The NEWS (Monrovia)

28 November 2012

Liberia: 'Ellen Adopts TWP's Style of Governance'

Human Rights Lawyer Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe says President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf has adopted a True Whig Party (TWP) style of governance thereby giving preference to nepotism.

Cllr. Gongloe alleged that the style of governance being practiced in Liberia should not be a surprise because, according to him, President Johnson-Sirleaf is a product of the TWP, a party he claims institutionalized nepotism, cronyism and other forms of patronage in the country.

"The only way of doing politics that they know best is the True Whig Party way, which is represented by its slogan "So say one so say all," Gongloe, a respected human rights lawyer indicated.

Speaking recently when he delivered a speech at the 42nd Anniversary of the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) at the University of Liberia, Cllr. Gongloe said under the TWP government, respect for the constitution and laws was not important but "the whims and caprices of the standard bearer."

As Cllr. Gongloe unleashes his verbal attacks on President Johnson-Sirleaf and her government, the Ministry of Information did not allow his statement to go unnoticed.

However, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson said Cllr. Gongloe's argument about nepotism is redundant and political.

Deputy Minister Jackson maintained that Cllr. Gongloe's argument is not supported by law and urged the public not to give credence to his (Gongloe's) statement.

He observed that Cllr. Gongloe's argument justifies similar arguments made by some Liberians that when they are in government, they see no nepotism; but when they leave government, they begin to argue about nepotism baselessly.

Deputy Minster Jackson: "When did Cllr. Gongloe know that there was nepotism in this government? He was Minister when the President's sons were in government; his argument is based on flimsy political argument and has no evidence in law."

Jackson said while the government respects Cllr. Gongloe as an esteemed lawyer, however, he believes that the lawyer should take flight to the Supreme Court to argue his case.

Additionally, Cllr. Gongloe warned Liberians against embracing nepotism, stressing "no effort to return Liberia to its ugly past should be accepted anymore."

Addressing UL students on the general theme: "Redefining the masses struggle amidst rampant corruption, nepotism and massive unemployment," the renowned lawyer emphasized that nepotism was wrong yesterday and is wrong today.

He believes that nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power and provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives or friends.

"A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism, and sycophancy as avenues for unemployment," Gongloe told a group of university students.

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