Liberia: Do Not Confirm Tarplah Z. Davis Alias Zoely Zoe; He’s Unfit for the Deputy Defense Ministry for Operations Post

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, the Jamaican-American reggae artist, Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” hit came alive in the Liberian Senate when President George Manneh Weah’s nominee for the post of Deputy Defense Minister for Operations denied categorically a live Facebook video he did that went viral.

DEPUTY DEFENSE Minister-designate Tarplah Z. Davis, alias ‘Zoely Zoe’ appeared at his confirmation hearing in the Senate and when senators accosted him with the threats he had made in that Facebook video, he denied and said: “It Wasn’t Me.”

“IT WASN’T ME” is the first single from Shaggy‘s multi-Platinum studio album Hot Shot (2000). The song features vocals from Shaggy and Rikrok. The lyrics of the song depict one man asking his friend what to do, after his girlfriend caught him having sex with another woman. His friend’s advice is to deny everything, despite clear evidence to the contrary, with the phrase, “It Wasn’t Me.”

SO, IT WAS ON WEDNESDAY with Davis when the evidence is so glaring yet he denied under oath. This is perjury, senators!

IN THAT CONTROVERSIAL Facebook video last year, Davis threatened to “kill” would-be protesters of the ‘Weah Step Down Campaign’ and critics of the President.

SENATORS, YOU have seen the state of mind of Davis, do the honorable thing by rejecting his confirmation. At the moment, he is unfit for the post.

IN ADDITION to all of this, Davis is a US retired military personnel. He was a ranking officer in the U.S. Army from 2009 to 2019. It is not 100% clear yet whether he is a US citizen or not.

LIBERIA’S ALIEN and Nationality Law does not recognize individuals who have served in the army of another country as a citizen of Liberia.

SOMETIME LAST YEAR, the Senate recommended in its Dual Citizenship Bill that might go for referendum, “A natural-born citizen of Liberia may hold the citizenship of another country but shall not qualify for elected positions and the following appointed positions: Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia; Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers; all heads of Autonomous Commissions, Agencies and Non-Academic/Research/Scientific Institutions and Ambassadors.” 

THE ISSUE OF dual citizenship has been and is a very hot topic that draws mixed reactions in any gatherings that it is being discussed.

DAYS BEFORE THE President appointed Davis on Friday, October 18, 2019, he (Zoely Zoe) did the social media video in which he made the disparaging comments against some Liberians whom he is to protect should he be confirmed by the Senate.

HIS COMMENTS did raise some concerns about his state of mind and his loyalty to country or individual.

PLEDGING HIS LOYALTY to the President in the Facebook video that he made, Davis kicked against one of the fundamentals of modern democracy—peaceful assembly. He reduced the constant protests happening in Liberia for various reasons as a strategy by the protestors to loot and destroy properties in Liberia and make the government appear ugly to the international community.

IN THE LIVE VIDEO, he promised to defend the government of President Weah, his family and others with plans intended to thwart or go against the Liberian Constitution.

“THE SYMBOL OF everything that I have worked for personally is in Liberia. And I told people, anybody tries my property, I will kill them. I have said it and will continue to say it openly,” he stated.

HE ADDED: “I, Zoely Zoe or Tarplah Z. Davis, will never ever sit down in this America when Henry Costa and his likes who are thinking about covertly overthrowing the Government of Liberia and thinking about looting the resources of our country. When they carry out their wicked plan, I will not sit in this America and witness my country in chaos. I will defend my properties, I will defend my government and people, I will defend my family and do everything possible to ensure that those people who have their devilish intention of trying to subvert the Constitution, their plans are reverted and the Constitution will take over. I will never even accept any undemocratic removal of this President George Manneh Weah. If it causes me to risk my life, I will do so.”  

THE DEPUTY DEFENSE Minister for Operations-designate even went as far as threatening to “kill” would-be protesters.

DESPITE HIS WAR experienced in Iraq, apparently he didn’t know that his post would have landed him in trouble with the Senate’s Defense and Intelligence Committee members. He tried repeatedly denying having any link with the live Facebook video live on which he had threatened to shoot anyone. But when he was pushed and evidence shown, he did pretend to show remorse, saying he was sorry and that he is not a killer.

SENATOR PETER COLEMAN, a Medical Doctor by profession, had to tell him this: “We know that Post Traumatic Disorder is the condition many former military personnel experience. I sat here as a medical doctor reading your mind and I think you have a problem with anger management. Because the way you speak is like you are still giving order to the military. You showed no remorse to what you said and you are justifying reasons for saying what you said and I am very disappointed.”

SENATORS, YOU have seen the state of mind of Davis, do the honorable thing by rejecting his confirmation. At the moment, he is unfit for the post.

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