River Gee County Senator Conmany B. Wesseh has termed 2021 as a critical year in the body politics of Liberia, noting that Liberians will be expecting a lot from their national leaders in terms of performance, accountability, fight against corruption and bad governance.
Speaking to this paper recently in Monrovia, Senator Wesseh said Liberian politicians, especially national leaders should leave back ‘business -as – usual’ and put the interest of the people first.
According to him, the year 2021 is the year every national actor has to improve themselves before the Liberian people because by 2022, the citizenry will know exactly who stands for the people’s interest or not.
“We are into the year 2021 which is going to be very, very critical. I’m speaking from a political standpoint. But I just want to wish you well. We’ve gone three years into the Weah – led government and now we have begun the quarter half of the second half of the six years term,” he says.
The River Gee Senator suggests that it is in the quarter half for everybody – both in the Legislature and the Executive, therefore leaders have to do something to prove for the people to take them seriously.
In 2023, the entire 73 seats of the House of Representatives, along with 15 of the 30 senate seats, the offices of the president and vice president will face a general election that will decide Liberia’s next leadership.
Speaking further, Sen. Wesseh, a stalwart of the opposition Unity Party, a constituent party of the Collaborating Political Parties says 14 senators sought reelection, but only two returned to the Capitol Building.According to Sen. Wesseh, this is a strong signal and message to the legislators about planned actions and deals for 2021.
Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon and Grand Bassa County Sen. Nyonblee Karnga – Lawrence have been reelected to the Senate.
“Basically there are high expectations on the part of the voters about the Legislature,” he says, lamenting that the people vote in a certain way that gives a message.
“So this time around they will keep political issues that I think will influence the votes like question of economy, issue of justice, corruption and … issue of the removal of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. The illegality that was associated with that report went throughout the country in the election,” Sen. Wesseh explains.
He believes that all of these things influence the voters against incumbent senators who were seeking reelection, while allowing two people coming back with the expectation of not running the senate as business – as – usual.
He intimates that the only expectation [of the people] is lawmakers and national leaders must do better and make the Legislature and the government different.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley