Even since the campaign for the Presidency of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA), ended on Saturday, May 28, followed by the election of Mr. Tillman Nuahnee Collins on Sunday, May 29, it is now time to govern effectively, Mr. President.
Mr. President, your overwhelming election under your campaign leadership team, Restoring Unity Services and Hope (RUSH), was not only an historic development, but equally a clear message from Grand Gedeans that they desperately needed change for the better.
The popularity contest has since been over. It is now time to govern effectively, Mr. President. There are more challenging national tasks here in the United States and most critically back home in the west African Republic of Liberia.
We want to remind you Sir, that the tedious tasks ahead of you must be tackled head on because, all the institutions involved are not just part and parcel, but the nucleus of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas.
We wish to specifically make references to the paralysis being suffered by the Gborho Ahmuyan (GA) and the big split within the National Sixty Born (NSB) and the Gbarzon District Association in the Americas (GDAA), here in the United States.
The Gborho Ahmuyan is completely paralyzed right now as a result of leadership squabble, although nobody on either side of the isle is willing to admit that indeed, there is a split.
We also have the long standing split within the National Sixty Born (NSB) organization. As a result, there is a splinter faction known as the United Sixty Born (USB), with both claiming legitimacy within the same Diaspora Grand Gedeh Community.
In the Gbarzon District Association in the Americas (GDAA), two of her sons in the persons of, Messrs. Moses Ehrich and Ralph Jolo, are battling it out with each faction also claiming legitimacy to the presidency of the Association.
The Memberships in all of these community Associations are in denial that indeed there are problems within their mists which need to be addressed instead of pretending that all is well when the opposite is true.
On a more critical development, is the national presidential elections in Liberia which is winding down and becoming clearer and clearer by the day that indeed, the ruling Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is prepared to do anything at all cost to win the Presidency.
If this were to happen, the critical question that needs an answered is, where does Grand Gedeh County and its inhabitants fit in an Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Liberia, considering the way the county considers her and her treatment of the county and its inhabitants during her last six years’ tenure?
To answer this question satisfactorily, the Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News (IEN), wishes to appeal and advise you Sir, on what you need to tell her in her face, when you ever have an opportunity of meeting with her.
Please let her know that Grand Gedeh County is not a Republic within a Republic. Our County is an integral part of the Republic of Liberia. She should not treat the county and its inhabitants as endemic species, because of its stiff opposition to her administration’s policies.
Please let her know also that we are not seeking special favors or treatment from her and/or her government. We only want to be treated equally, as any other county within the Republic of Liberia.
With a near unanimous vote of ninety nine point nine, nine percent (99.9.9/) vote against her Presidency as was exhibited during the last two elections circles (2005 and 2011), we are extremely concern, based on past experiences.
It is indeed no secret that the people of Grand Gedeh County, are diametrically opposed to her policies of marginalization of the county, as a result of the stiff opposition to her from the county.
We are not oblivious to the fact of how some African leaders react whenever they are opposed through the democratic process, as was done by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf against Grand Gedeh and Grand Gedeans, during her last six years now.
We are also fully aware that she will CONTINUE to marginalize the county in every way possible, after her obvious victory is announced as was demonstrated after she emerged victorious in the 2005 presidential elections.
Note; we used the word ‘CONTINUE’ deliberately because after the 2005 presidential elections in which Grand Gedeans again voted against her at ninety nine point nine, nine percent (99.9 9/), she deliberately marginalized the county, over the last six years.
The Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News (IEN), wishes to make it abundantly clear that no county, no matter what its votes are, should ever be marginalized by the President of the Republic, in this case, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as she did during her first term which is now coming to a end.
We believe that voting against her policies as Grand Gedeans did, is no reason whatsoever, to marginalize the county. Our opposition to her as a county, is part of the beauty of democracy. We wish to remind the ‘Harvard Trained Economist,’ as her western allies usually like to refer to her.
Grand Gedeh County was treated like a step child by the Sirleaf-Johnson Administration. Her government’s marginalization of the County was done in such a “CLEAVER” manner, it was not wildly noticed, but we observed it with an eagle eye and concluded that it was obviously deliberate.
Three classic examples of the Johnson-Sirleaf Government’s marginalization of Grand Gedeh are the selective elevation of one of the two in-land Multilateral Senior High Schools in Liberia namely the Vorjama and Zwedru Multilateral Vocational Senior High Schools.
The Johnson-Sirleaf Government only chose to elevate the Vorjama Multilateral Senior High School to a Junior College level, while the Zwedru Multilateral Senior High School remains untouched, as though it did not exist.
The Harbel Multilateral Senior High School in Margibi County at least has some advantages considering its proximity where the county’s inhabitants have asses to the many universities and collages in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.
However, that is also not a good reason to marginalize it. It is only that the situation with Grand Gedeh is much more acute considering its geographic location of approximately more than three hundred fifty miles away from the nation’s capital Monrovia, compare to that of Margibi County.
