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Former presidential candidate Rev. Kennedy Sandy says Liberia has been held bondage by corruption, warning that if Liberians don’t make a good sense of judgment in the coming elections, their woes will continue.

Rev. Sandy, political leader of the opposition Liberia Transformation Party or LTP said, “Since my arrival in Liberia, what I see is a country that has been under bondage as the result of corruption [by] people we put in power, but I have come to free Liberia from this bondage, because for too long we have suffered.”

Speaking on Friday, 28 October at the party headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia during program marking his declaration of intent to again vie for the presidency, he said after all of the years of leadership, Liberians still lack basic social services, including schools and water, noting that these are things that they shouldn’t be lacking for the citizenry, including good health care facility.
“It is shame for our big people to travel to different countries to seek medical attention whenever they are sick.”

According to him, his return to the political scene for the second time is to transform Liberia from poverty to prosperity, saying “I want to see a Liberia where every Liberia can have a national insurance form that will take them to various hospitals whenever they are sick and need medical treatment; you don’t have to put hands in your pocket to get your child to hospital.”

Rev. Sandy said he doesn’t reason why school going children should be put out of school for fees, vowing to prioritize education, health, among others, if elected President comes 2017. He told the huge crowd at the headquarters that there is a need to increase exportation of made in Liberia products, instead of importing foreign goods.

“But I don’t see any of these things happening in our country; the only thing my eye can see is the sea, and the ocean that is eating our country up just like the way corruption is eating us up as well. But I can assure you if elected; all of those things will be our foremost agenda.”

Sandy also spoke of the need to establish more factories and industries that would produce shoes and other commodities consumed by Liberians rather than importing everything, emphasizing that having more factories and industries will create more jobs, one of the cardinal things that every elected government must prioritize for its citizens.

Rev. Sandy participated in the 2011 elections with an elaborately financed campaign that was dubbed one of the best in the country, but lost the presidency and took up a job from President Sirleaf.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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