It was a fateful Tuesday evening of August 20, 2014 when I chose to embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertaining whether seventeen Ebola patients who fled the densely popular West point quarantined center were traced based on the government’s pronouncement. I was in the Township of West Point to observe the center and take some photo, but upon my arrival, I could only see people gathered in different groups discussing with some police officers how to retrieve items looted on Saturday, August 17, 2014 from the quarantined center by looters from the township.
On February 6, 2014, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of our nation delivered a speech at Paynesville City Hall on “Official Launch of the National Symbols Review Project”. In this speech the President said “. . . gathering the views of Liberians as to what we need to do to unify people, to have a sense of national identity, to feel that we all have shared values, we all have one destiny, one people – some of things identified as not promoting the spirit of unity were some of our National Symbols – the Flag, the Anthem, Awards, among others”.
For only the third time in its 66-year history, the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency. This time it is for the Ebola outbreak in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. After their traumatic ordeal in recent months, governments and communities in those three countries are looking desperately for signs that Ebola can be stopped in its tracks.
“Speaking on the sidelines of the Summit (of African Leaders called by US President Barak Obama)”, Sudanese Billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, lectures our President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (FrontPageAfricaonline, August 6, 2014) FPA reports:
The New Dawn newspaper (New Dawn, July 8, 2014) reported that the “Former Public Works Minister (the Honorable Samuel Kofi Woods) has emphasized the need for a comprehensive audit of the Ministry of Finance before the merger of the Ministries of Finance and Planning & Economic Affairs . . . Even though an audit has already been conducted, the Public Works Committee of the Legislature must conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger . . . because they (the two ministries) were (and are) critical to Liberia’s development . . .” and that “the issue of the merger . . . has been a source of controversy . . .”.
The New Democrat newspaper (New Democrat, June 27, 2014) reports that “despite Liberia being independent since . . . 1847, the country is still controlled by individuals who pay allegiance to the USA”. They are dual citizens - Liberians who are naturalized citizens of foreign countries but claim Liberian citizenships. Case in point, the paper says, “is the President’s son, Mr. Robert Sirleaf, former Senior Advisor to his Mother/President of Liberia and an admitted US citizen with Passport #218198381, in Liberia on permit of residence (visitor, work?) since June, 2010, and former Chairman of the Board of the National Oil Corporation of Liberia”.
Legislature struggles under Imperial Executive” - Speaker & Pro-Temp Lament: A Reaction
According to the Analyst Liberia newspaper (Analyst Liberia, June 30, 2014), “The Constitution of Liberia, since the birth of (this nation and) government in 1847, is pillared on three-hinged legs – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary – professedly bequeathed with equal, coordinate powers in the governance of the state. Though much of the people’s power is theoretically, technically placed in the hands of the Legislature whose elected members directly represent every facet of the nation, the President, head of the Executive Branch, has stolen the entire show”. Therefore, according to the newspaper, the Speaker and President Pro-Temp of both the Lower and Upper Houses of the Nation’s Legislature, the constituted law-making body that served, diligently, under imperial executive during these 167 years of the nation’s existence as an independent, sovereign nation, now realized that the National Legislature is “drowning in subservience, struggles under imperial executive” (Highlight & italics mine). This effort is our Reaction.
Corruption is one of the biggest themes on the lips of Liberians today. This issue has become prominent in the national debate because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during her inaugural address on 16 January 2006, said ‘corruption will be public enemy number one’. Today, the President’s critics are judging her by this statement claiming that ‘not much is being done to prosecute corrupt government officials’.
The President’s address (New Dawn & FrontPageAfrica, May 29, 2014) on the nation’s Economy is a must-read for its deeply-penetrating, down-to-earth analysis in simple language of our economy’s performance - positive and negative.