Human Right Lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe has blasted past and present regimes for failing to deliver on promises made to improve the living condition of Liberians.
Cllr. Gongloe made specific reference to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.
Serving as key note speaker at program marking the official closing of Ricks Institute on Sunday in Virginia, Cllr. Gongloe said much has not been done to improve the lives of Liberians from poverty as promised by the Unity Party regime.
Cllr. Gongloe said the country’s developmental agenda has been undermined due to selective justice, the shielding of some corrupt officials, the jailing of journalists and political activists for sedition, criminal libel against the president, criminal malevolence.
The former Labor Minister intimated President Sirleaf has engaged in nepotism, favored treatment of some political appointees in terms of salaries and benefits, the breaking down of viable institutions established by past governments, such as National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).
He lamented these vices are now order of day in the Sirleaf government rather than focusing on infrastructural and human development.
Gongloe, a former Labor Minister and Solicitor General the Sirleaf government now a fearless critic lamented that the trust of the Liberian people have been betrayed by the Unity Party government.
He reminded Liberians of promised made by his former boss that she would be in power for one term and her main concentration would be the laying of a firm foundation for good governance, through combatting corruption, upholding the rule of law and protecting the human rights of all Liberians without distinction.
Cllr. Gongloe pointed out even though, President Sirleaf promised change for the better, the process of the change has been largely driven, by prescriptions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral institutions.
“This government has virtually relied on non-governmental organizations to carry on rural development, especially in the areas of health and education, and have done so in a manner that appears like government has abdicated its responsibility of intervening in the lives of the people, Cllr. Gongloe averred”.
He noted the government has failed miserably to deliver on its promises of laying a firm foundation for good governance and development by its over-reliance on foreign aid.
Cllr, Gongloe said dependency has hindered national development because it disregards the capacity of the people to make progress, adding that such move instead of a nationally driven process of laying a firm foundation for development is a betrayal of the promise upon election of the Unity Party government.
According to him, the persistent betrayal of promise of President and Unity Party government has created a lack of trust and respect for the government of Liberia and its functionaries creating mass disenchantment and hopelessness.
He predicted if the situation continues it could undermine peace and the breakdown of law and order, thereby necessitating a return of the United Nations to Liberia, while at the same time x-raying his former boss on her government’s fight against corruption and her involvement in civil war in Liberia.
Cllr. Gongloe told graduates of Rick Institute as emerging leaders in Liberia they must commit themselves to keeping the promise of maintaining peace in Liberia.
He warned the graduates not to emulate the bad example from politicians, whom he call political investors and election time humanitarians.
“I urge you students, especially those who will be departing this school at end of this academic year, to develop the courage of living honest lives and strive to work hard for what you earn, he pointed out”.
It is only when a majority of the men and women who hold leadership positions in the public service in our country have integrity that our government will succeed in keeping the promise to the world that we will maintain peace in Liberia forever.
Cllr. Gongloe admonished the students to strive very hard to be men and women of integrity because lack of integrity is a threat to peace, stability, our collective security and national development.
He wants public servants, especially those who holding key leadership positions must conduct themselves in manners that make the people to see them as good people, while advising them to avoid the temptation of pursuing shortcuts or being beneficiaries of shortcuts.
Commenting on the current political wrangling between members of the Executive and the Legislative branches of government is shameful and scandalous.
“Trading of accusations in relation to the recent Global witness allege bribery report undermine public trust, at the highest level of our government and threatens the peace and stability of our country, the human rights lawyer indicated”.
The Liberian Legislature especially the lower House is said to be divided over the removal of House Speaker Alex Tyler for his link to bribery in the Global Witness report on Liberia.
Some lawmakers want Speaker step side as presiding officer of the Lower House and answer to charges against him in the damming report.
Tyler recently accused President Sirleaf of been behind what he termed as a politically motivated ploy to remove as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Liberian Presidency has since rubbished the claim something it termed as false and misleading.