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2015   

                 

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Alex Cummings’ naturalized nationality is not the problem: His seasonal presidential candidacy (like others) is a concern

 

Editor,

Liberia stands at the cross road of effecting change and ushering in credible national governance in 2017 and it is not uncommon that politicians are positioning themselves now.
The attack against potential political heavyweight Alexander B. Cummings has already begun in and out of the country even before he has formally declared his intention of contestation in 2017 for the Presidency.

Clearly, the issue of Alexander Cummings’s nationality is not an issue given the complex political theater in Liberia.
The issue raised about the “seasonal interest” of Cummings is laughable and holds no credibility. When is the right season for qualified Liberians to contest for public office?

Even in the US political system, would-be candidates bid their time, develop their campaign finance war chest and plot their contestation when elections are upcoming.

Elections are not held every day and yes, they are seasonal everywhere, including Liberia. Let’s not engage in political assumptions that Cummings has no stated policies. Firstly, he has not declared his intention to contest public office and is
still a private citizen.

The scrutiny that comes with a declaration of interest in contesting public office
will be justified once he declares. But to levy drive by attacks by some political commentators on the mere semblance of a successful private corporate executive engaging his compatriots in national dialogue, which is his right, is disingenuous, to say the least.

Perhaps the potential of Cummings to bring about real change frightens some. The failed policies and re-circulation of Liberian politicians who have yet to deliver real solutions after every elections are stunning.

Don’t forget that the political landscape In Liberia also includes some supporters of the warlords who have now experienced “democratic conversion” and think they should be entrusted with national governance. I speak directly of Benoni Urey, Jewel
Howard Taylor, Charles Brumskine,  etc.

The real question then is, are these other politicians who have declared their intention to be contest the Presidency of Liberia not seasonal as well?

The argument of favoring “tested” politicians, as advanced by some, really falls flat. What is the litmus test they speak about for tested politicians? Perhaps, for once, Liberians should consider the past and present productivity of Presidential candidates presently in the field, their moral stature, prior political support and alliances with war lords, and their ability to effect true change in the lives of Liberians.

It doesn’t appear to me that Alex Cummings is not taller, in this respect against others, if he decides to contest for the highest office in Liberia.  Like they say, “Caution! Objects in the rear view mirror may actually be larger’.

By James Zargo
zargo@gmx.com
Philadelphia, PA USA

Editor’s Note:

Mr. Zargo,

‘Seasonal candidate’ means Mr. Cummings, like some of the would-be presidential candidates don’t live in the country, and only go there to run for president. After the campaign season is over, they return to the US until the next presidential election. I never said that I support Urey, Brumskine and Jewel Howard Taylor, etc. In fact, I have written unfavorably about the individuals you cited in your response to my piece. I am glad you read the article.

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

 

Tewroh-Wehtoe sungbeh,

I read some of the posting on your site and found them to be very interesting and provoking and wanted to comment on at least two. However, it is impossible to do so because there is no comment box attached to your posting.
I would want to propose that you add a comment box to your posting so that the other side of the topic you are reporting or writing about can be heard. It also serves your reading public better if they know that what you wrote is not just your opinion, considering that if there is no counter opinion, yours is taken as the absolute, as is the case with some of the articles on your site.
Overall, you spoke to many of the issues that are critical to our country as it relates to the dual citizenship and the role dual citizens have played in Liberia.
What you left our in my view as you wrote in generic term are grouping every dual citizen in one bucket, even those who have gone back home in private businesses doing what is right for our country. You did not consider the benefit of dual citizenship comparatively so that you leave your readers with some taste of goodness in dual citizenship. You also painted a picture with a narrative that the thieves are almost always dual citizens.
 Having an exchanges on these issues will allow each of us to add on different perspectives on such an important topic.
Mamadee Sesay

Editor’s Note:

Mr. Sesay,

Thanks for reading The Liberian Dialogue and keeping up with what we are doing. We are aware of your concerns and are working on your request. In the maintime, you can contact us through the “Letter to the Editor” section of the website. Our address is: Editor@theliberiandialogue.org.

 

Excellent analysis Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh!!!!!!!
Dr Dennis

 

Bro. Sungbeh,

This is a good story. In reading it, I got confused where you used the first HOWEVER. However, mostly indicates to the contrary. Maybe I have the problem seeing or resding the opposite part of Alexander CUMMINGS you attempt to deliver.

What I however observe in the new presidential candidates is the absence of national contributions. I know of one Liberian in the Northeastern of USA that goes to various states to announce his intention but where is the contribution they ever or are making to Liberia. Whatever it is, the Liberia presidency is not for a “silent” person. It is for one who makes “noise” for a period of time. My advice to the “Johnny just come” should be patient enough to ever gain the presidency of Liberia. The “Johnny just come” must put himself to the promotion of nationalism by contributing to Liberia.

Mr. Alexander Cumings and other “Johnny just come” , please join the line of the “noisy” Liberians for the presidency. Your time may come after 20 or more years of “noise”.

Elder Blyee

860-502-2751

Mr. Sungbeh,
I read you piece and I must commend you for threading where many will not venture. Man, you are just yourself and I admire that! I agree the issue of carrying American passport is not as important to me as to who can actually do the job. Besides, a foreign passport in the pocket of some Liberians is not the same as in the pockets of other Liberians. I can explain but that is not my focus here. What I think is fundamentally wrong with your article is that it is premised on a lot of assumptions with no specific examples. First, it describes as seasonal politicians anyone you have not heard about in the past flirting with elected positions in Liberia. This means regardless of what they were doing in Liberia –teaching, philanthropic work, coaching, etc. as long as they were not in politics, until a given election cycle, it means they are seasonal. You further described these “seasonal politicians” as waiting until they are elected before they contribute to Liberia. And in the case of Alex Cummings, that is exactly what you are implying. I too don’t know of what he has been doing in Liberia prior to the exploratory stage of his possible run for the Executive Mansion, but you are not definite if Mr. Cummings is in or outside this boat. Is it possible that he may have been involved in the rebuilding effort behind your backs since you don’t know or see everything?
Your second assumption is that because these are “seasonal politicians,” they don’t have coherent agenda and policies. You further indict them as arrogant, self-centered and know-it-all. I wonder what is the litmus test or the specific examples you have to validate your claim. By making those assumptions, you also want us to believe that career, not seasonal politicians are the ones who have the answers and the qualities that is lacking in “seasonal politicians” but you failed to cite specific examples as to how career politicians have ever delivered us. Mrs. Sirleaf is one long time or “normal day” politician who has been in power for over a decade now. If there is anywhere to look to make the distinction between “seasonal” and career politicians, we need not look any further. If anyone has been tested and evidently satisfied your criteria, it will be Mr. Taylor or Mrs. Sirleaf and you and I know where the country is today under those two leaders. What I am getting at is that the numbers are not there to back up your proposition in passing judgment against the likes of Alex Cummings whom you described as seasonal politicians.
I may have other issues with Mr. Cummings’ potential run or some clarifications that I will like to seek but seasonal or non-seasonal is not one of them. After all, even here in the USA, the electorates are gravitating towards outsiders or non-career politicians.
 Dennis Jah
Editor’s Note

Mr. Jah,

I want to thank you for reading the piece in question regarding Mr. Cummings’ presidential run. I was kind enough to use the word ‘seasonal’ in the piece, because the presidential candidates (the ones I know that live overseas) do not even return to Liberia after the elections are over to discuss pertinent national issues.

Do you know of any? Tell me please, and also tell your audience what policies or philanthropic work did the individuals discussed or engaged in? I really want to know so that I will write a positive article about the individual’s contributions to Liberia.

The piece is not intended to glorify career politicians as you think I have done, because they are also in the same boat with the seasonal politicians, who are not known to put forth groundbreaking ideas and policies to move Liberia forward.

Mr. Jah, unless you want to be a devil’s advocate, because examples are all over the place with presidential candidates not telling the Liberian people anything that will lift them up, except that they want to be President of Liberia.

If you believe Mr. Cummings and his colleagues are engaged in “teaching, philanthropic work, coaching, etc,” let me know, pal, so we can all celebrate their efforts. I will post my response to you in the “Letter to the Editor” section of The Liberian Dialogue, www.theliberiandialogue.org.

This will be my only response to you regarding this matter.

Thanks

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

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2013

Koijee’s suspension confirms CDC’s problems, and George Weah’s lack of leadership

Firstly, we must commend you for taking the courage to voice your opinion on many issues that others would shy away from. Let me , however quickly aver that while your courage is admirable, your inability to stay away from falsehoods, half-truths, slandering remarks, casting of aspersions, anecdotes and unfounded allegations have captured my attention. Of specific interest is the ferocity with which you have engaged issues appertaining to the CDC and its charismatic first partisan, Ambassador George Manneh Weah. Your determination to malign the character and image of the Party and its leader is becoming a pattern thus meriting a response. Note though that, not that your position really matters since it is clearly the barking and ranting of a desperado wanting of recognition and a spot on the pedestal where greats of the likes of Ambassador rests comfortably pondering on how to achieve genuine reconciliation and peace in Liberia, such reckless behavior, if unchecked , could be misunderstood.

Now let us return to the arguments in your last misguided criticisms of Ambassador Weah and the CDC. While “due process” is an important tenet of democratic systems, the standing law of any political institution is sacrosanct and cannot be circumvented. While I may have my own position on the issue of Honorable Koijee’s suspension, the bye-laws of the CDC allows for the suspension pending a full scale investigation. You asked: Do you suspend a person indefinitely before investigating them to know what actually took place. My answer is an emphatic yes. Yes, consistent with the policy of the institution. Now is this a good policy? I quite honestly don’t think so. But, until laws are amended and policies changed the existing laws must be adhered to. Obviously, such situations presents opportunity for the Party to review its policies and I am certain that such is the case with the CDC.

Having addressed what was supposed to be the focus of your article, reading from the title, I beg to touch on the other issues that you quickly ventured into. What is Ambassador Weah risking? How is he supposed to answer a call to service? Is accepting to work for peace an acceptance of a position in government? Is that position a cabinet position? Does accepting to work as a Peace Ambassador constitute endorsement of the policy or position of the ruling party? Such line of argument sickens me.

Mr. Sungbeh, this is not the years when politics was about making enemies. Ambassador Weah sees the President of the country as the leader chosen by the people. As one who supports democracy he is to respect the office of the Presidency no matter how much he disagrees with the policy of the government. Additionally, the CDC has vested interest in the future of Liberia. A Party which draws its strength from the youths of the nation, the CDC must be ready to work to ensure that its constituents enjoy the peace and stability that have eluded them for most part of their lives. Don’t you think then, it is the right call for their leader to rise up to work for peace? My man, this is not the politics of the old. The CDC goal is to see a just, free, prosperous and peaceful society where opportunities abound not for a few but for all. How can such be achieved in the absence of peace? How can such be achieved when we leave with it with a government that has demonstrated its inability to deliver on peace and reconciliation?

Let’s move to your allegation that Ambassador Weah did not consult with his “party”. What is your source? Though you are correct that the issue of peace is not about “Weah”, you are equally wrong to say it is about the CDC. No, peace is not just about the CDC- it is about Liberia and the people of Liberia.

Yet another paradox in your vain attempt to bad-mouth the CDC is the fact that you would think that an individual can own a “party”. Just look at the following lines from your diatribe: “if I had a political party”, I will restructure my political party”, I will push my legislative members”. Here you are accusing Ambassador Weah of being autocratic and self-centered but yet you are claiming that as the leader one can own “legislative members”. Is that “due process”? Is that how “educated people” do it? Is that what the “policy papers” will be about? Is that how you will “frame compelling messages “? Is that how you will repudiate “questionable alliances”? Good thing that our people have gone beyond hearing “policy speeches” to demanding genuine patriotism , actionable commitment as evidenced by the willingness of Ambassador Weah to abandon his career to partake in disarmament efforts in Liberia and the generosity he has shown to many.

Concluding let me say that the other allegations about how“most people” see Ambassador Weah are more of a therapy for you than a fact. If that sooths you then I am happy for you. You, however, have failed on every occasion to provide any evidence of the allegations you heaped. To the contrary, Ambassador has scored victories in the first round of every election he has participated in as a candidate.

The CDC is moving on and I hope you too will move on. Remember, the Struggle continues!

About the author

Isaac Saye-Lakpoh Zawolo is an award winning teacher who resides with his wife and son in Bryans Road, Maryland, a Washington DC suburb. He has been a very active member of the Liberian Community in the United States. He served the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas, ULAA as National Secretary General for two terms. He most recently ran for the presidency of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas, ULAA. The writer can be reached at (301)728-1210 and izawolo@aol.com.

Disclaimer:

The views contained and expressed are those of the author. The writer does not speak on behalf of the CDC, ULAA or any organization with which he has affiliated.

