‘So, Say One; So Say All’ Mentality of the Tubman Era Resuscitated in Liberia


The Editor,

The constant and continual violation of the organic laws of Liberia by the President of Liberia requires the immediate attention and subsequent actions of all stack-holders, especially the Houses of Representatives, the Senate and the Judiciary Branch. The people of Liberia elected you the Representatives and Senators to act on their behalf, in the best interest of the Nation and in an effort to improve the living standards of the people and the image of the Republic world-wide. 

The Judiciary is also charged with the responsibility of adjudication justice without fear and or favor in a timely manner, consistent with, and within the confines of the laws and Constitution of the Republic. Unfortunately, recent national decisions by President Weah to circumvent the Constitution and established norms and make arbitrary appointments of unqualified individuals to represent our Nation’s interest, have and continued to be hurtful and detrimental to the local and international image of our Nation.

It’s also unfortunate that the continual “so say one, so say all” mentality of the Tubman era has been resuscitated and is thriving in the Weah lead CDC Government, especially in this 21st century. The trend is dangerous and undercut the democratic gains made thus far, and set the stage for future conflict in our fragile Nation. I’m sure that our Lawmakers are aware and I also hope that members of the three distinct branches of the Liberian Government understand the enormous tasks of governance, the intent and purpose of the separation of powers of the three branches of the Liberian Government as enshrined by our fore-fathers in our Constitution. In an effort to avoid future abuse of the Constitution and laws of our Nation or correct the enormity of the current state of affairs of our Republic under the Weahs administration, the other two branches must act to save our Nation from total collapse. The current impeachment trial of President Trump in the United States should inform us that no one is above the laws and serve as a deterrent for governance of our institutions. The current abuse of power in Liberia by the Weah’s administration, if not arrested and or discouraged, will eventually led to dictatorship which Liberians are not prepared to handle.

And so, the purpose of my communication is not to lecture you on the reasoning behind the three branches of our government, but to remind you of your civic and solemn duty for which you were elected, and for which you took oaths to protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia at all times. In this regard, the Liberian people are relying on you to ensure that the checks and balances of the system work to improve their quality of life, regardless of your individual political persuasions. It must be noted that words of our Constitution are not just mere words, they are living and breathing organic laws of our Nation without which, Liberia will not be considered and referenced as an independent sovereign Nation. And therefore, it’s recumbent upon all Liberians to uphold, support and protect our Constitution, with the greater burden on elected and appointed officials within institutions of our Nation. 

The current abuse of power in Liberia by the Weah’s administration, if not arrested and or discouraged, will eventually led to dictatorship which Liberians are not prepared to handle. The Constitution of Liberia, Article 1 reads: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefits and they have the right to alter and reform same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, The People Shall Have the Right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their Public Servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments.  And so Fellow Liberians, the Constitution is crystal clear on the subject without ubiquity. We can no longer sit idly and wait for God’s intervention as some have advocated. In my view, prayers without action is a worthless endeavor. Let’s pray and also act for God’s intervention to save our Nation and people.

Tony Leewaye 

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