Williams-Morlu’s Ticket in 2017: An Incompatible Blend – A Rebuttal to Kadiatu Musa-Frantz

By Martin K. N. Kollie
Youth Activist


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
December 12, 2015

                  



 
 
 
 
Jones Nhinson Williams & John S. Morlu, II

The Perspective is one of the most read and reputable news websites that publishes dozens of investigative, informative, educative and thought-provoking articles and analysis on multiplicity of critical issues prevailing in Liberia and across the global spectrum. About a day ago, I read with keen interest an article written by Mrs. Kadiatu Musa-Frantz, a young Liberian businesswoman from Lofa County, who currently resides in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. The article had an interesting caption “A Williams-Morlu II’s ticket in 2017 is the only way to salvage Liberia”. This piece can be found by following this link www.theperspective.org/2015/1209201502.php

As I carefully read through her lines, I had no option, but to immediately pen down this refutation. As our beloved nation proceeds towards 2017, it is entirely prudent for all Liberians to begin projecting possible and plausible political tickets to replace the existing establishment under the stewardship of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. But this exercise of marketing and blending potential candidates must be done with an utmost sense of caution, patriotism and loyalty to nationhood.

Even though politics is a game of interest, but 2017 is a very defining dispensation in our political history. We (Liberians) must do all we can to jealously safeguard this golden moment and make Liberia better once and for all. If we fail to seize this opportunity, we stand to risk a lot. Either we remain with poverty or we embrace prosperity in 2017. Either we help our nation or harm it. Either we choose justice, equality, and transparency or we remain perpetual partners to injustice, inequality, and corruption. Neither rhetoric nor deceit can rescue our nation and its people from the nauseating dungeon of poverty, illiteracy, ignorance and disease.

Liberians in and out of Liberia who probably envision 2017 as a new beginning and a turning point in our body politics must refrain from advertising unrealistic options and ‘hard-to-sell’ tickets to the Liberian populace. The demand for compatible or complementary commodities and inelastic political tickets is gradually becoming high as the clock ticks towards 2017. I guess Liberians are unready and unwilling to purchase an incompatible ticket in 2017. With Mr. Jones Nhinson Williams as Presidential candidate and Mr. John S. Morlu, II. as Vice Presidential candidate (which implies in the caption and entire analysis of Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s article), I can safely conclude that this blending is not only unsuited, but it may even gatecrash before 2017.

Before proffering my counter thesis, I would like to register publicly that I respect the view and choice of this young businesswoman who now lives in the heart of Europe with her family and is so passionate about Liberia’s future. My action is in due accordance with Article 15(a) of the Liberian Constitution and the fundamental principles of democracy.  As we envisage a new epoch of political contestation, I hope Liberians from various spheres of our geopolitical climate will embrace tolerance and adopt the culture of non-violence as indispensable elements to foster national unity and peace. 

Why I disagree with Kadiatu Musa-Frantz – Williams under the spotlight
With less than 23 months to 2017, the high interest of Mrs. Musa-Frantz in the future of Liberia is welcoming! Certainly, the first paragraph in her piece speaks to the reality that the election of Madam Sirleaf’s successor is very crucial to most of us. Therefore, our words, thoughts, and actions through which this successor will soon be known must be void of sentiment, affiliation, sympathy, and patronage.

What is even intriguing is that Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s assertion in her second paragraph which reads “After much critical observations, I have reached my conclusion: A possible Jones Nhinson Williams and John S. Morlu II’s ticket in 2017 is the heartbeat to salvage Liberia from everything that has and continues to go wrong.” We really want to know how long Mrs. Musa-Frantz has known Jones Nhinson Williams and John S. Morlu, II. How long did her much critical observation take before deriving such conclusion that the Williams-Morlu ticket in 2017 is the heartbeat to salvage Liberia? We are more interested in knowing the step-by-step approach or empirical model used to project such a choice.

The first thing is that Jones Nhinson Williams is an unfamiliar name in the political arena of Liberia. These are three major queries that will be used by Liberians as a litmus test for political support of would be candidates:

  1. What have you done as a candidate to make Liberia and Liberians better?
  2. Where have you been since 2006?
  3. What can you offer on the basis of your proven track record in Liberia?

I am still trying to figure out where does candidate Jones Nhinson Williams fit. In Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s exposition, she failed to highlight genuine impact (concrete development) made so far in Liberia by her Presidential hopeful. She argues that Mr. Williams is patriotic and visionary without providing instances or references to validate this claim. Patriotism must be seen through action and not words. Vision can only be measured by the number of lives one has touched or impacted positively. I challenge Mrs. Musa-Frantz to point to a single project from Montserrado to Maryland that her Presidential hopeful has achieved.

Has Jones Nhinson Williams practically impacted the livelihood of even 150 Liberians out of the 4.1 million population in Liberia? What has been his direct contribution to the reduction of 81.86% poverty rate in Liberia?  What has he done to reduce unemployment, hardship, prostitution, illiteracy, inequality, etc? No entity or firm feels satisfy about giving a contract to an unknown bidder. 2017 will be like a bidding process. Liberians will choose a bidder with a proven record of hard work, selflessness, and performance.

Off late, Jones Nhinson Williams have been penning down series of powerful articles and speaking vocally against societal ills in Liberia. Even though his effort is worth commending, but the timing creates serious suspicion about his sincerity. Since 1996 Mr. Williams left Liberia, what has been his rapport with the common people? I am talking about his relationship with slum-dwellers and vulnerable people in West Point, Clara Town, Soniwen, Chicken Soup Factory, Doe Community, Logan Town, Red Light, Plumcor, and New Kru Town. After spending almost 20 years in the United States of America, Mr. Williams has just founded an organization called New Liberia Foundation in 2014 to ‘help’ Liberians. Is it because election is around the corner? Anyone would be right to think in this direction.

Trust based on visible and concrete track records in this upcoming election is fundamental! I have got to understand through the profile of Mr. Williams that he was vocal against the regime of former President Charles Taylor. This interview conducted by The Perspective shows "William Hanson" other side (http://www.theperspective.org/hanson.html). Let Madam Musa-Frantz corrct me: is this not the same Jones Nhinson Williams?

I have got to understand that Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s candidate has a master degree with concentration in International Management, Public Policy and Finance from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. These are all good qualities to assume the highest seat of our nation, but 2017 will be just more than looking at credentials and profiles. If I am not mistaken, President Sirleaf’s profile was even more attractive and ‘easy to buy’ in 2005 than Mr. Williams. President Sirleaf was even more vocal against the regimes of ex-Presidents Doe and Taylor than Mr. Williams.

President Sirleaf spent over 30 years fighting for ‘CHANGE’ in Liberia. Whether her cause was genuine or not, today’s reality speaks volume. She even worked for international institutions such as Equator Bank, UNDP, AfDB, OAU, UNIFEM, OSIWA, etc. She is a product of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, but Liberia remains backward and poor under her leadership. Before her ascendancy to the Presidency, she was a visiting Professor of Governance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). I am trying to make all these illustrations to inform your perspective that Liberians were once cajoled by profile and credential. This in no way suggests that I am against candidates with sophisticated profiles and credentials.

Mrs. Musa-Frantz further bragged about how visionary and passionate Mr. Jones Nhinson Williams is to change the existing story of Liberians, but she fell short of informing the public that her preferred choice (Mr. Williams) for presidency just started implementing his ‘vision’ for Liberia in 2014; less than 3 years to election. In the midst of towering illiteracy, Mrs. Musa-Frantz is yet to tell us her candidate’s contribute to quality education in post-war Liberia. Does he have students befitting from scholarships at UL, AMEU, AMEZU, Cuttington, UMU, and other institutions of learning? If yes, we encourage you to please reveal the information!

Constitutional Incompatibility
From an independent lens, I am not too sure that Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s candidate even meets all of the constitutional requirements inscribed in the Liberian Constitution for one to become a President.

According to Article 52 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, No person shall be eligible to hold the office of President or Vice–President, unless that person is:
a) a natural born Liberian citizen of not less than 35 years of age:
b) the owner of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars; and
c) resident in the Republic ten years prior to his election, provided that the President and the Vice–President shall not come from the same County.
I am not too sure that Jones Nhinson Williams meets the last requirement, Article 52(c) in our Constitution considering his prolonged stay in the United States of America for almost 20 years now. Anyway, this too is Liberia!

A glance at John S. Morlu, II.
Unlike Jones Nhinson Williams, the name John S. Morlu, II. is not too strange to the Liberian society and the political arena. For the past 10 years now, this character has been known within the corridors of our body politics and professional sector. In order to further justify my assertion, I did a quick sample survey using 20 Liberians above 18 years to measure the popularity or familiarity of both men. All of these Liberians said they are unfamiliar with the name Jones Nhinson Williams, but familiar with the name John S. Morlu, II. This speaks volume about how irreconcilable the political blending of Mrs. Musa-Frantz is for 2017 general and presidential elections.

The reality is that our people (eligible Liberians) will not trust anyone who has been out of touch with them for more than a decade. There is a common Liberian maxim that says ‘you cannot buy pig in the big’. As such, Liberians will be very uncomfortable to give the nation’s highest seat to someone they have not known and directly benefitted from overtime. This is why I beg to differ with Mrs. Kadiatu Musa-Frantz that her favorite ticket for 2017 is unappealing and would suffer serious setback. I hope my prediction sinks down well!

The case of Jones Nhinson Williams is similar to Cecelia Manjerngie Ndebe of the Liberia Reconstruction Party in 2011 and Margaret Tor-Thompson of the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia (FAPL) in 2005. These two former presidential candidates spent most of their time abroad, particularly in the USA. They had all of the profiles and credentials, but none of them could even win 1% of the total vote cast.  The main reason for their massive defeat is that, two of them were popular political strangers and visitors!

I am one of those who have high regard for Mr. John Sembe Morlu, II. In my evaluation, he is the best Auditor General Liberia has ever produced. The European Union (EU) made no mistake to have recruited him in 2006 to fight public service corruption in Liberia. Certainly, he did a great job that Liberians and International Partners are proud of even today. During his tenure, he produced more than 65 audit reports, including financial, compliance, internal controls, operational and also fraud investigative reports that indicted high profile officials. He is highly credited for sending several Liberians abroad to obtain Master’s degrees and specialized skills during his tenure as Auditor General at GAC. It is no doubt that Morlu is widely respected by many Liberians for his strong resistance to corruption.

However, in my mind, Mrs. Musa-Frantz was dead wrong to have paired an unknown character with a known character. Since election is about the voice of the majority which culminates into numbers, I am sure that Mrs. Musa-Frantz’s choice of electing Morlu as the next Vice President of Liberia would be affected or dampened by unpopular Williams. As things stand, Jones Nhinson Williams has no political constituency in Liberia to rapidly spread his ‘vision’. Additionally, the popularity of John Morlu has not also been tested in any electoral process. But perhaps, he could win some support considering his track record in Liberia. Holding all factors constant, Mrs. Musa-Frantz did not do her audience justice by suggesting Williams-Morlu’s Ticket for 2017. Her analysis fell short of capturing some of the hard facts leading to an empirical juxtaposition. But I do not hold her responsible for proceeding in such error, because her glimpse of prevailing socio-economic and political realities in Liberia is second-handed due to her geographical location (Luxembourg).

One of the key reasons why Ellen-Boakai ticket was easily sold in 2005 is because these two contestants were known by Liberians and they had their respective constituency prior to the election. For us who understand the epistemology and metaphysical analysis of Liberian politics from a firsthand perspective, we have a duty to always provide timely and accurate rebuttal or confutation to such an idealistic piece written by Mrs. Musa-Frantz from Luxembourg. As a young Liberian activist who belongs to no national political party in Liberia or movement, I thought it was necessary to have frankly disagreed with Mrs. Kadiatu Musa-Frantz on this note.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that Williams-Morlu’s Ticket in 2017 is an incompatible blend that might remain unnoticed and unpurchased by the Liberian people. 


Martin K. N. Kollie
About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, and a young writer. He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a member of the Student Unification Party (SUP). He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.com

Garblejay

Wow,that is why I like about The Perspective. It has dossier of past articles and interviews stuck up that can be used as best evidence unearthing buried past. Jones Nhinson Williams,was a spoke person for LURD.His May 2002 interview with The Perspective: (http://www.theperspective.org/hanson.html) revealed how his LURD committed {some}atrocities against innocent Liberian population. John Nhinson Williams does not have to qualify or quantify the level of destruction and murders committed by LURD on civilians. All Liberians knows and feels directly or indirectly the pain and agony of LURD. Either they got their relatives, friends or neighbors killed, property destroyed by LURD. In his May 2002 interviewed with The Perspective .He said "Most of the atrocities are not caused by us, they are caused by the other group-." The opposite of his statement is he admitted LURD committed atrocities ,but "some". So who determines the "some"?

Thanks once again The Perspective. Instead of John Nhinson Williams worrying about War crimes tribunal awaiting him, he wants to use and ride on the pristine character and record of Mr.John S.Morlu. Williams is a big joker and empty dreamer. Morlu is beyond this.Use your own character and record. Stand up for yourself and let you and your wife run on the same ticket.Let her be your VP. Both of you are perfect match.

