Liberia faces governance catastrophe
By Lewis S. Teh
The Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) political party has urged its partisans and Liberians in general to prevent the re-occurrence of a governance catastrophe.
EFFL Commander-in-Chief Emmanuel D. Gonquoi alleged during a press conference in Oldest Congo Town Tuesday, 28 March 2023 that Liberia is experiencing ‘democratic abortion’ under President George Manneh Weah’s rule.
“Fellow citizens, we must endeavor as conscious gladiators of this mass-based political party, the EFFL, and Liberians in general, to prevent this governance catastrophe from its re-occurrence,” he said.
“Fellow citizens, we want to inform you that Liberia has consistently experienced a democratic abortion under this President, and democracy under this President has been replaced by an Absolute Monarchy form of government,” he alleged.
Gonquoi claimed that Liberia is on a very terrible path under President Weah, arguing that no one president should be above the Judiciary or the Legislature.
The EFFL leader contended that the current governance architecture is structured around people he referred to as first-class sycophants, setting unrealistic expectations for Liberia.
“We can’t proceed in gross violation of existing laws and still envisage a better nation,” Gonquoi argued.
Gonquoi claimed that President Weah has been acting contrary to his oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Liberia.
He accused the president of appointing members of his ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to government.
Gonquoi lamented that these appointees simultaneously held party executive positions and appointed offices respectively in violation of provisions of the Code of Conduct.
According to the EFFL leader, the Code of Conduct prohibits officers or employees in the Executive Branch of Government or any agency from taking any active part in political management or political campaigns.
” The EFFL and every well-meaning Liberian should call this President to order and request that he respects the laws of Liberia by immediately dismissing all officials of his Government holding both appointed Positions and Political Party Executive Positions in the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC),” he urged.
Among several others, Gonquoi named Liberian Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemaya, Sr., as the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Post and Telecommunications Minister Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, as Chairman of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Liberia’s Comptroller Atty. Augustus Janga Kowo as CDC Vice Chair for Legal Affairs, and Monrovia Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee as CDC Secretary General.
He noted that the EFFL does not support the alleged corrupt cronies of President Weah, accusing the regime of abrogating the law to the detriment of the state for self-glorification, ego, and political patronage.
He vowed that the EFFL will resist President Weah and defeat his “unorthodox executive order # 117” through a Writ of Prohibition before the Justice in Chamber at the Supreme Court of Liberia.