There is an interesting logic, but hardly questionable when it comes to executing what is bound to be no matter the attending pressure, let alone the consequences without fear or favor at which time, most executioners faltered under the whims of terror; and being too aware of the hand that butters the executioners’ bread, whose registered and vested connection is glaring known; the executioners soon find themselves in the situation of being struck with a porcupine’s gut; too greasy to throw away or get rid of, similarly, too poisonous that it cannot be eaten; and so it becomes perpetually held in the hand as the carriers move from one end to another.
Why this saga is being hinted at this time of the year, reason is simple. As the nation stressfully becomes politically charged due to the impending most eyed senatorial by-election nationwide; with the high degree of anxiety to perform very excellently, thereby capturing victory; the ruling establishment leaving no stone unturned; and in its usual cultured approach through violation towards issues, situations and developments it craves to possess be it under thunder, lightning, rain or fire; it will for the slightest moment, never shy away from the questionable flick side of the expression loaded with contempt that says, if the task takes a long time, it pays very well to begin early.
Is to begin early just all right, when the rules and law governing the political game or race has not even been officially and openly declared by the executioners while the ruling establishment is openly and massively conducting pre-campaign activities throughout the country under the canopy of petitioning ceremony, as authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) showed real blind to such impure and gross violation of the elections’ laws to be applied and must be wholly accepted by all interested participants in the process. People are complaining of the pre-matured violation of the elections’ laws by the ruling establishment with practically no punitive action being meted out against the law breakers; moreover bring the violators to book.
In the same vein, the world in general and this country and people in particular, are strongly and deeply cognizant of a partisan-graced election with corresponding ramifications; and while all are devoted to safeguarding this hard-earned peace existing in the country, and will continue to do everything patriotically and nationalistically to ensure that the latter is preserved and protected by all means, let no one set of Liberians be fooled into thinking that based on their current status in leadership will perpetuate lawlessness through gross violations of the elections’ law and have a free ride in the land. Oh no. To do so is tantamount to having a sizeable time of your busy schedule battling it out in the court of competent jurisdiction, wherein the hunters (care takers) will be legally hunted (engaged) with every ounce of the law; despite persuasion, fame, status or a very high profile wide angel deal cutters and makers, the law will be made to without fear or favor proclaim that Liberia is a country of laws and not of men and women.
It is also a great pride for the now ruling establishment to roll back its neck a little when the NEC had to be taken to court on two different, but separate occasions; the first emanated from an alleged letter written and signed by NEC’s Chairman James Fromayan regarding the result of an election wherein the purported letter that short-landed to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) declared the CDC winner of the and following tough shuttling, the matter was reversed and the PORPERLY DECLARED winning letter was addressed to Unity Party. Another scenario took center-space when the Liberty Party unsatisfied with some election hiccup, took the current ruling establishment to court, and after several legal twists and turns, the court finally settled the sticky election’s hiccup, and the nation returned to its business as usual; so the people hold this true as evident that if this current authority at NEC of which some people have already registered their fear and qualms about doing the right thing and not be eclipsed by the porcupine gut debacle.
The open national mirror is well posted and strategically exhibited in the public considering how mute it (NEC) is amidst excessive complaints from the public reportedly accusing the ruling establishment of pre-campaign activities when in fact the time for campaign for the December 8, 2020 senatorial by-election has not yet been declared open with no stringent measure being meted out at would-be or and potential violators which sends a troubling signal on a sad note of greater things to come since the ruling establishment is very determined to make a grand come back politically with emphasis on capturing the Montserrado County’s seat it claims to have exclusively owned by lost it to the Liberty Party.
It can be recalled that a local daily reported that Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., is craving the indulgence of Liberians across the country, especially partisans and sympathizers of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), to help make him a “Benevolent Dictator,” a move he thinks will help to speedily put Liberia on path of development and rapid transformation.
But pundits regrettably wondered why seek a benevolent dictator enrichment to put Liberia speedily on the path of development and rapid transformation, when he had already declared that his short stay in power has achieved more in development that any presidents since 1847, adding that can’t he just continue on that path if he is sure to himself that the country is excelling progressively And the wellbeing of the citizens has greatly improved.
According to them what the people are getting out of the leadership is tremendously terrible while not yet an approved full-grown dictator by the Legislature, what more if he becomes that so-called benevolent dictator; fool no
During one of the many endorsement ceremonies of CDC’s Senatorial candidate, Representative Thomas P. Fallah in Monrovia, the Finance Minister said that the President needs to be made a “Benevolent Dictator” so that Liberians can be afraid of him in order not to question his administrative actions and decisions. He said the CDC administration needs to start taking tough decisions and, as such, there is a need to re-orientate the whole government in order to achieve that goal.
“Look, we need a benevolent dictator. It means somebody like Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who alone can sit in a room and make a decision that will change the whole country faster,” The Minister said, adding that “this is what is happening in many Asian Countries, where the benevolent dictators just say, ‘OK, I’m not here to hear what the other people get to say or their views. I will build that road and put the money there.’
“Because at times,” the Minister continued, “you want to build that road, and some other people will say do the land… and when everybody starts democratizing your decision, then you are slowed down. But we [the CDC government] need tough decisions so we can re-orientate the whole government,” he noted.
According to Wikipedia, on online encyclopedia, a “benevolent dictatorship” is a government in which an authoritarian leader exercises absolute political power over the state but is perceived to do so with regard for benefit of the population as a whole, standing in contrast with the decidedly malevolent stereotype of a dictator who focuses on his and supporters’ self-interests. A benevolent dictator may allow for some civil liberties or democratic decision-making to exist, such as through public referenda or elected representatives or with limited power, and often makes preparations for a transition to democracy during or after their term. It might be seen as a republican form of enlightened despotism.
The Finance Minister, who many consider to be one of two de-facto leaders of the state, noted that President does not have the resounding mandate for people to be afraid of him—“So this is the mandate that we want you to give him this December 8,” he said in reference to the Senatorial polls across the country that will see fifty percent of the Senate membership elected.
As progressive as these sounds, critics maintain that a dictator is a dictator, no matter how kind or how cruel.
Minister Tweah’s statement has since been hit by a barrage of criticisms as many fear that it has the propensity to lead Liberia back into its dark days as Liberians are no longer willing to live under a dictatorial leadership.
One of such persons who vehemently criticized the CDC stalwart’s proclamation is Mr. Abduolaye Dukulé, an adviser to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who said calling on Liberians to vote for Legislators to turn Weah into a “benevolent dictator” is at best a reckless statement.
“This makes it compelling for the opposition to win and for Liberians to vote for those who want to preserve democracy,” he said on his social media page.
Mr. Dukulé, who many consider a veteran diplomat and Communication Specialist, noted that Liberians must rise and do the right thing at the polls in December if they are to dream of someone becoming a “Benevolent Dictator.”
“The Upcoming Liberian Benevolent Dictator! The future of democracy, accountability and governance hangs on the outcome of the December 8, 2020 senatorial elections. The mid-term electoral process, which concerns half of the Senate, will tilt the balance of power in the Senate,” he said, noting that President George Weah’s administration could come out emboldened if it wins the majority, especially in the race in Montserrado, Nimba and Bassa counties. “A victory, however small, will give Weah a mandate.”
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