What I however learnt from his incompatible 2017 Ticket Petition of Morlu is that we got to keep our character and integrity intact. Morlu got his intact and this will not be strange to me during the political season that there will be lot of politicians who will be publishing Petitions for they and Morlu 2017 Ticket. They want to use his record, character, integrity, compassion and love for his country and country men to bring them to power or prominence.Some petitioners may be genuine,but not this one Williams and Morlu.
Garblejay at 07:58AM, 2015/12/12.
Garblejay
Wow,that is why I like about The Perspective. It has dossier of past articles and interviews stuck up that can be used as best evidence unearthing buried past. Jones Nhinson Williams,was a spoke person for LURD.His May 2002 interview with The Perspective: (http://www.theperspective.org/hanson.html) revealed how his LURD committed {some}atrocities against innocent Liberian population. John Nhinson Williams does not have to qualify or quantify the level of destruction and murders committed by LURD on civilians. All Liberians know and feel directly or indirectly the pain and agony of LURD. Either they got their relatives, friends or neighbors killed, property destroyed by LURD. In his May 2002 interviewed with The Perspective. He said "Most of the atrocities are not caused by us, they are caused by the other group-." The opposite of his statement is he admitted LURD committed atrocities ,but "some". So who determines the "some"?

Thanks once again The Perspective. Instead of Jones Nhinson Williams worrying about War crimes tribunal awaiting him, he wants to use and ride on the pristine character and record of Mr.John S.Morlu. Williams is a big joker and empty dreamer. Morlu is beyond this.Use your own character and record. Stand up for yourself and let you and your wife run on the same ticket.Let her be your VP. Both of you are perfect match.

What I however learnt from his incompatible 2017 Ticket Petition of Morlu is that we got to keep our character and integrity intact. Morlu got his intact and this will not be strange to me during the political season that there will be lot of politicians who will be publishing Petitions for they and Morlu 2017 Ticket. They want to use his record, character, integrity, compassion and love for his country and country men to bring them to power or prominence. Some petitioners may be genuine, but not this one.


Garblejay at 08:01AM, 2015/12/12.
Garblejay
my second post is the edited version
Garblejay at 08:02AM, 2015/12/12.
Garsuah Gborvlehn
Me. Kollie,

