Day Na Break, Mouth Open – Hard Time Too Much In Liberia

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The Editor,

The best way for you to solve a problem is to correct your own mistake before trying to correct the mistake of another person or an organization  or a government. Day na Break Mouth Open is the name of a popular junction near the Bardnersville entrance to Johnsonville, Montserrado County. You can tell that day has broken when you hear the plenty talking at the Junction.

What are the people talking about? “The hard time is too much and we are suffering”, as the people continue to say. Then they say “Da Prexo Weah na bring all this suffering”, People blame Presidents of Liberia for their suffering and go on to say that when a President is removed and the next one comes in the suffering would end because the new President would correct the mistakes of the old President. One President after the other comes and goes but the suffering continues. This continuous suffering means that it is not correct to blame the President for the suffering.

The main question remains: Who elected the President? The answer is that the people, the voters elected the President. Therefore, it is not correct to blame the President for the suffering.  Blame the people, the voters for the suffering. In the voting the people, the voters are driven by money and not driven by reason. So, the people, the voters vote for the President and the Legislators without depending on the knowledge of the records of the persons whom they elected. Being money-driven, the voters elect persons with bad records of attending to the problems of the voters, especially the poor voters. The voters elect persons who have records of promoting poverty generation rather than poverty alleviation. 

As long as the voters continue to vote for persons with bad records, the elected officials will continue to promote poverty generation rather than poverty alleviation. The money-driven voters do not try to change the bad electoral system that supervises elections. The money-driven voters do not try to stop the appointments of bad Commissioners of the National Election Commission (NEC). The money-driven voters do not try to stop the flow of unclean voter registration rolls, with names of foreigners and persons residing in one County but having voter registration cards for another County; they do not try to stop    the use of bad voter registration machines, and they do not try to stop the personalized decision-making of NEC Registrars and NEC Supervisors of Voting Centers.

The only effort to try to stop the use of the bad electoral system was done in 2017, as seen in the Tipoteh versus Korkoya (NEC Chairperson at the time) Case in the Supreme Court of Liberia. None of the 22 Political Parties or their respective Political Leaders supported the removal of Mr. Korkoya, who was not a Liberian citizen, which was in violation of the Constitution of Liberia. The Supreme Court decided that it was not prepared to give a Ruling on the Case at that time. Up to now, the Supreme Court has not given a Ruling on the Case, but elections go on. Where are the voters through whom the Constitution of Liberia gives the highest decision-making power? This power as seen in first sentence of the Constitution of Liberia Chapter 1, Article 1: All power is inherent in the people.

The Powers That Be rather than the Constitutional Power continue to promote poverty generation over poverty alleviation because this promotion benefits the Powers That Be and their foreign partners through the functioning of the colonial system of the production of raw materials for export. Given this dismal situation that is violence-oriented, the Way Forward For The Better becomes that of using knowledge to raise the awareness of the voters in ways that motivate them to take non-violent actions, through the Rule of Law, to change poverty generation into poverty alleviation. This Way Forward For The Better ends the production of raw materials for export system and brings in value addition where raw materials are produced to produce, through manufacturing, products that are consumed in Liberia, thereby increasing employment, reducing poverty within the framework of Justice For All to bring lasting peace in Liberia.

TOGBA NAH TIPOTEH,
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