Hundreds of Liberians who glued to their radio and television sets to listen to their President deliver his state of the nation address to touch on issues of national concerns including his government’s stance for the establishment of both war and economic crimes court as President George Manneh Weah has reportedly Remained Voiceless On The Establishment Of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia were disappointed at the end of the Liberian leader address without mentioning one of the burning issues being advocated for; the establishment of the court in Liberia.
Dozens of rights groups, and some victims of the nearly eight years brutal civil war over the years have been advocating for the establishment of the court on grounds that it will help to erode the culture of impunity that has over the years existed without remorse by those perpetrators.
In a chat with some Liberians over the weekend, GNN Liberia gathered that many of those in favor of the establishment of the Court have taken issue with the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah for not speaking on the issue during his second annual message to the Liberian people, questioning his role towards this move by rights groups who are calling for the court to be established in Liberia.
Recently, one of the actors in the Liberian civil war which led to the demise of thousands of lives, and the destruction of the country infrastructural and the draining of the country’s natural resources, warlord now a senator in the Liberian senate, Prince Y. Johnson finally announced his willingness to appear before the Court when established, despite of his earlier refusal.
At this backdrop, Liberians who spoke to the GNN Liberia urgently called on President Weah to either state his support or not for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia, noting that being mute on the issue signifies that he is totally not in support this initiative as being opted by rights groups.
“The President must come out to tell us his intent; we are baffled for him not speaking about this, the establishment of this court will drastically help to reduce the culture of impunity in our society nowadays. People do wickedness to others and go free without have the remorse to tell them sorry, or asking forgiveness,” one of those who spoke to the GNN Liberia stressed.
By Joel Cholo Brooks