7 March 2013

Liberia: Laureate Gbowee Wants Firm, Proactive Stance Against Rep. Forh

Nobel Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee, has called on the 53rd Legislature to take what she described as a firm and proactive stance against Montserrado County District #16 Representative Edward Forh. In a press statement issued in Monrovia Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Laureate Gbowee recommended the immediate suspension of Representative Forh from all legislative related matters until proper investigation is conducted in the recent "You eat, I eat saga."

According to her, members of the 53rd Legislature need to recommit to the oath taken upon accepting their jobs given to them by the people of Liberia. "The Legislature needs to start actually supporting and defending the Constitution of Liberian, upholding the laws they swore to enforce, faithfully and discharging their duties. Our lawmakers must take on positive fights, collectively or individually, for the constituents that they represent. It is important that the national legislature takes a firm and proactive stance against Representative Edward Forh," said Madam Gbowee in the statement.

She also denounced physical attacks on Madam Miatta Fahnbullleh and Madam Mary Broh. "While I, in no way support their actions of obstructing the House's mandate to incarcerate Superintendent Grace Tee Kpaan, I strongly believe that the actions of their attackers were wrong. Nevertheless, as custodians of society, it is important for us as women of Liberia to redefine advocacy and respect the due process of law," she stated.

She reminded the youths of Liberia that respect for the rule of law can never be replaced by vigilant justice and violence, stressing, " As future leaders of Liberia, it is important that you always approach perceived justice from a non-violent perspective." She said Liberia, as a country, needs deep, and most importantly spiritual, introspection across the length and breadth of the country.

"We need less talking and more investigation, indictment, and prosecution of corrupt officials. We need to ensure we are a nation of laws, and not one of preferred or untouchable individuals. We need great commitment to country and not to benefactors. We need patriotic and hardworking citizens, not individuals who are self seeking. And, we need to do more praying for our country. Let us put aside those attitudes that easily divide us and hold together as one people. This is the only Liberia that we have and we must continue to work- no matter how grueling it gets -to uphold the hard earned peace and democracy we fought for, and that which our loved ones died for in our country," Madam Gbowee added.

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