “If they do this while the wood is green, what will be done when the wood is dry?” (Luke 23:31). That is why in the departure of UNMIL, we may need to establish a MAMIL — Movement Against Murder In Liberia.  And this Movement will not only concern itself with the deaths, the armed robberies, the rapes, that are becoming commonplace in our Liberia. This Movement must also address the fact that the Liberian masses are today the victims of an undeclared war, a sort of silent genocide — for what other meaning can we attach to the high infant mortality rate, the high death rate, the pre-mature old age, etc.?  If Liberian society is not changed fundamentally, the number of children dying will more than double in the coming years.

I am about to conclude. And the question remains hanging: Who killed Harry?  As a Catholic, I believe that the circumstances of Harry’s death will, in time, be fully revealed. Our people in Sinoe say that, “when the tide goes out, we will see who is swimming naked”. Buddha reminds us that there are “three things which cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon and the TRUTH.”  We shall know the truth.

As we remember Harry, let us pledge to ensure that one, two three, many more Harry Greaves will arise, to “lecture”, to continue the struggle for good governance in our beloved native land.

Therefore, Precious (Presh, as Harry called you), Harry’s children, relatives and friends, let us face the future with optimism confident that today or tomorrow we shall have the victory.

And for Harry, friend and compatriot, our prayer is the familiar:  Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine on him.  Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum — the peace of God remain with you always.

Ambassador (Prof.) Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, an aggrieved Liberian.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, may Harry´s soul rest in perfect peace! And since there is nothing hidden under the sun, those who killed Harry will of course be exposed at God´s appointed time!

    But Dew Mayson, the truth been told; BESIDES ALBERT PORTE neither Harry A. Greaves Jr. nor you Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson or any Liberian politician have ever been or is even “dedicated to the unfinished struggle for economic development and political freedom, for rice and rights in our Liberia.”

    All of you simply power-seeking hypocries who mask your selfish desires and greed for power and money behind the notorious pretense of public service and ideological conviction.

    What inter alia proves this can be seen in the fact that both of you only began criticizing corrupt Ellen and her corrupt Unity Party government when she snubbed you people By refusing to make you her foreign minister, and when she fired Harry Greaves from LPRC.

    IS THIS WHAT YOU CONCEPTUALIZE AS “PROGRESSIVE THINKING”? NO! THIS IS BACKWARD THINKING, DEW!

  2. Dew Mayson, we already have a “Movement against Murder” – THE STATUTORY LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

    What we need is a MOVEMENT AGAINST HYPOCRITES AND THIEVES AS YOU who and your friends sold the Liberian Embassy in Paris during the 1990´s, and a thief as Benoni Urey who is known in the world and in Liberia as the number one rogue.

  3. Mr. Mayson, you dare make known yourself another Liberian politician notoriously on record for cunning, lies, and silly manipulation when you spew such rubbish in quotation as Following the elections, Harry went on to become Managing Director of the LPRC where he introduced innovative policies of governance.!

    My GOD! This rascally and thief who was busy selling arms and looted Liberian natural resources in partnership with Charles Taylor and Benoni Urey, GOT NO SHAME! Who in Liberia does not know how Harry Greaves corruption at LPRC with this so called Senator Nyounblee Karngar as his PRO LYING FOR Harry Greaves?

    You damn thief, if you have no where to lecture, you better go and eat your stolen wealth.

  4. Professor Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson, I am sure you know who killed Harry Greaves! You obfuscated the truth about the huge funds Harry made available to surfeit Mrs. Sirleaf campaign for the presidency. The truth is you negotiated for the loan from one your business partners in Nigeria. After Ellen became president, Harry was sent to LPRC to help pay back the money that was borrowed.

    Harry did not provide accounting for how the debt was paid back. Robert Sirleaf and his mom along with you felt Harry used the loan payment to line his pocket with unspecified amount after liquidating the debt. He was dismissed for an alleged financial legerdemaine and gross malfeasance at LPRC.

    Harry saw that allegation as an unsolicited affront and thought to respond in similar manner by exposing Robert and his mom for NOCAL funds that was siphoned single handedly. He announced that he had incriminating documents about the disappearance of NOCAL’s funds and that he was going to make them available to the public. Following that announcement, his death was machinated and executed by Robert and his mom using evil and venal mercenaries in our society.

    As a social scientist and former professor, why dissemble the already known schema of Harry’s death? Assuming Harry was killed under the Doe, or the Taylor regime, you be one of the first calling it as it is. You would not mince your words in calling out Taylor or Doe as being responsible for the murder of Harry Greaves. Why don’t you come out clean, as a social justice advocate, to point the finger at Mrs. Sirleaf as you once did to Doe and Taylor?

    Are you afraid of the devil you all dressed? Shame on the likes of you who had low self esteem to seek the presidency but had to support someone like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Even if you had ran and failed, society would have vindicated you today.

    But truth be told…you help elect Ellen and she ended up killing the man whom you are now heaping praises—Can you count yourself of being guilty for empowering Ellen and her son who ended up killing Harry Greaves? I don’t blame others who are calling out your hypocrisy, brother Mayson.

  5. Dew Mayson, so you KNOW WHO killed Harry A. Greaves Jr., and WHY he was killed; and you come here with such a massive deception??

  6. Mr. Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson needs to.be questioned about his role in the gruesome murder of Harry A. Greaves Jr. If this man’s own bossom friend can make such HIGHLY convincing claims about his Dew Mayson ‘s role in the killing of Harry Greaves, its time Dew Mayson is probed in the murder of Harry Greaves. Through Mayson’s confessions, Robert Sirleaf and his mother SHOULD be ready to confess.

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