The Election of a New President Pro Tempore: Woewiyu Cautions Senators against "Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing"


By Our Philadelphia Correspondent

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
January 12, 2015

                  



 
Varney Sherman (L), Tom Woewiyu (R)

Mr. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, the former President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate during the Taylor administration, cautions newly elected members of the Senate to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing. In a congratulatory note to the new senators, Mr. Woewiyu lauds the conduct of the recent mid-term senatorial election in Liberia, but he is deeply concerned about who becomes the new President Pro Tempore.

“Be careful, Senators! Do not throw the nation from the frying pan to the fire. The yardstick is not how rich, how legally sophisticated, how internationally connected or how powerful his/her political party is but how dedicated the individual is to the nation and its causes.  The personal and professional history and connections of a candidate for this position must be considered in the vetting process.”

One potential candidate for the President Pro Tempore position is Mr. Varney Sherman, the newly elected controversial senator of Grand Cape Mount County. A renowned corporate lawyer, Sherman is said to represent, almost exclusively, multinational corporations with expansive interests in Liberia.

Without mentioning Mr. Sherman’s name, Mr. Woewiyu writes that the likes of Varney Sherman who represent corporate interests have sought to be in the Senate to “blow the pipe on both ends”, further stating:

‘In fact, they have blown the end of the pipe, having sold 90% of the natural resource estate of Liberia to multinational corporations and some individuals to the total disparity of the Liberian populace. Their private law firms and business interests currently and will in the future serve or represent the interests of the major multinational corporations which now own the wealth of our nation.”

These people rode on the sentiments of the Liberian people, Mr. Woewiyu impliedly writes, masquerading as defenders of their causes and made it to the senate, but making any of them President Pro Tempore might be dangerous.

“With the cloak of an Honorable Senator, more profoundly, President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, he/she can obstruct any substantial review of matters involving their corporate clients’ Interests.”

Regarding conflict of interest, Woewiyu finally noted: “Remember, there is still no such thing as conflict of interest in Liberian politics. Liberian siting senators or legislators for that matter, are also practicing lawyers in the Liberian judicial system.”

The Perspective made efforts to contact Cllr. Sherman for any comment he may have, but the publication was informed that Cllr. Sherman had already left the U.S. for Liberia.

We have published below full text of Mr. Woewiyu’s congratulatory letter to the Liberian Senate.

 

Congratulatory Note
From Hon. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu
Former President Pro Tempore of the
Liberian Senate
January 8, 2015

 

We must praise God Almighty for His grace and blessing over our nation. I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal pride and appreciation for the manner in which we, Liberians are nurturing our hard-earned democracy as we exercise our rights and privileges through the conduct of free, fair and timely elections of  political leaders. The just completed mid-term senatorial elections resulting to a clean sweep of the old slate for a new one is an encouraging indication that the Liberian people are steadily chartering their political destiny.

However, it must be noted that mere elections of public officials are not ends in themselves with respect to the obligations of the citizenry in a representative democracy such as ours. In fact, elections are just the beginning! Good citizens are obligated to always hold the feet of elected officials to the fire, ensuring the achievement of public good. I therefore urge the Liberian citizenry to remain respectfully engaged and proactive with their respective legislators for the attainment of the common good. Universally, legislators or politicians in general are like water, without pressure, they tread the path of least resistance. We call them Honorables, but they are actually our employees and servants who must pursue our collective objectives.

 

I must thank the out-going senators for their services to the nation. The result of the election is far from being a personal affront. It is rather a manifestation of the political realities from the perspective of the masses.
I must also congratulate the incoming senators. Your election during this critical period of the nation's history is the manifestation of several underlying factors. First is that you've been ordained by God the Almighty to serve your nation. Second is that your fellow citizens, especially those who elected you in your home counties, have found you fit from among many others to represent them in the senate, the upper house of the National Legislature? Third is the recognition of your outstanding qualities which must be put in the service of the nation. The task ahead is undoubtedly daunting, but you are presumably suited for it.
Let me also congratulate the great people of my home county, Grand Bassa, for the thoughtful transfer of power from one great Bassa person to another without any deleterious event. “Bloyu, bay zuo” (Children of the land, thank you). You have made us, especially me, very proud. We must thank Honorable Gbezohngar Findley, the outgoing senator for his outstanding service to our nation and county. Our congratulations to Honorable Jonathan Kaipay, the incoming junior senator of our great county. The election with its acrimonious political rhetoric is behind us. At the end of the day, we all remain Bassa people until death do us part. Let us always respect and honor each other.

A word of wisdom and caution: The Senate will soon elect its leader, the President Pro Tempore. The President Pro Tempore is the fourth in the constitutional ascending order of power of the Liberian Government. Be careful, Senators! Do not throw the nation from the “FRYING PAN TO THE FIRE”. The yardstick is not how rich, how legally sophisticated, how internationally connected or how powerful his/her political party is but how dedicated the individual is to the nation and its causes. The personal and professional history and connections of a candidate for this position must be considered in the vetting process.

Be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Some have come to blow the pipe on both ends. In fact, they have blown the end of the pipe, having sold 90% of the natural resource estate of Liberia to multinational corporations and some individuals to the total disparity of the Liberian populace. Their private law firms and business interests currently and will in the future serve or represent the interests of the major multinational corporations which now own the wealth of our nation.

Now, they have made their way into the Liberian Senate with the proverbial political rhetoric of being the defenders of the causes of the Liberian people. They are about to blow into the other end of the pipe. With the cloak of an Honorable Senator, more profoundly, President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, he/she can obstruct any substantial review of matters involving their corporate clients’ Interests. Remember, there is still no such thing as conflict of interest in Liberian politics. Liberian siting senators or legislators for that matter, are also practicing lawyers in the Liberian judicial system.
May the Lord, our God bless the work of your hands. God bless the Republic of Liberia.

                 

rose roberts
Who is Woeiwiyu to advise someone. A criminal, a murderer, rapist, defence minister who mortgage our resources for arms to kill Liberians. We should understand his fear of Senator Sherman who does not believe in violence or double standard, misleading the Liberian people to their detriment. He never joined any group that brought misery to the Liberian people. He rather be heard than seen. He has silently helped thousand of Liberians, university students and people of Cape Mount, not for any award or standing ovation as some of you do.

Tom fear is that Cllr. Sherman is in support of action on the Truth & Reconciliation report. As Defense Minister under Taylor he will face trial and jail term for killing innocent Liberians.
On the other hand he thinks the senators are bunch of idiots but also forgot to acknowledge that his countrymen, the Pro Temp and Deputy Speaker were the ones who awarded the 90% of our natural resources - -- Who did the Liberians referred to as "Ellen;s handbag boy"??.

Tom's reference to imply Cllr. Varney Sherman should not be elected Pro Temp sounds like someone who is lost,traumatized from being used in the jail which is an open secret of initiation in US jails-(but boys camp).

It is mere speculation that Cllr. Sherman plans to run, but he is not running to be Pro Temp. Spin masters did a good job to instill fear
....because this is the only man who speaks truth to power, he does not look up to government for his daily bread. Cllr Sherman had nothing to do with the sale of Liberia's natural resources. Some of the companies his law firm represents today where in existence in Liberia before he was born. Cllr. Sherman only provides legal service as any other law firm in Liberia.
Education: Verney Sherman was the dux in every class from elementary school(double promotions)to Cuttington and Harvard -(Magna / Suma Cum).
Tom where is your academic record. Cllr. used his education to create jobs and help his people. not to deceived and sell their resources to buy guns to kill them.

Why do our Ministers run to the US for medical? Because they want the best medication. So it is with multinational corporations. They want the "best money can buy" and to deal with their peers, Ivy League products -the group that controls the US / world economy.

Have you seen Cllr. Sherman soliciting clients in the corridors of power, on the internet or advertising himself. But google Cllr. H. Varney Sherman than you will see why he is sought after.

As the TRC reports hangs over your head, you should rather pray to God for forgiveness and mercy than going after Cllr. Sherman. I rest my case.

rose roberts at 12:23AM, 2015/01/12.
Anthony
We are not interested in the dux in every class or (Magna/Suma Cum)as major criteria for leadership role in Liberia. There are so many of them in Liberia and what have they contributed to our national development.

At this point in our history,for good leadership the Liberians are searching for individuals with national values as patriotism,people skills, compassion for the poor,humility and honesty to duty.Those basic qualities with a four year college education and experience, could possibly produce a good leader who could jump start our national development.

We have experienced too many OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES SYNDROME when selecting professionals for jobs.The bad old wines are always surfacing for attention and appointment to leadership roles.Why this unfortunate selection process happens only in Liberia.
Anthony at 07:04AM, 2015/01/12.
Sylvester Moses
When one impugns on the character of another, that slanderer leaves the door wide open for his to be assailed. But we aren’t going there; Worweye’s is public knowledge worthy of national shame. The intriguing question is: what has President Sirleaf done for him lately to induce this anti - Sherman Senate Pro - Temp razzmatazz? Perhaps, a nice letter for his release to connections around the corridor of power in Washington, or a big fat brown envelope to settle supposed outstanding legal bills. Anyway, the plot to get Sherman thickens; let’s hope this regime assures his personal safety.
Sylvester Moses at 08:25AM, 2015/01/12.
Ted Allison

One has to wonder about these kind of articles. Does Mr. Woewiyu have the credibility to give advice on national issues? Mr. Woewiyu must be playing with our collective intelligence. He was once Charles Taylor's hatchet man. They did everything they could to drag Liberia to the brink of destruction. He now awaits trial after spending time in jail in Philadelphia; and now he has time to reflect on the state of affairs of the Liberian Senate? What is the value of Tom Woewiyu's advice?

Perhaps it is a joke, but I don't feel like laughing.
Ted Allison at 11:21AM, 2015/01/12.
Dan Flomo
"Lies, subterfuge and deceit are the final refuge of a scoundrel. So true. That is exactly where Tom Woewiyu has been residing for the last two and half decades. The public in general ought to treat Tom Woewiyu and his likes as master looters and gun-runners who have ruined the Liberian society, and are now looking for another vessel to continue their plunder. Elections lead to all sorts of things. You know elections are around the corner when lies and the lying liars who tell them are brought to center stage. But we must not give Woewiyu and his kinds a hearing this time around. Throughout the times, his has been a life of common theft, political criminality, social malfeasance and cold blooded lack of compassion." Check the link below:
http://www.theperspective.org/articles/0920200502.html
Dan Flomo at 06:30PM, 2015/01/12.
Ziggy Morgan
Tom, you can't win on this one. Like they say, a tiger cannot lose its spots. Tom, you can camouflage all you want, the Liberian pepo will always know you to be a rogue. The only question is, as Judge Jallah used to ask,'you old rogue or new rogue'? The answer doesn't matter: You're a rogue. Now go ahead and await your felony prosecution.

Now it's time to put your smarts to use. How well can you sing? Can you sing a song impressive enough to sink others? If you can impress the Feds, you could go free... but if you don't sing that song well enough, you could be headed up shit-creek... just ask your boy George Boley. The outcome of your case might even be worse; after all, you were once a big fish in the little stream called Liberia... that might be your undoing.

Personally, my recommendation is for you to share room with Charles Taylor. Oh, but I'll settle for a nice federal prison for you in Pennsylvania or elsewhere else in the union... Sit down there and continue to write your stupid letters, referring to yourself as "Hon". They will get your honorable butt in prison. Lesson here: Never swallow anything you can't shit. I think it is true to say that pupu jam you now...Honorable Tom. Ha,ha,ha,ha..... lmbbao (you know what that means? The joke's on you, gar-ju...
Ziggy Morgan at 12:06PM, 2015/01/13.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Wonders shall never end! Tom Woewiyu who is actually and widely known as THE NUMBER ONE WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING labeling others as such. Tom, even in your heart, you know the Liberian people know while it is true politicians cannot be trusted, your excesses and your life lived on nothing but lies makes you Woiwiyu both the symbol and practical object of wolf in sheep clothing as proven by your ongoing punishment for your criminal life style.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:32PM, 2015/01/13.
Minister of Defense
Rebel Defense Minister Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu close your rebel mouth
Minister of Defense at 06:48PM, 2015/01/13.
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