The How’s And Whys
Politics is dynamic-so says the experts- and this cannot be doubted. Life too, and even the English language, is also dynamic and so are political institutions.
Leadership styles and mental processes undergo metamorphosis and institutional revolutions. These seem so prevalent within the CDC that one wonders if finally the leadership has come to the realization that power can be possessed not through militancy but through careful analysis of the political and social environments and applications of touching strategies that transform society and not name or popularity acquired from other fields of human interests.
What has been established since post-war politics is that the CDC has become the most formidable party in the Republic of Liberia and a ruling party that Liberia has not had yet.The NUDP of Prince Johnson ranked second and would have dominated the CDC;but the leadership style of Senator Johnson-not fully understood- haverobbed the party of its popularity and dichotomized it. However, as far as the CDC is concerned, it is no secret that there are so many reasons that have been attached to its failures to capture the presidency. Regrettably, as one reason is addressed, another seemed to surface. Experts believe that this may be a continuous predicament if its political strategies are not revisited.
The 2011 Presidential and General Elections seem to place all past actions on the tables of strategic reassessment and re-visitation of political strategies and implementation methods. It can be recalled that in 2006, major international actors and conservatives believed the presidential seat belonged to only those with academic and intellectual prowess and political achievements. This was a major setback for Liberia’s most popular citizen, Ambassador George Weah and his CDC.Though encompassed with men of academic achievements and wealth of experience, it was thought that the CDC was unprepared for national leadership.
Ambassador George Manneh Weah, according to CDC sources, did not see the result of the elections as a defeat of his resolve to offer the Liberian people grass root leadership; nor did he consider as humiliation and signal to bow out of the political leadership of the nation the expressed sentiments against him and his institution as “uneducated and unprepared bunch of inexperienced youths. “Rather, it offered him a challenge and opportunity to acquire a university degree. “Weah can no longer be said to be uneducated,” says a renowned commentator who does not wish to get involved in open party politics. What else would the critics say?
Interestingly, Weah’s presidential ambition took a different trend in the politics of Liberia prior to the 2011 elections. Propagandists led an aggression that George lack leadership and public service experience. To prove critics wrong that his ambition was beyond logic and reasons, analysts believed this led to the CDC to present Harvard trained lawyer and Cambridge trained economist Cllr. Winston Tubman, a man of wealth of experience beyond the Unity Party candidate, as presidential candidate for the CDC, says an insider.
Unfortunately, CDC’s campaign pronouncements, decisions, aggressiveness and strategies with Tubman at the helm were different from that of 2005 when Weah was sat as head and these led to intra-party wrangling and national disenchantment which, with so much massive support, deprived them of national leadership. What has the CDC learn? What would be their 2017 strategies to capture the Presidency? It appears that CDC is in a rejuvenating and rebirthing process. According to observers, the party has been, of late, carving a new image and leadership style that might provide an easy and comfort flow of even worst critics and CDC paranoiacs to mobilize victory for George Manneh Weah in the 2017 Presidential and General Elections. But would they concentrate on practical steps or enter into major conflict with the constitution in their avocations of electoral laws reforms? In clear tones, major progress of institutional reform is taking place.
How is it happening so fast? Researchers have revealed that the CDC has put in place mechanisms to control utterances, analyze decisions to suit public perceptions, acceptance and to remove itself from militant postures, threats to use its numerical force against the peaceful existence of the nation, and strategies that suggest confrontations instead of marketing its platform and candidates. The CDC has now adopted the posture of consultations, dialogue, and playing a progressive role in national healing, reconciliation, and development. It is said the party is designing methods to project itself internationally as a respectable political institution that is prepare to interact with world leaders and the United Nations.
Sources have further hinted that a national consultative body is being formed to transverse the nation to consult with elders, adults, youths, professional groupings and politicians on ways forward to provide better governance to the people of Liberia that would make a profound difference in the history of the nation. In the words of an experienced politician of the order of the progressives of the 1970s, “George Weah should be given the opportunity to serve his nation. His vision could be the best and unless he is given the opportunity, Liberia’s history would be written and proclaimed him as the best president Liberia did not have. President Sirleaf, for many years, had struggled to serve her people. She was accused, imprisoned, and linked to insurrections to achieve her goal. Today, she has been given an opportunity and today we have democracy without hindrances. Weah should be given such opportunity as well to accomplish his vision, he concluded.”
The emerging maturity of the CDC is running contrast with that of the ruling unity party. Since the elections and the victory of a second term, the unity party seems to be disintegrating. Partisans of the Party have begun playing the role which the CDC has played over the years. There are threats against the peace of the nation, condemnations of the Standard Bearer, and accusations that Minister Amara Konneh and Robert Sirleaf have usurped the functions of the executives of the party in the formation of the government. The unity of the Unity Party which was a magnetic force that drew a tsunami of people in support of the re-election of President Sirleaf has now become regrettably adhesive.
All over Liberia, there are reports that the offices of the Unity Party have become like ghost haunted buildings. Disenchanted partisans and auxiliary groups and collaborators have abandoned the National Headquarters which is now begging for people’s attention. Passersby wondered if this was the office that brought victory to the President. Partisans of Unity Party converge at street forums and seem to question themselves why they supported the party. The Executives have forgotten to call meetings which are the strength of political institutions. Few are now in charge and believe what they wanted from the people has been achieved.
Officials of Unity Party in the counties are said to have become so disgruntled. Sources close to the Executive Committee say that U.P. disintegration is as a result of failed promises; formation of the government without party participation; usurpation of the role of the party by a few persons in determining appointments; neglect of auxiliary groups and lack of concerns for the party members and supporters. These indeed, are not apolitical strategies to better the party future chances for continuity nor ameliorating at all for partisans and supporters.
It must also be understood that the President of the Republic of Liberia has a constitutional mandate to form a government and such mandate is not legally extended to the Party, says a pro-administration commentator. Once a president is elected, he or she ceases to be the preserve of a party and on that strength, the President accounts to all the people of Liberia, says another.
Others maintain that President Sirleaf is a wise leader whose actions are always in the best interest of the nation. Therefore, she should be trusted and left alone to perform her constitutional duties without party interferences. There are yet others who argue that political parties draw up platforms and present them to the electorates. The impressiveness of a platform brings victory and as such, the party must be involved in the formation of a government and ensure that the platform presented to the electorates is executed. In this vein, they maintain that the role of the party should not be subordinated to a few persons whose recommendations of cronies are to serve their respective interests.
In the past, political favors became an integral part of national politics. As Hon. Bai Gbala would say, “politics is bread and butter; and party identification card and loyalty does not give you items at a shopping center. It’s cash.” The Americans policy is based on interest and not friendship. With this in mind, decisions are made. But Liberia is now in another boat. In other to inject competence, patriotism, and efficiency in the body polity, President Sirleaf has stated in no uncertain terms that she owes no political favor to anyone. This has enforced her independency in leading the state. But does the party endorse her position?
From all indications, the Unity Party is disintegrating so speedily; while auxiliary groups are fading away and finding shelter under the canopy of the rejuvenating CDC. As politics takes its course in Liberia, it is expected that the CDC might become the new government in 2017 if Unity Party does not put its house in order and reclaim the confidence of supporters. People make up political parties and they lead a party to victory.