Are you saying William Hanson is also Jones Nhinson Williams? In as much as we are against any such idea about individuals EXPLOITING THE MESS this corrupt, incompetent, very wicked, and vain Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has gotten our country into, I shall not condone any such calculated mlstake as it seems with your intent to defame Jones Nhinson Williams ny saying he is also William Hanson a spokes Person for war criminals! And we also urge Jones Nhinson Williams to make this clarification. Or at least Justice in Chambers Kabineh Janeh should clear the air, since he was also a spokes Person for LURD!
Garsuah Gborvlehn at 02:41PM, 2015/12/12.
Esther Flomo
This is not to defend Mr. Jones Nhinson Williams or any one, but it is just unfair not to say any thing to this opposition propaganda piece. The fact is the writer, little Martin Kollie, was a young boy in refugee camps when Mr. Williams lived in Monrovia, Liberia after his studied abroad for the Catholic priesthood in the early 1990s, and when he pursued Charles Taylor and other warlords, and later mobilized the entire nation to make sure that little Kollie (who was a refugee at the time) as well as most Liberian families return home to live in peace and for their children to attend school. If little Martin Kollie and others forgot this then we as Liberians still have serious problems with the minds of our youth. No wonder our President thinks the minds of our young people are damaged. Moreover, Mr. Williams played a vital role in bringing peace, security and sanity to Liberia. When little Kollie was nowhere around and not even known as a writer, it was Mr. Williams who was traveling around world from 2003 – 2005 making sure that Liberia became a normal society.
How soon we Liberians forget. Just yesterday Mr. Williams was our hero when our country was a hell under Charles Taylor, and today his achievements are ignored by someone (Little Martin Kollie) who has no glaring understanding of previous and past events. Here is what I see with little Martin Kollie's piece, even though I must commend him for such a try. However, it lacks factual points and it is not grounded.
Firstly, I would like to say that little Martin Kollie is a smart young man who gets history, his facts and analysis fatally wrong in most instances. Secondly, it is sad that most self-styled activist students at the under-staffed and poorly equipped University of Liberia constantly allowed themselves to be used from time and again by politicians who don't care about them and who use them. This is exactly what is being displayed here. Little Kollie has a right to express his views in a free country and this is the kind of Liberia that Mr. Williams fought for so that a nice young man like young Kollie can have the chance to do just this. Mr. Williams is one of the respected and credible of Liberians, and I think Mrs. Frantz got it right. When Mr. Williams was little Martin Kollie’s age, he did not allowed himself to be used by any politician, instead he took morally-based actions that helped in changing an entire country from tyranny to peaceful co-existence, free speech and mutual respect. This is why we as a nation can proudly say we are preparing to hold a free and democratic election in 2017.
When the politicians who are paying little known student activist Kollie to put his name on these articles were running away from Charles Taylor and deceiving our people from exile and refugee lives, Mr. Williams was pursuing his vocation to the Catholic priesthood where he was a student leader to his peer, some of whom are Catholic bishops and priests in and out of Liberia. If little Kollie wants to test the respect and credibility of Mr. Williams he needs to ask as many Catholic priests and bishops in Liberia that he may know. He also needs to ask Catholic priests in Sierra Leone and the Gambia, many of whom Mr. Williams was a comrade while they pursue their studies for the priesthood.
I knew Mr. Williams when he studied for the priesthood as a young man. After his initial studies, he returned to Liberia and worked in several Catholic parishes, including St. Mary's in Duala, St. Edward's in Logan Town, Christ the King in Gaye Town as well as the parishes in Caldwell and in Kakata, outside Monrovia. Beside, he taught free courses at AME Zion Community College (AME University) and other higher institutions of learning in Liberia. He also worked with homeless and war affected children at Don Bosco Homes (a Catholic nonprofit) prior to serving as the acting rector for the Catholic minor seminary (where young boys preparing for the Catholic priesthood at the time were being prepared) at St. Patrick's. Some of the young Liberians Mr. Williams inspired, trained and cared for at the minor seminary are Catholic priests in Liberia, and others are accomplished professionals who are contributing to Liberia and international relief work. I believe Little Kollie lives in Liberia so he needs to find out these facts if he wants to.
Facts overlooked by little Martin Kollie in his assisted written piece
Mr. Williams has never withdrawn from the fact that he mobilized Liberians in and out of the country in removing a tyrant and murderous like Charles Taylor from power. In fact, it is a serious aspect of his general appeal, uniting a country and people from all backgrounds in achieving a national goal. He did this because Charles Taylor was considered not just a common criminal in Liberia; he was an international criminal like Osama bin Laden, or a tyrant like Moammar Kaddafi and Saddam Hussein. In addition, Taylor facilitated support for international terrorism through blood diamonds marketing and business deals that individuals linked to known global terrorist organizations were a part. If little Kollie considers the removal of tyrants (who massacred their own people from power) and whose actions and networks facilitated global finance for terrorism then he should also cast blame on western leaders for removing tyrants around the world. Moreover, little Martin Kollie should thank Mr. Williams because had it not been for his (Williams) sacrifice and commitment, today Liberia and even 2017 would not have been contemplated or even possible. This is why his (little Kollie) piece seems disingenuous and perhaps seen as smear effort.
I knew Mr. Williams when I was a parishioner of the Catholic Church he worked at in Caldwell in early 1994. He believed then and now that the murder of the five Catholic nuns by Charles Taylor and his rebel forces was wrong. He preached and wrote about it in Liberia. He also felt that the ongoing tyranny of Taylor and other warlords was also wrong and needed to be confronted. For little Kollie and his assisted writers they were used to this lifestyle under Taylor and wanted it to continue. As a man with moral training and education, Mr. Williams saw things differently and decided Taylor was a cancer for Liberia. To change the situation, Williams first started working with the human rights community of Liberia along with his friend Jeddi Armah, now a lawyer in Liberia. Both ran the Liberian Human Rights Chapter, researching the gruesome murder of five American Catholic nuns and the crimes of Taylor and other warlords while also participating actively in the work of the country's overall human rights activities. Little Kollie also failed to mention that while Williams was advancing human rights research and peace building efforts in war-torn Liberia, Taylor and other warlords attacked Liberians again in 1996 in an episode known as the April 6 war. Little Kollie and his family were affected by Taylor's action so were millions of other Liberians. Williams talked to Taylor and the other warlords about their actions as the crisis was raging. Taylor refused to listen. As a result thousands of Liberians again fled the country, including Little Kollie and his family.
