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Interview with Charles Brown


Opposition Liberty party Reacts to President Weah's SONA



JANUARY 31, 2023

Members of the National Executive Committee

Distinguished members of the Press

Fellow Liberians across the length and breadth of Liberia and Liberians in every part of the world

Ladies and gentlemen:

Let me begin by bringing you warm greetings from the partisans and supporters of the Liberty Party across the country and in the diaspora. It is my prayer that the Almighty God will continue to bless our country with peace, unity, and prosperity.

I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Liberian people for their continued prayers in ensuring the survival of our nation. I am also grateful to Liberia’s international partners for their positive involvement in the social, political, and economic development agenda of the country, amidst the irresponsible handling of the nation and its people, and financial and material resources by the Weah Administration. In particular, we wish to acknowledge the Government and People of the United States of America, the United Nations system, the European Union (EU), African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Mano River Union (MRU) for their continual engagement with Liberia in supporting the rule of law and the justice system despite reluctance by the Weah Administration to uphold and sustain the rule of law, and check and balances. We are also pleased to acknowledge the Governments and peoples of China, Japan, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, and other friendly Governments for their support to Liberia, particularly to the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund and the parallel infrastructural development efforts.

Moreover, we are grateful to the civil society, the religious community, the media and other Liberian pro-democracy groups in and outside of Liberia for their critical stance in checking gross state abuses in our country.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia provides that (quote) “the President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic…” (unquote), and in line with the longstanding tradition of the Liberty Party, I wish to respond, in the name of our Party and on behalf of the Liberian people, to the Annual Message of the President which in effect, represents his administration’s final State of the Nation Address.

The State of the Nation Address by the President of Liberia should not be seen, as it was seen yesterday, as a ritual address that requires the president to catalogue what the administration claimed to have accomplished during the previous year, but it should be a true reflection of what our people have actually gone through in our country during the previous year, and more so, it should be an address that builds the hope and aspirations of people throughout the country.

Distinguished members of the Press, in at least two significant ways, the address by President George Weah serves as an eye opener to Liberians as to the intent and aspirations of the President that Liberians have lived with for the last five years.

1. The address reveals the reality of who an honest leader is, or is not; and
2. It serves as a clear pointer to Liberians regarding what we must do, henceforth, to propel our nation into the future by working and entrusting state power with prepared individuals to rescue our country from the state of retrogression that has befallen the nation over the last five years.

the President spoke about a country that is different from the one, we know and live in. Ultimately, this was a calculated attempt to mislead the world and fool unsuspecting Liberians about the harsh reality in Liberia and the failure of the Weah Administration. But be not deceived! This government came to power at the expense of average Liberians, many of whom were hopeful that this president who came from poverty and made his way to a better life would have understood the plight of ordinary Liberians to foster better opportunities for them. Unfortunately, the dreams of better opportunities for Liberians have been replaced with the hashed reality of failed promises that are repeatedly made at public forums.

Fellow Liberians, I need not tell you about the extreme difficulties of living in our own country over the last 5 years. As a demonstration of these facts, we wish to highlight the following in comparison to the president’s presentation to the nation through the Liberian Legislature:

1. Service Delivery

The primary responsibility of Government is to ensure that the citizens access the minimum quality of public services that enhance their dignity, expand opportunities, and improve their standards of living. Accountable governments and responsible leaders around the world often focus on continuously improving the quality of public services especially in education, health, water, and sanitation. It is regrettable that the president since his ascendency has paid very little attention to appraise the nation on the state of service delivery in the country. Yet our people are suffering because of public service delivery system that has virtually broken down.

It is painful talking about the health sector of this country. The state of our healthcare is in peril. We continue to see a systematic decline of our healthcare system unlike the elaborate picture of success pronounced by the president’s address. The president has displayed insincerity to the Liberian people by mesmerizing about the conditions prevailing in the sector when for the past five years there has been no strategic plan for the health sector to tackle the challenges, yet the president has boasted in his address of constructing two hospitals: the military hospital in Lower Margibi County and another hospital in Gbarpulu County built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

While the construction of the two hospitals is laudable, it is equally important that the true state of the healthcare system must be told by our president. Today it is an open secret that hospitals and clinics across the country have no drugs, no electricity, no fuel for ambulances, no beds to cater to patients amid insufficient doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff to provide lifesaving care. Compounded by this, there is incessant wave of protest actions by health workers over failed promises by the Weah Government to respond to their plight.

