Rebuttal to Kadiatu Musu Frantz

By: Gayah Fahnbulleh

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
November 9, 2015


Vice President Joseph N. Boakai

This rebuttal is written with the utmost respect for Mrs. Kadiatu Musu Frantz. It is intended to analyze, and refute her article and show that it has no factual foundation. Thus, it is based on biased personal opinions. The threshold for assessing any critical narrative has to be the truthful evidence on which one’s assumptions and suppositions are based; and not outlandish and crude personal attacks as is the case of Mrs. Frantz. Moreover, we are not challenging her rights as a Liberian to render her opinion on the Vice President’s pursuit of the presidency, but the historical and logical accuracy of her arguments does not reflect an iota of fact. We should all be grateful that the Johnson-Sirleaf and Boakai administration has restored our political freedoms denied for decades and thus, we can exchange divergent views about our national polity without repercussions.

Madam Frantz, the outcome of the 2017 election will be a critical factor in determining the fate and future of our beloved country. The gains made under the combined leadership of the Sirleaf-Boakai administration will do Liberians well, to be continued by an experienced and humbled leader with steady hands, a voice of calm, moderation and respect for everyone. A man of great character; whom Liberians, to include you, have much respect and admiration. A leader who when he encounters success, he responds with humility and thankfulness and meets obstacles with dignity and creativity. Sorrow with strength and compassion. This is why Liberians from all walks of life, including the faithful, committed and hard-working political stalwarts from different political camps are attracted to His Excellency, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and urging him to run for the Presidency of Liberia. This courageous and noble son has been tested time after time, and knows the priorities of the Liberia people better than anyone in this process. He knows that this election is about ideas, policies, the underprivileged and the continuity of achievements for the poor, and no body feels this more than him, based on his personal experiences as a son of a poor sharecropper farmer. Therefore, no amount of demagoguery or empty rhetoric on your part and others will change the foregoing perception of the witted electorates or undervalue Joseph Boakai’s enviable and blessed achievements.    

As for you, we know you would prefer for an inexperience person to succeed based purely on short-lived passion; thus, destroying what has been built and tossed to the winds; bringing us back to our dark past. The life of this innocent bird {Liberia} is in our collective hands; hence, we must be motivated by one common interest of working together to achieve a common objective. We must therefore, take solace in VP Boakai’s paradigm “THINK LIBERIA, LOVE LIBERIA, BUILD LIBERIA.”

More over, there are convincing empirical pieces of evidence that Liberia is better off today than when President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai came to power in January of 2016. Despite the many challenges, Liberians are enjoying economic and social freedom unmatched in the country’s history and infrastructure development in more than two decades. There is unprecedented social mobility, more income for working class and gender equality. With the latter being said, by no means am I a GOL spokesman!! 

Issue: In her October 31, 2015 article in The Perspective Online Magazine, Mrs. Frantz writes that Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai should not seek the presidency because “he failed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the current Liberian administration miserably.” She continues: “Undoubtedly, the President must be regretting her choice of Vice President considering all that she is undergoing with no refreshing help from her number two.” She uses these slothful arguments to predict that the Vice President will not make a “strong and effective leader.” How could it be that the Vice President was selected by the President and elected by the Liberian people for two election cycles?  

Mrs. Frantz’ hubris as a “self-made psychiatrist” reading the mind and mood of the President is flawed. In President Sirleaf’s January 2015 address to the Joint Session of the Legislature, the President had this to begin her message:

“Mr. Vice President, I wish to express heartfelt gratitude for your partnership, and commitment to the service of our country and people.”
Further in the same address she made sure to note that: “Under your leadership, Mr. Vice President and President of the Senate, a significant number of international agreements and treaties were ratified, all of which demonstrate Liberia’s commitment as a responsible member of the comity of nations.”

Back in January 2014, in similar important message to the Legislature, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had this praise to shower upon her Vice President:
“Mr. Vice President and President of the Senate: Let me again, in this public manner, express my thanks and gratitude for your dedication and unflinching commitment to the national cause we embarked upon together nine years ago. I know that I can continue to count on you for support as we consolidate the progress and meet the challenges of the next four years.”

