ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP) Decries suspicious drowning deaths, ritualistic killings, muzzling of the freedoms of speech

 

A Press Release Issued By UCEP


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
March 31, 2016

                  



 
 
 
 

The ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), INC., composed of former presidents and former board chairpersons of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), the umbrella Diaspora organization, have over the years assumed the burden of applying acquired wisdom and experience to protect foundational principles for the benefit of ULAA, and for Liberians everywhere, especially the voiceless at home.

The gruesome remains of Harry Greaves
- Courtesy of the Informer

Thus mindful of its solemn responsibilities, and alarmed by news accounts about suspicious drowning deaths, missing persons, spikes in ritualistic killings, muzzling of the freedoms of speech and press through ancient sedition laws, confronting non – violent protests with militarized police units, terrorizing an opposition party leader, Mr. Simeon Freeman of the MPC, to flee the country for expressing contrarian views, and the fatal shooting of another unarmed demonstrator by a fawning security sector, UCEP dispatched two letters to two primary African organizations, the AU & ECOWAS in February of 2016. These communications were sent in response to these unacceptable behaviors by state actors, the gross violations of the human rights of a vast majority dying off from pervasive poverty as a result of rampart corruption, and our deep concern for the future of the country.

Given our desire for continuous peace and our commitment to ensure that Liberia does not fall back into war, UCEP has resolved to address additional letters in the coming weeks to the President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and to other principal governments and international institutions including the US State Department, the US Legislature, the UN Security Council, the EU, and to other regional groupings. Our appeal to these governments and institutions is to bring all efforts to bear to address the vexing issues in Liberia with the aim of preventing Liberia from reverting to the very conditions which led the country down the path of war. We are therefore calling on peace – loving people everywhere to speak up. Because it isn’t whether (if things don’t change) the country will explode, it is when.

Issued by the authority of the Eminent Council on this 30th day of March 2016 in the City of Jonesboro, the State of Georgia, USA.

Signed:

Siahyonkron J. K. Nyanseor
Chair, UCEP Secretariat

Contact #: (404) 468-2440
ucepinc@gmail.com

Attached Letters: ECOWAS/AUC


Matilda Witherspoon
That us the point: It is not a matter of "if"! With these despotic undertones provoking sizzling anger, as the chairman of the very ruling party warned in his National Independence Day Oration, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is plunging this country into total destruction!" Tipoteh speak out! Boima Fahnbulleh tell Ellen "time is up"! Amos Sawyer, tell Ellen she reached her "waterloo" by killing Harry Greaves! Conmanny Wisseh, Isaac Nyenabo, Joseph Nagbe, Teahjay, and other legislative colaborstors of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tyranny, tell ellen the people are sick and tired of her administration! So called VP Boakai, the both of you are the cause for this problem by not heeding to Boima Fahnbulleh's National security strategy of honesty, transparency, and welfare for the people! That you people blundered by heeding to the National security strategy of Ellen'son Robert Sirleaf which centered on stealing state funds!
Matilda Witherspoon at 07:18PM, 2016/04/01.
James Samolu
Officials and members of the AU, ECOWAS and other foreign governments may be hesitant to intervene in this kind of internal matter.

Why? The death of Mr. Harry Greaves has not been proven to be a homicide. And even though his death is a major blow to the cadre of Liberian luminaries, but most importantly it pales by comparison to such crimes like crimes against humanity that would warrant the attention of the international community and foreign governments.

I wonder where was this eminent person of the ULAA during the fourteen years of war that claimed over 250,000 Liberian lives? Would it not have been the most propitious time when the ULAA, our only hope in the diaspora, could have vigorously and expeditiously intervened to stop the brutal carnage of our people before it reached such an alarming proportion?

Mr. Siahyonkron knows very well that many of the prominent people who have ascended the echelons of power in Liberia have played major roles in the ULAA including the strategizing, organizing, implementing, and coordinating of various political activities that netted to nothing but disasters.

For decades Mr. Siahyonkron has been among those spearheading fundraising projects under the guise of promoting the socio-economic and socio-political advancement of Liberia; and yet Liberians are pondering today over what have been its achievements.

Mr. Siahyonrkron's autograph is the only signature that is consipicuously and digitally affixed on the letter to the AU and ECOWAS. Where are the signatures of the other ULAA officials? Are their signatures not important too? This is a clear manifestation of the leadership style that characterizes the modus operandi of Mr. Siahyonkron. Is this what he calls participatory democracy? I doubt it seriously.

What a glaring paradox! The ULAA that professes to be in the vanguard of promoting democracy in Liberia has an eminent person whose core values are autocratic.