Williams left Liberia to work with the Liberian refugees pushed out in neighboring countries through an organization (Refugee Watch) he founded to highlight the plight of Liberian refugees in neighboring countries. His work led to thousands of Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees obtaining proper treatment as well as resettlement abroad. Today, those Liberian and Sierra Leonean beneficiaries are contributing to Liberia and Sierra Leone in ways that many have not. Does little Kollie considers this nothing?
As Mr. Williams was helping refugees in neighboring West African countries in 1998 and in subsequent years, Taylor attacked the Republic Guinea as he did with the Republic of Sierra Leone where many Sierra Leoneans were killed and for which Taylor is today jailed in the UK. Taylor's actions in Guinea led to the Guinean government to arrest hundreds of Liberian refugee women, children, students and others; jailed and beat them up because Taylor was killing Guineans and destroying their country. Mr. Williams himself was attacked by Guineans simply Taylor had attacked their country. For Kollie and his beloved audience this is the kind of image they want for Liberia. Mr. Williams did not want this and the international community did not want that either and so there was a need to act. Williams stood up as the leader of Liberians just like Moses stood up in Egypt for his people. With Williams’ leadership, Liberians were mobilized from all walks of life, and using diplomacy, collective uprising and every means necessary to he ensure that Taylor was out of power. Like Williams, then United States' president, George W. Bush, also saw the need for Taylor to go and so he joined the cause and issued an ultimatum to Taylor, forcing him out of power. Most foreign leaders including high level religious leaders saw the need to get Taylor out. The question was which Liberian had the credibility to restore the country in ways that would have brought lasting peace without his or her greed for state power and wealth. Williams stood up and he did so with grace and character, a character for which he is highly regarded in Liberia and in international circles by serious minded people, not paid agents acting as fronts for politicians.
As a young man with a promising future in the Catholic Church and Liberia in general, Williams abandoned everything and traveled the world to bring peace and sane governance to Liberia, something without which Little Kollie would not have written what he wrote. Little Kollie needs to find out how peace came to Liberia. He also needs to find out whose credibility brought the Vatican and Rome to the table as well as a number of international actors on Liberian issues. He needs to find out who engineered the disarmament process in Liberia and selected the disarmament commission's executive director in 2003. He also needs to find out who eliminated the concept of a collective presidency during the 2003’s Accra Peace Talks and pushed to usher in a single interim presidency which boiled down to Mr. Bryant, the man that led Liberia to the 2006 multiparty democratic elections that brought President Sirleaf to power.
Another set of facts that little Kollie failed to mention in his assisted written piece is that Mr. Williams turned down most senior government jobs from both Charles Taylor and other Liberian administrations, including giving a flat refusal to serve as interim president of Liberia during a meeting in Rome in 2003. Then many of the people little Kollie know in and out of Liberia were paying money to buy positions in government. Instead of taking a lucrative position in government, Mr. Williams kept his promise to help the country and its refugees. Since then he has been working with Liberians in refugee situation who are still putting their lives together to return home. Since the removal of Taylor there are still thousands of Liberian refugees in Guinea, Ghana, in the Ivory Coast, in Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States. If working with struggling Liberian and Africans in refugee situation means nothing to little Kollie then we have a serious problem as Liberians. By the way little Kollie would not have had any chance to go to college freely in Liberia under a much improved condition if Mr. Williams was a coward like most Liberian politicians that he Kollie so admired. Other facts little Kollie and his assisted writers flatly failed to mention is that Mr. Williams has pushed the causes of Liberia internationally in ways that little Kollie cannot understand for a number of reasons, unless he had factual understanding of international activities. Every one of us that knows Mr. Williams know him as some who does seek credit nor media attention like most Liberian politicians. If little Kollie’s reasoning holds that Mr. Williams is not a known person in Liberia while then would he have such a following in bringing an entire nation together, Christians and Muslims, young and old as well as various tribal backgrounds, in an collective effort to chase out a tyrant who was feared by the entire West African region, or in establishing sound institutions that many Liberians believe in?
People who know Mr. Williams know that he does things to benefit Liberia as a nation not individuals. So if little Kollie and his friends are expecting a personal assistance from Mr. Williams he is probably thinking in the wrong direction or dealing with the wrong person. As someone who has followed what Mr. Williams has been about, I know that when our country is good all our people will be okay. Giving personal support to 10 or 20 persons because you want their support for elected office and then putting your name in the press changes nothing in a nation. Little Kollie needs to ask Liberian refugees in West Africa about the different projects Mr. Williams founded that distributed food as well as facilitated their resettlement from the Ivory Coast, Guinea and Ghana. For example, Williams and his friends came up with Christian Community Care. That project took hundreds of Liberia families to Sweden, Norway and Australia. Those families are providing contributions to Liberia that far exceed whatever you know of Mr. Kollie. Mr. Williams is also working with Liberian institutions at both government and civil society levels. He does this with the view that institutional capacity building is far better than individual personal support. That is what developed western economies. When Liberian politicians were buying buckets and putting their names on it during the Ebola crisis, Mr. Williams provided financial support to several prominent Liberian institutions and community without asking for his name to be put in the media. You see little Kollie, people with the kind specialized education and training Mr. Williams has they don’t seek personal gratification or glory for acts of kindness or charity. To do so undermines what the intent was or is all about.
On the constitutional issue
In 2006, most, if not all of the candidates (including President Sirleaf) that ran for elected offices in Liberia were not and did not stay in Liberia for the 10 years clause referenced by little Kollie and his assisted writers. In 2011, many of the people that also contested for the Liberian presidency, including the current president, didn’t stay in Liberia for the 10 years referenced. When Mr. Williams was in Liberia making sure that our nation transitions from tyranny to decency little Kollie and many of the people who cite irrelevant issues were refugees praying that Taylor was kick out of power so that they could return home. Taylor’s removal was supported by the international community because of his destabilizing action throughout the West African region, and because of his financial support for global terrorism through a blood diamond market. All of the people who little Kollie say are in Liberia were around when Liberia was a failed state. They did nothing. They are around and some are participating in the serious economic crimes in the country. I think little Kollie must be glad that Mr. Williams is always stepping up to help Liberia in times of critical needs just like we have now. He has done it before and he can do it again. Liberia needs a man of character, integrity and right mix of education and training.