Hello Mr. Sungbeh,

It seems that you choose to be on George Weah’s case like “white on rice”. Mr. Sungbeh, George Weah is NOT the President of the Republic of Liberia. From your writings it seems obvious that you did not vote for George Weah in 2005 nor did you vote for his party’s ticket for president in 2011. According to the constitution and laws of Liberia, George Weah is a private citizen in Liberia. He holds no official position in the government, but you decide to criticize him and take him to task every day you wake up from sleep as if he were the president you helped to put into office by your vote. Yes, if you vote for a man or woman and that individual wins the political office for which you voted, then you have the right to take him or her to task if you feel that he or she is not carrying out the mandate for which you voted him or her into office. It seems that you are misdirecting your anger, time, and energy fruitlessly against someone who has no direct power in the governing of the country today.
Since you prefer to be silent on issues concerning the performance of the president who was indeed elected into office for two (2) consecutive terms (a president whose actions and/or inactions directly affect Liberia and Liberians), I will put this simple question to you(only one question and a follow-up): where were you when President Johnson-Sirleaf summarily suspended her entire cabinet without due process and without cause? Where were you when she got over her antics and reinstated all but ended up firing only those who questioned her action on the suspension?
The Cabinet Ministers were officially appointed by the president-elect of the Republic and confirmed by the Legislative Branch of government according to the constitution and laws of the nation. Once they were installed in their respective positions, they were automatically officials of the Republic and at the same time citizens who have rights. Even though they were serving their nation at the “will and pleasure of the president”, common sense dictates that they could not be suspended and/or removed without cause. In the midst of their busy schedules: projects to complete, appointments to keep, important trips to make, serious meetings to be held, etc, etc, they suddenly heard on the 1:00 P.M. national news that they were immediately suspended without any fault of their own, and pass all keys to their respective offices and vehicles to their immediate subordinates and vacate the premises of their respective offices! Where were you?
From your writings, it appears to me that you are not a registered member of the CDC Party. I don’t think that you are familiar with their constitution and by-laws, but you may have heard from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party that Mr. Koijee was suspended and with cause according to the constitution of the party. The release from the NEC further stated that the case was under investigation and that Mr. Koijee will be given due process according to party’s constitution. You do not know if Mr. George Weah is a member of the NEC. Even if he is a member of the NEC, he has no authority to interfere with a constitutional process in the party before all the facts are known: the complete case put forward by the NEC and Mr. Koijee’s own defense. These facts will only come out during the investigation. As I can recall, the time of the investigation was also made known in the NEC’s release.
Mr. Sungbeh, Mr. Weah, the CDC Party, and others have fought hard to guarantee the freedom of speech of all Liberians and legal residents of Liberia. The CDC Party fights everyday to make sure that the civil rights of all citizens and aliens in Liberia are respected at all times, but it is our responsibility to make sure that these rights are not abused at will.
There were those days in that country when the rights of the Liberian people were only found in the constitution and the laws but were very poorly implemented and enforced. Liberians easily lost their freedom just by disagreeing with a given government “official” or the president under the True Whig Party or any other party before it. Many fellow Liberians easily lost their lives in Belleh Yalla that way. In this particular case you are constantly attacking a fellow private citizen who is not a government official. He is not getting any remuneration from the Liberian Government paid for by the tax payers for the sustenance of his family. To put it in simple English: George Weah is not president of Liberia, give him a break!
This time, I chose to communicate with you one-on-one in order to remove all the publicity stunts that come with the listserve or other public forums. I personally believe that issues concerning our country are serious business since all the children (people) of Liberia are the victims of poor leadership and poor governance.
Matthew N. Nimpson
Mr. Sungbeh,
I am sorry for not thanking you for the wonderful work you are doing to keep the light of responsible government burning. I must apologize to you for the good job, over all. Yes, I have been defending Ambassador Weah and the CDC Party when I feel that the Ambassador and the party are only being criticized and maligned by a Liberian Press which should be critical but also balanced and truly objective for all to see.
If you were privileged to visit the CDC’s “Zoe Bush” you would realize that I leave no stone unturned in pointing out any weaknesses or shortcomings of anyone in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah! On the other hand, I waste no time in giving praises to whom praise is due while expressing words of encouragement in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah.
T.W. please tell me how many times the Liberian Press and the so called intelligentsia and so called civilized people ever publicly thanked George Weah for spending his own money to train the Liberian Lone Star Team, and not only train them but also paid for their jerseys (including boots), charter planes to take them for advanced training in foreign countries or for international tournaments while also footing their bills for food, hotels, and transportation at home and abroad? He did this sparing the Liberian tax payers for footing these hefty sums of money.
How many of our “educated” politicians spend their own hard earned money to buy back deadly weapons from the hands of child soldiers (weapons given to them by these same “educated” politicians to kill their own grandparents, parents, siblings, and other closed relatives including other peaceful people) during the senseless war that killed over two hundred and fifty thousands (250,000+) Liberians and eight (8) American Catholic Nuns while destroying our dear country? Instead, the one who confessed that she helped fund the war and gave moral support to Charles Taylor was awarded the post-war presidency of the country. The only other one to be awarded the presidency of Liberia after the war was none other than Taylor himself!! To some Liberians these individuals are better than George Weah to become President of Liberia because they are “educated” and “civilized”. They are also viewed as “experienced” politicians.
How many times have our Liberian Press openly reminded the Liberian people that George Weah got out of his way while he was the only Liberian star shining on the international scene in the 1990’s to come back to his native Liberia in order to beg and convince the child soldiers to put the guns down, come out of the bushes to put stop to the killings and wanton destructions in our country?
Do you remember how many political parties and political leaders we have had from J. J. Roberts government since 1847 to that of Charles Gyude Bryant in 2004 before George Weah decided to join with others to form the CDC Party? Most of the people that formed the CDC Party were not politicians, including George Weah. Most of them never dreamed of becoming politicians, left alone to become president of the land! They were not even soldiers, like the PRC Government, but after nearly one hundred and sixty (157) years of misrule by the “educated” and “civilized” people (including the soldiers) and Liberia was sent back to the middle ages, most of them decided that enough was enough of the “educated” and “civilized”! That group included the incumbent president (remember now, she too is a Krao from Sinoe even though she never mingled with the Krao People!!).
Now, Mr. Sungbeh, pray tell me as a writer, when last did you write a balanced story about the man George Weah. Forget that you are a fellow Krao. I know that writers seek to tell a true story, a balanced one. It is good to take your favorite politician to task (in this case, it is George Weah) but also leave no stone unturned and tell his true story,objectively.
Come on, if people are to take you seriously about your objectivity, do your research, as a writer, and tell the George Weah story from the time, as a little kid, when he went to Slipway in Monrovia in order to live with his paternal Grand Mother, Ma Krohn Jlaleh, a praying woman, who hails from Sasstown, Grand Kru County. Follow the George Weah trail all the way to Europe and how he got to where he is now and how he became the man he is today.
If you objectively take these few steps and follow the George Weah life story, then perhaps, you will see why I try to add my “two cents” to the last two topics you wrote about him and the CDC Party! It looks like you and I have the same objective: Liberia, and where does it go from here? Who can lead the country and take it where it ought to be?
Matthew N. Nimpson

Snowe’s dilemma and an incredibly gullible Liberian people

Mr. Editor,

One-Sided Articles

Thanks for your informative magazine which presents an array of materials about Liberia. However, I am disappointed to note the obvious bias in many of the articles that appear in your magazine. The articles on Leymah Gbowee titlled “Leymah Gbowee Does Not Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize” and the one on Ediwn Snowe titled: “Snowe’s Dilemma and the Gullible Liberian Public” are a case in point. The worst part of it is that you blankly say “No Comment” on each of the articles, even though you have not given readers an opportunity to comment on the articles. When you decide to publish such grossly biased articles, the best you can do is to create space at the bottom of the article for readers to reply and express their views on the articles. This is the only way that you won’t create the impression that you are part of a PR Campaign to defend the Government. I hope my advice will be taken in good faith.

Jeff Sonpon

Dual citizenship conference and ULAA’s mounting credibility problem

A nice piece.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will fall through. This is it for ULAA. If the Dual Citizenship project goes through, all other ills affecting Liberia will expeditiously be handled. Leaders in Liberia will be accountable to not just people on the ground, but also to an enlightened group of Liberians who will not tolerate or accept the status quo.
Diaspora Liberians can send all the remittances to their families and support all those running for positions in Liberia, but as long as they are unable to vote, their calls and protests for change will always fall on deaf ears.
For now, ULAA is on the right track. It’s time for all Liberians to give this train a blessed touch and a positive shout-out as it rolls into the future blooming for all us…all Liberians!
The Loss of Citizenship clause needs to be changed/amended to reflect the reality of today, not the uncertain or untested future that characterized 1974 or 1986.
Kweme
11/28/12
Mr. T. W. Sungbeh,

First of all, I do not speak for Ambassador George M. Weah, neither do I speak for the CDC Party, but as a stake holder (a citizen of Liberia), I must respond to your editorial which is captioned “‘Senator’ George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian Senate?”.In that editorial you directly targeted Ambassador Weah and a bona fide political party of the Republic of Liberia, the CDC Party, its partisans and supporters indiscriminately who are also citizens of Liberia.As a columnist or special correspondent, you are entitled to write about any topic or any public individual according to your interest, but the journalistic ethics also hold you accountable for factual reporting; or in this case, an editorial, on opinion(s) based on facts. I am also bewildered that It seems that some Liberians at home and in the Diaspora have forgotten that Liberia is still going through the phases of a post-conflict nation which were spelt out in the Accra Peace Accord on Liberia: Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. This post-conflict state of affair of the nation also appeals to the conscience of every patriotic Liberian to be highly responsible and considerate for what is said, written, and/or done. It is more imperative upon members of the Fourth Estate, a group to which you belong, I supposed, to take the extra mile in searching for and disseminating the truth.The last time I checked, failure to win the presidency after one or more attempts does not necessarily mean that one is incompetent. Another salient point that I want to make is that one does not have to hold a degree in political science in order to be qualified for the presidency of Liberia or any other nation on earth. This fact debunks your assertion implying that Ambassador Weah did not win the presidency because of “…his inability to grasp the intricacies of ‘modern day’ Liberian politics….”. Mr. Sungbeh, if the intricacies of ‘modern day’ Liberian politics are, amongst others, having market women stealing and hiding the voting registration cards of their children in order to deprive them of their constitutional right to vote only to give the older candidate in the second round of the presidential race of 2005 the chance to win an election, then neither Ambassador Weah nor CDC needs to win the Liberian presidency with such tactics.Sir, please be reminded that Ambassador Weah won the first round of that face-up convincingly out of twenty two (22) candidates and he could not attain the presidency based on technicality! Had that race taken place in these United States of America George Weah would have been declared president. This latter point confirms the fact that your notion of incompetence is a fallacy.If Ambassador Weah could not articulate his party’s policies and vision during the presidential campaign, then why, in your clear conscience, did he beat out twenty one (21) other presidential candidates of supposedly higher competence, including the incumbent president in the first round of the 2005 elections?With all due respect, Mr. Sungbeh, among those potential candidates you mentioned for 2017 including the incumbent president and all the other past presidential candidates of 2005 and 2011, Ambassador Weah is the only person who played a leadership role in forming a brand new political party that is not only viable on the Liberian political scene but remains the largest opposition political party and a force to reckon in the country! When the international community speaks of Liberia as a multiparty democracy, CDC is at the top of such a discourse.It takes men and women with leadership capabilities, strong convictions, and shared sacrifice to form, maintain, and foster the ideals, vision, and principles of such a large and formidable political institution as the CDC Party of the Republic of Liberia. Think about that!Speaking of leadership and developing one’s potentials to the fullest on the national, continental, and international scenes, George Manneh Weah has no equal in Liberia, past and present! He has proven, time and again, that he can succeed in whatever he puts his mind to. He was not just “a soccer star” who later turned to be a politician. He far surpassed just being a soccer star. He is indeed one of the top fifty (50) superstars in soccer of the twentieth (20th) century in the world! It does not take just talent and natural skills to attain such a fete on the world stage. To attain that level of prominence requires self discipline, self control, dedication, consistency, endurance, self sacrifice, self reliance, and vision, yes, vision! My friend, those are exquisite qualities and attributes that we look for in a true leader. Probably you may have not heard that he also obtained his college degree last year.

During the civil war, George Manneh Weah was the only Liberian among your potential candidates for the presidency for 2017 who spent his hard earned money to buy guns from the young Liberians who were used as child soldiers by unscrupulous politicians to fight against their own blood and kin. He beckoned and convinced a lot of them to put down their weapons and stop the killings and destructions in our country. He distributed food and money to the needy, hungry, and homeless in the streets of Monrovia. He also preached non-violence in the streets of the cities of Liberia.

What is the proof of his benevolence and stewardship as a good Samaritan? You may ask. For your information he was appointed and still remains the only Liberian to hold the title Ambassador of UNICEF!

George Manneh Weah has traveled the globe as Ambassador of peace through sports. He has been sports analyst on a cross section of international televisions and radio stations. He is a well sought after international personality for his personal intuition, wisdom, and as a role model to many persons around the globe including present-day superstars of sports world-wide.

It is stated in the Bible that a prophet is not appreciated nor welcomed in his own hometown, but George Manneh Weah is revered and respected around the globe not only as a soccer superstar of the twentieth (20th) century but also because of his demeanor, leadership characteristic, and as a role model to many. Is George Weah perfect? No, but let anyone without sin be the one to throw the first stone.

It is without doubt that the CDC Party within a relatively short period of time has contributed immensely to the multiparty democracy of Liberia. In spite of the contrary, CDC has shown a lot of maturity and constraint in tackling some of the most pressing issues that confront the young political party in particular, and the young and burgeoning multiparty democracy in Liberia as a whole. The party has had its share of suspicious, bias, and uncompromising reviews from individuals and institutions like yours but guess what, it transcends all of these negatives and still survives. It continues to do what it does best by struggling for the constitutional rights of all Liberians, especially for the rights of the little people whose voice will not otherwise be heard. Whether you or others may like it or not, George Weah plays a substantial role in this process.

Mr. Sungbeh, it is only left with the Liberian people who their next elected president will be. In a democracy, and certainly in a young fledging democracy as Liberia, it is not left with the whims of a single man, not even a powerful journalist!

Thanks.