Unless this old head with his Jurassic methodologies and ideas is cleansed out of the organization, the ULAA will remain without vim, vigor, and vitality for a long time.

James Samolu at 02:52PM, 2016/04/03.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
James Samolu,

The RELEVANCE or issue here IS NOT about whether the dissapearances, and suspicious killings,and suspicious drowning deaths, ritualistic killings, are proven homicides or not.Nor is it about Mr. Nyanseor´s "fund raising projects", his actions or inactions about "participatory democracy or UCEP/ULAA modus operandi.

The URGENCY and crucial issue is: these "suspicious deaths or killings" (if we may quote the Justice Minister) are going on as some uncontrollable locomotive! And those in charge of Liberia´s territorial jurisdiction(where these brutalities are going on) are either UNWILLING OR UNABLE to carry out the required due diligence as required and authorised under domestic and international law!

Samolu, if you do not have anything sensible to share, please just keep quiet and let sober and sound minds (as Elder Nyanseor etc. etc.) alert the regional authorities about how "the country is threading a dangerous path"(if we may quote Senator Varney Sherman) and needs intervention to restore the people´s safety and happiness as ensrined in the Liberian Constitution!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:58AM, 2016/04/04.
Johnny Ballis
Mr. Zoedjallah


Mr. Samolu has the right just as all of us do to express his thoughts in any form, shape or manner. This is the essence of democracy.


Not one day have I been on this web site to witness anyone trying to silence the self-styled prophet Siahyonkron when he is delivering his doomsday messages, heaping praises on himself, extolling his good virtues and concatenating titles. Why are you trying now to silence Mr. Samolu? Is it because he refuses to fall under the discipleship of your prophet Siahyonkron?


What is so surreal about what is happening is the fact that in most instances when preceding generations tolerate certain values, the younger or succeeding generations will come to embrace them. And this is what is going on now. What is blinding many of our young folks not to understand that Mr. Siahyonkron is simply fabricating suspicions to suit his selfish aim is mind boggling.

The ULAA has been producing leaders in Liberia for years; but notwithstanding what impact have their policies made on the country? Is change only about taking out the old wine and replacing it with new wine but within the same old bottle? This is delusional thinking. Why the present generation cannot see that the ULAA needs to be infused with new blood and a new thinking?

The saddest aspect about these kinds of events is that whenever push comes to shove the ordinary and hopeless people become part of the collective punishment while those who are orchestrating it are living comfortably in some remote areas.

Talking about impending danger in Liberia and the subregion?! There is none whatsoever. Why would Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast face disaster because of some criminal acts committed by some misfits in our society?

At last, all the wishful thinkers will fall flat on their faces.

Johnny Ballis at 06:18PM, 2016/04/04.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Johnny Ballis (whether truly existent or not),

Unless one does not want to be serious, or truthful, there is no scientific, intellectual, nor factual, difference between what UCEP has articulated as signed By its head Elder Nyanseor and what THE LIBERIAN OBSERVER has published hereunder in one of its latest editorials on the matter UCEP is ALERTING the regional authorities about and signed By its first amongst equals - Elder Siahyonkrohn Nyanseor:

"Where Is the Zayzay Autopsy Report?

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:57 admin





How does this government think it can get away with such an atrocity?

Why has the government of Liberia not released the autopsy report on the death of Victoria Zayzay?

The GOL’s answer is that the report was “inconclusive”.

If that is the case, then why not release it and order a second opinion? Surely that would have been the wisest course of action both for a government that is already under suspicion for the mysterious deaths of political opponents and whistleblowers, and for the sake of the bereaved family.

If a few rogue officers committed the crime, boot them out and bring them to justice.

But the fact that the government has withheld the report for this long and the family has finally had to bury their daughter five months after her death without an autopsy report, stinks of suspicion and callousness (indifference, cold-heartedness). It renders the entire government complicit in the crime!

How heartless. How cruel.

Whatever happened to women’s rights under Africa’s first democratically elected female president, that a woman, a pregnant mother, can die with her unborn child in such a gruesome manner in police custody, and the murders go unsolved without even so much as the courtesy of an investigation?

Even if the report had been inconclusive, that should have put more of a burden on the government to conduct a thorough on-the-ground investigation. Who is the depot commander? Who were the officers on duty that night? How was it possible that no one saw what happened?

Of course, as all things done in the darkness must come to light, a copy of the report was allegedly leaked through none other than the Justice Ministry itself. Reportedly, it concluded that Victoria Zayzay did not die from hanging.

The question, then, becomes how did she die, and why? What happened?

If she did not die from hanging, then was she killed? If she was killed, then by whom? What did Victoria Zayzay see in the police cell that night? Did she witness a late night drug deal in the depot? What information was she privy to?