Esther Flomo at 08:59PM, 2015/12/12.
Sam D. Thompson
This is so sad how the poor students are the University of Liberia used themselves as shields for politicians.

A guy like Williams whose name was a household word in Liberia when he went against Charles Taylor and other criminal gangs is today described by a struggling university teenager as unfamiliar in Liberian politics. The fact is Mr. Williams is not a politician and this is one reason why we love him.

Liberia has more to worry about because its young people have not learned anything from their misery and poverty. One cannot blame Mr. Kollie for his lack of knowledge of what this young man (Jones Nhinson Williams) did for Liberia. I don't see anybody who has done an inch of what Williams if you put all the so called candidates who want to run for political offices together. Did Kollie know that Williams abandoned his studies and accomplishment for the priestly vocation to save a struggling country from a warlord?

Williams has done more for Liberia than Morlu and everyone. When did Morlu and all the other politicians enter Liberia? After Taylor was kicked out by Mr. Williams, President Bush and the entire international community. Isn't this worth more than taking government money and using it for personal gains? This kid needs to focus on his education and his future rather than allowing himself to be used by politicians who put his name on articles.
Sam D. Thompson at 10:02PM, 2015/12/12.
Susan Tweh
Liberians will judge our candidates when the time comes.


I don't think an article written by some fear-infested Liberian politicians in Liberia who put young Mr. Martin Kollie's name on it to appear that a student activist is angry because Mr. Williams did not give he and his friends educational scholarship is just not holding water.


Mr. Kollie if you had western exposure you would have known that it is not the role of individuals in government to take government money or resources to give personal favors to people for political support. If you have good leaderships and government there will be no need to have people in slums in the first place.

One reason why we have massive corruption in Liberia is because every one in government, if we go according to you reasoning, will be taking money to support folks in the slums, or give you a few dollars as they are doing to you now just to get political support.

What will help Liberia is sound thoughts, policies and programs. Mr. Williams brings these things to the equation. He also brings a lot of credibility than most people. When Mr. Williams was your age young Martin he took on national responsibilities in saving a failed nation. All of the people that are taking our national wealth to do 'good things' in the slums were not around when a man of decency and good judgment changed our nation while you were a teen.

If you don't what he because you were a teen in refugee camp then keep quiet or ask question. The fact that you are still a student at the University means you must have been between 9 -10 years old when a brave young man abandoned his life's calling to serve God and his fellow Liberians to safe our nation.

