Matter of Ethics


By: Bai M. Gbala, Sr.

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
January 24, 2017


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Indeed, the unprecedented, present-prevailing rising/risen tide of flagrant dishonesty, decadent, moral rectitude of deceit, lies, thievery, graft and greed by highly-placed officials of the Liberian government – the National Legislature, Executive, Judiciary, all other agencies of government, the recent wave of resignations and flight/departure from Liberia - raise serious critical, crucial questions about the credibility, integrity, loyalty, patriotism and Legacy (“to be appreciated”) of the “democratically-elected” chief executive officer of the Liberian Nation, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.  

For, on her proverbial Desk, the Bucks (important, final life or death national Decisions) “stop” or are made.  For more than a century and half, and continuing, in Liberia, “nothing gets done without the practical participation or approval by the President”.

Recent cases (there are many forced resignations and flights from the country) in point are the reported and evidence-validated allegations of bribery against presidential legal and economic advisor who operated in close contact with the President from the Executive suites of the Presidency, and other major policy advisors and confidants who confessed presidential support of the action for which bribery was allegedly paid.

Importantly, Human Resource Management having the responsibility and functions to recruit, interview, select, hire and place applicants having the requisite qualifications, not only for successful performance, but also, for protection of the image and integrity of the institution or organization from dishonest and unethical practices. This process depends upon and utilizes the Resume and interviews of former employers for verification of employment experiences and references cited on the resume.

Apparently, this process had not been, and is not being, followed. The Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Government, for apparent political, economic and personal reasons, had been recruiting, hiring and promoting dual citizens without regard to character and integrity, with disastrous results.

The case of Mr. Sebastian Muah is an excellent example. According to Front Page Africa newspaper (January 6, 2017), Mr. Muah rose from Deputy Minister of Finance for Budgetto Managing Director of Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) in a little less than three years. During this time, Mr. Muah was able to “earn” and invest a quarter of a million US dollars, in cold cash, in a Casino not in Liberia, but in Bangui, the Central African Republic. Exposed by the Front Page newspaper, Mr. Muah was forced to resign his position. “What’s next”is the question for the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Government to answer.

But this is not all. Mr. Muah, perhaps a US citizen, returned home to Liberia from the United States where he states “. . . I am in debt with Wells Fargo (a US Bank) for money I borrowed from them over 50k . . . I would first pay off my mortgage” in a November 5, 2016 e-mail to Front Page.

Similarly, the second example is the resignation of Professor Willie Belleh as Chair of the nation’s Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) who, it may be said, fled from justice.  

According to the Daily Observer newspaper (January 18, 2017), Professor Belleh “. . . is currently on post-surgery consultations in the United States . . . “, a condition made possible for him and several other Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recruited-appointed confidants & advisors to afford, upon receipt of hundreds of thousands of US dollars in alleged bribe-payments.

The Critical Requirement
To the overwhelming majority of the Liberian People, these resignations and flights from the country, including the recent pomp and pageantry of the Investiture of “Super Minister of Finance & Development Planning”, the Honorable Amara Konneh (who was quietly rewarded with recommended appointment and quietly sent to Kenya, away from Liberia for obvious reasons)   are not enough and do not address the problem.

Rather, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf must, now, come clean, with resignation, for her mind-boggling, nationally- and internationally-validated numerous acts of plunder, looting, destruction, war, refugees, human suffering and death in Liberia of a quarter of a million Liberians.

Noting the increased level of sharped criticism, specifically, directed at her regime’s major policy actions by her traditional, powerful-supporting, wealthy, western nations-dominated International Community, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, current President of Liberia, sought socio-political cooperation, solidarity, alignment and acquired refuge with African regimes noted for notorious, dishonest and questionable dictatorial tendencies.  

For example, she is, now, the Darling and Chair of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, including the puppet-regime President, Allansan Ouattara of La Cote d’Ivoire, and the ousted, former President of Burkina Faso, now resident and citizen of La Cote d’Ivoire.  Both Excellences Aided & Abetted Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s military war of invasion or aggression against the Sister Republic of Liberia.

And finally, today, approaching the inevitable retirement, the end of it all, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf sought, frantically, but failed the “Kingmaker” attempt to select, name and appoint her successor as president to ensure protection against prosecution after retirement. For, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is highly to flee Liberia to a friendly African nation, in the event of prosecution attempt for her alleged war crimes.  

