By Chorphie Charlie (November 16th 2005)
"...It is worrisome to note that these very actors, who in the past have pretended to champion the people’s rights to free assembly, political dissent, and free speech, would now be resistance to these very important elements of real democracy. What is wrong with Ambassador Weah and his supporters pursing DUE PROCESS in protesting the results of the just ended elections?..."
Liberia’s intellectual delinquents, morally bankrupt and politically mis-educated charlatans’ continuous condemnation and opposition to DUE PROCESS should signal a strong message to all Liberian patriots and nationalists as to the kind of political oligarchy and dictatorship an Ellen’s government will unleash on Liberia- a society where free and peaceful assembly, free speech, and political dissent would escape government’s protection. This is truly a sad moment in Liberia history.
It is worrisome to note that these very actors, who in the past have pretended to champion the people’s rights to free assembly, political dissent, and free speech, would now be resistance to these very important elements of real democracy. What is wrong with Ambassador Weah and his supporters pursing DUE PROCESS in protesting the results of the just ended elections?
When Samuel Doe was declared winner of the 1985 elections, the very international community endorsed Doe’s presidency, yet our very madam Ellen rejected the results, she refused to take her seat in the senate and instead condemned President Doe. Political tensions, as a result of her refusal to behave as a “Harvard graduate” by pursuing DUE PROCESS, forced her into exiled where she unleashed a wicked and barbarous war upon our people with her infamous orders to her rebels, “level Monrovia and I will rebuild it.” Should Weah follow in this kind of Ellen’s footsteps?
In 1997, Charles Taylor won a tsunami victory in the Liberian elections, which was proclaimed free and fair by all of the international observers, and the entire international community. Again Ellen, as always a loser, rejected the results and refused to participate in the government. She, as usual, ejected from the country and conspired with other criminal Liberian elements to launch another round of warfare on our people. As a “Harvard train administrator” she refused to pursue DUE PROCESS. Should Weah follow in this kind of Ellen’s footsteps?
The problem in Liberia has always been the problem of power greed, blood thirsty, and social deviant characters attempting to impose their criminal values upon our people. What is so wrong about Ambassador Weah seeking redress through the legal process as oppose to Ellen’s past criminal undertakings-organizing, sponsoring, and launching warfare upon our people?
It is about time that all peace loving Liberians, patriotic Liberians, and nationalists celebrate a new day in Liberia, a day of hope inspire through the political ingenuity of His Excellency, Ambassador George Manneh Weah. Ambassador Weah should be congratulated by all Liberians for taking the moral high ground, for pursuing his grievances through legal DUE PROCESS, and more importantly for preaching the message of PEACE.
We Must Get It Right
Those who condemned Ambassador Weah and his supporters should be ashamed of themselves. Moreover, the continuous provocative statements coming from the so-called educated aspiring African first female president, comments like, Weah should come join her government after “getting over his disappointment,” and that Weah is being misled by some people because he (Weah) does not “understand the implications” of his peaceful and legal protest. These are absurd commentaries coming from a so-called educated person and are detrimental to the whole project of reconciliation and peace. Ellen should just SHUT UP and allowed the DUE PROCESS to take its course. Another disturbing threat against our peaceful co-existence is the Nazi style fear exhibited by this current most corrupt interim government, by threatening to arrest Weah and his supporters for staging peaceful demonstrations, and subsequently imposing a ban on peaceful assembly. This is a very bad trend in ushering a new government.
Unlike Ellen and her supporters who in the past took to the bushes with the instrument of warfare, our KING, Ambassador George Manneh Weah is going to the court with the instruments of PEACE. Who here is behaving like a real “Harvard graduate?” What a great social change Ambassador Weah has brought to Liberia. BRAVO Ambassador Weah. On the altar of God I pledge undying resistance to human rights abuses. Excuse me while I throw-out.
About the author:
Chorphie Charlie is a social and political commentator who resides in Philadelphia.