Indeed, it is said that “talk is cheap and inaction is a cop-out”.Apparently, the “Mighty”Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)is caught up in both.
In a press statement (Analyst Liberia, February 4, 2016) on “apparent state of fears and insecurity in the country”, arising from the recent death of Mr. Harry Greaves, Jr., theHonorable George Weah,Montserrado County Senator, Leader of the CDC and candidate for President of Liberia, declared that the “National Executive Committee of the CDC, . . . Liberia’s the last bastion of hope and the voice of the masses . . . mandated the national chairman . . . to set up a committee of CDC to work on ensuring that a), justice prevails in these matters and b), at the community level, prevention mechanisms are put in place as much as possible by the citizenry to self-protect, especially where protection is not available coming from state”.
“After all,” said the Honorable Senator and Candidate for President, “this is the same, state apparatusthat could not prevent (protect) Victoria Zazay from . . . death in a police cell . . . This is the same government that is unable to protect both life and property (during recent uprising) in Ganta, Nimba County. Of recent in Sinoe County, (this same government could not prevent) the rape and killing of a young woman . . .”.
“Coupled with the myriad proofs of rampant corruption by government actors . . . this upsurge of mafia-like, violent, mysterious killings are serving as a paralysis of the Liberian person’s rights to safety, equitable living and liberty, in pursuit of happiness. In these circumstances, the CDC can ill-afford to keep silent”.
Great, relevant, reasonable Analysis We admire and commend the Senator for his perceptive analysis regarding “inability to prevent” many mafia-like violence, mysterious killings, protect and preserve equitable living and liberty in the pursuit of happiness. But, did the Senator ask himself why do educated, hopefully reasonable leaders fail to prevent the undesirables or protect the desirables?
Similarly, in a press statement (Analyst Liberia, January 8, 2016), Mr. MulbaMorlu, CDC Vice Chairman for Operations commits that in a CDC Government, “Kleptocrats” won’t go with impunity”; that is, that hustlers, con men & women, rebel honorables, dual citizens & corruption, Inc., thieves, killers and banditsnow in government offices and parading the Liberian nation and the international community as “honorables”will be arrested, prosecuted and “their properties would be seized and they would be put in jail”, by the CDC government, if elected.The CDC Vice Chairman claims, further, that the CDC “was the only political party . . . that understands how to ‘fight corruption’ . . .”.
In a later press statement dated January 15, 2016, Cllr. SaymaCephus, CDC Vice Chairman for Legal Affairs, announced encouraging, re-assurance that a CDC government, come 2017, will not condone lawlessness in our security forces, commenting on the recent incident involving the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Executive Protection Service (EPS).
However, in our view, the Counselor-at-Law’s argument lost its cogency – compelling, convincing force – to the usual, Liberian political rhetoric of criticism of personality attacks, character-assassinations, denigrations and that sort of approach. The Political Party, Congress for Democratic Change, has been around for more than ten years; it is struggling, it seems to us, to convince the Liberian people that it has the requisite political capital (not money) credentials to take on national, political leadership during this changed, and rapidly, changing, world environment.
But the examples – the Counselor’s references to former President Samuel Doe who has been dead and gone for more than 20 years and not around to respond to the Counselor’s criticisms and, also, former President Charles Taylor who is in prison for 50 years for his “sins” against humanity – do nothing for CDC’s case. Because the socio-economic and political issues of the days of the former presidents, Doe and Taylor, are definitely not the issues of today; just look around Monrovia or go to Voinjama, Saniquellie, River Gee, Harper City, Greenville, Zwedru and right here in Robertsport.
The crucial question here, it seems, is how does the CDC address the critical, political dynamics ofwho says what to whom, the whys, hows, wherefores, whens and wheres of these dynamics – of education, healthcare, economic development, agriculture, corruption, rapid population increase, rural/urban migration and rational control; the neglect of the rural counties where the majority of the population lives and on and on and on . . .
Human life and History Success or failure of that which men and women in society do today, plan to dotomorrow and the future depends, to large extent, on knowledge of the facts of history of their past. That is the reason for the adage that “those who ignore the lessons of history– successes or failures – are likely to repeat them”.The other applicable or relevant thought to this knowledge during the rapidly changing, modern society is the “Art” of Management, with particular respect to Organization Theory.
Reflections Reflections on the inevitable, historical change and the art of management, with respect to organizational structure, Liberia’s successive political leaderships created and enshrined in law, a “System”,controlled exclusively by the Brotherhood of the political Class, with all power – socio-economic and political – arrogated to this Brotherhood, at the head of which sat and still sits an imperial president.
This structure, the Unitary Structure – of the Liberian Government – influenced and influences the performance behavior of executive functionaries and all employees in government. The Unitary Structure is the major source and cause of all socio-economic and political ills in Liberia, namely, the prevailing “failed state” condition of the Liberian State; resistance to decentralization of administrative, economic& political power for election of regional officials & local governance; public dishonesty & corruption; dual citizens, driven by dishonesty in stealing public resources and escaping to foreign countries in which they are, also, citizens; dual citizens’ domination and control of the political economy of Liberiaduring more than a century, since 1847; Liberia’s excessive demand for and dangerous dependence on imported goods and services;selective obedience/disobedience of the nation’s statutory laws, including the Constitution.Indeed, each and every flaw and deficiencyin policy implementation and public operations flow from this undemocratic doctrine of the Unitary Structure of government.
Therefore, Liberia’s major socio-economic and political, developmental problems had been, and still areS T R U C T R A L. Now, therefore, any trained & experienced, reasonable political leader-politician would seek change, reforms and transformation of the structure“System” in the light of its existence or of doing the same thing for more than a century with disastrous results.
Declared Candidates for President But, all candidates for President of Liberia, including Honorable Senator George Weah of the “Mighty CDC”, premised policy and operations of government, if elected, on the 169-year old hustlers, con men & women, rebel honorables, dual citizens & corruption, Inc., thieves, killers and banditsnow in government offices and parading the Liberian nation and the international community as “honorables”assumptions– oftheUnitary Structure of government. That is, that CDC will “stay the course”, locked in the “System” and continue the century-old, failed policy with obligations to hustlers, con men & women, rebel honorables, dual citizens & corruption, Inc., thieves, killers and bandits now in government offices and parading the Liberian nation and the international community as “honorables”.
As indicated earlier, “talk is cheap”, no matter how loud. The prevailing national realities demand rational, dedicated research and analysis, designed for development and reform and of existing, non-productive policies.