People’s Response To Liberty Party PolicyOn Anti-Corruption


By Bai M. Gbala, Sr 
Contributor


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
May 30, 2017

                  




Charlie Brumskine with Charlie Taylor

In an article on corruption, entitled, Anti-corruption Policy Speech (Analyst Liberia, May 12, 2027), “Small Brother” Charlie Brumskine, Counselor-at-Law, Political Leader of the LIBERTY Political Party and declared Candidate for President of Liberia, wrote what is an apparent LIBERTY Party’s major diagnostic policy prescription on “combating corruption”, the universal vice declared as “Liberia’s public enemy no. 1” by the nation’s current President.

That corruption had been rampant and is now roaring as Corruption, Incorporated, a Liberian socio-economic and political Mafia in control of the corridors of State power are not unexpected, given the prevailing “amnesty” of characteristic impunity to rebels and human rights violators.

The well-researched anti-corruption article and analysis traversed, almost, all of the critical, relevant issues of corruption, with impact of its incidence, related “consequences” and  proposed anti-corruption policy actions to be taken when and if elected president. The article acknowledged “imperial presidency” in Liberia as a “form” of corruption. Indeed, we have argued, advised and recommended decades ago, and argue today, that imperial presidency is not only one of the major sources of corruption, but also, the only source from which all public policy impediments flow in Liberia, as we shall see later.

But detailed review of the LIBERTY Party’s proposed policy actions are, in fact, nothing but the Liberian political tradition of “business as usual, stay-the-course” of the century-old bag of “poli-tricks” that got Liberia to where it is today. For, the proposed policy actions are the worn-out election-time promises as:

a)  “strengthening ministry of Justice; effective/efficient financial control and reporting; general auditing; avoid conflict of interest; control nepotism; merit-based civil service”; and the new, original ones – “dismantle imperial presidency” but by “Constitutional amendmentsto delete portions of”:

 

But as a lawyer, the Political Leader of LIBERTY Party knows that to achieve his identified objectives requires an in-depth plan of action of the critical issues of law. For example, there is rampant selective obedience-disobedience of law in which law-makers and lawyers are the major law-breakers; the pervasive, far-reaching issue of imperial, presidential power is a function of or derives from the 170-year old structure of government, the Unitary structure, defined and enshrined in the nation’s Constitution in 1847, rigidly centralized in a president and dispensed from far away Executive Mansion, Republic of Monrovia, Montserrado County.

 To “dismantle imperial presidency” requires decentralization of power – administrative, economic and politicalthe very democratic requirement of the right to vote, the inalienable right that inheres to adult citizens by virtue of their citizenship, the instant case in point in our country, with superintendents, mayors and other county, public political officials appointed, while chiefs and others are limbo during the past 12 years.

Importantly, the Preamble to the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance clearly identified the Unitary Structure of Government as the major and only culprit of and obstacle to the century and half of socio-cultural, economic and political under-development of Liberia.  But the Governance Commission, the public policy expert/advisor that crafted the Decentralization Policy, says that Liberia will remain the Unitary State.

Does the Leadership of LIBERTY have the “guts” and patriotic determination for reasonable, legal challenge for Change, given its boastful claim of “I am the most qualified”?

According to the Theory of Organizations, the structure, of any organization, defined by its Rules, Regulations, Bye-Laws and Constitutions, influences the performance behavior of individuals, the employees, in organization. The Liberian government is an organization; therefore, its employees, the “people in organization” had been and are so influenced. This had been, and is, Liberia’s major political problemSTRUCTURAL – not only the sitting President’s greed for power and wealth, as many believe.

Unless and until Liberiathe political parties, politicians and “politically-connected lawyers” – summon the “political will, courage and the guts” to replace the undemocratic system of the doctrine, Unitary Structure, all efforts made and are being made, designed to deliver needed public services efficiently, effectively, will fail and Liberia will remain the designated “failed state”, not the needed modern, functional State.

Finally, the test for believability of the “I am the most qualified” and any other such political statements, lie in the credibility of the proposed policy actions designed to address the following national problems:


Andrew Worth
Nothing there that I disagree with.
Andrew Worth at 02:00AM, 2017/05/31.
sylvester Gbayahfoh Moses
A knotty problem of our self – proclaimed “most – qualified” candidate Counsellor Charles Brumskine can be summed up in six kindergarten words: ‘he is too clever by half’. And, allegedly, in a country which boasts of legendary corporate lawyers, his legal talents, though equally impressive, couldn’t bring in the compensations he craved. So like a typical Liberian self – entitled gentry, he found succor in nepotism by hitching his wagon to a star: Cousin Ellen.

For instance, rumor has it that nearly all the corporate clients in Liberia of EJS’s four years’ foe, Senator Varney Sherman, have been transferred by presidential fiat to the LP Chairman Counselor Brumskine. By the way, the only man in the country who could stroll to the CBL, and secure a loan of USD $700,000 for a political ally! But the brilliant lawyer underestimated the high price he would have to pay for such ties with the leader of a country where corruption morphed into a virus killing off the vast marginalized majority.

Indeed, hence his growing difficulties in this year’s presidential elections. Added to the frustration is that two elections have sensitized the electorates to the probabilities of electoral fraud, therefore, making it risky for Cousin Ellen to try influencing NEC on his behalf. The upshot, most observers are rightfully suspicious of her proposed Peace Forum; and that’s the web in which Brumskine bound himself. So, Brother Bai, what does one make of his maiden Anti – Corruption Policy Speech? Well, writer Sir Walter Scott said it better: “Oh what a tangled web we weave… when first we practice to deceive”.

sylvester Gbayahfoh Moses at 04:31PM, 2017/05/31.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Man Bai Gbala,"let people hear their ear." In terms of mentality or mindset, there is no difference between Charles Brumskine,Joseph Boakai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and you Bai Gbala...the pursuit of your individual vanities By crafty, copnspiratorial, and decitful tactics motivated solely By some maladorous self-interest as opposed to the national interest. Substantiating this is your PR work tasks now to secure votes for a corrupt Joseph Boakai and his corrupt Unity Party.


Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:16AM, 2017/06/05.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Man Bai Gbala,"let people hear their ear." In terms of mentality or mindset, there is no difference between Charles Brumskine,Joseph Boakai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and you Bai Gbala...the pursuit of your individual vanities By crafty, copnspiratorial, and deceitful tactics motivated solely By some maladorous self-interest as opposed to the national interest. Substantiating this is your PR work tasks now to secure votes for a corrupt Joseph Boakai and his corrupt Unity Party.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:18AM, 2017/06/05.
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