7 February 2013

Liberia: Our Plea to Rep. Solomon George


A LAWMAKER OF Montserrado County who is currently visiting the United States of America told many Liberians during a town hall meeting in part of that country and made threatening statements against Monrovia City Mayor Mary Taryonnoh Broh. Lawmaker, Solomon George threatened to fight Acting Mayor Broh if President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf does not relieve her of her present post as Acting Mayor of the city.

REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE WHO was elected in 2011 on the ticket of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) said he will personally tie the Acting City Mayor and take her to one of Monrovia's public toilets where he will order other people to defecate on her body. He said the acting Mayor is in the habit of demolishing poor people's homes and market stalls while leaving those of the rich and elites intact, claiming that this is corruption being carried out by the Acting City Mayor.

FURTHERMORE, THE LAWMAKER explained to Liberians at the Town Hall meeting in the United States that the Acting City Mayor is in the habit of beating and sending to prison peaceful citizens citing an example how the Acting Mayor once stormed the Capitol Building, the seat of the National Legislature and handcuffed the protocol officer at the House of Representatives and had him jailed.

WHILE WE WISH not to go into the merit or demerit of the allegations of the CDC lawmaker, we are specifically concerned about his threat to take the law into his hand. We are concerned about this because if one, who is elected to make and protect the law, decides to do otherwise, then, there is reason for concern.

IF THIS LAWMAKER feels that the Acting City Mayor is involved in acts in violation of the laws of the country, the best option is to seek redress through the court, rather then taking the law into his hands. As it has been said repeatedly that this is a country of law and not men, the lawmaker should resort to the rule of law or the due process. But to do otherwise will suggest that Liberia is a ghetto or a lawless society.

LET THE CDC lawmaker and his likes know that as a legislator, he is not above the law by being involved in lawless act. To violently attack the Acting City mayor for any reason is illegal and will be a complete contravention or flouting of the laws of the country. Therefore, we plead with this lawmaker, who seems to have lost focus, while visiting the U.S., to rethink his planned threats against the Acting City Mayor.

TO LAWMAKER GEORGE, we say, the Liberian people are tired with lawless acts and arbitrariness; this is why they have ushered in a democratic rule, as civilized people and not brutes. Again, if this lawmaker has any problem with Mayor Broh, violence is not the best way; let him seek the rightful path, which is the rule of law.

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