Matthew N. Nimpson

Editor’s note:
Mr. Nimpson,
It is one thing to be a popular former football star whose exploits on the football field gained him popularity at home, and acclaim abroad; and it is another to be a visionary political leader. The latter, Weah is not.
It is true that Weah’s name is a household name, which made it possible for him to form and fund his own political party. However, what you failed to mention is the known fact that Weah, as a party leader and former presidential candidate, has failed miserably over the years to clearly articulate his vision for the country.
As a leading political party in the nation and in the national legislature, isn’t it strange that CDC hasn’t been able to influence and enact legislations, but is known for making threats and inflicting violence on people that don’t see things their way?
Another thing: I did not write that college education should be a criteria for running for president.
Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

Editor,

If the current legislature is a rubber stamp and has failed to deliver for the Liberian populace which we all know, why give a novice a chance that is very hard to learn that led to the loss of two consecutive elections. Whose political party does not have any sense of directions, no plan of action for the higher office in the nation; clearly the majority of legislators represented in government with no piece of legislation put forward to augment the party intention to provide for the Liberian people and the higher office. I suggest the brother start with the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to understand some policies and how government functions. In view of that, he could stay have a chance for looking at higher office(s) in the land. The brother is a fine gentleman with good heart for Liberians hypothetically but needs to grow up politically and academically with vast government experience to contest any high government positions in Liberia, in my opinion.
Frank Jep

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2011

AMI Plc Hospital Directors and Managers Fled Zimbabwe amid ACC  Investigation

Dear Sir/Madame

I have seen an article re African Medical Investments on you website. There is no truth in the article and its original source has removed it and the company is seeking legal advice. The story originates from a disgruntled employee of the Company. The management has invested over $10m in the hospital and all its managers are in still working in Zimbabwe and have not fled. I would request that you immediately take down the article from your website. I am very happy to discuss the inaccuracies.

Kind regards

Hugo

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COL’s Winston Tubman Endorsement Profoundly Disappointing

Well written Bro Tewroh,

The fact remains that those who are seeking political office in our native land are merely seeking power for their own personal gain and not the masses. I neither support Ellen nor Winston for I believe their agenda are pretty much the same. Get in office, acquire wealth for yourself and few of your cronies while the masses suffer.

I have been out of the country for the past 23 years and it is disappointing about what I hear from friends and acquaintances who return from Liberia quite recently. We should have accomplished more than where we are today.

Enjoy reading your post

Samuel Sampson, Minnesota

Editor,

Read the article on your website. I am African American and have been   following Taylor’s trial and praying he gets a sentence equal to   Chuckies! Also, wondered what became of Mrs. Taylor. I was SHOCKED to find out she’s part of your government! Try to keep this news quiet because, it really does make some of the people in Liberia look like fools. How could this woman not know what her husband was doing? She probably turned a blind eye since she was benefiting from the   exploitation and enjoying a fine lifestyle at the expense of the   people of Liberia. When she saw the writing on the wall she divorces   the devil she was with for years. I think it highly unwise to trust her! Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.

Yours in the struggle.  Carole Terry

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Let’s Give it Up for Helen Zille

Mr. Geeplay,

I have more respect for the Freedom Front (FF) than for the DA because, at least, the FF is honest about whom it represents – White Afrikaners.

The DA on the other pretends to represent all South Africans but its White top-heavy leadership structure betrays such a claim. In fact, at its best the DA represents a right-of-centre White liberal interests and, at its worst, it preys on the fears and prejudices of racial minorities.

The DA- in its present form – will NEVER challenge the dominance of the ruling party at the polls. Electoral politics is a numbers game. The number of liberal White voters in our country is self-limiting for the DA. In addition, the DA isn’t making significant inroads into African constituencies. I charge that the DA leadership is mindful of their slim chances of ever challenging the ruling party at the polls and, as such, they sell this “black” lie to its gullible membership and fanatical party faithful.

I charge further that the idea of Africans or Black people dominating in the DA leadership is an anathema to their raison d’être!

The ANC is very happy to have an opposition such as the DA because they know it’s impotent at challenging them for power. And the DA is happy to have the ANC as the ruling party because with them they can be in opposition for a long

time to come. They are both happy with the status quo of power relations between them based on their honest understanding of their strengths and limitations.

By its emerging character COPE, on the other hand, is of concern to both the ANC and the DA because it can and has make inroads into White constituencies; more importantly, it can and has made inroads into Black constituencies.

In conclusion, a party such as COPE – if its deals with its internal wrangling – represents a potential and significant threat to the status quo in power relations in South African politics.

Soodyall, Ardiel A – South Africa

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Africa’s Newest Robber Baron, US Billionaire Philip Falcone

Dear Editor

My name is Lilian Muungani and I am Mr Rautenbach’s spokesperson. Reference the subject of this email. I am an avid supporter of freedom of expression and the ideals of free press, having been a journalist for sometime myself. I am aware however that the fundamental principle behind responsible journalism which serves to inform correctly is to do with ensuring that any opinions constructed towards an institution or an individual has to be based on solid evidence or information presented by authoritative sources. Surely the insinuation that someone is murderer has to be backed by some concrete evidence otherwise our definition of free press becomes a mere platform on which one’s enemies may have the freedom to damage one’s personality without control.

I am deeply concerned at the defamatory statements contained within your latest article titled-Africa’s Newest Robber Baron, US Billionaire Philip Falcone- therein with regards to Mr Rautenbach’s business operations. I first read this Article on Judyth Piazza’s website titled the Student Operated Press and after my complaints on its contents, she realised the potential for a legal lawsuit and took down the story. I am concerned that you have published this article without any effort to contact him so as to verify the criminal allegations you have raised against him. Without checking the details presented by Amara Wills- your website has tarnished beyond measure, Mr Rautenbach’ business reputation.

I therefore request that you produce a retraction and a public apology failure to which we will have no option but to litigate through our lawyers.

Regards

Lilian Muungani

+263 773 236 425

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Dear Editor

I totally agree that the White Robber Barons are unscrupulous pigs, but they could be easily dealt with through proper enforcement of the rule of law by African governments who don’t seem to be interested in that in the least. What will truly set us free as Africans is when we start to assume responsibility for the part we play in all of this. Just like the individual who blames all his problems and depression on something outside himself and remains miserable as a result, so it goes with Africa. Eve Thompson

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Oppong Weah’s Tearful Meltdown, Plus a Silent Opposition Equals Ellen’s Second Term

This is a nice piece to read on current Liberian presidential election politics. There is certainly a political leadership void existing in Liberia today. There must rise a voice to speak for the people – both the dead and the living. Thanks for the article, a nice attempt at diagnosing the national malady.
 
B. Arthurson
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Mr. Sungbeh,

Is it fair to criticize the relative of a former President for what that President may or may not have done?  Is Cllr. Tubman arguing that he wants leadership of the country on account of what former Pres. Tubman (his uncle) did or did not do? 
Cllr. Tubman ought to be criticized based on his own performance, whether in the past or what he is promising to do.  I think the notion that one can not hold a view separate from his relatives or be judged independently is very unfair.  We see that, unfortunately,  happening in the case of Mr. George Fahnbulleh as well.
 This is an observation. Have a pleasant day. 
John Narrold Sunday
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Mr. Editor,

Your analysis of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in your article titled: “Oppong Weah’s Tearful Meltdown, Plus a Silent Opposition Equals Ellen’s Second Term” (18 May 2011), not only indicates your familiarity with the situation at home, but also your ability to give an unbiased disposition on the President’s performance.  I wonder what her popularity rating is at this time! 

If maintaining the fragile peace and making Liberians to believe in their country and themselves are any indications of success, then the Sirleaf administration is successful. However, since peace in Liberia is nowhere trickling down into jobs, paychecks, accessible and affordable healthcare and food on the table for ordinary Liberians to feed themselves and their families, then the notion of success in this administration is close to being a fatal joke, because Liberians are suffering.” [Culled from www.theliberiandialogue.org, May 18, 2011 2:00 p.m.]

The President was a guest of the Liberian Association of Virginia last year, November 7, when she spoke to Liberians and others at Virginia Union University’s Colburn Hall.  In her remarks, she specifically made this statement:  “Your country doesn’t just want you, it needs you.  We need you in Liberia.”  Liberians took her seriously.  And we look forward to the mass recruitment of Liberians in these United States who are ready, willing, and able to return home to make meaningful contributions. 

The fact that Liberian needs its brains that are drained from the country is an understatement.  There is need to put in place a way to gather Liberians abroad who are professionally trained in various fields or who work in various fields and areas of specialty, to return home to harness those skills and talents. 

But I believe the President, along with the other branches of Government, given the circumstances, has done quite well.  I cannot say who Liberians should vote for, so I stay out of that for now.  I understand the political differences in the country, and all of that is healthy for our ‘fledging’ democracy, if fledging means democratic political infancy.  But she, in her power and political luck or blessing, has managed to keep Liberia positively in the eyes of the international community.

Keeping Liberia positively in the eyes of the international community is important also because it means we are not alone.  It means others are helping or willing to help us, if we are ready, willing, and able to help ourselves.  This is important – to be ready, willing, and able to help ourselves – because historically and realistically, we have depended on other people to feed us, and practically give us everything.  We beg people, because we think we don’t have anything.  Sometimes, it is not because we don’t have anything, but because we don’t know what we have, and how to appreciate, nurture, and live with what we have.  Every so often, people can give us things, but we should be willing and able to do for ourselves as a people.  This is what our priorities should be and where they should begin.  Thank you again for this site.  Peace and blessings!

Pianapue Kept Early

Adjunct Faculty & Coordinator of Global Studies,

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology,

Virginia Union University, 1500 North Lombardy Street

Richmond, Virginia 23220

pkearly@vuu.edu, pianapueearly@gmail.com 

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Winston Tubman Finally Gets His Bride

I don’t know what the author wants to say. At one point he says Winston joined CDC only to become standard bearer and at another poiint he says the convention that saw Winston Tubman as the standard bearer was fixed to save Oppong from the embarrassment of losing an election.

But the bigger issue I have for the author is his double standard. We cry for democracy all year long and decry tyranny or dictatorship but anytime someone demonstrates such tenet of democracy we start to call them names. For his part, Weah ran in the last elections and lost and if he doe not head the ticket again you start calling him names? For the first time in Liberia, a political party held a convention and the standard bearer from the previous elections lost. Instead of breaking away to form a new party, Weah graciously accepted to go as number two to the winner! What is the problem with that? Do we expect him to be another John McCain or Papay Tipoteh who runs every year without winning? I don’t get it.

Dennis  Jah

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Dear Mr Geeplay,

Regards from Kenya.

I was reading your excellent analysis of the Weah-Tubman ticket, and I am enthralled.

I am jointly doing a piece for my outlet on the Weah appeal, and I would really appreciate if I could get your comments, or tap your Liberian Dialogue piece with due accreditation. I am hoping for your brief comment on the following two queries: Can the CDC ticket win the elections? If so what do they need to do?

–What is the feeling on the ground about Johnson-Sirleaf’s first term? I hope to hear from you soon, Ralph

My best,

Lee Mwiti

Writer, Africa Media Division

Nation Media Group|Kenya

P.O Box 49010-00100| Kimathi Street|Nairobi

Office: +254 (20) 32 28 592

Cell: + 254 722 94 03 71

www.africareview.com

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ULAA Council of Eminent Persons’ 65-Page Verdict Problematic

Dear Mr. Editor:
We were fortunate to get hold of your article, “ULAA Council of Eminent Person’s 65-Page Verdict Problematic” dated Friday, April 15, 2011, in which you wrongly criticized UCEP for, among others, that:
(1), “some members of the mediating team such as Bai Gbala, Emmanuel Wettee and Leslie Norman Cole, according to a UCEP report either dissented or recused themselves from deliberations”; and

(2), since the ULAA “crisis has dragged on for so long the most prudent approach to bring an end the conflict, at least in my opinion, would be for the UCEP to suggest and enforce the resignation of Anthony Kesselly and replace him with the appointment of a neutral person who will serve as interim president until the October 2011 election. So, why did’nt UCEP’s members render that courageous decision for Anthony Kesselly to resign the presidency before the October 2011 election?”

Firstly, apparently you have been fully informed because Bai Gbala, the most senior member ( in terms of public policy experience as well as age) did not only argue vigorously and call for Mr. Kesselly and the corps of his associates to step aside, but also wrote and published a Minority, Mediation, Dissenting Opinion, as required in such cases;

Bai Gbala, former president 1979-80

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Sungbeh, my recommendation to you was to speak to our Chair lady before you publish the story.  I know you mentioned to me that Siahyonkron gave you the document and you spoke with him, however, without a comment from the Chair lady, your story is questionable.
 

Like I mentioned to you, you had a decision made and your story reflected your decision without the facts.  Emmanuel Wettee – former president, ULAA 2006-08

Editor’s note: 

After reading ULAA Council of “Eminent” Persons’ recent 65-page report in its entirety, I did not read anything that reflects Mr. Gbala’s “vigorous” argument in favor of President Anthony Kesselly and his associates to step down. Had it been reflected in the report, I surely would have cited the passage in my piece. 

In response to Mr. Wettee’s e-mail, I see no need to contact the chairlady because I interviewed you for the article, and also had in my possession the “Eminent” Person’s 65-page report/verdict – from which I got the details for the article.

Thanks,

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

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Ellen’s Retaliatory Outrage 

Hello Mr. Editor

I read your piece with much amusement and sober mind.

Re: Ellen’s Retaliatory Outrage! It is beautifully written…

and until recently I must confess, I have not followed most

of your writings, for which I ought to be ashamed of myself!