This fact of the unassailable stature of the relationship between the President and her Vice President shelves Mrs. Frantz’s dream of some form of rancor within the topmost level of our national leadership.

Mrs. Frantz should note also that the Vice President is not only the President of the Senate, but constitutionally the first person in the presidential line of succession. He would normally ascend to the presidency upon the resignation, death or removal of the president. The President can only have explicit confidence in his abilities and capacity to nominate him for the second term, because he complements her.

Mrs. Frantz then leaps from her unsubstantiated tirades regarding the Vice President to rendering a caustic judgment on the Unity Party. She argues: no one should elect the Vice President because they will be rewarding the Unity Party for its failed policies and hinges this harangue on the notion that the Vice President “does not take responsibility for anything, including the spread of corruption, and failure in addressing the Ebola epidemic…” By this time, critics should be able to acknowledge the destroyed and dangerous wasteland of a homeland the Johnson-Sirleaf and Boakai team inherited. Needs ranged from ending the crisis mode, developing an enabling environment to attract investors and generating capital and employment opportunities.

Recall the new government also had to evolve a cohesive governance vision, foster inclusion, reconciliation, and healing, efficiently manage the polity, education, health, social welfare, rebuilding human and institutional capacities, and reconstruct dilapidated infrastructure. Importantly, the society most significant asset needed to get back to good health was missing – a chronically entrenched culture of corruption existed and all these challenges could not be erased in one stroke or two terms after acquiring them over more than 100 year period. It might be hard to acknowledge in the current moment what has been done to bring the nation so far, but hopefully, in the long-run, when we imagine the transition from tyranny to democracy, the Johnson-Sirleaf and Boakai administration will be remembered for its role, despite the obvious challenges.

Her next line of attack is even much pathetic as she converts to a bigot, now discriminating against the Vice President solely for his age. She writes: “After age 70 bodily and mental fatigue become to take firm roots…” Her grammatical frailties aside, she perhaps uses her marriage to a doctor as license to tart the Vice President with some form of ‘sleep disorder.’ One wonders if marriage to a doctor warrants the right to diagnose and treat.

Besides, it would behoove Mrs. Frantz to know that Muhammed Buhari, the current President of Nigeria was 71 when he was elected. Beji Caid Essebsi, now President of Tunisia, elected in 2014, was born in 1926, making him 88 when he was elected in 2014. Ronald Reagan was 70 when he became President of the United States in 1981, and many abound. Suffice to mention, President Regan changed the shape of American and world politics, ending the Cold War. Buhari and Essebsi are now steering their respective nations through democracy. Hence, the argument about the Vice President’s age is a moot issue. Clearly, at 71, his age should not matter, if he wishes to pursue the presidency, especially being vibrant, reasonable and logical.  
Lastly, she insinuates that “he has too much money to live on for the rest of his life.”

Wow! What a sluggish round of unproven rants and diatribes emerging from a seeming politically naïve mind. Let’s turn to the fact that although Mrs. Frantz alleges hails from Lofa County, she has not accorded His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai the common cultural courtesy of knowing her fellow Lofian and his pathway to the Vice Presidency. This might just help her realize the cerebral clumsiness, which lies at the heart of her article.

Vice President Boakai was not born in the privilege that so few people in Liberia enjoy. He was born unto the union of poor villagers in Wasanga, Lofa County. With hard work and sincerity he managed to climb the ladder to where he has reached today. From this humble background, he has always and continues to want the same opportunities for every Liberian boy, girl, woman and/or man. Lifting all those Liberians with the least opportunities from where they are to better prospects has been his life pursuit. This mindset and commitment has shaped everything he has done in private and public life. It will even gain greater resonance when he is elected President of Liberia. He has dedicated his life long career to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and helping to build what he calls “The Beloved Communities in Liberia.” His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him admiration of many colleagues, Liberian boys and girls, men and women and Members of the International Community.

Even as Vice President of this country for many years, his family has always lived a modest middle class life. Public service for the Vice President has not been about fame and fortune, but rather on building character – and not as a self-absorbed and self-serving business, but a vocation of giving back to country and people. He has always put national interests over private gains.
The Vice President and all of his supporters are the first to admit that given the enormous challenges that the leadership of the country inherited, it would be shortsighted to say that for the last 10 years, all policy outcomes have been rosy. But it would equally be naïve to say also that the administration has been a total failure.

Whether it is sheer naïveté or malice that drives Mrs. Frantz or that she is a surrogate for a possible political opponent, her criticisms of the Vice President are clearly engendered by a keen lack of understanding of what it takes to administer a failed and collapsed state. The acute nature of the challenges that the Johnson-Sirleaf and Boakai administration inherited increases the risks for not achieving all of its milestones. The culture of corruption is admittedly being one of its Achilles Heels – weaknesses in spite of its overall strength, given the entrenched nature of this political ill.
However, for Mrs. Frantz to claim that the administration failed to combat the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic is a pure mockery of the truth. Amongst the three West African states that were affected by the disease, Liberia overcame the epidemic in a shorter time frame than its counterparts, although it faced the largest number of cases and case fatalities. Only spite can lead one to make such a blatantly false assertion. I bet prior to this virus raising its ugly head in Liberia, Mrs. Frantz has never heard of it; neither was there any vaccine to remedy same.  

The notion that the Vice President has not offered competent support to the President can only be assessed by the President. Mrs. Frantz’ obvious bias negates the need to respond to this line of argument. Regarding whether the Vice President will make a good President hinges greatly on his character, education, experience, and principles. These virtues matter most and not Mrs. Frantz’ skewed sentiments or ad hominem attacks.

He is the most experienced person in the race for the presidency. His faith has also played a vital role in his long distinguished life, which has affected his moral standards.
Perhaps, Mrs. Frantz does not know that to be successful in politics, actors must determine how they need to adjust their leadership behaviors and style to navigate changes occurring within their surroundings. The task often seems easy, but it is often difficult especially when you are sitting afar as Mrs. Frantz from the actual nerve center of Liberian politics on her perch in Luxembourg City.
Transition of Liberia through its turbulent waters from a fragile post-war nation to one experiencing sustained peace and stability for ten years has not been administered by President Johnson-Sirleaf alone, but an array of stakeholders, the Vice President being a key participating team member. Only a seeming politically naïve mind can believe the opposite. We need a steady hand to shape the state of the nation. He offers us just that and more.

When all is said and done, the reasons and claims that Mrs. Frantz presents against Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai are without clear and concrete evidence or logical foundation. In fact, in the end, her arguments in this instance are subjective, uninformed, and simply whimsical.

Indeed, what an amazing gift that our country is privileged to have an experienced statesman who understands and has lived the life of an ordinary Liberian aspiring for the presidency. Vice President Boakai knows that Liberia will only succeed through fairness and hard work. His knowledge of Liberian political and cultural landscapes is rich, his integrity unimpeachable and his career record outstanding.

He is best situated to be able to protect the vulnerable and stimulate integral and inclusive models of development so that Liberians everywhere savor the blessings of peace and prosperity. His life is evidence that he will lead us in rejecting unjust discriminations such as the one proffered by Mrs. Frantz on the basis of age. He therefore must receive his just recognition for the stability of our emerging democracy, although he may not be a radical firebrand that seeks unwarranted populist appeal.

The voters of Liberia need to be treated with respect by Mrs. Frantz and others who hold her views, and the Liberian voters’ democratic discretion and judgment at the ballot box also needs to be treated with the greatest degree of reverence. We respect Mrs. Frantz’ right to express her political views couched wrongfully as facts, but she might do well abandoning her age bigotry, her mischaracterizations and outright obliviousness to facts, which dominate her article.

Arthur Tamba
Well said Mr. Fahnbulleh. You have really exposed this pseudo and obnoxious social being whose mission is to create lies against the most potent and enterprising God sent individual, who will continue the TRANSFORMATION of Liberia.

I hope she will learn from here and thereafter will make a research on whoever she may want to analyze and critique.

Madame Franz, there is a saying that says: "LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGERIOUS THING".
Arthur Tamba at 02:36AM, 2015/11/10.
Amos Frank
Look Gayah or whoever wrote this for you or asked you to let your name be used, you have simply made a clown of yourself while actually exposing Joseph Boakai´s UNFITNESS FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF LIBERIA.

