Liberia’s image slumps
River Gee County Senator Conmany Wesseh says Liberia’s image internationally is slumping speedily, but and expresses confidence that the country can regain its image this 2020.
He notes that the downward trend of the country’s governance process is attributed hugely to all branches of government including; the executive, the legislative and judiciary, saying, they have failed to actively serve the people.
Senator Wesseh says specifically the security sector under the executive is weak and has developed lapses over the period of time, especially, under the Weah administration.
He further laments that the manner and form the Coalition for Democratic Change-led administration handled the reported ‘missing billons’ and the US$25 million mop up exercise created serious dark spots on the country’s image and had many international partners and friendly nations wondering what is happening to Liberia.
“We were questions many times because the dissemination of information was not coordinated well. Now, who will want to bring investment here with the information of missing billons and President Weah at a point in time saying, people want to kill him?” He asks.
Speaking to this paper in Monrovia recently, Senator Wesseh observes one of the major challenges this administration faces has do with distribution of justice, pointing to the impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, which many have termed as purely political, lacking legal foundation.
Sen. Wesseh, also a former ambassador-at- large under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, blames bad governance being experienced under the Weah administration to failure of the Liberian Legislature to act accordingly.
“Our country’s image is in the pit and is slumping on a daily basis from the international scene that’s worrisome. Issues that came up during the early days of this administration and the way they were handled created the slumping grounds.”
According to him, Liberia is experiencing the worse form of bad governance and the Legislature is contributing hugely towards said negative state.
Wesseh continues that in the confirmation of nominees from the executive branch, many senators in their minds knew very well that some of the nominees were not qualified, but due to personal interest, those unqualified nominees were confirmed by the plenary of the Liberian Senate.
He laments that decision of confirming unqualified individuals to key positions in government is producing the result of underperforming and bad governance, poor justice system, corruption, and poor performance internationally.
The one time student leader and ranking stalwart of the Movement for Justice in Africa, (MOJA) reflects that while President George Manneh Weah presides over the entire governance process and the country, members of the Legislature should put their house in order to helping the country moves in the right direction, stressing the need to sharpen the justice system, reduce corruption practices and prioritize needs of the people as well as adhering to international best practice.He calls on fellow senators to rise up to the occasion in order to rescue the country that is falling so speedily in its structure and performance. By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne