The Inquirer (Monrovia)

14 December 2012

Liberia: Political Parties Disenchanted

Several political party leaders at the just ended Vision 2030 National conference have expressed serious disagreement over the manner and form the implementers and key actors were selected to plan the Vision 2030 document.

Speaking at the end of the program, the spokesperson of the political parties represented at the conference, Madam Nuwuo Scott told the audience that the Vision 2030 Committee tends to give credence to other institutions more than the future implementers and stabilizers (political parties).

Madam Scott said political parties are respectable key stakeholders in the country who are expected to continue the implementation of the Vision 2030.

The heads of political parties described the action of the President to give a political assignment to a non-political entity and a Civil Society Organization as an error and needs to be corrected. The group disclosed that they confronted the Steering Committee from the onset of the planning of the vision program with at least two representatives from each political party to make contribution to the crafting of the document.

Scott said when this is done, it would be binding on them as political parties to own the process or run with it. She alleged that all the recommendations made at the beginning were ignored by the Steering Committee.

The group said it appreciates the extra consultation proposed by the President for the legislators but equally appreciate the inclusion of political parties in extra consultation because without political stability in a country, all progress would come to a standstill.

Madam Scott acknowledged that though political parties have diversified views and ideologies, but when it comes to the common good of the country, they are willing and prepared to trash out their differences.

"How can we deliver an aspiration we did not inspire or how can we sell a vision when we were not a part of the original planning and how can we own a document we know nothing about?" Madam Scott asked.

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