Gayah, all who know you are aware that because you did not "go to school" is one of the primary reasons you have all along been refused a job in Ellen´s government, for which you went whining in FPA that "Ellen´s policy is monkey walk babbon draw". You oughtt to be ashamed of yourself that you do not even have a common undergraduate degree for which Varney SHERMAN retorted to your whining that "you and him are not on the same level and so you should shut-up"!

You have exposed yourself as the actual scoundrel you are when you associate yourself with such falsehood that Liberians are better off under this rotten, corrupt, and incompetent, government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joseph Boakai with an UNEMPLOYMENT OF OVER 85%!!! As for Joseph Boakai, even the man´s own so called Party does not want to use him as a candidate realizing that he is UNFIT TO WIN ANY ELECTION.
Amos Frank at 03:23AM, 2015/11/10.
Amos Frank

Dew Mayson: What's Going On In Our Country......?

Written by Ambassador (Prof) Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson Published: 27 March 2014

The Editor,

In recent times, so many things have been happening in our Liberia that give cause for worry and concern to all patriots. First, there are the many scandals regarding corruption at every level of the Government leading Transparency International to label our country as "one of the most corrupt in the world".

The continued lack of jobs, adequate food, housing, education, health, transport and security--all the basic elements necessary for a half-decent standard of living--have meant that the mass of our people have been permanently banished to that awful state of poverty and backwardness. We have thus been given the disgraceful title of being "the second most miserable country in the world" with a misery index of 90.5.

But it must be said that we Liberians have tolerated this state of affairs with unnatural patience. Gladdened by the accolades which have been poured on our President by the international community--a welcome change from the shame which enveloped us during those long years of the civil war--many of us have remained tolerant of the Government and even of its excesses. We could also bask in what we considered our freedom to vent out our anger and disappointment without much fear of repression.

Suddenly, however, we have been awakened from our sleep of stupor. Did I say suddenly? No, in fact, the creeping assault on our freedom of speech and assembly has long been coming. Without stopping to list the names of the victims which include students, journalists, civil society defenders, etc., let us single out the case of Rodney Sieh, arguably one of our better journalist who was arrested, re-arrested and detained on outmoded, so-called libel charges. In protesting Rodney's arrest, I described him as the "wind that is blowing and exposing the rear end of the chicken, which all types of feathers are attempting to cover up."

Now the alarm has sounded again: Henry Costa, a young talk-show host who dares to discuss on radio topics which are burning the hearts of our people--this young gadfly has been arrested, handcuffed and thrown into prison--a place which Government's own reports have described as not "fit for human habitation". The trial judge, ostensibly intimidated and severely compromised, refused to grant bail.

We may ask, seeking an honest answer: What is Costa's crime?

Is he guilty of the corruption which the President herself has described as "a cancer eating at the fabric of the nation"?

Is Costa guilty of nepotism and cronyism which the recently-revealed US supported report says is making it difficult for "economic gains to reach those languishing at the bottom of the ladder"?

Is he guilty of pursuing " policies of exclusion" which, as the US report cited above warns--if these policies are not addressed "the potential for renewed conflict remains high"?

Is he guilty of any of these? The answer is a resounding no, no, no!

Costa's "crime"--his real crime"- is that like Rodney Sieh before him, he has dared to expose the rear end of the chicken which all types of feathers are trying to cover up.

That is why we must applaud the work of that indefatigable lawyer and progressive, Kofi Woods, the Press Union of Liberia and all the brothers and sisters who have manifested their solidarity with Costa resulting in his being released from prison.

Shame must be cast on all those so-called "well meaning" Liberians who have refused to stand up in defense of Costa and others like him who are victims of all kinds of injustice in our country.

Today it is Costa. Yesterday it was Rodney Sieh and others. Who will it be tomorrow?

Don't ask, folks, for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee!

Ambassador (Prof) Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson
Amos Frank at 03:30AM, 2015/11/10.
Kou Gontee
Thank you, Mr. Frank. the public needs to know really how Joseph Boakai and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration shall be known in history as the worst: let the public judge...