What surprises me the most comes from this sense and

a satisfying conjunction, that even though both our pieces

diverged with opposite opinions, you were kind enough

to publish mine with your personal editing…this is a high

mark of journalistic ethics for which you must be commended!

Thanks ever so much as I look forward to future partnerships!

Geeplay

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Analysis of Liberia’s 2010/2011 Budget

Hello Ms. Mathews

My name is Jeanine Cooper and I am looking for budget expenditures to the Ministry of Agriculture or to the agricultural sector. I agree with your analysis that the budget is not pro-poor and I would like to see if it is even pro-agriculture. By agriculture, I am talking about the subsistence farmers in the rural areas, not the multi-national concessions investing in bio-fuels.

I hope you can help.

Regards

Jeanine Cooper

jeanine.cooper@undp.org

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“I Was Born Kru, I Live Kru, and I Will Die Kru” – Edmond Nah Kloh

My dear brother!

Thanks for the brilliant article you wrote about Dr. Kloh. I really enjoyed reading it. But you were very critical about him..

Regards,

Robert Sayon Morris

Liberian Media & Advertising Services

Editor: This is to acknowledge the objective reflection of your commentary entitled   “I Was Born Kru, I Live Kru, and I Will Die Kru” of May 24, 2010. It was objectively professional in a sense that it reveals the serious lack of practical skills on the part of our Liberian Ph.D-holding so-called politicians (they are many) to exercise efficient administrative and leadership abilities as professional practitioners.

For example, Dr. Edmund Nah Kloh, subject of the commentary exemplifies such ineptitude since he decided to pursue his dream of becoming the president of the Republic of Liberia, and declared his intent to campaign for the 2011 national elections.

However, the commentary contains a judgmental misstatement attributed to me, Jlator Nah Gewleh, the former chief organizer of Dr. Kloh’s intent in the Diaspora. “After the wedding, Gewleh, a fellow Krao, who was Kloh’s campaign manager/organizer in the Minneapolis area attempted to recruit me to be on Kloh’s team because I share the same Kru ethnicity with the gentlemen.”

To correct the record, Mr. Editor, my decision to recruit you then was not based on your ethnicity. Instead, it was based on the recognition of your professional skills, leadership experience and intellectual activism.

Kindly publish this letter for the benefit of your readers. Many thanks for your objectivity.   Sincerely, Jlator Nah Gewleh

Is Pres. Sirleaf Serious About Poverty Reduction?

Mr.Sungbeh, 

Pony up and sent something to your relatives and stop crying and waiting for the government to provide everything free of charge to your relatives and the rest of the so-called poor people in Liberia .

The government should provide free-this-free-that, what world are you living in  – who told you that things are just free in this world?

Maybe you should go and ask the North Korean people how their everything-for- free society is working for them.

I get tire when people encourage bad behavior by people who want to have babies like they are coming from an assembly line and then want the government to take care of their bad behaviors by providing free everything for them – funny people. 

If you can not even take care of yourself, why have ten babies by five different women – oh the government will provide everything free. These people sit in Monrovia having bunch of babies and blaming the government but they will not go to their towns in the various counties to cultivate the lush land we are blessed with and then you have people like Mr. Sungbeh making easy excuses by always blaming the government. 

My families are on our land and doing very well and they are not sitting around waiting for PAPA government to give them free things. This is the same lazy mentality Liberians are always known for – they do not want to work but sit around while people from different countries are the ones doing most of the work in Liberia .

Mr. Sungbeh, maybe you been on Mars vacationing but for the past 2 years the planet earth has been in a major economic down turn and it is just trying to come back to life. So this means that Liberia was mostly affected by this downturn than any country on earth. The government can only create the environment for economic growth and this government is creating that environment and it is left with hard working Liberians to take advantage and the lazy Liberians can sit and cry for their freebies. Go to Bong, Lofa and Nimba and you will see hard working Liberians do very well but people from some coastal counties are waiting for PAPA government – go figure.

Diaimoi Smith

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Togba-Nah Tipoteh: Misunderstood and Misinterpreted

Good evening Brother Sungbeh:
I received a call from my cousin this evening and he was touched by the article you wrote on Dr. Tipoteh.  It brought back memories of our days when we both  attended the C.H. Dewey High School in Bomi County and he, Dr. Tipoteh was invited to speak at one of the major commencement addresses.

My cousin and I have always had high respect for the gentlemen. Growing up in Bomi county, and naive in many ways, Dr. Tipoteh exposed us to the burning issues of the time — especially the way the multinational companies were exploiting the resources of our country for a little or nothing. The highest esteem of our thoughts will always be reserved for Dr. Tipoteh.

Thanks.

 Paul Jeebah Albert  

Editor,

Excellent article. BALANCED! Keep up the good work.

Jglay Kpa-kay (Siahyonkron Nyanseor)

Sungbeh has done well in reducing into a  piece the anti-Tipo diatribes – which from all that we know of  this fine contemporary Liberian leader – cannot just add up.  The nagging issue here is the critical consciousness of this generation of Liberians.  It may have well been flawed. The principles that Tipoteh uncompromisingly stands for are shared by many of us, but what is glaringly lacking now is an organization. How about us rallying to this cause at this time of  our history?.  That shouldn’t be about the man called Tipoteh, but it should be about the principles that we share with him.
 
Martin Toe
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Editor,

Of all your writings, the article on your visit with Bodioh brought me a lot of joy.  Thanks to you and your wife for visiting “Ras” Bodioh.  I found the story sad overall because of the seemingly helpless state Bodioh is  experiencing. Yet, I am very happy that he looks very good, relatively speaking; and he still has his strong sense of humor.  Trying to decipher his message through his slurred speech caused me a lot of unforgettable sadness when I spoke to him some two months ago.  I had imagined a totally deplorable state of being.  But your pictures give me a new and hopeful perspective.  We will keep on praying! Once again, thanks for bringing Bodioh front and center.  I will call you for further discussion on the Rasta.

Regards,

Cyril Lurlay

Metro Atlanta, GA

Editor,

Friends or Foe?

Thanks to the inquest and concern you and your family have shown to my dear uncle, Bodioh. Your family have not only proven this statement true whether be it platitude or not that a friend in times of trouble, illness, and not wanted dead, is certainly a friend in deed. If my uncle was still politically militant, as his colleagues knew him to be, he would have been in a ireful mood turning his so-called friends into adversaries for not paying just a visit in times of need. Friends that are learned web-searchers, not limiting the likes of J. Milton Teahjay, Tarty Teh, Morris Kofi, Teah Jardia, and Mr. Glay just to name a few have not post or blog a line to the betterment or speedy recovery of their friend. I speak for myself that these masquerading leaders of so-called good ought to know that there is no form or faction, or conflict between friends or nations that cannot be quenched by love. I hope my message doesn’t come across as distasteful, but a reminder to the creed as to “what friends are for” recitation. The most devastating weapon a man can hold against his friend is the silencing of his mind. I always believed that a man, no matter how evil he is that exposes his thoughts is less dangerous than the ones that keep theirs silent. I’ll close on this note that is familiar to you all, I’m speaking “truth to power” and in the same token holding your feet to the fire to do your part as friends. May God bless you all.

Sam

Denver, Colorado

I can be reached at 303-695-5683.

Wehtoe, 

Many thanks for the info on the brother. I will call him today.

God bless

Glay

Sungbeh: My brother, like I said earlier, this is your finest work. The pictures were heart-wrenching. I want to propose the following steps:     1. Let the friends and relatives of Bodioh ask their spouses to put 50% of their holiday gift money aside, to be sent to him.This would mean more, in the eyes of God. I am going to BCC this email to Marilyn now. It is my gift; this is what I want done.
    2. Let us engage the Liberian leader in his area, asking for their help in resolving the family issues. We can make personal financial commitment to his sister, if the wife and court decide to put him in the sister’s custody.     3. Let each of us know and realize that this could be you or me. Remember the saying: Never send to know for whom the bells toll. They toll for thee! We should not see Bodioh  in the wheelchair. We, instead, should see ourselves. Again, thank you my brother. Personally, I promise to reach out to this son of Sinoe/Liberia. Let each of us call to mind the great times with Bodioh and reach out. Wilfred Harris

Metro Atlanta, GA

Wehtoe,

Thank you very much for taking such a trip. That’s what friends are for. Thanks to your wife also. She’s such a great person. Thanks again. Ida Lewis-Bonal

Bro. Sungbeh

What more can I say to you, God bless you for the visit you made to Siapoe, my childhood friend.  Many thanks to you and your wife.  You have demonstrated a great deal of friendship to Siapoe. 

James C. Blyee, Jr.

860-597-9753

Tewroh,

Thanks to you and my sister for the visit to our brother and the story; it is heart warming. I will give you a call.

Siahyonkron Jglay Kpa-kay Nyanseor

I don’t think the way he brought Bodioh’s family matters in the open was fair. Unless Bodioh specifically requested him to do so, I thought the man needs some privacy here. Worse of all, publishing the story without  the wife’s side of the story and portraying the mother of the man’s children as some uncaring “foreigner” got me thinking what the intent could be. Which one of us will want to be shown in a wheel chair at a long term care facility? I can bet, certainly not Bodioh. I commend Mr. Sungbeh for the visit, care and concern and I thank his beautiful wife for a job well done but, I thought he could share the information with trusted friends and family members rather than listserv and internet magazine. The enemy likes to see that!

Dennis Jah

 

Editor’s Note:

I need not respond to Mr. Jah’s knee-jerk reaction to my piece.

 

My friend and brother Mr. Sungbeh,  I wish to extend my profound thanks and appreciation to you and your lovely wife for taking your time to visit a friend and fellow Liberian, Mr. Bodioh Siapoe, who has been sick for the past years.

  I am touched and very sad about the condition of Mr. Siapoe when I glanced at the pictures of him at the nursing home.
  Let me mention that both you and Mr. Siapoe are very good friends of mine,

and all  of us  have in our different ways served the Liberian Community  Organization in the U, S. particularly in Atlanta, Georgia where I served as President and Vice President, and Mr. Tewroh Sungbeh too serving in both capacities as President and Vice President, with Mr. Siapoe serving as  Founder and committee Chairman of the Liberian Community Organization’s  newspaper, News and View. Therefore, it is very sad to see my friend and brother Bodioh Siapoe in a wheelchair unable to continue serving his community. I pray to the Almighty savior to grant Bodioh the healing power to recover.

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Joe Weanquoi, Sr                                                                        Minnesota, USA                                                                        

 

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Sirleaf Administration is on Track to Become the Most Corrupt in the History of the Modern Liberian Nation

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh, article would not have been necessary, had all of those who voted for President Sirleaf in the elections, taken the time and done the research closely tracking her historical quest for the Presidency.  Mrs. Sirleaf did not seek this position in order to better the condition of her people.  Nor did she do it out of patriotism for her country. Suffice it to say that her political history is rife  with undermining those who have been her allies.  See her interaction with the Tubman, Tolbert (particularly the Tolbert administration), Doe and Taylor administrations. Her Machiavellian approach to the acquisition and maintaining power lacks one thing. He indicated that when you do battle with the Prince you should not only wound the Prince.  He should be killed.  Mrs. Sirleaf has not done that.  The chickens are “coming home to roost”. Very good article.

Joseph Diggs, MD

Nashville, Tennessee

Sir/Madam
    Mr Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh writes interestingly (Monday May 25), on the presidential context of present-day Liberia.  A few interesting observations, true…but, hardly researched.
    Unfortunately, his opening (and especially the headline) almost closes the door to credibility.  “The most corrupt administration (i.e. Ellen J. Sirleaf’s) in History”!!!!!!!!!!!
    How can anyone, who has lived IN AND THROUGH the decade before and after millenium year, in Liberia surmise that any era could be “more corrupt” than the beautiful Liberian people had to endure in those 20 years, is impossible to fathom.
    Such writing, I am afraid, only epitomises a “culture of denial” that is almost in harmony with that of leaders of those years, and with the culture of impunity that went with it.
            Elsie.

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President Sirleaf’s Guided TRC Appearance Did Not Help Her Image

Editor,

I generally agree with many of the views you express on your homepage.
But you need to get your goal cleaned up. If it does not benefit Liberia
as a country then YOU have to change!!

Reading your attack on President Sirleaf, I have to wonder why you are
doing it. Even if all the accusations in Woewiyu’s “Open Letter to President Sirleaf..” was true it would never be anywhere near enough to get the President charged at the Human Rights Court and for sure never convicted. If you have followed any of the cases that have been before the court, her “crimes” are at best “bad judgment” at that court!

Second if you did get your way, would it help Liberia, I do not think so!
There is no other person who the rest of the world trusts and all
support would seize for at least a couple of years.

If you are interested in justice then you would have picked the leaders
of the different groups and then you might have got some success and at
the same time created a precedence that those who commit atrocities will
not get away with it. But the more I have read your views I get the impression that you are in
this “struggle” to create a name for yourself so you might one day
become president. So you are really no different than the ones you
accuse. If you keep doing what you are doing and succeed, Liberia most
likely would end up in some kind of war again because nobody could agree on a new leader and democracy would most likely not get a second chance for a very long time.

If you are interested in improving Liberia then write about the
corruption at Monrovia Port, Roberts International Airport and get the
law about who can become citizen of Liberia changed so it does not say
anything about race! That and what you already are doing about war
criminals, just go for the real murders and not for everybody you can
think of. Take the top commanders from the different fractions and that’s it.

I am a potential investor in Liberia. I would not invest to make a
profit, but to create jobs. If I break even that would be just fine with
me. The above issues are what holds me and countless others from
investing and doing what we can to get Liberia on foot again.