Health facilities in many counties are struggling to function because the decentralization health policy faces serious challenges. I need not emphasize how it has become very difficult for government to attract and retain professional health workers willing to be deployed in the interior and underserved areas due to lack of social amenities, which among others, include, electricity, pipe-borne water, housing and better roads, while low salaries and lack of incentives also pose a major drawback, more so that the noble medical profession has virtually become unattractive to young people in our country. In the face of these predicaments, qualified doctors and medical consultants are forced into retirement while still capable of practicing and well experienced without better pension. Meanwhile, officials of this government have the luxury of getting on flights to seek care in foreign countries while all the public hospitals remain non-functional with a consistent short-change in their budgetary allotments.

Despite pleas from some of us in the Senate to increase the budgetary allotment for healthcare, the majority vote in the legislature continuously outweighs our stance, while the insufficient amounts approved for operations are always delayed or never forthcoming. This is unacceptable.

As we review the new heath policy before the legislature, we will champion an affordable drug revolving cost at public hospitals, to eliminate the high payment of fees by patients to purchase their own materials and drugs before they are treated, or are turned back if the costs are not affordable. This will help to sustain our hospitals, always have drugs available and stop the payment of high illegal fees that are not accounted for. We also follow a recent case where a mother and her baby died because they were turned away for lack of money, this is one of many similar cases. The new health policy must include service delivery before pay, no one should be turned away from any hospital because of no money.

In education, the regular payment of WAEC and WASSEC fees for students in 9th and 12th grades as indicated in the President’s address is commendable. We also recognize the waiver of tuitions for students in public universities. We note with caution, however, that these interventions can boost our regional and global competitiveness if only the Government pays attention to the issues of quality backed by increase in budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Education and the universities.

2. The Economy

Members of the Press, let me also acknowledge the progress of the Government regarding efforts to decentralize tax administration, beginning with the real estate tax based on 50/50 tax revenue sharing with the local government administration. This tax reform measure, if administered and managed efficiently, will not only widen tax revenue base but will also promote ownership and empowerment at the local level.

However, unlike the president’s claim that the economy is in a better shape as he has made Liberians to believe, a proper diagnosis of the health of our economy will highlight the following ailments:

Inflation and Unemployment

Inflation and high unemployment continue to hurt Liberians. Many of our citizens cannot afford their basic needs, either because they have no jobs or because the little, they earn cannot sustain their needs. After 5 years of failed promises, including the promise to create one million jobs, our citizens have become beggars in their own country.

In his Message, our President appears to be boasting about reduction in inflation. According to him, inflation has been reduced to a single digit. The reality is, when there is reduction in inflation, it must benefit price reduction. Contrarily, Liberia’s situation, as pronounced by the President, is on the reverse. No one living in Liberia will not understand that prices on the market remain very high, quite unaffordable by the average Liberian citizens, most of whom do not have any source of livelihood. Since the president came to power, we have experienced a 30 percent increase in the price of the 25kg bag of the nations’ stable food, rice ( from $13.00 to $17.50) the price of gas is hovering around $3.00 to $3.50 while we are selling for over $5.00. these prices have direct impact on every Liberian and ultimately impacts every other price.

We should all understand, additionally, that what appears to be a reduction in inflation is basically attributable to the intervention of the IMF. In specific cases, the IMF has been bailing out Liberia since 2019 with loans because of the terrible state of the economy. For example, in 2020, Liberia received $200,000,000 and U$350,000,000 in 2021).

Mr. President, as has become commonplace within your circle, you presented an appraisal of the state of the economy upon your ascendency to the presidency. You went on to say that the economy before you took over was in a state of distress, the exchange rate was in free fall and inflation rate was skyrocketing. But here are the facts, before you assumed the presidency, domestic and international debts stood at U$900,000,000 after Madam Sirleaf’s twelve years. However, just within five years of your administration, Liberia has accrued a total debt burden of U$835 million in domestic debt and $1.1 billion in external debts. This represents an increment of $1billion and could be an impediment to the next administration’s economy recovery agenda.

So, Mr. President, how much more distressful was the economy during the twelve years of the previous regime than it is now under your administration?