Liberia - Family, Cronies Paradise, Unclassified US Report Finds

Written by FPA Staff Reporter Published: 18 March 2014

“In some instances, corruption is still “every man for himself” (or “every woman for herself”) endeavor, in which individual members of the elite families benefit from corrupt practices without controlling multiple industries and sectors or rolling up the proceeds of corrupt activities in a systematic way. – From a sensitive, but unclassified Stakeholders report

Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for years advocated against successive Liberian regimes, including that of Presidents William R. Tolbert, Samuel K. Doe and Charles Taylor, speaking against vices such as corruption, nepotism, cronyism, kinship and other forms of bad governance practices.

Estrada J. Bernard III is currently in his last year at South Anchorage High School, where he is an honors student, varsity athlete, and student leader

Rep. Alex Tyler - Speaker, House of Representatives

Rep. Alex Tyler - Speaker, House of Representatives

The Sirleafs and others at the Oil Roundtable

Guests at Liberia's Oil Roundtable

Guests at Liberia's Oil Roundtable

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Estrada J. Bernard III is currently in his last year at South Anchorage High School, where he is an honors student, varsity athlete, and student leader Rep. Alex Tyler - Speaker, House of Representatives The Sirleafs and others at the Oil Roundtable Guests at Liberia's Oil Roundtable Guests at Liberia's Oil Roundtable

Sirleaf’s advocacies led to her strong support for the establishment of the Good Governance Commission which has now been transformed into Governance Commission. The President while out of state power also supported the independence of the General Auditing Commission of Liberia and the establishments of other anti graft and transparency institutions.

Now in power and with high and good stature internationally, where she has won laurels and dozens of honors, the situation in the country is still the aged old story of the past, according a new report released by the Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey (LGSS) published May 1, 2013.

The report entitled “Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)” highlights excesses in a broad spectrum of Liberia’s governance system ranging from corruption, political patronage and family ties, weak enforcement, regulatory, and rule of law institutions, strong executive power and lack of checks and balances, amongst others.

The United States Agency for International development (USAID) and the United States Embassy in Liberia were acknowledged in the report for providing extensive guidance and assistance during the planning and implementation of the field study that led to the collating of the report.

Kinship ties strong amongst Liberia’s elites

The LGSS report states that political patronage and family ties are still strong in Liberia with elites having a stronger connection with protecting their personal and business affairs and with such ties extending in the employment sector.

“Only a small fraction of Liberia’s relatively small population of 3.7 million operates in the formal political, governance, and economic sphere. As a result, kinship ties among those elites are strong, and everyone knows one another and their personal and business affairs. There is a cultural trend toward hiring people that you know well and not creating a stir when a family member, friend, colleague, or even an acquaintance does something that is clearly wrong or illegal. Likewise, many interviewees told the LGSS Team that the trend in Liberia is to “live and let live”.

Interviewees during the survey told the LGSS team that those are some of the vices that led to the armed conflict the shattered Liberia.

Stated the report “Some people we interviewed suggested that both of these are coping strategies to deal with scarcity and protracted armed conflict. In other words, if you have access to a revenue or resources stream, then you must “take care of your own” and spread that wealth around. It is better, at such times, to look the other way than to take action if doing so could create a stir and lead to more violence. Together, these factors are a leading cause of the culture of impunity described above”.

“Relative to the focus of the LGSS, there is no better example of this than the President herself. She has appointed three of her four sons to high-level government positions. Robert Sirleaf was head of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). Fomba Sirleaf is head of the National Security Agency. Charles Sirleaf is a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank. Many interviewees suggested that they receive personal financial benefit from their positions beyond their official salaries. In August 2012, the President suspended Charles and 45 others for not declaring their assets consistent with her Executive Order. Some Liberia interviewees pointed out the nuance of “suspended” versus “sacked” within Liberia’s culture of political patronage and family ties: He essentially got a slap on the wrist and soon returned to his job. The President took care of her own and did not create a sir”, the report stated.

Robert Sirleaf has since resigned as head of NOCAL but has once again resurfaced and was recently appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait to negotiate petroleum deals on behalf of the Liberian government. Robert is also still said to be running the affairs of NOCAL behind the scene, making major decisions through proxies.

Corruption entrenched than wars years

The LGSS reported indicated that corruption is very entrenched in the Liberian society and touches nearly every aspect of daily life in Liberia and that it appears to be more systematic and well organized now than it was during the wars.