Then again, she was also a very attractive woman. Was she raped? Is that why the autopsy report was never released? She was also pregnant. Was it a ritualistic killing?

These are the questions to which the government exposes itself when it goes about concealing information that is vital to laying the fears and suspicions of the public to rest.

The government of Liberia has in fact treated Victoria Zayzay’s death like that of a stray dog – not even warranting the human dignity of an investigation.

Worse still, it seems a concerted effort was made by the responsible authorities effectively to deny justice in this case.

In a press statement issued nearly three months after Zayzay’s death in police custody, Police Director Chris Massaquoi assured the general public that “the LNP attaches serious concern to this matter” and that “a comprehensive investigation” was ongoing, pending the outcome of the autopsy report.

We are yet to see the makings, let alone the findings of said investigation.

When the family saw no such ongoing investigation as promised by the GOL, Madam Comfort Zayzay, mother of the deceased and grandmother of the unborn child, yet unable to bury her daughter’s body, staged a sit-in protest at the Temple of Justice. There, she met Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. When
she begged him to help her get justice for her daughter, he chided her and her fellow protestors for using the judiciary for “political” purposes.

“This is not a political ground and we will not tolerate people holding protest as a means of getting justice. This is not the purpose of the Judiciary. We are a not a party to any case. We are only here to make sure everybody gets justice,” he chided the bereaved mother and grandmother whose pregnant daughter had died in police custody.

A heartless rebuke, as if the death of one’s daughter in police custody classifies as a political matter! It definitely is not, Mr. C.J!

The Justice Ministry itself, which leaked the autopsy report in January 2016, had told journalists that with the report in hand, further investigations would be conducted.

“…if it establishes that anyone is involved,” the MOJ source assured the public, “we are going to deal with such person for Ms. Zayzay’s death in our cell transparently, and we want to assure the public that we will remain transparent until the matter is brought to rest.”

The MOJ is yet to live up to its promise.

The giver of Justice in the country, to which Chief Justice Korkpor directed the mother of the victims, has not dispensed justice as promised or as required.

As such, Victoria Zayzay’s blood and that of her unborn child remains on the hands of the Government of Liberia.

Micahael Allison, Victoria Zayzay, Harry Greaves… Who will be next, and where and when will it end?"

SO YOU SEE, MR. BALLIS, WHAT IS OF RELEVANCE IS NOT WHO OR WHAT THE MESSENGER MAY BE! RATHER, WHAT IS OF RELEVANCE IS BERINGING TO HALT THE DANGER - AS IN THIS CASE, THE ATTORICTIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF! AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT ELDER NYANSEOR AND HIS COLLEAGUES IN UCEP ARE DOING!: ALERTING THE SUBREGIONAL AUTHORITIES VIS A VIS BRINGING A HALT TO THE ATROCITIES BEEN COMMITTED BY THE ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF´S GOVERNMENT!

DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE USAGE OF ONE´S RIGHT TO HIS OR HER OPINION TO COVER THE ATTROCITIES OF WHETHER GOVERNMENT OR WHICHEVER CULPRIT. THIS ABUSE OF RIGHT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY MR. JAMES SAMOLU, AND BY EXTENTION BY YOU. WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST BOTH OF YOU TO DESIST FROM SUCH ABUSES OF RIGHTS!

IN OTHER WORDS,YOUR OBSESSION ABOUT ULAA IN GENERAL AND ELDER NYANSEOR IN PARTICULAR ARE EXTREMELY ILLOGICAL AND MISPLACED, FOR EVEN IF YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ULAA AND MR. NYANSEOR WERE FACTUAL, SUCH WOULD HAVE NO EFFECT WHEN IT COMES TO BRINGING A HALT TO THE ATROCITIES OF THIS GOVERNMENT AS PUBLICIZED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE GLOBE AS WE MAKE THESE EXCHANGES!

BESIDES, THE MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY ENJOYED BY LIBERIA AND LIBERIANS TODAY IS TREMEDIOUSLY ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE PROGRESSIVISM BY ULAA IN THE 70´S, JUST AS SUCH NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT MUST ME ACREDITED TO THE GALLANTRY AND BRAVERY OF THE ARMY AND THE MASSES! SO ONE HAS TO RETHINK BEFORE BADMOUTHING ULAA OR UCEP!

MR. BALLIS, ALERTING THE SUBREGIONAL AUTHORITIES IS NOT ABOUT if we may quote you "Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast facing disaster because of some criminal acts committed by some misfits in our society".

