Some Liberians appear to be seriously irritated over Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) Secretary General Musa Bamba’s argument that Liberia does not need the establishment of a War Crimes Court.On Tuesday, 9 October, LCC Secretary General Bamba argued that Liberians need reconciliation and not the establishment of a “so-called” War Crimes Court.
But in their angry reactions aired on a local radio talk show Wednesday, callers lashed out the LCC official in angry tones against his position regarding the establishment of the court.“Why will a senior member of a church organization that [is] supposed to be pushing for justice in this country … be the one [to] say people are witch hunting because they want justice,” James Cooper says frustratingly.
“I don’t know what’s going on in this country,” Cooper continues, saying every organization you expect to channel the interest of Liberians would turn out to be the worst. According Cooper, the LCC Secretary General’s statement did not represent the LCC, calling on the organization to disassociate itself from Bamba’s statement to save the face of the institution.
Another caller identified as Musa Keita says the LCC Secretary General should not be taken seriously by the Liberian people.“You see, not everyone we will take serious in this country. If you listen to that recording, it simply tells you that the LCC Secretary General was not living here during the 14 years of bloody war that caused lots of us to lost our parents and relatives today,” Mr. Keita says.
Keita stresses that if the public listens to the recording of the LCC Secretary General expressing his opposition to the establishment of the War Crimes Court, it tells that he did not know what he was talking about.
Keita claims that Mr. Bamba sounds like he just wanted to make news.
He continues that if the LCC will think that those Liberian that are calling for the establishment of a War Crimes Court are witch hunting people, then there is no need to have a group of people calling themselves Council of Churches.
Another caller believes that the LCC Secretary General feels that he and his organization are more Liberians than the many others that are crying to the international community for justice for lives that were taken away by war criminals.
By Ben P. Wesee–Edited by Winston W. Parley