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‘Demon’ Visits Boakai …Kpadeh Opens Up; Narrates How the New JNB Regime Risks Failure

by News Manager

BOSTON/MONROVIA: A top Liberian educator and former journalist, based in the United States, Dr. Zayzay M. Kpadeh, has given reasons or the genesis of how Liberian “leaders or proponents of an administration so well-intentioned when out of power become carried away and snore on their intents when power is in their hands.”

“What many don’t know is the root or genesis of the problem. That genesis, which is actually the demon, is the initial formation of government,” Kpadeh explained in his latest Writeup, styled: ‘John Sembe Morlu, II—Boakai’s Missing Arrow.’

“In other words, those who have come to Liberia’s political leadership—in the case of most recent administrations—were never without a heartfelt vision, intent and determination to make a difference, to prove a point, to make a name and to work for a distinct legacy,” Dr. Kpadeh added.

“But sooner the baton of power is passed onto their hands, right from the point of inauguration, the roving demon of political and economic stagnation if not retrogression immediately descends upon them. And the demon never stops its scandalous and diversionary woes until the prey, the Liberian leader, is out of the throne,” the former journalist indicated.

According to him, “Right now, the demon is visiting Mr. Boakai at the initial forming of his government, causing him to seemingly miss out on the unarguably most reliable arrows he needs, such as a man like John Sembe Morlu.”

Kpadeh: “And except he quickly unshackles himself or is unshackled by well-meaning Liberians from the stupor of this ‘initial government formation mania’ to which many before him have fallen prey, the nation yet again risks another waste of six years.”

Dr. Kpadeh made it clear that “it is at the point of forming a government that a cabal of mischief-makers, thieves and rascals, moves in ferociously and cunningly and commandeers and hijacks the entire government formation process, seize and trample on the original vision, often on the pretext of building broad-based administration. All this evil maneuver leads into blurring the vision of the visionaries, including the leader, to pursue their original intent for leadership, and leaves the mischievous cabal in charge of their ill-conceived agenda.”

Kpaheh: “Let’s reflect, at least briefly, to see how most well-intentioned recent leaders of Liberia got swayed off from the tracks, from their purposed drive to lead well.

“President Samuel Doe, despite the horror beginning of his reign, clearly set out to create a freer and nobler social, economic political space after the 133-year hegemonic rule of the True Whig Party (TWP).

“He did not achieve this and the rest of what happened after is a sad history.

“The glitch is traceable to inner circle forces—individuals picked at the onset of his regime—who appeared to be more interested in ethnic domination of power and wealth”.

“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at least before her presidency, was also well-intentioned about radical transformation of the postwar nation. And her passion was powerfully expressed not only in speeches and works credited to her opposition days, but also heard in her extremely moving inaugural oration.

“But the demon visited her, and before she got to know it, her family inner circle forces had lured her into nepotism. Even her Unity Party zealots were elbowed. In the end, she lost her transformational vision to a band of scoundrels and “economic vampires” as she described them.

“President George Manneh Weah’s crusade for leadership, as well as the spirit of his takeover at inauguration, is widely equated to populism. His Congress for Democratic Change, which metamorphosed into the Coalition for Democratic Change, had opted for change, campaigned against elitism and exclusionism, a dogma summoned up in their pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development.

“But as the President was getting prepared to midwife the long-held vision, right at inauguration, the demon visited him. His dogmatic intent to liberate the ‘masses of the people of Liberia from squalor and marginalization,’ got truncated in the choice of advisors and inner circle people who effectively quarantined and blinded him from his vision and his purpose.”

“And once the demon sets in, the vicious circle comes on: political failure after promises of liberation and freedom from the country’s nemeses,” he wrote.

“Provocatively and adequately, John Sembe Morlu, as far as the Liberian people know, has confronted President Boakai with this vicious circle in time and the new president appears to missing out on it.”

Dr. Kpadeh maintains that the “radical language and overly assertive posturing of former Auditor General John Sembe Morlu, II, is all that any well-meaning Liberian leader or political administration must crave to nurture, and not reject, if they are to depart from the long-deprived state of Liberia; if they are to convert into practice their rhetorical expressions of cutting the corner and breaking away from business as usual.”

He stressed that “Liberia’s woes are chronically entrenched and rooted. Thus, they only need extremely radical remedies, not the hanky-panky, romanticizing and fantasizing approach to which many past regimes fell prey.”

“No one needs a Doctorate Degree in Political Science or must be a tycoon of Sorcery to know that anything short of this is a clear sign of defeat and failure upon arrival—a revert to the rejectable status quo.”

Dr. Kpadeh asserted that throughout the nearly two months of transition—from the date victory announcement was made in favor of President Joseph Boakai in 2023 to the day of inauguration, Mr. Morlu wrote and spoke forcefully about vexing issues that must be tackled to reflect seriousness on the part of the incoming administration and to give assurance to Liberians that this is a genuinely dawned New Day.

“Extensively, he identified a horde of Liberia’s traditional nemeses, and why the Boakai administration will be wanting to tackle them. He spoke and wrote about the urgency to prepare to fight corruption and graft or the use of public offices to accumulate quick wealth by a few; about the reckless disregard for the felt needs of the people; the domination of the country’s economy by foreign moguls; about bad labor practices against Liberian workers; about governmental subservience if not slavery to international lending institutions such as IMF, World Bank, etc.; about the pride and arrogance of government officials, about elitism; about growing filth and garbage in urban and rural communities; poverty wages for civil servants and corporate workers.

“It is not known whether the anti-corruption czar did consult or did get the approval and acquiescence of Mr. Boakai and his advisors on these game-changing philosophical framing of the new UP administration,” the former Liberian media guru pointed out in said Writeup.

“But two things are clear: Firstly, Morlu’s utterances projecting his passion for a clean break with traditional Liberian political culture are popular.

“They resonate with the masses of Liberians who are often the victim of political failures. The Morlu’s clarion calls are consistent with the campaign mantra of the Unity Party. And he was being celebrated by the section of the Liberian public that thinks that truly, a change was dawning on the horizon,” the Writer indicated.

Kpadeh: “The second thing, sadly, is that Morlu has made himself a premature vicious enemy of hardcore inner circle UPists, who see his posturing as inimical to their quest for plunder and pillage; that Morlu is opting to put sand in their gari. As a consequence of the foregoing, Morlu has disappeared in the maze of things right now as the government is being formed.”

According to the author, “Morlu’s overtures are not merely rhetorical. He is a proven and tested anti-corruption fighter. His inclusion in government as Auditor General is one of the best crowns in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy.

“He is credited for breaking the glass ceiling, standing up to entrenched economic pillagers whom he named and shamed publicly.

He was unbending in flashing enormous embers of transparency and accountability into Liberia’s opaque, corruption-laden bureaucracy.

“He is widely celebrated for giving the Sirleaf government an aura of local and international approbation and facelift, even at the discomfort of the president and her top advisors and supporters,” he stressed.

“Interestingly,” Dr. Kpadeh narrated, “President Boakai, who knows this pioneering paragon of good governance very well, and who just before today was declaring the dawn of a new day based on anti-corruption fight, transparency and accountability, is perfectly mute on the Morlu dogma. He has dropped the arrow he perfectly needs to achieve the long-held objectives of his pre-presidential ambitions.

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