“In some instances, corruption is still “every man for himself” (or “every woman for herself”) endeavor, in which individual members of the elite families benefit from corrupt practices without controlling multiple industries and sectors or rolling up the proceeds of corrupt activities in a systematic way. For example, in the land sector, a member of the elite may gain access to “insider information” and then forge a deed document “proving” that he or she owns land adjoining a proposed development project. He or she benefits from this one-off transaction and passes the proceeds onto his or her family”, stated the report.

Other forms of corruption, the report stated involve multiple parties who strategically coordinate their activities over a sustained period, serving as a syndicate. For example, in the payroll sector, some interviewees explained that officials at the MOF, Ministry of Education, and private banks systematically conspire to keep ghost workers on the payroll and split the profits from the arrangements. Through this, the report stated that these schemes are carried out with the direct knowledge of more senior officials in both ministries.

“There are times when these higher level officials undermine efforts to remove ghost from the payroll, for example, by sending a letter ordering the MOF to add people back onto the payroll after they have been removed and then taking a cut of those salaries” stated the LGSS report.

Strong executive power

The report cited that there exists a strong executive power creating the feeling that anything done by President Sirleaf is always final and right, noting that in some instances the President gets involved in the renegotiation of concession agreements.

Stated the report “The President is very strong, both as an individual and as an institution. Weaknesses in the legislature and court systems, coupled with her stature in the international community, often allow her power to go unchecked. Multiple interviewees told us that she is willing to at under the decisions with little external input or transparency. She has proven that she is willing to act under the right circumstances, but weights the political and economic consequences carefully, even if there are effectively no checks and balances. For example, many interviewees told the LGSS Team that she has personally overseen the renegotiation of certain concession agreements”.

Liberia unable to maintain security

The Liberian National and other security apparatuses including the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Armed Forces of Liberia have all experienced revamping but the LGSS report states that Liberia cannot maintain its own security.

“The vast majority of laws in Liberia are not enforced, businesses are not effectively regulated, and justice is not carried out in accordance with the constitution. The culture of impunity is one cause; weak institutions are another. Liberia cannot maintain its own security or enforce laws through the Iberian National Police (LNP) alone; its role is bolstered by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) force, which has been 15, 0000-strong at times, but is now drawing down”, the report indicated.

According to the report, there is a brain drain and capacity in a problem across ministries and agencies of government further compounded by poor leadership.

Stated the LGSS report “Ministries and agencies in general lack the capacity and will to regulate. Decades of neglect, “brain drain”, and poor leadership have left the judicial system in shambles. Prosecutors have difficulty building basic cases and the courts rarely make independent decisions, meaning that contracts are unlikely to be enforced. Most citizens-and nearly all of the indigenous rural population-do not have or want access to the formal legal system. Yet, the traditional system that they trust lacks consistency, fairness, transparency and documentation”.

Members of the LGSS that conducted the survey include-Michael Geertson, Expatriate Team Leader, Katelyn Baldwin, Expatriate Chemonics Liberia Representative; Elizabeth Martin, Expatriate Washington-based project Director and Field Training Lead; Fatu Gbedema, Liberian Political and Cultural Expert; James Thompson, Land tenure Specialist; Thomas Nah, Liberian Concessions Specialist; and Jackson Dunor, Liberian Logistics Specialist.

In addition Joseph Urban and Denise St. Peter - both expatriates, provided research, administrative, and logistics support from Washington. Emily Elliot, another expatriate from Chemonics, interviewed several individuals working in the accounting and auditing profession in Ghana who had knowledge of the accounting and auditing sector in Liberia.

The report stated that generally speaking, the team reached consensus on its understanding of the issues analyzed in the study by discussing the issues in small-group settings facilitated by the Team Leader, incorporating those points of view in the key study report draft, and then reviewing iterations of the draft and such process also helped to ensure the report’s objectivity.

LGSS stated that the analysis and report also benefited from multiple rounds of review and feedback with the USAID team, indicating that there was no significant divergence of opinions between USAID and Field team, nor did the team feel that USAID’s input compromised the report’s objectivity.

The latest report is one in a series of damning reports conducted by international organizations highlighting issues of bad governance in Liberia. The US State Department in a recent report described corruption, access to justice and human rights abuses as prevalent in the country. In its 2013 US State Department Human Rights report, the United States Secretary of State described human rights abuses as pervasive in Liberia.

