Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Is Corruption Winning in Liberia?

When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became president, she declared corruption “public enemy number one” and promised to run corruption out of the Liberian society. Five (5) years on, corruption appears more powerful than before. For example, every audit report released by the General Auditing Commission will always point out some level of misappropriation. Recently, the Ministries of Education, Finance, and Health are in the local media for the same misappropriation. Is President Sirleaf failing in her fight against corruption or are her soldiers (the ministers) stabbing her in the back. Is corruption winning the war in Liberia?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Let the world know what you think

Who is responsible for the lives our young ones are living, be it good or bad?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Partnership with a Crack

The National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Liberian Media had a meeting of the minds as we move closer to the 2011 General Elections. The meeting had a notable purpose: the formation of a “collaborative partnership” between the Media and the NEC. The Commission did not hide her intension for the media’s role in this process. According to the April 8, 2010 edition of the Inquirer Newspaper, the NEC Boss, clearly stated, “the media as a partner should work with the Commission to remove those difficulties that are in the way for the holding of the 2011 elections.” As a matter of fact, one of the Commissioners’ at the meeting referred to the Media as a “major stakeholder in the electoral process.”

The Media Executives at the meeting agreed to work with NEC on a number of issues:
Re-examining of the Code of Conduct for Journalists in electoral reporting, and if need be amend the Code that was adopted in 2005.
That the NEC should not “be selective” in the distribution of its promotional materials to the media

Considering the above and from where we sit, the partnership has already cracked before it was formed. For example, NEC’s perception of the media as a “major stakeholder” has a problem. I hope NEC is not interpreting the media to be a partner without interest in the electoral process. Neither is the Media thinking that NEC in all of its wisdom will not be prudent in the distribution of its media related materials in the face of cost and institutional judgment. Moreover, of the close to twenty newspapers in this Liberia only one, that is, if it is published on given day belongs to the Liberian Government (The New Liberia Newspaper). The same is true about the electronic media. The Liberia Broadcasting Station (LBS) is the only government station. So you see where the Crack is in this partnership; NEC a referee without interest, the media a referee with commercial interest. The person who pays highest takes the day.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What is in this for us?

The political players are moving, acting, talking without taking into account the time, activities, and the understanding of the participants (the people). Since the “threshold bill” discussion was introduced, not too many Liberians including myself and especially the grass root voters understand what we stand to gain from it all. For example, I am from Grand Kru County and for all that I know the presence of two representatives and two senators did not change anything about the status of the county or at least not dramatically, if I may add. Yet the noise about “threshold bill” seems like a magic wand that will make Liberia glow or better still that will make the counties spring to prosperity. According to the April 6, 2010 edition of the New Democrat, Grand Kru will lose one seat, while Montserrado gain seven seats that is, if the threshold is put at 54,000. The real truth is that no one will want to drop from this lofty mountain after spending six years. So the argument that “you can move the threshold to 54,000, but let us keep our seats is understandable. However, the other argument that we need to increase the current legislature to whatever number is the turning point of the debate. The National Legislature and the Executive are not telling us what we need to know. What is in this for us?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What is 2011 to you? A change of government or a change in our living condition

The household word in town now is 2011. For many Liberians it means General Elections. For those in government circle, it is the operating language around which every interaction must take place. Right now at the National Legislature the “threshold bill” hinges on 2011. Is the ordinary Liberian understanding what is going on now and the benefits that he or she will get long after the decision is made. What is 2011 to you? A change of government or a change in our living condition

Monday, April 5, 2010

Who do we want? The Supporter or The Chief Perpetrator

Few months ago, the pronouncement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to contest for the presidency in 2011 was viewed by many as an affront to the National Legislature and an abuse of power by the President. While the debate was going on, the Honorable Prince Y. Johnson declared that he was going to contest the 2011 General Elections. Both individuals were highlighted by the TRC Report in various categories; President Sirleaf, 30 years ban from public office for her support and role in the conflict, and Prince Y. Johnson, as a notorious perpetrator in the conflict. Yet both of them have declared their intension for the highest office in the land; one of the two is already in the office, the other one is a Senator. Who do we want? The Supporter or The Chief Perpetrator

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Julu is the Greatest!!!!

Dearest Brother,

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