Gongloe to fulfill Jackson F. Doe’s dream
By Thomas Domah/ Nimba County
Presidential hopeful Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe says he is on a mission to fulfill the dream of late statesman Dr. Jackson Fiah Doe, who was murdered during the Liberian Civil War.
He spoke in Zuatuo Town, Electoral District Six in Nimba County during the launch of the Isaac and Anna Karto Foundation in memory of the Isaac Gonwokay Karto, Sr and Ma- Anna Yormie Karto, the coupled, both educators, were also killed in the civil war.
The late Dr. Doe was a fearless opponent and critic of the regime of slain President Samuel Kanyon Doe (no relations) that he challenged at the ballot box in 1985.
He was standard bearer of the Liberia Action Party (LAP) that is believed to have won majority votes against the former army officer turned despotic politician, but the elections were rigged, leaving former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won a senatorial seat in Montserrado County, refusing to go the senate.
Cllr. Gongloe, who has consistently criticized the Weah administration for widespread corruption, said the late Jackson F. Doe’s quest to deliver good governance, was never achieved as he was thrown in prison and subsequently murdered.
He expressed disappointment in the Weah administration and noted that Liberians made a mistake in electing President Weah, who is seeking a second term.
He urged Liberians not to repeat similar mistakes in the upcoming elections in October because Liberia is the oldest country in Africa, but still lags behind developmentally.
Cllr. Gongloe, who is a former president of the Liberia National Bar Association and current Standard Bearer of the Liberian People Party (LPP) named Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, as countries far progressing than Liberia though they gained independence in the 50s and 60s.
According to him, such achievements were possible because citizens of those countries agreed to combat corruption in all sectors.
He promised to announce his salary if elected President, as a means of demonstrating his commitment to fighting corruption in the public sector.
Gongloe lamented that most people in government are corrupt, but nothing is being done to bring them to book, which is creating problems for the country. Editing by Jonathan Browne