Weah and his associates turned a deaf ear to valuable advice, sidelining the brilliant minds that propelled them into power. Entrusted to deliver concrete results, Weah’s focus shifted to questionable deals, get-rich-quick schemes, and misadventures.
By John Morlu, Former Auditor General
Six years passed quickly, and disillusioned by Weah’s actions, many cut losses early, abandoning assistance to a group turned kleptocrats. They now face sanctions, thanks to the American Government’s commitment to combating corruption, human rights abuses, fraud, waste, and abuse of power in Liberia.
As initial mistakes unfold, documented by America and Europe, Joe Boakai’s team must be vigilant. Six years is short, and repeating Weah’s mistakes looms if expectations aren’t met.
Misadventures and quick money-making schemes offer short-term gains but an unsustainable path to wealth. The warning is clear: avoid becoming “Government Entrepreneurs” like McGill, Koijee, and Tweahway. Government is public service, not the private sector.
Listening is key—reject stubborn refusal to change from corrupt practices. Refrain from “That John Morlu man” rhetoric, as it could lead to sanctions. Learn from CDCians’ regrets. John Morlu aims to uplift Liberia from chronic poverty.
Today, Weah and company call to apologize, acknowledging they should have listened. But it’s too late. The damage is done; it’s time for comeuppance and to recover stolen money and illicit wealth.
Corruption isn’t a path to prosperity. Liberians elected Joe Boakai to combat corruption, enhance governance, and generate jobs. Protect Boakai’s legacy in the short six-year timeframe. Recognize dedicated professionals, avoiding sidelining them for quick gains.
Embrace private enterprise capitalism, emphasizing government serves the public. Let Boakai’s government mark a new beginning, breaking free from the curse of stolen taxpayers’ money plaguing Liberia. The era of Government Entrepreneurs should end.