Journalism is one social discipline that provides enlightenment, in terms of education and information for the general good of society. But when such profession is prostituted for reasons beyond human comprehension, the society becomes morally paralyzed. That’s exactly the situation in which we find ourselves in Liberia today.
NAIROBI – At long last, Kenya is getting a new constitution, something that had eluded our country for decades, even though almost everyone knew that one was needed. That the referendum on the new constitution was voted upon so peacefully – only a few short years since my country was wracked by a violently disputed presidential election – is also worthy of celebration. By shunning violence, Kenyans demonstrated emphatically that we can settle our disputes peacefully.
Reading in Frontpageafrica.com August 2, 2010 story, (Maritime Authority Act: Commissioner Kesselly Seeks More Financial Autonomy) one question needs to be asked, Why??? The Bureau of Maritime Affairs is nothing more than a liaison service between the Government of Liberia and our contractor, Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, LISCR. Why should more authority be given? From what should the commissioners be immune?
During the realy morning hours of Sunday, July 11, Liberians were awaken to the news on the British broadcasting Corporation that the deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Togbah Mulbah was under house arrest at his residence in Sinkor.
OXFORD – Where does America put God? Historically, there has always been tension between the separation of church and state that the United States has enshrined in its Constitution and regular upsurges of religious faith, even religious extremism, that seek an outlet in the political process – or even seek to dominate it.
DAKAR – The world economic downturn and financial-market tremors have strained budgets across Africa. With the exception of Ghana, and a few other states, in 2009 most African countries’ fiscal balances deteriorated. But, thanks to prudent management of public finances during previous periods of robust growth, a significant number of African countries have endured the current crisis in better fiscal shape than during past crises.
The passage of national population threshold continues to be the main talking point in recent times in Monrovia and elsewhere in the country. As a result of more than two years of delays by the Liberian Legislature to enact the national threshold into law due to political bickering, discussions have been either very sentimental or negative in certain quarters of the Liberian society.
THE HAGUE – In 1993, atrocities committed against Slavic Muslims near the Bosnian silver-mining town of Srebrenica catalyzed demands to establish a tribunal to try political and military leaders accused of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
Recently, a number of communities in Monrovia and its environs got flooded as result of heavy rain falls. The floods devastated several homes, damaging properties as well as injuring several persons. Responses to the situation were either not forthcoming or very slow.
Leaders are actually God-given individuals. No matter how long it takes for one to assume the leadership of any nation, he or she will be once such person has already been designated by the Almighty.
Again one who would try to force his or her way into any leadership under the misrepresentation of God is always at the drowning point.
Sometimes, God designates leaders who are fully prepared to undertake the task of nation-building, considering his or her past activities which impacted society.
And one primary reason some of these individuals may want to rise to national leadership is to continue their services at the national level, especially when those persons are people-oriented leaders.
Quite frankly, the way people opt for positions of President, Senator and Representative without any public service-orientation is sometimes puzzling and scaring.
Let’s take the Liberian Presidency for example to discuss in this column.
It is unfortunate that every Tom, Dick and Harry can now jump from the blue skies to contest the Presidency of Liberia just because the position is so cheap in Lioberia.
Again, that’s democracy in the white man’s definition. Even at that, let’s look at the United State of America that is considered the mother of democracy. Because of certain criteria, not everybody goes for the Presidency- the highest number may be three or four with a much reduced number of political party (also less than four).
But here, we speak or advocate so much of democracy so much so that we most often become more democrat than the late Thomas Jefferson of the United states.
As a result, we are always at the losing end with complaints of electoral irregularities and other allegations, only because of our ill-preparedness.
And again, following the process, these politicians fail to relate to those to whom they had previous campaigned for the Liberian Presidency.
Since the general and Presidential elections in 2005, there is no one Liberian politician or Presidential Candidates, other than Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Unity party and Bishop George Kiadii of the national Vision Party of Liberia, that can boast of returning to the counties and districts to express gratitude or appreciation for their support.
With the 2011 general and presidential elections eighteen months to go, these same individuals will again be going to probably apologize and solicit another support in their quest for the Liberian Presidency.
This is where they may encounter difficulties, considering the fact that voters in the counties have already begun discussing these issues at public forums, on the local community radio stations and other places.
Ordinary Liberians are also harboring the belief now that while they may not be voting for rice but rights, they will not equally be voting on the basis of rhetoric, empty promises or sentiments, but deliverables for the past six years.
That, our political leaders can be promised. Support for them will be based on what they’ve been able to do for the people for the past six years and if such achievements are not tangible enough to convince them, of course, the choice will be made in favor of those who have made some achievements to transform the lives of all Liberians and not only Monrovians, if at all such has been possible.
More disgusting is that fact that when the electoral process is ongoing, these very political leaders spend thousands, if not millions of United States dollars on campaign activities.
But after the process, we do not see much of these political leaders, other than issuing press statements and hosting news conferences in Monrovia to either criticize the government of the day without any recommendations or just comment to make their presence felt.
To even keep some of the cash used for campaign to undertake minor projects after election to make their presence felt in some places of the country, that’s what we cannot get over.
But don’t mind them, we know them. By their names and by their characters, we still know them.