THIS IS PRIMARILY, FUNDAMENTALLY, AND EXCELLENTLY, THE NORM AND LEGAL APPROACH WHICH ANY INSTITUTION/ORGANIZATION, A GOVERNMENT, OR AN INDIVIDUAL TAKES WHEN A STATE OR GOVERNMENT IS UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO REMEDY SUCH ATROCITIES OR CRIMES BEEN COMMITTED WITHIN A GIVEN TERRITORIAL OR EXTRA-TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION! IN INTERNATIONAL LAW IT IS CONCEPTUALIZED AS EXHAUSTION OF LOCAL OR REGIONAL REMEDY!!!





Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 04:48AM, 2016/04/06.
James Samolu
Mr. Zoebohn and the ULAA eminent persons:

Are you implying that the president of Liberia's role is to check for every single crime that is committed? If it is so then how about the lives of everyday folks? Are they not part of the national narrative? This strategy is proving to be narrow in scope.

Here is a suggestion. Instead of the ULAA putting all of its intellectual and vocal capital to the bringing down of the Sirleaf government, it can adopt the positive models of other foreign nationals living in the diaspora. A shining example is: The American-Jewish League (AJL). The AJL hovers a lot of clot both in the United States and Israel because its activities are not wholly and solely politically based.

It raises funds that are geared towards combating the prevalence of hunger and poverty of Jewish citizens; improving agriculture and education; improving security and national defense and so forth.

The AJL achieves many of its humanitarian objectives because it knows fully well that politicians will come and go but Israel will remain.

Instead of trying to convert the psyche of an existing government or modifying the behavior of its officials, why not the ULAA try to win the hearts and minds of the people by undertaking some simple projects that would be practically beneficial to them?

What has made terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS that in spite of their heinous acts they are regarded as viable entities within their societies?

It is not because they have leaders who write fine essays or who sit and weep and speculate on rumors. It is because the common people look at them as viable alternatives in solving their most urgent and pressing issues. It has well been documented that Hezbollah of Lebanon operates hospitals and clinics in addition to delivering other goods and services to the people.

The Greek philosopher Archimedes once said, "Give me a fulcrum for my lever and I will move the world."

Eminent persons of the ULAA: the fulcrum is in your hands as you live in one of the greatest civilizations on Earth. It is time to broaden your focus.

An abundance of education and resources are at your disposal. Use them to benefit our people in meaningful ways. May be instead of dwelling only on who is committing crimes in Liberia, the ULAA could re-direct some time and resources to crime detection and prevention; the hiring of more law enforcement agents; and pay and incentives.

In the end this move will reap great political capital for the ULAA in ways that people have never imagined.



James Samolu at 12:37PM, 2016/04/08.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. James Samolu,

So, for you, a president should be left anone to do what are totally unconstitutional. It seems this very wicked, corrup, and incompetent woma Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "has given you something to eat" - (used charm on you as she has done to a few others). Well, it seem Benedict Sannoh has vomited his.

NOW LISTEN UP!: Neither UCEP nor ULAA is a terrorist group (as Hizbollah) or lobbying group (as the American Jewish League AJL). ULAA and UCEP are pressure groups. Political Science 101!

Besides, the exercise of fundamental rights is not about "bringing down" whosoever. IT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY! Here is what Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution prescribes vis a vis fundamental rights: TAKE A SERIOUS NOTE OF CLAUSE C.

Article 15

a)


Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression, being fully responsible for the abuse thereof. This right shall not be curtailed, restricted or enjoined by government save during an emergency declared in accordance with this Constitution.

b)


The right encompasses the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to knowledge. It includes freedom of speech and of the press, academic freedom to receive and impart knowledge and information and the right of libraries to make such knowledge available. It includes non-interference with the use of the mail, telephone and telegraph. It likewise includes the right to remain silent.

c)


In pursuance of this right, there shall be no limitation on the public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries.

d)


Access to state owned media shall not be denied because of any disagreement with or dislike of the ideas express. Denial of such access may be challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction.

e)

Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 02:18AM, 2016/04/11.
charley price

Mr. Zoebohn:

Mr. Samolu is not saying that the ULAA is a terrorist organization neither is he comparing them to Hezbollah. He is only mentioning the terrorist groups for reference or to make a point.


He is plainly states that the organizations in and of themselves are not good because of their motives; but in in spite of their bad reputation, they are still popular among their people. Why? They deliver basic goods and services to the common people. These are things that their governments cannot do. Therefore they do win the admiration of the people.

When last have you heard that the ULAA contributed money to improve the unsanitary condition in Liberia? How much did they contribute to combat the Ebola crisis? What are they doing to head off the impending ZIKA pandemic? What programs or projects have they undertaken to assist the government in combating crimes? How many scholarships have they granted to young Liberians wishing to pursue a better education to man the schools and hospitals in our country?

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