According to the report, the most serious human rights abuses were those tied to a lack of justice: judicial inefficiency and corruption; lengthy pretrial detention; denial of due process; and harsh prison conditions. Violence against women and children, including rape and domestic violence, and child labor were also serious problems, the report stated.

The State Department report noted that other important human rights abuses included police abuse, harassment, and intimidation of detainees and others; arbitrary arrest and detention; official corruption; human trafficking; racial and ethnic discrimination; discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; unlawful deprivation of life under customary law; mob killings; and ritualistic killings.

On March 2 the United States issued a travel alert highlighting the poor health, sanitation and other conditions prevailing in Liberia. On the health sector, the alert stated: “Hospitals and medical facilities in Liberia are very poorly equipped and are incapable of providing many services. Emergency services comparable to those in the U.S. or Europe are non-existent, and the blood supply is unreliable and unsafe for transfusion.

For serious medical problems, U.S. citizens in Liberia should consider traveling to the United States, Europe, or South Africa for treatment. Medicines are scarce, often beyond expiration dates, and generally unavailable in most areas”, the alert slams the Liberian health sector.

Kou Gontee at 03:41AM, 2015/11/10.
David M. Johnson
Gayah Fahnbulleh is not educated; Senator Varney Sherman made that clear. To support Joseph Boakai for president just tells every one why President Sirleaf refused to offer Gayah Fahnbulleh any serious credence in her corrupt regime. After going around insulting and blaming President Sirleaf for poor leadership, Gayah has the balls to say Vice President Boakai is doing a good job. Instead of focusing on his Washington DC security guard job and his daycare business, Gayah wants to determine who becomes president in Liberia in 2017.

Mrs. Frantz laid out a solid argument against Boakai. One cannot be a vice president and claim that he or she has no power to change things. If Boakai has morals he should be able to say to the president I am resigning because this government is corrupt and not serving the Liberian people right.

Instead he brings that odd old-time Sierra Leonean politics to Liberia as was practiced under Siaka Stevens. The people of Cape Mount have no serious respect for Gayah Fahnbulleh, a man who dresses like he is some PhD but in actuality is empty. I just don't understand why he elected to display his ignorance in such a way. Mrs. Frantz whose husband is western medical doctor have a sound medical reasoning and logical argument against Boakai. Boakai is just incompetent and considering his frailty, we need him to retire.

David M. Johnson at 02:25AM, 2015/11/13.
Paul Massaquoi
I don't know why big brother Gayah Fahnbulleh just make Liberians to see how shallow he is intellectually. Johnson you are right. Isn't Gayah Fahnbulleh seeing the news stories coming out of Liberia?

For God's sake, when will we stop supporting wrong? Vice President Boakai is just unfit to be president of Liberia. Gayah Fahnbulleh is part of the entire corruption scheme in Liberia. He works for the Vice President as a special envoy on shallow business deals. When people have limited education, they tend to display that in the arguments they make and Gayah Fahnbulleh's rebuttal poorly written by his kid in grad school does just that.
Paul Massaquoi at 02:37AM, 2015/11/13.
Garsuah Gborvlehn
The scoundrel, it is said, would sell his own child for money. And this is similarly what this boy Gayah Fahnbulleh has done: Sold his reputation and conscience! But again, this is the fate of a Gayah who refused to attain a fitting educational background or even a fitting professional qualification! Hence, being the political trollop or political prostitute he has turned up to be, this is why he ends up been used by a heartless, selfish, incompetent, and WIDELY HATED Joseph Boakai!Y
Garsuah Gborvlehn at 04:29AM, 2015/11/13.
Ambrose Tucker

Mr. Amos Frank! Why are you using pseudonym? If you really know so much about Mr. Fahnbulleh, why don't you be braved and identity your self as I have done above. Frankly, you are not only disgusting, but a low minded and pathetic person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions in our national debate. Honestly, I am not a friend of Mr. Fahnbulleh and care less about his support for the Vice President and do not agree with all of his narratives. I too have some serious problems with the government, but prudent minds require that we show deference to one another and deal with the substantive issues at bar.