I am white, born in Canada and have no relation to Liberia.

Yours sincerely,
Allan Folming

Editor’s Note:

This is not about me or The Liberian Dialogue, this is about Liberia and the people of Liberia. I am sure if the Prime Minister or any other leader of your country violated Canadian law, that particular leader would face the judicial system, isn’t it? Why is Liberia different?

So are you saying that because of the so-called vacuum in political leadership in Liberia today, President Sirleaf should be left alone and not answer to charges of her alleged role in the civil war, and also should be left alone to do whatever she wants to do and not be scrutinized by the press and other interesting parties?

 I know you are eager to invest and make money in Liberia, however, Liberians are also eager to establish genuine rule of law in their country, where you and other investors (including Liberians) can also do business and live in peace in a genuine democracy.

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Airborne Toxic Chemicals to Fight Armyworms in Liberia, A Danger to the Environment

Dear Sir/Madame:

I hope this email finds you well. Please note that I am a Liberian and also student doing Masters Program (MSC) in Environmental Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. Interestingly, I am about to commence my project- thesis documentation on the environmental problems in Liberia.

Against this setting, I write to seek your collaborative working assistance where such numerous environmental problems would be outlined for our considerations.

Best regards,

Catherine Ama Woods

 

Dear Editor,

I saw your article, ” Airborne Toxic Chemicals to Fight Armyworms in Liberia, A Danger to the Environment” dated Feb. 3, 2009, http://www.theliberiandialogue.org/articles/c020309tws.htm that mentioned Liberia Environmental Watch (LEW). I am looking for information regarding LEW as per my thesis work on environmental organizations working within current and former war zones. When I’ve attempted to access their website: liberiaenvironmentalwatch.org I’ve been diverted to another page. Could you please provide me with contact info re Lew? Thanks, Lorna

L Iraq Consultant
845.489.8038 (US cell)
845.853.1391 (efax)
skype: hummingbird1
+00962 795972818 (Amman)
+00964 07707705168 (Iraq)
orna Tychostup http://www.linkedin.com/in/lornatychostup

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2008

The TRC Comedy Hour Now Playing At a Pavilion Near You In Monrovia

As the TRC continues to conduct its questions of all those that were responsible for war crimes in Liberia, one cannot help but wonder who is actually in charge of the proceedings. It continues to appear that the accused are determining how the inquiry should proceed and what questions should be answered.

I would like to see some discussion about this posted on your site. Am I the only one who feels this way or is there someone else who shares the same sentiment?
Elaine Peabody
3rd Grade Teacher
Thelma Jones

QUESTION – 

ERIC BRACEWELL

Hey man,

What’s up with Eric? I saw him couple of weeks ago at the Royal Hotel Restaurant. He must be in some deep shit for the ATF to be hunting him. Soo very sad man. I hope he surfaces and clears his name.Reader from Monrovia, Liberia


End of An Incredible Football Journey – John “Monkey” Brown – 1940 – 2008 –  A Tribute

Thank You

I read your tribute to Mr. John Monkey Brown and just wanted to say thank you. He was a hero to many of us while growing up. I did not know that he had died.

 My sympathy to his family and to you as well.
Emmanuel Dolo Hello,
my name is Jeffery Hall Jr., of Charlotte, NC.
A few years ago my mother Sharon Hall drove a certain man who was a member of our church (1st Baptist) to and from his appointments.
She said this man was a great football player in his country. This man just so happened to be Mr. John Monkey Brown.
As a soccer fan myself I Decided To Do My Research on Mr. Brown.
I was skeptical. I used to think “if he was so good why didn’t he play for bigger clubs”? After doing my research, I’ve found out why.
Come to find out, we have a lot in common; playing style, demeanor, & will. I admire him and want to find out more of Mr. Brown.
If any videos or playing pictures of John Monkey Brown exist
I would appreciate it if someone would send them to me and my mother and my family. Best wishes and success. 
Jeffery Hall Jr. Charlotte, North Carolina

 jeffhalljr17@yahoo.com

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Calling for Another Religious Holiday? Why not “National Religion Day,” and “President’s Day?”

There is no problem with celebrating Christian holidays. Because of JESUS CHRIST’s death and resurrection we all would be lost and doomed for hell. So let’s celebrate Jesus Christ as often as we can and not some man’s birthday whose soul may be lost and  unrepented.DeaconEGrant@aol.com

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Can Barrack Obama Ever Be President?Editor,

About your September 24, 2008 article entitled: Can Barrack Obama Ever Be President? I feel as though if America lives up to its creed that all men are created equal, then why could he not be president? Abraham Lincoln has said in his Gettysburg Address that “All men are created equal with certain inalienable rights as endowed by our creator.” So with this being said, then why does race place a role in this country but yet we say that all people are equal that live here? We have a great hypocrisy upon democracy within this country. Some Americans do not want a so called minority President, why? People are people. If we as a society are so race-conscious then why does the statue of liberty have inscribed: “give us your tired, your poor your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. send these homeless tempted-tossed to me I lift up my lamp to the golden door.” If this country symbolizes freedom in this statement then why can not a minority be president? We can not say that we symbolize freedom and say simultaneously that we would oppose a minority as president. This is why I say there is a hypocrisy upon democracy in this country. The whole civil rights era was all about equality right?  Let’s not talk the talk about equality, but yet let’s actually put it into practice. Words are meaningless unless we put into actions what we claim that we stand for and believe in.

Sirpanhandle@aol.com.


Augustus B. Bishop Marwieh -1928 – 2007Mr. Editor,

I have followed your contributions on issues concerning Liberia and I am very impressed. The late Bishop Marwieh was a mentor and father in-law to me. He was very touched and impressed by your accomplishments. The Liberian Dialogue is one of my favorite sources.

USA:
Rev. Hananiah Zoe
Elk Grove, California
Cell: 916 647 1354

Africa:
18th Street
Monrovia, Liberia
00(231) 7708-7919

 


 Rename Soccer Stadiums After Wannie Bo-Toe and George Oppong Weah

Mr. Editor:
 
I am tired of people not respecting history, but seeking continuously their selfish gains. I am a Liberian, now living in the United States of America, a one time ” Poor Teacher” of  MCSS, a Student Organizational Leader, a sportsman and a onetime Administrator of a sport organization, a Corporate Assistant Manager, and an advocate of positive change in our society. I would like to shortly comment on those who are constantly trying to undo history for their own personal recognition.
 
Let us respect history and give unto ‘Ceaser what is Ceaser’s.’ Let us know and respect the fact that Mr. Samuel K. Doe, Liberia’s  20th President; despite the odds; did some good to be recognized. I did not serve the Doe’s presidency in any position of benefits, nor I am one from his corner. During his tenure I served the Liberian people in one of the most honorable positions, ” A Poor Teacher” in a government school, my primary institution of learning. Never benefited from any government’s sponsored program, either directly or indirectly.
 
Based on the brief information above, I  would like for us all to for once respect history, and stop trying to undo history for our own present glory. What will our past be when we can no more write or speak? Leave the issue of the SKD stadium and that of the ATS. Concentrate on building new ones and than name them as you wish. Development is a growth process, concentrate on building and stop trying to rename or undo history.
 
Thanks,
 
Albert L. Cooper,  Jr.
Florida, USA

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“Iron Ladies of Liberia” – A Review

Mr. Editor,

I like the review. It raises some good points.
Thanks for the coverage and I do hope your readers take the time to see The Iron Ladies of Liberia.
I’d love to include the Liberian Dialogue in our discount program. I can set you up with a discount code that would allow your readers to get $5 off?
Can we do that?

Thanks,
Annie Eastman

Associate Producer, Just Media 


Bodioh Wisseh Siapoe, A Fighter to the End

Mr. .Sungbeh,
     While perusing through my  email this Saturday afternoon, June  7, 2008, I  came across reading your very nice posted tribute to our dear friend and brother, Mr  Bodioh Wisseh Siapoe, who is presently undergoing some of life’s difficulties in a Colorado Hospital in the state of Denver.
     May I, in the same tone say thanks for expressing such kind words to our dear brother and friend, and further hope the good Lord will shine his ever-forgiving hands for Bodioh to quickly regain his strength to come back to us from where he is now, to continue the good work he has long started.
     I heard of Mr. Siapoe’s poor health condition from his cousin, Nagbe Sloh a couple of days ago, and have even made some contribution towards the up keep of his children, and will wish others will do the same to help our brother and friend. Again Mr. Sungbeh, thanks and much greetings to you and family.
 May the Good God hear our prayers for our dear friend.
           J.B.Weanquoi
             Minnesota

Hello. 

It was with great distress that I read Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh’s piece about Bodioh on The Liberian Dialogue. I have been a friend of Bodioh’s for over ten years and had been in touch with him just a few months ago.

 I immediately called Tshiela and discovered the sad truth, that my dear friend was indeed in a coma. I have called her a few times since and have had no luck contacting her. What do you know about Bodioh’s condition?
Thank you,

~Nancy Thompson 

(I live in New York State and was a reporter on Radio Free Liberia, which then became Radio Africa International.)

Editor’s Note:

We have not heard anything new regarding Bodioh’s condition as of the date of this posting, July 6, 2008. 

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Mandingo Man Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

Greetings!
My name is Simana Basu and I am a legal intern at the American Friends Service Committee. Firstly, I would like to commend you for all the work that you have done for your community back at home in Liberia, as well as here in the United States.
Secondly, as you are heavily involved in the Liberian community, I would like to ask for your advice. We are representing a homosexual Mandingo man who is seeking political asylum in this country. He has been violently threatened by local members of his community and even his own family members. He does not wish to return to his home, as he fears for his life.
We are trying to put him in the best possible situation to stay in this country. As an avid member of the Liberian community, I ask for any opinion you have on the status of gays in Liberia (and in particular, the Mandingo community).

If you do not wish to comment on the topic, I would appreciate it if you could point me to anyone you know of who may wish to comment on the overall position of homosexuals in Liberia.

This kind of information will help us to back up our client’s case that he was facing persecution for his sexual orientation and therefore should be allowed to stay in the U.S.Feel free to call me or email me back at your convenience.

I truly appreciate your time.
Simana Basu Rutgers School of Law, 2010
Legal Intern American Friends Service Committee p: 973-854-0269 http://www.afsc.org/

Editor’s Note:

This is an urgent matter that needs urgent attention. You can call Simana Basu at 973-854-0269, if you have any information to add to this case.

Thanks,

Editor

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What Are The Candidates Saying? Can They Really Save ULAA?

Brother Sungbeh,

Thanks for your article on your brief interaction with me when I visited Atlanta , Georgia last March.

From all indications you are passionate about this issue of Out-of-Country Voting. I should therefore like to recount to you some moves we made on this matter when I served as Chairman of the ULAA Board, initially during the national presidency of Mr. Arthur Watson and lately during Mr. Wettees term.

It was ULAA, under the Watson administration, that grasped the need for Liberians who are in these United States to vote in the general and presidential elections in Liberia . To give momentum to this effort, ULAA mobilized prominent individuals, key media institutions, and ULAA member chapters to push the cause.  To give major boost to the effort, ULAA linked up with the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA).

I can still recall the involvement of individuals like Mr. John Morlu, II (now Auditor General), Ciata Victor (Webmaster of The Liberian Connection), Mr. Dionysius Sewbe, in sensitizing the public on the issue.

We held several teleconferences to exchange ideas on strategies and approaches. At the height of it all ULAA dispatched National President Arthur Watson to Monrovia where he held direct meetings with the Elections Commission Chairman Francis Johnson-Morris and her Commissioners, Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant, Governance Reform Commission Executive Director Toga McIntosh, Ambassador Jacques Klein, U.S. Ambassador John Blaney .

The Union Leadership also had rounds with the International Foundation for Electoral systems (IFES) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), all of which were very responsive to the idea.  At the end of all this, ECOM Chairman Francis Johnson-Morris sent ULAA a letter of response in which she practically outlined the impossibility of the OCV becoming a reality during the 2005 elections.

I have attached some of the documents so that you can update yourself on these moves that were made by ULAA.. It was unfortunate that we did not get our way the first time around. We however have continued to fight for this worthy cause.

In his recent visit to the United States , ECOM Chairman James Fromayan was a special guest of ULAA at the National Leadership Council Quarterly Meeting, under the gavel of National President Wettee, in Trenton where the issue was again re-introduced. We hope to continue on this path.

You can rest assured that our commitment to this case did not come only at the time we stepped forward to vie for the ULAA presidency. It is a cause we hold dear and a cause we will fight for whether we are at the helm of ULAA or not.

Greetings!

Anthony V. Kesselly

267-825-0488

 

What Are The Candidates Saying? Can They Really Save ULAA?

Mr. Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh:

My name is Mariah Seton, www.mariah-seton.vox.com,

 www.mariah-seton.blogspot.com,

one of the

presidential aspirants/ULAA. I read your article posted on theliberiandialogue.org, entitled, “What are the Candidates Saying…?” Please email me your number or call me at 773-354-6365.

Regards,

Mariah Seton

773-354-6365

A brief summary of life in Liberia from an eyewitness account 

05/05/08

Hello there Sungbeh,

Its been a while since we communicated. Well, I am as busy as a bee here in this country. Its been like that since I landed. The hustle is not easy, but that’s the only way you can make it here.

Just to give you some insight of what it is like here on the ground. For one thing, I have never seen so many white people in Liberia since I was a boy. The sad thing about it is that they are all under the big umbrella of “NGOs.”

