27 February 2013

Liberia: Two Wrongs Don't Make Right


It is difficult to decipher the politically heartrending entanglement that has attended events of the past days that continue to send intolerable waves of shocks down the spines of all Liberians, regardless of political, social and religious ideology, perhaps considering many reasons, for example, its outlandishness to the founding doctrines of the nation, its legal murkiness as well as the evoking interests thereof.

More so is that ante-bellum Liberia or its governments, in spite of its associating appalling political and economic neurosis, meandered, to a larger extent, in a seemingly full-grown and responsible fashion, without any history of the glaring display of a tacitly condoned undermining of the efforts of one branch of government, as we are witnessing, by people who may be thinking to be on the right side of history and civility.

Mary Broh, Acting City Mayoress of Monrovia, took the nation by storm by her display of an extraordinarily unutterable power, the one not granted by the goodness of the constitution, not even any statutes, when she thwarted attempts to incarcerate Madam Grace Kpaan, as ordered by the House of Representatives on the basis of utter defiance.

Though, there is huge legal argument that should be left with the legal luminaries to decide, however, it is also significant to indicate that there two issues are at stake when the actions of the lawmakers (House of Representatives) against suspended Superintendent Grace Kpaan and the conduct of Madam Mary Broh et al are juxtaposed, and that is whether the lawmakers have constitutional benefaction for their action and/or Madam Broh and her henchwomen also got constitutional or moral rectitude to depress what many would regard as "legally pointless but in-place action."

Understandingly, this is where the issue of "two wrongs do not make right" comes into perspective because the constitution is comprehensibly unambiguous as to the limitation of the authority of the National Legislature in the management of the affairs of the state, the same being the limitation of the role of individuals, be it officials of government, in the conduct of the affairs of the state.

Sufficed the lawmakers were in the wrong for ordering the incarceration of Madam Kpaan for three days slightly outside of their own powers as guaranteed by the constitution, something which they may agree with, there is no any ounce of rationalization for Madam Broh to lead an array of "thugs" to elope with someone destined for jail as penalty for not doing as demanded, because doing so sends a wrong message that Liberia is clutched in the wheelchair of bewilderment wherein its to citizens are resorting to displaying off-the-shelve characteristics.

For us, there lies the strength of our argument that as much as the lawmakers went overboard in their action, as they may be aware, which many will argue was intended to put a halt to "culture of impunity" since the issue, to some extent tied around corruption and since the Executive Branch of Government is seen as trying to raise the white flag when it comes to combating growing corruption, then reasonability, not solidarity, needed to be exerted.

We are of the strongest certainty that erecting a purely democratic system in an already fragile political culture is not attainable in the absence of adhering to the principles of deference and abiding by the rule of law, a very fundamental constituent in the transformation of statehood, meaning that people's actions should be guided not by mere cogitation or irritability but what is in the supreme interest of the country.

There should be no sugar-coating and smoke-scream-like actions as a way of satisfying the whims and caprices of our constituents and constituencies, because "he who was last seeing forcing down the pants of the king" stands to face the wrath of the people first," and in the case those who went in defense of the wrong action of Madam Kpaan by stopping her from going to jail should be held accountable, because they were wrong to use unlawful means to stop another supposedly unlawful act.

Yes, "two wrongs do not make right" and except we develop that courageousness to call a spade a spade, many things will elude us as nation and people, and Madam Broh and her cronies will continue to hijack the path toward righting the wrong.

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