As a result, students who graduate from senior high schools in Grand Gedeh county and desirous of pursuing higher education, have no asses to any university or a junior college in the immediate proximity.
Another glaring example is the building from scratch of a twenty first century multi-million dollars hospital in Tapata, Nimba County, while the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, one of the oldest in the south-eastern region, remains untouched.
A third example of President Johnson-Sirleaf’s resentment of Grand Gedeans was when she told the leadership of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, under the then leadership of National President, Adolphine Kannah, why she (President Johnson-Sirleaf) could not appoint a Grand Gedean to manage the Gedeh Mountain exploration project, claiming there was no Grand Gedean who is a Geologist.
This was an affront (insult) to all Grand Gedeans for the President of the Republic of Liberia to have made such reckless remarks on two different occasions, when President Kannah had the opportunity of meeting with her twice, first in Liberia and later here in the United States.
Besides, we believe this was only a smokescreen by the President Sirleaf to pursue her act of vengeance and vendetta against Grand Gedeans with flimsy excuses to justify her actions.
We wish to remind President Johnson-Sirleaf that she has the constitutional prerogative to appoint whoever she so desires, rather than providing excuses. Under the same breath, she has an obligation to meet other constitutional requirements, which calls for equal opportunities for all.
If President Johnson-Sirleaf were sincere in her desire to have appointed a Grand Gedean, she did not need a Grand Gedean as a Geologist to manage or carry out an administrative function. This was only an attempt by her to hide her real intent for not appointing a Grand Gedean, if she wanted to.
The Johnson-Sirleaf Government’s actions were a clear and deliberate acts of vengeance/vendetta. If it were not, then we want to know what is. It is obvious that these developments were not an oversight, but were deliberately designed.
All of these encounters with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Grand Gedeans, can be best interoperated as the President telling Grand Gedeans, “THIS IS WHAT YOU GET AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU OPPOSE ME.”
It was a payback for the 2005 overwhelming vote against her and her Unity Party, a situation which was repeated during this 2011 first round elections, in which Grand Gedeans again overwhelmingly voted against her policies.
But the real question is, should any given county be marginalized by the President of the Republic, who is suppose to be the leader of all Liberians, irrespective of their votes against her?
It will therefore be no surprise to us if she CONTINUES her acts of vengeance and/or vendetta following the formal announcement of her ‘CORONATION VICTORY’ for a second term as President of the Republic of Liberia, after the November 8 runoff election. We have already brace ourselves, come what may.
On the other hand, while we were busy fighting among ourselves here in the United States, over community Presidency, President Johnson-Sirleaf’s Government was also busy marginalizing our County and its people, back home and only used the county for her so-called ‘CABINET RETREAT.’ Whatever that was, as we are yet to know the significance of that retreat.
To President Collins, we wish to state that after nearly five months in office, the Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News (IEN), wishes to remind and urge you again Sir, to govern more effectively and not worry about whether or not your decisions will be popular with the people?
We wish to remind you not to loss track of what you were elected to do. After winning the lion share of Grand Gedeans’ votes which was a clear mandate and an indication of our trust in you, hoping you would do what you promised plus more. We are still waiting and are only reminding you Sir.
It must also be noted that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf alone cannot be blamed for the total disaster that obtained during her first six years’ term. Our County’s Legislative Caucus must equally share some of the responsibilities/blame and be held accountable.
The five-man Caucus could not even hold together. There was in-fighting among them, a situation which was apparently exploited by President Johnson-Sirleaf. Remember the old saying, “if your house does not sell you, the street will not buy you?”
Our county’s Legislative Caucus failed us miserably and also sole us to the Johnson-Sirleaf Government for thirty pieces of silver, just by remaining silent at the time we needed them the most. We doubt if they even had any legislative agenda for the county’s development.
An example was the Gedeh Mountain Contractual fiasco. That agreement was forced down the throat of the Liberians people in general and Grand Gedeans in particular, who stand to be affected the most as a result of foreseeable environmental disaster that me occur, as a result of their failure.
The Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus failed miserably to conduct any debate with the hope of addressing some of those major critical concerns. The Liberian Legislature as a whole, also failed the nation unforgivably in exercising its constitutional mandate.
What did the Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus do? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! They were there only looking after their own interests, a decision which will have very serious ripple effect now and for generations yet unborn.
The River Gee and Sinoe Counties’ Legislative Caucuses must equally be held accountable because, we did not hear from them as well. All of us stand to loss at the end of the day as a result.
Not one of them raised a finger at President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Not even with a simple press release, by just expressing concern over the extra ordinary speed with which the bill was flown through the Liberian Legislature, by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
However, the Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News (IEN), wishes to make it unequivocally clear, that we will never relent in our effort to inform, educate, entertain and advocate for just causes.
We pledge to remain very, very vocal in making our contributions towards the overall national development of our county and country as a whole. We will continue to hold our leaders accountable, irrespective of who is involved.
Be it here in the United States, or back home in Liberia. We feel equally obligated to play our part regardless of the consequences. This is our role and our vow which we pledge to play to the best of our ability without let.
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