Corruption and Patronage

Compounding the nightmares of our economy is the issue of corruption and patronage which have become a cancer in the Liberian society because of the Government’s blind eye on corruption and misuse of public funds. This is the most poisonous venom in our country, yet this government has yet to investigate allegations of corruption and prosecute those found guilty. We see government officials living lavish lifestyles far beyond their earned income, walking around with impunity.

During the State of the Nation Address to the 53rd Legislature, President Weah, made a resounding declaration of electrifying effect noting “We must continue to show strong gains in the fight against corruption, money laundering and illicit financial flows. The Government is strengthening and empowering the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission to prevent fraud and acts of corruption before they occur…. We will spare no effort to bring Liberia within international compliance in the fight against corruption and illicit financial flows.” No matter how many political declarations that Mr. President has made, he doesn’t seem to see that corruption and patronage are standing in our way of progress.

As evident over the last five years the Government has displayed reluctance to fight corruption. Ranging from the dubious Domestic Debt profile to the unexplained disappearance of U$13 million dollars which was approved by the Legislature to ameliorate the incidence of rice shortage, the government continues to swim deeper into the ocean of corruption.

Fellow Liberians, be not deceived because those who steal public funds and public assets are stealing from Liberian taxpayers who must endure surviving in a hostile economic environment. They are stealing the future of our children, and will not go with impunity.

The President’s reference to Audits

In an attempt to portray his administration as performing in the eye of the Liberian People and our international partners in ensuring probity in government, Mr. President maintained in his Annual Message that “Audit opinions have improved form disclaimer to adverse.” The question that must be asked is, how is an adverse opinion an improvement?

Liberty Party challenges the Weah Administration to prove itself worthy of the trust and confidence of the Liberian People by going beyond these rhetorical comments and face the real issue surrounding the question of audits. For instance, we would like to have an audit report about the U$13 million that was allotted in the budget to stabilize the price of rice. To date, the government has provided no explanation regarding the U$13 million. We are also interested in the President instituting an audit of the sanctioned officials. This would give substance to his vaunt about maintaining cordial relations with the Government of the United States of America.

Liberian Businesses

It is no telling that the Weah/CDC-led regime has significantly failed over the last five years to empower Liberian owned businesses. The president promised that Liberians would no longer be spectators of their own economy, but today, the regime has done little to do business with Liberians. This is evidenced by the fact that records of domestic debts paid to businesses for the past five years cannot be displayed despite uncountable requests and demands by courageous Members of the Liberian Senate to establish proof of inclusion of Liberian businesses. The only list presented by the Executive Branch entailed $25 million for Government’s failed mop-up exercise that showed transactions of exchange with few streets money exchangers who did not exist or have not been found, because such transactions did not occur. We still await accountability in this matter.

With the dim state affecting Liberian businesses, the President, in his SONA, went on yet another wide promise spree to cajole the public about his government’s policy regarding the Legal Power of Attorney. He tended to elevate the national profile of his administration by projecting the positive impacts of the LPA scheme. The reality check is that government has failed to meet up with its LPA obligation to businesses, thus suffocating the intended purpose of the policy. An available example is the ERA Corporation and other businesses.

3. Gender Issues

The Weah-led regime has failed on gender issues, especially justice for r**e victims. So many of our mothers, sisters and daughters are molested and r**ed across this country and their cases go nowhere in the judicial system for so many different reasons, including the lack of support to the structures that are responsible for investigation and prosecution. The regime has not invested in an expedited judicial process for r**e cases, thereby allowing rapists to go about their lives with impunity.

We recommend support to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Women and Children Protection Unit at the Liberian National Police. We call for recruitment of more women, and training and logistics for the Justice Ministry but with programs, structures and systems that will take into consideration decentralized coordinated efforts.

4. National Security, Justice, and the Rule of Law

As expected, the President has again fallen short of addressing the question of national security and rule of law as issues of critical concern. Yet, National Security, Justice and the Rule of Law are indispensable to the building of a truly democratic culture and, by extension, a guarantor for increased sub-regional and international cooperation. A country like Liberia that is still in transition from a lawless state to re-entry amongst the community of civilized nations, must be deliberate about how it handles these matters. Our task as leaders of this country is to strengthen the foundation for sustainable peace and shared prosperity for today and in the future. These cannot be achieved by putting armed men on the streets of our cities. It can only be achieved when those who are charged with the honor of public service respect the dignity of our people and when government pursues policies that deepen the sense of justice, equal opportunity, and shared prosperity.

