It has become very glaring that Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah has become campaign manager for the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change senatorial aspirant for Montserrado County, Thomas P. Fallah.
While Minister Tweah has all rights to support a candidate of his choice in the impending December 8th midterm senatorial election, but leaving his basic schedules as Ministry of Finance to personally accompany incumbent Representative Thomas Fallah into communities like he has done recently in Amagashie, Chocolate City, Battery Factory, Plank Field community, and other areas is not only despicable, but officially unnecessary for his status.
We agree that the governing CDC, which both Tweah and Fallah are members of, is desperate to reclaim the Montserrado County senatorial seat from incumbent Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of the opposition Liberty Party. But for the Minister of Finance to present himself as the public face of Rep. Fallah, who has suddenly become a philanthropist, dishing out millions of Liberian dollars to various communities, creates room for suspicions and perceptions.
Even worst, this is happening at the time when the National Elections Commission has not officially declared campaign open for the midterm senatorial elections. The Minister of Finance has already begun to make campaign promises to residents of communities visited, pledging development that had never been thought of in the three years of this administration.
With the sudden dishing out of cash to voters, even before the official campaign, it is now glaring that Rep. Thomas Fallah will become the most financially prepared candidate in the race for Montserrado County, given the visible involvement of Minister Samuel Tweah.
The public may never get to know how many millions are being budgeted by the ruling establishment just to win in Montserrado County and it would be very difficult, if not impossible to clearly distinguish whether such resources are public money or private strength in an election.
However, what is very clear is that the current Tweah-Fallah collaboration is just a tip of the iceberg of things to expect when official campaign shall have started for the senatorial polls.
This is no joke, Liberians are on the verge of witnessing one of the politically unfair campaign ever in the nation’s history, where the ruling party, armed with national resources is gearing up to go against highly disadvantaged and poorly prepared opponents. This is not the kind of democracy the people envisaged under the CDC-led government that is organizing these elections.
If our Finance Minister is leading Fallah’s campaign at this early stage, what would be the role of the Inspector General of Police, who has been accused consistently of running a partisan police force? Memories are still fresh on our minds of the recent violence in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, a stronghold of the CDC where stone-throwing and machete-wielding youths chased opposition leader Alexander Cummings and Montserrado County District#10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah out of the county.
We are highlighting these concerns so that our leaders should realize that they are no longer in opposition, but now control power and they have a duty to exercise power discretely for the peace and confidence of all within the law.