That says one thing to me, and that money is really here in Liberia but only for the NGO’s. They have the best of our country, they live in the best areas, have all Suv’s with Liberian drivers, house boys, nanny care takers etc. Now tell me, who is really benefiting from the re-construction process?

The whole thing in all of this is that you cannot really blame these folks because we as Liberians permit this to happen, and we just exist in our own country from one day to the next making no provisions for the future. This is typical with all the Liberian businesses; medium, small and the common street vendors. Every venture is instant gratification or no business at all. Make profit instantly from every sale or deal.

One Black American friend I met a few weeks ago was on his way back to the states told me point blank…”Liberians are not yet ready for business” He came here with excess of a million dollar to invest in the oil palm business, making various by-products from palm nuts from oil to soap, to even canning and bottling the oil to sell in supermarkets around the world. But his contact here in Liberia who is a “G-man| wanted 30% up front before the deal could go thru. Can you imagine he brings nothing to the table because this man financed his way here willing to bring in all the equipment and technical know-how in order to start the venture. But here is our man, wanting 30% up front. He is now back in New York by now.

Then in the construction business. Wow, that’s a big mess. The Lebanese bring in all sub-standard goods here, and one has no choice in the matter but to be a voiceless consumer. A common wheelbarrow lasts less than one month, and even at that you have to re-enforce it with steel bars around it. The common linoleum for floor is as thin as a sheet of paper. There are absolutely no building codes, let alone qualified persons to enforce the law here. People just build sporadically anywhere, and everywhere. Whether in an area marked off as an alley, in wet lands, swamps, etc.

They way they do it here is that they build the house first, then they do a make-shift road to the house. No perception of drainage system, underground utilities, detention pond. As a matter of fact, there is absolutely no detention pond in Liberia, nor people who understand the need for one. When these things are brought up, they tell you…” my man you better leave those people thing alone before you create enemies for yourself..” as was the case when I did the inspection of the Tucker bridge back in January. Till now the only thing that has been done is that they put a fresh coat of paint on it. But the main structural components are still in a fatigue state. This is typical with all bridges in the country and the ones that haven’t crumbled as yet but on the waiting list to crumble.

Then the idea of fixing the roads have dwindled down to re-surfacing only, not widened or built properly to accommodate the population growth. Then there is the issue of work ethics. There is a common saying here now that if you want your work to go on well without delay and cost over runs, do not hire Bassa people to do your contract. This was my worst experience with them and I learned it the hard way. I mean those Bassa guys are really lazy. They ask for food everyday on the job, one bag of rice, one 5 gallon tin of oil, and a box of smoke fish. In addition to that, you must pay their way to and from work daily. They come in at 9:30 am, eat from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm and then want to quit work at 5:00 pm.

With a crew of 18 men you get approximately 42 blocks laid per day, Imagine a job with 4,000 blocks how long that would take, plus what it would cost to feed and transport them to and from work? And they want you to buy the tools for them to work with also.  Now can you actually say that we are serious about business?

Well, I will stop here for now but will follow this up later, OK? Just wanted to give you a brief idea of how it is here.

A concerned Liberian businessman on the ground.

A brief summary of life in Liberia from an eyewitness account 

Mr. McCritty,

Your article is very interesting and to the point.  The questions asked are serious and true questions.  Not only the Lebanese but, foreigners are taking over Liberia just for the love of money. I went home the end of last year and saw, many Chinese people walking around Monrovia doing businesses that should be done by Liberians.

I am one of those who have written on several issues pertaining to this same issue.  Several months ago, I wrote about the situation at Kendijah and, I had so many criticism.  Keep on writing, someone will listen to us one of these days and I hope it is not too late.

Be blessed and have a good evening.

Mrs. Thompson

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Goodbye to Kendaja National Cultural Center? Why?

Mr. Editor,

So, the land have been sold?  Does this include the burial grounds used on the property?  Many, many people are buried there. Are the people who presently live there being compensated for their land, and are they being  taken care of properly? Or are they going to be like the people who inhabited West Point who were displaced in the late 70s after the flooding in their area?

Nuku w

Chicago

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Remembering what he said decades ago, vs. what he did later, and what we added to the debate

Mr. Sungbeh:

I just read your short commentary of February 14, and I’m writing here to compliment you for the points you made. This is a discussion that needs to be brought to the public square. Good luck, and God bless.

Charles Nance

 


2007

Unprecedented and Frivolous 

What a nice piece Mr. Sungbeh? If it were not for peace within the community, I would recommend that Sue be made to pay any damages that LAMA may incur because of her action.
Remember that we went through this same period of event when Charles Sirleaf left office. The community went down until Mabel Greene was elected to revitalize the association. In fact Mabel was able to set up a committee to help bring the community together at that time.
Again, thanks for your very educational and informative piece.
Happy Holidays to you and your staff.
Mansuo Bouquia
Mr. Sungbeh,
This is an excellent piece of writing.  I think the officers need to meet separately to discuss among themselves their position on the issue.
The Ministers’ committee that met with the Williams’  family today did not represent the Community well, and I am happy that it was voiced by so many.
Will keep in touch.  Thanks for the in-depth analysis of the situation.
Regards,
Walter Skinner

 

In response to Abdoulaye W. Dukule’s ‘RANT’ 

Journalism, friendship blurred…The Perspective and an American paratrooper – Part I 

Mr. Editor:

I am briefly responding to the ‘RANT’ Dr. Abdoulaye W. Dukule, Associate Editor of The Perspective.org, an Atlanta-based online media vented on your site. I will share with the readership of Liberians in the Diaspora, the UNPROFESSIONAL, UNETHICAL and YELLOW JOURNALISTIC practices of this one-time advisor to the Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), Dr. Amos Sawyer.

In Part II of ‘Journalism, friend blurred…The Perspective and an American paratrooper’, I will make available to your audience the countless emails exchanges that occurred today (Dec. 11, 2007) between Dr. Dukule and I; in what I have termed ‘A NEW LOW’ in his professional career – if there is any left.

Mr. Editor, what Dr. Dukule termed as ‘TRASH’ (‘Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Advocacy for (AFRICOM) in Liberia and The Progressives Propaganda’), has been published by the following online media: THE LIBERIAN DIALOGUE, THE LIBERIAN FORUM, FRONTPAGEAFRICA, TLC AFRICA and THE LIBERIAN TIMES (Nov. 2007). I will strongly recommend that the good old DOCTOR do a thorough research prior to writing or better yet, launching an attack. I want to believed somehow, old Doc just doesn’t get it.

Mr. Editor, thanks for allowing our voices to be heard and not yielding to CENSORSHIP, CRONYISM and YELLOW JOURNALISM. Let me be very clear, there are some excellent writers/reporters at The Perspective.org and certainly, Theodore Hodges comes to mind-‘FAIR AND WELL BALANCED’ in his reporting. Take a look into your mind’s eyes and imagine having Dr. Dukule at the Ministry of Information in Liberia-CENSORSHIP will be his hallmark.

Masu Fahnbulleh

 

In response to Masu’s fabrication 

Journalism, friendship blurred…The Perspective and an American paratrooper – Part I 

I read a posting by Mr. Masu Fahnbulleh where he tries hard to bunch people together in what he terms as progressists.” Masu seems like a desperate young man who is searching for fame at the expense of others, either he knows them or not, either he knows anything about them or not. He seems obsessed with “making sense” when he actually has nothing to say. He talks about the progressists being against AFRICOM and he associates me with the progressists. The contradiction, a major one, is that I was among the first writers to support the idea of AFRICOM. Nyanseor whom he calls my protégé, is against AFRICOM. Nyanseor is the publisher of theperspective.org and he is my elder, he has been in the US long before me and I only met him once in my life. If anything, I should be the protege of Nyanseor. One has to have the mind of desperate man like that of Masu to make such claims.
 
It is rather unfortunate that Mr. Masu does not attempt to publish the article he submitted to me but rather writes about my comments. I still have a copy of that article and I dare Mr. Masu to have it published in any reputable and respectable publication.  
 
I am well tempted to express my disappointment but then again, Mr. Masu has a few life lessons to learn and I won’t be the one to teach him. All I can say is that as Associate Editor of Theperspective.org, I will always try to stop trash from getting published in our pages. We don’t care who he writes about, as long as it not trash!
 
Mr. Masu sounds very much like someone looking for a job whenever and if AFRICOM goes to Liberia. To do that, he doesn’t need to fabricate lies on others. Next, he will be finding “communists” and “terrorists” everywhere in Liberia and justify why he should be there.
 
Dr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé
Associate Editor, Theperspective.org
 

Editor’s Note:Our  Mission Statement and our record of 5 straight years of providing hard-hitting, back-to-back biting analysis of the issues in our country, without fear or favor speaks for itself. 

Our Mission Statement clearly states: 

“The Liberian Dialogue is a non-partisan, issue-oriented web magazine whose mission is to provide a forum that will facilitate the healthy exchange of ideas among Liberians and others in discussing the future of our country. We at The Liberian Dialogue will do our best to provide you with insightful commentaries from all angles, even from those whose views we may disagree with, simply, because we want to encourage the free flow of ideas that will be a catalyst for democracy in Liberia one day.”

By carrying Mr. Masu Fahnbulleh’s article, we lived up to our Mission Statement and our commitment of  being a non-partisan publication that is open to all views. Does that mean we are not reputable and respectable? I doubt it seriously! 

We are proud of our record, and we can match that record against any “reputable and respectable” on-line or off-line Liberian publication anywhere, because The Liberian Dialogue is beholden to no special interest.

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

Editor’s Note:

This will be the last response to this particular article from the individuals, to be published by The Liberian Dialogue. Others are encouraged to respond if they are willing to do so.

Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

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Who supervises Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis?

Greetings,
 
Dear Brother,
 
I believe it would be the duty of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to supervise Judicial Conduct, unless there are other preliminary judicial commissions your country has to supervise judicial conduct. However since you speak of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I am convinced the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairpersons should be contacted for your grievance. The Congress has the power to set rules and laws; not withstanding the power of impeachment.
 
Hubert Bass
African-American

 

Mr. Sungbeh,

I think the behavior of the Chief Justice is something that needs to be a concern of all Liberians. But the quick call to change the law just because of one person is not the right way to go.

Also calling for the President intervention is also wrong – you know very well whether for good or bad reasons, the President should keep away from the Judiciary. With the state having some very high profile cases in front of the court, you will not want for the President to be admonishing the Chief Justice.

It is the Legislative Branch that has the authority to impeach or reprimand the Chief Justice and I did not see a mention of that in your article. You and others have rightly called for not a too power Presidency, I’m just surprise you are calling on the President to be the all powerful President. She just can win with you guys and gals.

D. Smith, Mpls, Mn

Editor’s Note: 

Smith,
Did I call on the president to fire the Chief Justice? I don’t think so. I asked for presidential intervention; for the president to speak on the issues regarding press freedom and the recent abuse and intimidation of journalists by Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis. I made a plea for a national referendum to possibly get rid of this guy, and I also made a call, if possible, to rewrite the clause in the Constitution regarding lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court, to make it easy to get rid of people like Johnnie N. Lewis. If there was ever a reason or a time to rewrite the law regarding lifetime judicial appointments, this is one.

T.W. Sungbeh

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George Kiadii is my father, I am looking for him

My name is Elliott M. Kiadii. I am the son of George Kiadii. I would like to thank everyone who helped me get in contact with my father. I appreciate the support. I gave all thanks to God first, then the editors of The Liberian Dialogue for posting my letter, and also all the other people who called me trying to help me gain contact with my father. I appreciate the support. I did get in contact with my father, Mr. Kiadii and we have spoken on the phone many times now, and also I try to stay in contact with him through e-mail. My mother’s health still is not the best, but my father has promised me he will try everything in his limited power to help me. He has sent me some funds to help me stay in school. I just pray that he will be able to help me more. I sometimes feel like a burden to him, but unfortunately this is my last resort. I want to be successful and sometimes you have to humble yourself and utilize your resources. I am still very eager to see my father face to face. I am however starting to understand why people speak so highly of my father. Please continue to keep me and my family in your prayers, especially the relationship between me and my father. He is a good man, I want you to know that! And I truly appreciate everything he has done for me as of late and as stated before I hope and pray he will continue to help me through college. Again I say thank you.

Elliott M. Kiadii

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Open letter to Pres. Sirleaf: The expiration of TPS, and president’s lobbying efforts to stop possible deportation of Liberians to Liberia 

 

Dear Mr. Editor,

Mr. Patrick Savice made a good observation in his little piece. I have been holding such view about begging US government for us to keep staying. But I better not hit too hard at this issue because I am not home yet. Patrick made his observation and cleverly advanced suggestion. However, he is living in Brazil. Will Patrick begin the process by returning home now? Thomas Kai Toteh

Patrick J.D. Savice’s response to Toteh

Dear Mr.Toteh,

I am glad you and I are on the same page.

I hope, God’s willing  to share a bottle of Club Beer or cafe with you on my return before Christmas.

May the Almighty be with you and yours.

Patrick J.D.Savice.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

National examination decision unfair to students

Editor,

I have read almost all of the stories on The Liberian Dialogue, and to some extent agreed with you. Thanks for all the points made. However, what can Liberians in the United States do in making sure our country’s educational system is once more better than what it used to be? Over the years, I have noticed Liberians outside of our country only talk but do not help the system. By this time, you should be able to understand the quotation, “Deeds not Words. I wish I would hear that the editor of The Liberian Dialogue is coming to Liberia to help in areas which he has problem with.

