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‘Incompetent’…. U.S. Think-Tank X-Rays CDC Gov’t, Others

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By: Varney Dukuly

WASHINGTON: As the race for the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections draws closer, it appears that the output of President George Manneh Weah, a former world soccer legend, and his government has been rated far below expectation even by some members of the International Community.

Such ratings are based on authoritative global reports bordering on Human Rights violations, unbridled and ingrained corruption, poor governance, Rule of Law and many others.

The latest of such reports which has surfaced on Liberia originates from an influential and powerful Washington-based Organization or think-tank styled: “BTI Transformation Index.”

The 2022 Liberia country report captured in the BTI Transformation Index highlighted that a large number of President George Weah’s officials are grossly inexperienced and incompetent in leading the public service.

The report, among other things, notes that Liberia has combined weak ideological convictions, and patrimonial political culture that also plagued the Weah Administration’s Predecessor, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

It added: “And education has been in tatters for decades, state capacities to address the country’s challenges and enhance public service quality did not discernibly improve.”

According to the latest report, Liberia evolved into a remarkably peaceful electoral democracy, yet, it remained among the 10 poorest countries on earth, with a high level of corruption and minimal provision of public goods and services.

On the issue of rule of law, the Washington based think-tank says, the three branches of government have been able to establish a significant degree of autonomy, although the executive is dominant.

“The Legislature and Judiciary have repeatedly disregarded decisions of the Executive Branch. However, corrupt practices strongly influence parliamentary and judicial decisions and partly render the institutions dysfunctional,” the report further lamented.

Interestingly, however, the Washington-based group mentioned that political and social integration, are not institutionalized and political parties are strongly personalized.

Accordingly, the report says, “Three political parties, the UP, the CDC and the NPP, contested the 2005 elections and have maintained relevance since.

Report: “Howbeit, the UP’s support has strongly eroded since it lost power, the CDC continues to be centered on George Weah. The NPP, created by former President Charles Taylor, and now headed by his ex-wife, continues as a formal structure linking elites of his network despite intense internal rivalry.”

The report says most parties are personal initiatives of their leaders and do not express discernible societal interests.

It added that political parties in Liberia hold primaries but internal democracy is weak, and outcomes are often determined by party leaders.

The report indicated that “This reflects the patrimonial character of the Liberian polity, where politics revolves around access to the spoils of power.”

Liberia’s political scene is, and has historically been, factionalized. The most important structures are individual “big people” with personal followings.

The party system with its 25 registered groups is highly fragmented. While Liberian political culture is often confrontational, there is little polarization, and alliances can be struck among all political actors if it serves their interests. See BTI Transformation Report on pages 5, 6&7.

About BTI-Transformation Index
The BTI is the result of the collaboration of nearly 300 country and regional experts from leading universities and think tanks worldwide. The project analyzes and compares transformation processes towards democracy and inclusive market economy worldwide. The BTI aims to identify successful strategies for steering change.

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