I would rather respectfully deal with the issues as oppose to the personality. Truthfully, I doubt he even remembers me, but early this year or at the latter of last year, I was invited as a Liberian to my alma matter, University of the District of Columbia, (UDC) by the university authorities. The purpose was to meet and listen to over 10 of our Higher Commissioners on Liberia's Educational trend. In attendance, were College Presidents / Professors, the President of the University of Liberia and others in charged of our Educational System. In close person and for the first time, I was privileged to meet Honorable Jeff Dwanna, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Liberian Embassy. Dr. Emmett Dennis, President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Levi Zanga, President, of a college in Grand Bassa, Dr. Albert Coleman, from the Ministry of Education, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, President, Cuttington University, Dr. Emmanuel Dolo, Youth Empowerment and several other key academic professionals. I was very proud and honored to learn a lot about the trajectory of our educational system while they were visiting the University of the District of Columbia for various reasons.

Also, in attendance were many Liberians just to mention the few I met and remembered: Mr. Morris Kofa, also an alumnus, Mr. Siaka Nuah, a recent graduate at the time, Mr. Patrick Tuan, a prolific writer and businessman and Professor Moses K. Nagbe, a renowned writer amongst many others.

While the program was in process, almost at the very end, Mr. Gayah Fahnbulleh walked in the auditorium and he was at once recognized and subsequently introduced by one of the UDC Deans to the delegation as one of the astute and outstanding law students at his time and praised him in the presence of these distinguished Liberian Delegation and was asked to make a remark by the Dean. He eloquently did. I was immediately impressed with his carefully uttered sentiments / remarks and passion for Liberia. I immediately concluded that this man has our country at heart and was destined for higher heights. Truth be told, I have heard of him so many times but never met him. Hence, meeting him for the first time was an honor for me. I briefly engaged him about the Unity Party, he smiled and said, "The Unity Party is forever strong and still holding together." we smile and parted company.

The alleged Mr. Frank! your comments are brainless and witless. This is petite jealousy and complete absurdity from you. You are one of those under achievers that attempts to ruin others hard earned credibility. From your nonsense above, everyone will now see through your sharp pang of stupidity and guilt. You are a nonentity and a buffoon. You need to learn to address the issues and not personality. Of course you do not understand the larger issues. So we leave it at that. I am very embarrassed to call you out and addressed you as I have done..
For your information, I googled "UDC Law Gayah Fahnbulleh," and clicked on one of the links Fall 02 Advocate David A Clarke School of Law, I believe page 21 of 60. There I saw Dean Broderick's arm clearly around Gayah's shoulders in this photo, which speaks volumes. Under the theme "Dean participates in 9-11 Summit: Courts in the Aftermath of 9-11." I rest my case.

I did not stop there. I took a snap shot of the 2005 Alumni yearbook and here is the name of Gayah Fahnbulleh profoundly written therein, which I highlighted for you.

Just by mentioning your Unity Party connection tells the many readers who you are. Besides, if you are not a Unity Partisan, you will be found out rather sooner than later or one day. As I said in my opening statement, attacking someone for stating his respectful opinion on national issue is a work of a nonentity, a no body. If you were of any substance you would have address the issues like others. But your petite, naive' and jealous emotion got all of you, I guess this who you are! like this always right? Please state your real name.
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Ambrose Tucker
Ambrose Tucker at 12:06PM, 2015/11/16.
Amos Frank

The proof relating to our claims against opportunist and bootlicking Gayah are seen in the comments of others above.

Mr. Tucker, a degree proggramme graduate of a university and one who simply attended courses or one or two semesters are two separate and diffrent categories.

In other words, By Gayah attending courses at certain points at a given school, institution, or university to only be seen as a former student BUT NEVER EVER A GRDUATE is a trademark of Gayah.

Let me put it the Liberian way: If you make me vex, I will tell you what exactly has been Gayah´s educational path from the day he left LMC Private School in Bomi Hills-from the day he was promoted from the eighth grade at the end of May in 1972.

If you make me vex I will tell you how Gayah involuntarily ran from America in 1983. If you make me vex I will tell you how and why Gayah was trashed from whatever job he thought he had in Monrovia between late 1983 and late 1985.

Amos Frank at 04:02AM, 2015/11/17.
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