Kpan Kpan Molly
This Papay (Bai M. Gbala) must be really angry with this Dawo (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf)! I mean, this time he MINCES NOT a sigle word! This should be or should have been the tone of these so called progressives.
Kpan Kpan Molly at 04:57AM, 2017/01/25.
Jerry S. Wonde

Many thanks Oldman Gbala. You said it all. One thing for sure I know is that no war crimes go unpunished. Even those who committed war crimes during the World War II are still hunted to by the International Community.
Jerry S. Wonde at 05:16AM, 2017/01/25.
Tarkpor Jones
Bai Gbala has lost the moral grounds to criticize anyone in government. He was a major part of the Doe regime and one of those who contributed to the nightmare we find ourselves in today. Had he and his cronies not stolen the 1985 elections and sought personal vendetta against their countrymen we would not have been in this situation today. Please keep quit and stop playing on the intelligence of the Liberian people. He is only complaining because he's not the one in power.
Tarkpor Jones at 10:52AM, 2017/01/25.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah

It is true the election was stolen in 1985. But do you think had the election not been stolen, and there was a free and fair election where someone else had one other than Ellen or Charles Taylor, do you think there would have still not been a war waged By Ellen or Charles Taylor? Or even if Ellen won the election and came to power, would she have been a competent leader and not the corrupt, wicked, and incompetent, president she is? Well, the answer to the above is evident of her leadership subsequently after the two wars she formented and financed!

Well, whatever your opposing views or diverse opinion may be regarding my comment, this is what is written By one philosoopher:

“it is better to act and repent than not to act and regret.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“One can say this in general of men: they are ungrateful, disloyal, insincere and deceitful, timid of danger and avid of profit...Love is a bond of obligation that these miserable creatures break whenever it suits them to do so; but fear holds them fast by a dread of punishment that never passes.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 05:12AM, 2017/01/26.
Sylvester Moses
It is sickening when some adopt the habit of attacking truth with insults.

The fact of the matter is that when in 2014 EJS visited the White House to thank President Obama for America’s enormous assistance during the Ebola epidemic, she said that corruption was retarding development and progress in Liberia. Obama replied that the US would help, but apparently, she didn’t follow up.

And as soon as Mrs. Loretta Lynch became Justice Minister of the US, she promised African leaders dealing with stultifying official corruption of US help. Nigeria’s Buhari grabbed the offer, EJS never bothered. Indeed, she knew why: A la “you draw rope, rope draw bush” Yet in her last message she implied that her two mistakes were not attacking corruption enough, and a failure to reconcile the nation.

Well, as a supposedly former UN Chief for failed states, she knew that the first two priorities of a postwar nation are restoration of public confidence, and providing equal opportunities in order to guarantee unity. But after two terms which realized unprecedented revenues, foreign financial assistance, and international goodwill, she abandoned the vast majority to pervasive poverty, and widened the chasm in the country.

The question naturally is: What did Mr. Gbai Gbala Sr say in this article that is untrue or wrong for him to be mocked by the seemingly unethical, unprincipled, and unpatriotic?

Of course, like Macbeth, also besotted with witches in Shakespeare’s play of that name, EJS believed that everyone has a price, and allies were ends to a means – her being “great” as president of Liberia. So it was delusional to expect any positive outcome from the leadership of a lady whose paranoid pursuit to achieve a soothsayer’s prediction trumped any consideration of ethics.

In his January 22, 2017 article for New York Times entitled “Why I Cannot Fall in Line behind Trump”, Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who served in the previous three Republican administrations, used a C.S. Lewis’s quote from the book “The Abolition of Man”:

“I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man (or woman) who having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently”.

I rest my case. And thank you again Mr. Gbala for refusing to be silent when EJS’s monumental care deficit, and totally unethical governance might have already - if we’re not vigilant and cautious – sown the seeds for the next conflict in our war – wearied country.

Sylvester Moses at 05:58AM, 2017/01/26.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Hon. Bai M. Gbala Sr. must be extolled for not been the " innocent flower on the surface, but the serpent under the very flower" as Macbeth says. Hence, as a gentleman of education, he REFUSES to be " the false face which hides what the heart knows" as the very Macbeth elucidates.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 08:04AM, 2017/01/26.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Hon. Bai M. Gbala Sr. must be extolled for not been the " innocent flower on the surface, NOR "the serpent under the very flower" as William Shakespeare says in Macbeth. Hence, as a gentleman of education, he REFUSES to be " the false face which hides what the heart knows" as Shakespeare again says in Macbeth. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, throughout her life has always been and continue to be "the innocent flower on the surface" but in reality, "the serpent under the very flower."
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:41PM, 2017/01/26.
Sylvester Moses
Thanks Mr. ZoedJallah, "Macbeth" is a sobering play rich in memorable quotes. Literary critics even consider Duncan's "There is no art to show the mind's construction in the face" used in remarks praising Macbeth (who would eventually murder him) as one of the best examples of dramatic irony.
Sylvester Moses at 01:47PM, 2017/01/26.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Thanks Mr. Moses, you have reminded us of this:

"Let not light see my black and deep desires"!

—After being honored by King Duncan, Macbeth wrestles with his desire to murder him.

And this proves Niccolo Machiavelli right when he says "For it is a good general rule about men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, fearful of dangers and greedy for gain."

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