Sadly, the Weah Administration doesn’t seem to care. To date, the nation and our international partners are yet to receive any closure on series of investigations launched by this administration into the deaths of some of our compatriots. We recall the investigation launched, more than two years ago, into the deaths of four auditors whose deaths came in a mind-wrenching sequence, the obscure investigation commissioned into the death of Miss Princess Cooper; Miss Odell Sherman; the case of three young men who got missing while on contract with the St. Moses Funeral Home; the NEC Magistrate who went missing in Grand Gedeh and other incessant reports of citizens going missing in Montserrado County and parts of the country. We also request a speedy investigation into the gruesome murder of a two year old boy in Bomi County. These are real security problems that require unmitigated attention of a serious government. But certainly, these are problems this President and his functionaries decide to place on the back burner.

For the past five years the Executive Branch has failed to present a national security plan to the Legislature. This has led to the lack of coordination, poor visibility and performance in the security sector making Liberians vulnerable. Indeed, all efforts by the legislature to address all security concerns including reports on mysterious and ritualistic deaths are not forth coming due to an undue influence on the legislature. Nevertheless, the latest security strategy, in the wisdom of President Weah is to announce saying (quote) “all citizens must purchase and own CCTV and be your own security” (unquote). Interestingly, what Pres. Weah has failed to realize or consider is that CCTV does not work without electricity, oblivion of the fact that most of the citizens do not have electricity and cannot afford CCTV.

Alongside national security question is the country’s Justice and rule of law agenda. This government, since its inception, has been saddled with an image problem bordering on the poor administration of justice and the upholding of rule of law. Interest peddling within the corridors of the courts, intrusion into integrity institutions protected by tenure, such as in the case of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (LEITI), among others, are but a few of the miscarriage that are worth mentioning.

In its report on Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People – Phrase II, the UNDP said, (quote) “The rule of law is central to the United Nations’ approach to promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.” (Quote) The report revealed that a public perception survey conducted of security and justice institutions showed that the public has higher trust and confidence in the informal justice system (69%) as compared to the formal justice system (31%).

Considered from the angle of justice, security, and rule of law as essential elements for the attraction of investors, Liberians should understand why the country’s foreign direct investment profile is so poor under the Weah Administration. It is also important to emphasize that the Government’s continued silence on the recent purported discovery of several arms and ammunition at the Free Port of Monrovia is worrisome to our peace building process. Yes, the President, as usual, mentioned in his SONA that the security apparatus is pursuing the case of arms seizure at the Port, he fell short of mentioning the case of U$1,000,000 drugs that were also reportedly arrested and confiscated, it was reported by the frontpage Africa news paper that on the day of the SONA a huge quantity of drugs was arrested at the Freeport of Monrovia. Why did he intentionally leave this issue out of his SONA? Is it not a matter of national security concern? Who are the people involved and is Liberia becoming a transit point for drugs?

The president,s silence on the issue of drugs is more worrisome when there is a national concern for an entire generation of the nation;s youths who are considered disadvantaged youths or commonly known as zogos from the abuse of drugs. the huge importation of drugs will continue to affect this generation who are end users. Despite these prevailing circumstances, the government has no substantive policy or programs to solve this problem. The president spoke of millions of dollars that was raised to tackle this situation, but it is disappointing that with no programs, the money is being distributed to the disadvantaged youths who are in the streets looking for money for more drugs and the disabled communities by the president,s, protocol and the head of the commission on disability. With the political will to rescue this youthful population, Our disadvantaged youth can again become active and useful citizens and contribute to the transformation process of our Country.
We join the president to commend the Legislature for the passage of the drugs law, with a non-billable status for importers and distributers. We want to urge the relevant institutions who are responsible for the implementation of this law, to present the programs and cost analysis and we will champion the budgetary support in the legislature.

We again call on the Weah government, to prioritize the safety and security of our youth and youth development through a national plan that will be supported by the national budget and external supports.


The president informed us in the SONA that the road from Harper to Rivergee was paved by his administration; this is misleading because it was paved by the Unity party government. This Weah government has not paved any roads in the south eastern part of Liberia.