Wiah S. Toby

Paynesville, Liberia

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Get rid of the Ministry of Information

Editor,

You are a great writer. I came across an article “Get rid of the Ministry of Information” on the main campus of the UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA, written by you  (A TYPICAL LIBERIAN). I was captivated by your smartness as indicated by your analysis of the topic under consideration. You are right and right again. The Ministry of Information only stretches its muscles on government favored issues and concede those negative initiatives of government. Keep up the good  writing.

EDMUND M. ALLEN

Student of Economics and Mathematics

UL

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Open letter to Archie Williams, Director of Civil Aviation: What are you afraid of?

Mr. Editor,

I have followed the developments in Liberia before and after my arrival in the United States of America.  Liberians have traveled all over the world yet and still we tend to make the same sad mistakes over the years.

When will Liberians learn from their mistakes?  We lost over 500,000 lives and we are not still God fearing to correct those mistakes.  Let state some of the examples; putting unqualified personnel in high positions, corruption human rights abuses, sex for favor of employment, misplacement of qualified personnel in other areas of government, nepotism, sectionalism, tribalism, etc.

I have read and listened to people coming in and out of My Mother’s Land to note with dismay that we Liberians are not yet ready to start the process of genuine PEACE in the country.  The TRUTH and RECONCILIATION COMMISSION is dead before delivery.  When will we learn. How can qualified Liberians return home when we have corrupt officials all over the place.

I hold my peace for now.

Thank you very much.

Sylvester Barjolo, Sr

Worcester Massachusetts

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A traveling President Sirleaf and a toothless Press Union of Liberia

Mr. Sungbeh,

Thanks for the nice piece on the “Traveling President and a Toothless Press Union of Liberia.” The Liberian Press is an embodiment of the “Great Rip Van Winkle Syndrome” (“Rip Van Winkle” means either a person who sleeps for a long period of time, or one who is inexplicably (perhaps even blissfully) unaware of current events*). With Universities and Colleges in Liberia offering journalism degrees, we still have a mediocre press in the country. Most of your articles reflect the views of some of us who desire to see a new and productive era in Liberia .   Liberia remains a sleeping giant in several aspects. There seems to be a natural conversion to the “Rip Van Winkle Brigade” when so-called Liberian political activists join government. The performance of the Justice Ministry and the Judicial System, including some other Ministries, is a reflection of the “Rip Syndrome”. It seems that Liberians are still sleeping in Liberia ! We need to wake up from mediocrity, incompetence and corruption! A Country that does not know the quality of food its residents eat, the quality of water its citizens consume, and knowledge about the air residents are exposed to, ought to be ashamed of itself. We find place to bury the dead, but we choose to disperse our wastes indiscriminately. Liberia faces a disastrous future in terms of the consequences of neglecting the impacts of our economic activities. Yes, “our eyes are closed”. “The struggle has been permanently abandoned” in favor of “sleeping”, self-pursuit and survivalist tendencies. Again, thanks and let’s remain awake and rev up the struggle!

Thanks

George Fulley Siaway

Washington , D.C.

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The “Doctors” the “Professors” and Counselors at law

Dear Editor:

I read you articles / postings a lot and want to say thanks for the good work of enlightenment. The most recent one about “Doctors” and how it used in Liberia is really sad.

But this concept of “putting a handle to names” – as we say it in Liberia has its roots grounded into America history during the heydays of slavery in north America when Blacks were stripped off of everything including self –worth and even their identity.

So following the post-war era in these United States , the days of Blacks catching up,  they found their identity and value in things such as academic degrees; church positions such as Deacons; jobs, etc. As you know the roots of our history, this ideology was transported or imported into Liberia , and made good use of during the Tubman era which has left an indelible mark on the Liberian society.

You are right about your observations. I some times wonder about this too. And this has nothing to do with down playing education, but it seems as if when there is no “handle” to your name than you are nobody or than you have not achieve anything. If our degrees were more than just papers, Liberia / Africa would be a better place.

But on the other hand, since they are “Paper Hanging Decoration” (as some one calls them in Worcester , MA ) without positive impact on national development, that’s why I believe during the elections in Liberia , it was chanted “you know book, you don’t know book, I will vote for you”!

Remember Bruce Shirley says in his book, Church History in Plain Language, “every generation has a residue of the past and a germ of the future. This is exactly the case in Liberia .

Please keep up the courage to keep the flag flying!

Yours,

Roland S. Weah

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Knuckles’ resignation and presidential arrogance

Dear Mr. Editor:
I hope your desk is strongly editing articles that are sent to your agency for publication. The article by Mr. Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh is nothing but a mere repetition of words and sentences. The arrangement of his paragraphs do not make any sense at all. Mr. Sungbeh could have written just one paragraph opposing the president’s acceptance speech on Knuckles’ resignation if he did not intend to use this time to be so rude to the president. In the first place, Mr. Sungbeh who seems to be a long writer needs to understand that paragraphs do not begin with “and/And” I would assume that Mr. Sungbeh is just looking for some publicity as a young man coming up. There are some issues that Mr. Sungbeh mentioned (closing of a news agency for publishing articles of sexual nature). Mr. Sungbeh consider the action of the justice Ministry wrong, if his research had landed him on information as to what a publisher can/cannot display in LIBERIA would have given him a better sense as to why the Justice Ministry took that action. Mr. Sungbeh should be ashamed of himself if his kids, or teen sister/s were to see these kind of graphic display and still think it was right to display them because someone left them behind.
 
Korpo 

Editor’s response to Korpo

Sir or Madam Korpo,
You did not say where in the English language it says a
paragraph cannot begin with “and/And.” However,
what I noticed in your diatribe is another presidential
supporter saying whatever he or she wants to say to protect
a leader who is leading the nation into dictatorship.
By the way, did you check the errors in your little note to
the Editor? I want my daughter to be a good citizen, at the
same time, I am opposed to censorship. Because once a
government interferes with the publication of materials, it
leads to state-sponsored draconian measures, which spells
dictatorship. I noticed Liberians and their presidents are
not used to hard-hitting criticism and analysis of their
government. As a result, anyone who is seen as coming on
strong on a sitting president is seen as “rude.” I am not
being rude to the president. I am analyzing her policies.
Have a good day.
Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

 

Knuckles’ threesome photo betrays trust of a loyal Pres. Sirleaf 

Dear Mr. Editor

I wonder sometimes how emotions can overpower reason and self-respect in respectable men holding high offices. Ghosh, it chills my blood. The guy had the audacity to record his cheap actions – demeaning a very respectable office!!!. It reminds me of tales back in Africa of what young girls go through in order to secure secretarial jobs in high offices. This is so disgusting. He should be FIRED!!!!. This is a disgrace to Africa. Sex is supposed to be a private issue, not a public affair. What a shame.  I am glad that this issue was made public. The guy should be ashamed of himself. If he has any sense of respect flowing in his veins, he should have resigned by now.  What a shameless act!
Evelyn Wamboye

Dear Mr. Editor, I was taken aback by your decision to publish the controversial “Knuckles’ Threesome” graphic photo on your Web site. Even though you prefaced it with warning, you could have darken sensitive areas, or better yet, just not published the photo. It was a clear indication of your lack of judgment. Others who visit your site could be turned off by such publications, especially, when it was not necessary for you to have published the photos in such graphic manner. I know what your intentions were, but the graphic nature of the photograph was, in my view, unnecessary. Peace and blessings!

Pianapue Kept Early Richmond, Virginia

 

Dear Mr. Sungbeh,

 

It was disappointing for you to have posted the sexually explicit photo of the alleged Willie Knuckle’s sex act on your web site. Remember, your site is not only visited by matured adults, but children who may visit your site. I hope you will take it down and don’t be part of this national disgrace.

 

Thank you.

James Horace

 

Morlu’s petition to impeach Pres. Sirleaf laudable, but can the Liberian people stomach another crisis?

On the Arrest of Mulbah K. Morlu and Governments Cancellation of all Demonstrations 

Like roaches, they are hard to kill

Those of us who are wise, and have some sense of perception, know all too well that this has all the markings, ideologies, wordings, and MO of the “Wild Bunch” of the late 70’s,  leading up to April 12, 1980.

We must take notes, and govern ourselves accordingly. For nobody knows what evil lurks in the sick minds of failed politicians, unproductive citizens, and down right lazy people, who thrives on the misfortunes of the innocent, and yes… ignorant. PLEASE HELP TO SQUASH THIS BEFORE IT TAKES ROOT. We have too much to lose here,  and we have come much too far to start all over.

Mccritty, Monrovia, Liberia

Why resurrect Pres. Tubman’s autocratic legacy?

Hello,

I just read the fascinating book, Inside Africa, by John Gunther. Of course he spoke a lot about Mr. Tubman, a mixed review based on even worse rulers. How are things going, now? Roads, etc.

Joe Edward Mack

 

Disappointed and disgusted

Sungbeh, thank you so much for helping the work of our hands in tackling the environmental problems in Liberia.

Morris Koffa, Bowie MD

Mr. Sungbeh,

Greetings, it was nice talking with you over the weekend. I was very happy to hear your voice since I last talked or saw you in  the 90s and early 80s.

Also I  am over  happy to have logged on to your web page and reading some of your editorial postings. Thanks for  a job well done. Let keep in touch regularly as times permit.

J.B. Weanquoi, Minneapolis, MN

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Annual Krao convention rocks Georgia in finale

Dear Mr. Sungbeh

How are you?

Thank you for attending the Krao convention at Atlanta.  I probably shouldn’t write you this but I feel compel to do so.  I am surprise about your coverage of my speech.  You gave the impression that I attended Georgia’s Peach Convention.

My speech addressed issues – achievements and problems – as well as congratulated the Georgia Chapter for a job well done.  Yet you chose sections that question my purpose and ability as a national chair.  I guess, as a journalist, you have the right to frame your articles from your perceptive.

However, In my view, your obligation is to be fair and balance regardless of who the players are.   In my case, you were not fair nor balance in reporting what my speech was about.

At any rate, I thank you for your attendance and hope you will be kindler and gentler in your coverage at our next convention.

Benedicta Satiah  – Outgoing National Chair, NKAA

Annual Krao convention rocks Georgia in finale

Dear Sir,

In reading your coverage of above-captioned, I was left wondering as to whether the out-going national chair remarks mentioned by you did not hold any other significance than the obvious salutation concerning Georgia’s peaches.  Your commentary on that portion of her rather extensive paper begged the question what else(?).  After salutation did she say anything else, and her comments on the death of a predecessor, how in your mind did this attach an importance to the convention?  Is that all you had to report on someone who was giving an account of two years of stewardship?  It would have been better to have just left her presentation out of your report.

I was at the convention, and your placement of Mrs. Satiah paper is totally your prerogative.  However, after you mentioned vote of thanks from the host chapter’s leadership, your report was really exhausted.  Alas, your style!  I still do not know what you were attempting to inform the readers about Mrs. Satiah’s speech that was not really about peaches and death announcement.

Sincerely,

Ms. Muna A. Wreh

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Pres. Sirleaf’s leadership style mimics predecessors

“Give Ellen a break!”

MY MAN
I see nothing wrong with a President giving money to her citizenry. As you are aware, Liberia is a society in which there is no welfare, no philanthropist and the Red Cross sells the donated clothes i.e. “dongafleh”. Therefore our people look to those in society that have power and assumed wealth i.e., Presidents, Bishops, Paramount and Town chiefs as well as Superintendents to fill that gap.
As a son of the former United Methodist Bishop I know first hand how that works. My father made it his duty to give a bag of rice to the elderly in society. Further every Christmas we killed a cow and divided it amongst friends, neighbors, family and the less fortunate.
Contrary to your belief I am not a partisan nor did I vote for Ellen. I have no agenda. However I must question your agenda! I was the one seated by you at the town hall meeting in Atlanta at the Four Seasons Hotel.
GROW UP!

kulahb – Atlanta

 

Presidential candidate visits LAMA, brought message of hope

Hi Sungbeh;
Thanks for the report from Wettee’s meeting in Georgia with the community. It gives  the public a very vivid picture of what happened at the meeting from an independent perspective. Good job for the public’s interest.

One question before I go, did you have the chance to eat some of the fine dishes the Candidate brought from Ohio? (laugh).  Take care and let’s stay in touch.

Slewion

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Mr. Sungbeh,

Greetings, it was nice talking with you over the weekend. I was very happy to hear your voice since I last talked or saw you in  the 90s and early 80s.

Also I  am over  happy to have logged on to your web page and reading some of your editorial postings. Thanks for  a job well done. Let keep in touch regularly as times permit.

J.B. Weanquoi, Minneapolis, MN

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Annual Krao convention rocks Georgia in finale

Dear Mr. Sungbeh

How are you?

Thank you for attending the Krao convention at Atlanta.  I probably shouldn’t write you this but I feel compel to do so.  I am surprise about your coverage of my speech.  You gave the impression that I attended Georgia’s Peach Convention.

My speech addressed issues – achievements and problems – as well as congratulated the Georgia Chapter for a job well done.  Yet you chose sections that question my purpose and ability as a national chair.  I guess, as a journalist, you have the right to frame your articles from your perceptive.

However, In my view, your obligation is to be fair and balance regardless of who the players are.   In my case, you were not fair nor balance in reporting what my speech was about.

At any rate, I thank you for your attendance and hope you will be kindler and gentler in your coverage at our next convention.

Benedicta Satiah  – Outgoing National Chair, NKAA

Annual Krao convention rocks Georgia in finale

Dear Sir,

In reading your coverage of above-captioned, I was left wondering as to whether the out-going national chair remarks mentioned by you did not hold any other significance than the obvious salutation concerning Georgia’s peaches.  Your commentary on that portion of her rather extensive paper begged the question what else(?).  After salutation did she say anything else, and her comments on the death of a predecessor, how in your mind did this attach an importance to the convention?  Is that all you had to report on someone who was giving an account of two years of stewardship?  It would have been better to have just left her presentation out of your report.

