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Opposition healthy to Liberia’s democracy

--Cletus Sieh

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Former Information Minister Cletus Sieh says the importance of having opposition in any country cannot be over emphasized.Mr. Sieh who worked in the regime of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, told a local talk show at OK FM Tuesday, 8 January that a vibrant opposition will hold government’s feet to the fire to fulfill its mandate.

“We need to have a healthy opposition because they are government – in – waiting, and there is a need for … collaboration between the government and the opposition. They will proffer good ideas that the government can work on to move the country forward,” Mr. Sieh says.

According to him, the government of President George Manneh Weah has the burden to ensure that every citizen is taken care of, especially as a leader who the people trusted and voted overwhelmingly to power.

He argues that one group cannot overstay in power, noting that there must be a change in any democracy Mr. Sieh was responding to question as to how he feels being in opposition after serving in the government of former ruling Unity Party (UP).

On the issue of war crimes court, Mr. Sieh says some of the perpetrators are not showing any sign of remorse for the hideous crimes they committed against the people of Liberia.

He narrates that since the debate over the establishment of war crimes court started here, only few perpetrators like Joshua Blahyi,have shown remorse and have asked Liberians for forgiveness.

“For me I’m far more interested in the sanity of peace in this country, but I also think those individuals who don’t want to show remorse must not go with impunity at all,” he adds.Mr. Sieh observes that thousands of peaceful citizens have become orphans as a result of their action, and yet the perpetrators show no signs of remorse for their actions.

By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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