The Broad street to Ganta raod, L***a raod, seniqually road and Bassa road were all projects of the past Unity party Government. President Weah before his elections formed a part of the delegation to the ground breaking ceremonies for some of these road projects including the L***a raod.

The Weah government has benefited from projects initiated by previous administration, whereas the president felt short of mentioning investment attracted to the country so far by his administration.

Increase in domestic Revenues

Fellow Liberians, rise in domestic revenues must have a reflection in the provision of basic social services. The President articulates in his SONA that more than ever in the history of Liberia, his administration was able to raise, in 2022, 740 million in domestic revenues as over 646 million in 2021. The sad commentary is, however, that the distribution of the revenues across ministries and agencies and their application to critical areas of needs, leaves much to be desired. At most, these allocations usually end up not being applied to benefit projects for which they were set aside. And, tracking mechanism, basically, the budget performance reports are never forthcoming, amidst the saturation of partisan interest that overshadows the national interest.

Further to this, the President of Liberia is the recipient of more than U$10,000,000 in the budget for County tour. In his 2022 Address to the Legislature, the president praised the House of Representatives for approving U$10,000,000 for his Presidential tour. He indicated that several projects were earmarked across the country out of that amount. Where is the report to show where those projects are and their status? This is a matter of serious concern, considering that even in the face of the increase in domestic revenues; his administration has not been able to disburse to the counties their deserved share of Social and County Development Funds. And operational allotment

Against this backdrop, we will make representation to our colleagues to put a freeze on the disbursement of additional money representing allocation for presidential county tour until funds intended for social development are fully disbursed to the concerned counties.

Commitment to ensuring the conduct of Free and Fair Elections

Liberty Party takes keen interest in the President’s pronounced commitment to conducting free and fair elections and accepting the results. we commend the president on this declaration, for we know that come October 2023, he will be defected and by then, he will be tested by his commitment to accept the results and give way to a smooth one term transition.

It is also noteworthy that the President challenged Political Leaders not to militarize the youthful population of the country to their political advantage. The President would certainly do well to redirect this statement to the political institution that he heads. It is no secret that President Weah’s political party has, since its ascendency, found it difficult to transition itself from something of a radical political movement to a national political party. We are reminded of the constant attacks on students on the main campus of the University of Liberia and the Fendell facility by groups operating under the banner of the CDC. So yes, Mr. President, we will continue to direct the youthful organizations within our institutions to do the right things. You equally have a responsibility to contain yours not to militarize the political process.

Promise to increase salaries of about 15,000 civil servants

Mr. President, we know that this is electioneering time, and you will play the card of deception to lure unsuspecting civil servants into believing that you care for them. After all, where did you meet the salary structure upon becoming president? Wasn’t it your ill-advised harmonization exercise that brought about the reduction in salary? We are not averse to stepping up the salaries of civil servants, but such effort must be depoliticized.

To stretch the point further, we would like to take you back to your campaign promise of creating 1,000,000 jobs. After five years and close to six years to the end of your administration, where are we with the creation of the 1,000,000 jobs? This is yet another of your failed promises that cannot be redeemed on the backs of 15,000 civil servants.

Mr. President your mention of six million to raise the salary of some fifteen thousand civil servants is unrealistic. We see this as one of your usual attempts to put the people against the legisture as six million is insignificant to raise the salary 15,000 civil servants. While we support salary increment for civil servants, same must be done across the board with classification and grading to avoid disincentives for employees at different levels of qualifications. To jointly achieve this, we request a financial analysis to include a breakdown and total amount from the president for onward approval by the legislature in the 2023 national budget.

In conclusion, Liberty Party has long been a party offering solutions to the many issues facing our country. The founding father, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, spoke in detail about the road to economic recovery and made every effort to get the nation there.

As Political Leader of this Party, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the problems of this nation and speaking with experts about possible solutions. As the only female Senator for a long period, I have also raised my voice in the Senate on the issues of healthcare, justice, and good governance, only to be ignored by our government.

My fellow Liberians, let’s change our thinking so we can change our decisions. Let’s change how we make decisions so we can change the direction of our country. Let’s not keep the wrong people in office thinking things will change. When you remove people from office, you set an example for the next leader. That he or she will also be removed from office if he or she fails to deliver. This is the power of the people that would force leaders to deliver.

May God bless you and may He bless the Republic of Liberia.

Thank you for your time and attention!






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