The Inquirer (Monrovia)

14 December 2012

Liberia: Addressing the Political Parties' Concern

editorial

AT THE CLOSE of the just ended Vision 2030 National Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County, Several political parties' representatives expressed serious disagreement over the manner and form the implementers and key actors were selected to ensure the implementation of the Vision 2030 document.

THE SPOKESPERSON OF the group, 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 (the 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.

SURPRISINGLY, THE POLITICAL parties' spokesperson said they were shocked to know that the President has given a political assignment to a non-political entity and a Civil Society Organization which they described as an error and needs to be corrected.

IN HER COMMENT, Madam Scott disclosed that they confronted the Steering Committee from the onset of the planning of the vision program recommending at least two representatives from each political party to make contribution to the crafting of the document.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE GROUP alleged that their recommendations registered were trashed out and ignored by the Steering Committee.

ALTHOUGH THE GROUP appreciates the extra consultation proposed by the President for the legislators but equally believed that it would have been prudent to include political parties in extra consultation because without political stability in the country, all progress would come to a standstill.

INDEED WE ACKNOWLEDGE that political parties have diversified views and ideologies, but when it comes to the common good of the country, they should be a part of all political arrangements that would bring peace and stability to the country.

WE BELIEVE THAT without the involvement of political parties who are the major stakeholders in any political arrangement, that arrangement cannot hold water; that is why we think that the role of political parties in this process is very cardinal and must be active-participants.

THE 2030 VISION can only be sure when the political parties are fully part of the original planning because they are the ones that will take ownership of this document for its full implementation.

WE ARE THEREFORE calling on the government to bring onboard all political parties in the country to ensure the implementation of this important document because in union strong success is sure.

WE ALSO APPLAUD the participation of the young people and the civil society organizations but it would've been more participatory if this plan of action was holistic.

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