I was at the convention, and your placement of Mrs. Satiah paper is totally your prerogative.  However, after you mentioned vote of thanks from the host chapter’s leadership, your report was really exhausted.  Alas, your style!  I still do not know what you were attempting to inform the readers about Mrs. Satiah’s speech that was not really about peaches and death announcement.

Sincerely,

Ms. Muna A. Wreh

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Pres. Sirleaf’s leadership style mimics predecessors

“Give Ellen a break!”

MY MAN
I see nothing wrong with a President giving money to her citizenry. As you are aware, Liberia is a society in which there is no welfare, no philanthropist and the Red Cross sells the donated clothes i.e. “dongafleh”. Therefore our people look to those in society that have power and assumed wealth i.e., Presidents, Bishops, Paramount and Town chiefs as well as Superintendents to fill that gap.
As a son of the former United Methodist Bishop I know first hand how that works. My father made it his duty to give a bag of rice to the elderly in society. Further every Christmas we killed a cow and divided it amongst friends, neighbors, family and the less fortunate.
Contrary to your belief I am not a partisan nor did I vote for Ellen. I have no agenda. However I must question your agenda! I was the one seated by you at the town hall meeting in Atlanta at the Four Seasons Hotel.
GROW UP!

kulahb – Atlanta

Presidential candidate visits LAMA, brought message of hope

Hi Sungbeh;
Thanks for the report from Wettee’s meeting in Georgia with the community. It gives  the public a very vivid picture of what happened at the meeting from an independent perspective. Good job for the public’s interest.

One question before I go, did you have the chance to eat some of the fine dishes the Candidate brought from Ohio? (laugh).  Take care and let’s stay in touch.Slewion

Mr. Siapoe’s response

Diaminoii:
‘Nuf said already. Have a wonderful lifetime!
Bodioh Siapoe Unbought, Unbossed and Fearless 410.800.6253

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2005/2006

Let the Voters Decide Ellen’s Fate

  1. Sungbeh,

This is where we do not see eye to eye. Even though Ellen did not go in the bush, she is no better than Kromah, Taylor, Conneh, or any other warlord. She and others put money together to destroy Liberia. What kind of strong woman she is? To throw the stone and hide behind. She and the rest of them needs to be tried for TREASON. She could have gone to the ballot box if she was not pleased with what was going on. Not suffer her people. She will be worst than Taylor. If Ellen is willing to lie about her parents just to be president, Keep a close eye on her. Since the over throw of Tolbert, is Liberia any better off? All they did because of greed, selfishness, and being ambiguously ambitious over what they thought they could not have. We proud Liberians have ended up in as lawless, uneducated and beggars. What a shame. It is all about  corruption. During the war I don’t remember  ever reading anything about Ellen visiting displaced or misplaced Liberians to render any kind of help. All she wanted was  for Monrovia to be levered. It was all about Ellen and what Ellen wanted at the lives if innocent and poor Liberians. We need to put right where right belongs. Ellen And her boys brought Liberia down. I can go on and on  and on .Speaking of Corruption, Who is more corrupt than the US? They are suffering us blind and you and everyone knows it. Ellen will be the  Liberia’s problem. Thanks

Joyce Deline, GA

Will the real Sinoe County Association please stand? 

To The Editor:

Thanks for the wonderful piece written on the current status of the Sinoe County Association in the United States dated July 16, 2005. I must clarify that the enclaveal meetings of Liberians in the United States are well intended. My understanding of this practice is twofold. 1) To remind citizens of Liberia descended from each enclave about the horrible conditions of their brothers, sisters, uncles and other relatives left behind and the need to assist them logistically due to a dysfunctional national government. 2) To install development projects to meet the people’s needs complimentary to government programs if they exist in the different enclaves. When initiated projects are implemented in the different enclaves alongside government programs, together they may form the basis of improvement in the people’s lives.

In fact, national development should be seen as a joint project of government and citizen groups in partnership that shall be realized through implementation of small projects in the different enclaves. I am convinced that the enclaveal meetings of Liberians in the United States do have well meaning intents and their value must be cherished. Those involved in this type of developmental strategy deserve the support of all Liberians.

Meanwhile, I wish to reflect on the unhealthy state of the Sinoe County Association. To me the issue of concern is not money or how much each subgroup raised at its national convention. It is the inability and the lack of respect we have for our own rules and each other. Rightfully so, I must apologize to all the people of Sinoe County for the selfish and irresponsible act of few people in our ranks led by Mr. Z.T. Major, the immediate past president of the association, who had the responsibility and duty to educate his followers on the importance of constitutional rule. Instead this gentleman and his cronies installed egoism and personality cult right in the center of our beloved organization.

Right now, I beg and bet any of those people to offer us (Sinoeans in the United States) detailed report on the progress of any project going on in Sinoe County, and financial reports of Liberians sponsored by the association. This is the time to combine resources and build schools in each of the districts of Sinoe County to cultivate the minds of an entire generation of children lost to the civil wars. This is the time to encourage some sort of healthcare delivery system in the regions of Sinoe County. However, we are now wasting our time discussing personality conflicts and the disregard for our common principles and rules. What a disaster!   Are there sound minds in that camp?

Jlator Nah Gewleh

Member, Minnesota Chapter

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What Oppong Did Not Say In Atlanta

Mr. Sungbeh,

I am responding to your article on the web: “What Oppong did not say in Atlanta”. I enjoyed it and applaud your view on Oppong’s interest to hold the most powerful position in Liberia. You made your point very clear and explicit in the article. First of all let me introduced myself: I am a Liberian …born in Grand Bassa County (I partially lived there) grew-up in Robertsfield, Smell-No-Taste and later I moved to Monrovia prior to coming to the states to join my mother. I spent most of my years in America living in Dallas, Texas. Today, I live in a small Texas town where I am going to school to earn my bachelor’s in nursing. Oppong running for president? When I first heard about it I thought it was just one of those Liberia so-called rumors. Now as things approaches, it doesn’t seem like a rumor anymore. Are we really going to sit around  and entrust our newly redeemed country into the hands of someone who is not well-equipped and prepared to lead? Are we going to prove to the world that Liberia is truly one of the most illiterate countries in Africa? Oppong already disqualified himself from the entire race by saying that money can buy brains. This proved that he cannot be a role model to the youth of Liberia. I think we can do better to prove to the international community that we deserve better and we can do that.  Bye.

Thanks,

ACD, Texas

 

Mr. Sungbeh,

I thought by now you would have known that Weah, after all those years spent in Europe and America , refused to improve himself. I question his education. He doesn’t even know how to construct a simple sentence how then do you expect him to explain his platform —he doesn’t know what to say.

Upon his arriver in Liberia to declare his intension for the presidency, about 99.9% 0f his followers were all ill responsible people—ex child soldiers, the less busy street people and the very ones who sang for ex rebel leader—Taylor.

I must admit that Weah is patriotic and has done so much for his country, most especially when help was most needed. Liberians living in the different refuge camps across the region can testify about his generosity but, this does not mean that he’s going to make a good leader when become president.

I have personally interacted with Weah on numerous occasions and have found out that he is very immature and a good womanizer—thanks to goodness I was not victimized. He doesn’t know how to react when under stress and can sometimes become violent.

He couldn’t even manage ‘Junior Professionals’ his little club, how can we entrust our fragile country into his hand.

I would like to advise Weah to just go ahead being UNICEF goodwill ambassador, continue his humanitarian work and forget about politics.

Eileen Samuels

What Prompted Joe Wylie’s Doomsday Warning?

Mr. Editor

Hello, May I say thanks for the good work?  I really enjoyed reading your articles on the Liberian Dialogue website (especially the piece on Joe Wylie).   I am a Liberian residing in Manchester, England. I am originally from Sinoe County. I just wanted to ask you if there is a discussion section to your website.  If so, could you please set me up on it so that I can look the discussions up?  Please do not use the address and telephone number you see at the foot of this e-mail because they will change very soon.  I hope to hear from you soon by e-mail. Cheers, Anthony, UK
Like Doe, Like Weah

Mr. Editor

Thanks for your reply, we can respectfully disagree. However there are no educational, social, economic qualifications to become a president. The constitution clearly states who is eligible to then run for office. As a matter of fact a lot of instances it boils to a popularity contest. You don’t have the right to tell Mr. Weah what to try his hand at. What you do have is the right to vote, and by your vote and others it will then be decided. Doe was unlike Weah, Weah has been on the international scene before attempting to be President, Doe was an illiterate master sergeant. Sports in a lot of ways is like politics, look at how many American athletes use it as a platform to a career. Now this is my case and would like to continue to have a dialogue with you, There are many presidents that have not had a stellar academic portfolio who did a great job. The great USA have had nine presidents who did not go to college, one who could not read or write and had to be taught by his wife. Hope to keep in touch with you.

Edwin

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Time To Revisit Contracts, Enforce Labor & Environmental Laws 

Mr. Editor

Having worked for Bethlehem Steel and as Controller for LJV Operating Co. I find your following comments off the mark for Bethlehem’s interest, there never was any payments above or below the table, regrettably the depletion of the high grade ore was the real demise of the mine, admittedly the coup put the nail in the coffin. If you have not read Maddy’s book please do, as I knew her father and family and find it is a true story in regards to Nimba.

The multinational companies which never had any interest, whatsoever, in the well-being of the Liberian workers went in there anyway, established themselves with the Liberian government as serious business partners, than make their under-the-table illegal financial payments to successive Liberian presidents to undermine wages and stifle employee dissent

A. Alan Zimmerman

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A House Divided: ULAA & ALNC’s Painful Saga

Mr. Sungbeh

I think your account of what transpired in the session “A Way Forward” is not correct. I did not try to impose my will on anyone and believe me none of what transpired at the conference was orchestrated. The session was intended to find ways of implementing the resolutions. Most of the delegates wanted ULAA to be the implementing organization. However, when the Steering Committee was organized ULAA agreed that the Committee would be independent and autonomous. The European Federation also joined the effort so it would be a Diaspora effort. The task of the Steering Committee was simply to organize the conference. This task was completed on April 16.  I was not asking for anything other than a mandate to move forward. There had to be a structure to take the resolutions to the public and elicit the cooperation of the international community. Both ULAA and EFLA wanted a mandate to take the resolutions for implementation and Watson’s appeal was not to only let ULAA do it but to continue to use the Steering Committee in collaboration with EFLA. You had every opportunity to seek clarification if you were not sure what was going on. This is good journalism my friend. Thanks Mydea Reeves-Karpeh

Editors,

Mr. J.J.Jackson’s observations aren’t factual and are unreliable. I don’t think he’s someone that knows what he placed on the web-site/e-mailed. Because if he knows LURD’s sponsor(s), he should definitely know model’s. These two warring factions are nothing else but the same brothers, cousins, sisters, uncles, aunts and even dad and son(s)’ stuff. The large family thought it wise that being two was logical, enabling them to wisely and successfully attack the Taylor’s regime. So, the family did form MODEL and she was sent to the eastern part of Liberia. Their mission was to start from Grand Gedeh and move onto Gbarnga whilst, LURD attack from nothern Liberia, causing a total confusion on Taylor’s camp. So, Mr. J.J. Jackson I don’t think Oppong should be falsely accused. Where Lurd’s getting/got her financial assistance, MODEL’s getting hers from there also.

Moreover, i think you should pls. be very sure before e-mailing your unbelievable and disgusting thoughts. I, in your place firstly apologize to the Weahs and to the bosses of MODEL who are in your area. Those guys are the ones that used to work for the Liberian people before the war. I think you should be moderate in describing the financial standing despite you guys being in Penn.. Despite my apology to Mr. Weah you falsely accused and the bosses of MODEL, I think you should apologize also.

Editors, I reckon you guys know that what Mr. J.J.Jackson wrote is a complete rubbish. He lives in America and is accusing someone without evidence. Can i say that Oppong’s about to form another faction in Minnesota, because he has been here twice this year unofficially. Please Mr.J.J.Jackson, don’t be kiddish. You’re really a Liberian. Our entire history’s oral. We don’t even have a dependable history. Mr. Jackson pls. be quiet if you’re on vacation or if it’s a day-off.

Robert Gaye,

Minnesota

Mr. Editor

I read your article titled “Are George Weah’s hands in blood?” Please be informed that many of fair minded Liberians are being directed to this article and some are taking serious look at this man, George Weah. What caught my EYES was a question, why most Rebels want this man? why some of those like Tarty Teh who was most critical to Taylor are on has BANDWAGON? what is his qualification? Lets keep the fire BURNING. This man should not sit on that presidential seat. if we allow it, we will be sending a bad message that qualification does not matter. An that all you need is when you have money and spend that on Rebels and to KILL YOURS PEOPLE. Thanks for the enlightment. thanks Charles Quitee African Christian Radio

 

Dear Sir: I visited your website and I was deeply thrilled. The wide range of resourceful commentaries got my reading impulse and appetite excited. Thanks a lot for positive initiative! I am a Liberian journalist, to be specific serving as one of the editors of The Vanguard newspaper. I wholeheartedly wish to be a contributor to this website. Ernest.Maximore, Monrovia, Liberia

Sungbeh,  Thank you very much for the information about Liberian politics. It is unique and informative. I am hoping that you continue to inform the masses.

I have not been able to communicate with you, because I missed place your business card. Keep with the good work you are doing, by sending out brilliant information.

Peace,

James Sackor, Albany, GA

 

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