Mr. Kollie, you have a point that Liberians need to safeguard 2017, but the way you are going about it by wanting the same people who have nothing to offer to be in charge is wrong. The reason our nation is backward is envy and lack of understanding. Because some did not have an opportunity for exposure doesn't mean they should envy people that do.
Susan Tweh at 10:42PM, 2015/12/12.
Martin K. N. Kollie
It is not a surprise for insincere voices to come in defense of an unknown Presidential hopeful masquerading as the people's defender. With all of what Jones Nhinsons Williams did for Liberia according to you, who knows him? It is a shame to defend the indefensible.

I am not prepared to waste my time and energy responding to senseless allegations, inane cliche, and inaccurate analysis. My points are lucid and empirical. I challenge anyone of you to proffer a corresponding counter-view. I have written over 150 articles just in 2015. Google Martin K. N. Kollie, and you will get to understand who I am.

As a student of UL and youth activist, I am working on my first book to be published in 2016. At least the entire nation knows who Martin K. N. Kollie is for his independent and critical stance on national issues. I have been involved with advocacy for more than 10 years now. Check the records. Just google Martin K. N. Kollie. If this is the propaganda team Jones Nhinson Williams is depending on to spread his purported vision, then his political dream and aspiration will die a natural death.
Martin K. N. Kollie at 12:29AM, 2015/12/13.
Martin K. N. Kollie
It is not a surprise for insincere voices to come in defense of an unknown Presidential hopeful masquerading as the people's defender. With all of what Jones Nhinsons Williams did for Liberia according to you, who knows him? It is a shame to defend the indefensible.

I am not prepared to waste my time and energy responding to senseless allegations, inane cliche, and inaccurate analysis. My points are lucid and empirical. I challenge anyone of you to proffer a corresponding counter-view. I have written over 150 articles just in 2015. Google Martin K. N. Kollie, and you will get to understand who I am.

As a student of UL and youth activist, I am working on my first book to be published in 2016. At least the entire nation knows who Martin K. N. Kollie is for his independent and critical stance on national issues. I have been involved with advocacy for more than 10 years now. Check the records. Just google Martin K. N. Kollie. If this is the propaganda team Jones Nhinson Williams is depending on to spread his purported vision, then his political dream and aspiration will die a natural death.
Martin K. N. Kollie at 12:30AM, 2015/12/13.
Garsuah Gborvlehn
Mr. Jones Nhinson Williams aka Esther Flumo,

SAY WHETHER YOU JONES NHINSON WILLIMAS IS/ARE THE SAME WILLIAM HANSON THE STRATEGIST AND SPOKESPERSON FOR THE WARING FACTION -LURD!

The fundamental issue is not whether Martin Kollie was a new born baby or not. But whether you were a spokes person for the waring faction LURD?? If you are, as it now seems, then you are not fit to lead any nation, for no decent or competent leader would be so DISHONEST OR CRIMINAL MINDED to have two different set of names (William Hanson and Jones Nhinson Williams)!

And for you, Mr. Martin Kollie, whether you have written a whole library of books or not IS NOT of any relevance! WHAT ONE WRITES IS GENERALLY NOT WHAT HE OR SHE ACTUALLY IS IN REALITY OR BELIEVES! A coomon example is your thesis statement against Kadiatu´s article. Which is that despite all Jones Nhinson WILLIAMS IS WRITING, the record proves he is not what he claims to be by virtue of the fact that he was a spokesperson for a waring faction, and hence a possible war criminal!!!

Your counter, Mr. Kollie, that Jones Nhinson is not known to the masses, and that he cannot be a promoter of war criminals and then claim to be some "POPE" or "Nelson Mandela" IS QUITE IN PLACE AND VERY SOUND!

So Mr. Jones Nhinson Williams be MAN ENOUGH to clarify as to whether YOU (Jones Nhinson Williams) ARE THE SAME STRATEGIST AND SPOKESPERSON FOR THE WARING FACTION -LURD! The very fact that you could not include such clarification IN YOUR EPISTLE under the name Esther Flumo evidences the fact that you are another power-money-seeking politician attempting to EXPLOIT the mess your erst while ally Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has plunged the country into!

AGAIN, MR. JUSTICE IN CHAMBERS KANINEH JANEH, PLEASE COMEFORWARD AND "CLEAR THE AIR" AS TO WHETHER JONES NHINSON WILLIAMS IS THE SAME WILLIMA HANSON, SINCE YOU WERE ALSO A SPOKES PERSON FOR LURD- THE WARING FACTION!
Garsuah Gborvlehn at 04:11AM, 2015/12/13.

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