Rule of law, not rule of law – FrontPageAfrica


The January 28, 2022 induction ceremony of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) motivated me to write this commentary: The rule of law not the rule of law. With the over-Americanization of Liberia, it is very important to focus on why the outlaw state prevails as the Constitution of Liberia calls for the rule of law. As the Constitution of the United States of America (USA) calls for the rule of law, we observe the prevalence of racism in the United States and the coup attempt of January 6, 2021 during the Capitol siege in Washington , District of Columbia, the capital of the United States. Such prevalence is compelling evidence that the powers that be have an interest in maintaining a system of white racism that sustained the Capitol siege by supporters of former US President Donald Trump. The fight against this racism resulted in the election of the current American regime of President Joseph Biden.

Despite the regime change, the change is not fundamental because the same system, selective justice, prevails. This lack of fundamental change is what Chief Imam Ali Krayee referred to in his religious message during the LNBA induction ceremony. Indeed, the Chief Imam correctly stated that selective justice means no justice because if one person were to be deprived of justice, then all people would be deprived of justice. Outlaw rule rather than the rule of law continues to prevail in the United States, as it does in Liberia. The source of this problem lies in the actions of the powers that be that promote the production of raw materials for export without prioritizing value addition.

The transformation to the rule of law remains most important in Liberia because the outlaw state has resulted in the generation of poverty, where there is no justice for the poor, instead of poverty reduction, where there is justice for all. In furthering its mandate, promoting the rule of law, the LNBA remains at the heart of identifying and addressing issues in Liberia. But the old and widespread problem of poverty continues to prevail through the state’s management and promotion of the production of raw materials for export without prioritizing value addition. If value addition were to be prioritized, the result would be poverty reduction instead of poverty generation which prevails. Under outlaw rule, the absence of democracy prevails because the people of Liberia want one thing, but the powers that be want something else. The Liberian people say: We want peace! No more war! But the powers that be allow corruption and poverty to continue as if nothing had happened. Worse still, poverty has become the pretext for violence, as seen in the coup d’etat and civil war in Liberia that claimed the lives of 300,000 people, or ten percent of the population of Liberia at the time damaged billions of dollars of infrastructure and left the Liberian economy unrecovered at pre-war levels.

Legislators who are expected to represent Liberian voters have access to at least $1,000 per day and their foreign partners, in the business sector alone, have access to at least $2 million per day, while almost all of the population of Liberia has access to at least USD 2 million per day (annual reports of CBL, MFDP, MCI, LISGIS, AfDB, WB, IMF and UNDP). Two-thirds of Liberian children who should be in school are not (UNICEF, 2019; UNDP, 2020). Suffering from prevailing societal living conditions, eighty percent of Liberians concluded that Liberia was heading in the wrong direction (Afrobaromedia, 2020).

In the midst of the over-Americanization of Liberia, when children and others go to school, they learn nothing about Liberia. Therefore, they cannot solve Liberia’s problems. Common sense tells us that when you don’t know yourself, you can’t solve your problems. So Liberia continues to go in the wrong direction, as the praise singers continue to hurt Liberia with their sychophantic songs.

In his Message, the outgoing President of LNBA, Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe, showed leadership by example when he demonstrated to the Guest Speaker, Head of European Delegation, Induction Officer, Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) and to the general public, through his notes on turnover, that some Liberians know and practice the right thing to do, but they are not the powers that be. Note the evidence on knowledge and practice of anti-corruption measures when the incumbent president presented publicly known evidence on financial management during his tenure as president of the LNBA. Recall that the outgoing President, in a personal capacity, served as legal counsel in the pioneering Tipoteh v. Korkoya case before the Supreme Court of Liberia (SCL). The case showed that Korkoya was Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Liberia in violation of the Constitution of Liberia because he is not a Liberian citizen. Mr. Korkoya is a US citizen. Indeed, the case is determined to raise awareness through the rule of law to transform NEC from an UNFAIR entity to a FAIR entity. Such a transformation is the only way to get people with good track records, helping the poor to help themselves sustainably, elected to public office. Only elected officials with good track records have the will to take action to move Liberia from poverty generation to poverty reduction. So far, after two years, the SCL says it is not ready to comment on the case. Not a single national, religious, political, business or government leader has lent his support to the case.

Much of what is said here is repetitive because the problem of generating poverty persists, making advocacy necessary to continue stronger and better to motivate Liberians to work together through the rule of law to bring about justice for all. , the only ingredient of lasting Peace and Progress.

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