By: Stephen G. Fellajuah
The Vision for Liberia Transformation Party (VOLT) Political leader Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, has said that the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change government has no good governance and economic plan that will improve the lives of most of the ordinary Liberians, when he asserted that the government ascended to power with no plan on how best to govern the country, but trending on the path of trial and error.
The VOLT Political leader made the statement on October 19, 2022, when he appeared on the Voice of Liberia (VOL) morning talk show to speak on critical trending national issues that are negatively affecting the country. Under the current ruling establishment.
Moreover, Dr. Whapoe lamented that it is pathetic to see people who are in positions do not know what to do when circumstances arise thereby making whole lot of statements that further worsen and confuse the population. His statement comes in reference to Speaker Bhofal Chambers comment recently when he said that the country’s wealth should be equally distributed among its people.
“If Speaker Chambers will come out to say that everybody should have a fair share of the country’s resources, when did he get to know after he has signed all of the concession contracts and Liberians are not benefiting now that we are having food shortage as a country. Let him come out with a bill and pass it about equitable distribution of resources”, he said.
He argued that not only Speaker Chambers but everybody in the Weah-led government do not have the intent to accomplish anything for the Liberian people, saying this is the fact because President Weah stated that this is their time.
The worsening part of it is that the government does not respect the Liberian Constitution. He said the Constitution calls for the protection of every citizen, but President Weah said everyone should protect themselves. That means he does not know why he was elected to do, Whapoe added.
Unfortunately, according to Dr Whapoe, “Liberia is managed by a manager. Right now, we do not have government, because when you have government, it must be check mated by the Constitution. But what we see in Liberia is a private enterprise and the Chief Executive Officer is President Weah”.
Touching on the investment opportunity he brought to Liberia which was rejected by the current ruling establishment, Whapoe said he gave the government of Liberia through the office of the President of Liberia an investment contract worth US$20 billion dollars .He said before the elections in 2017 he travelled to several friendly countries including Japan and Malaysia and he was able to secured the contract in that when his presidency is in position those investors will come to Liberia but when he did not win he decided to link the government to the whopping investment which they showed no interest.
“They will come not to only provide road network, electricity but to create opportunity for jobs so that when Liberians are employed the economy will grow. However, I did not win the election obviously I made a telephone call to the president he answered and said you know there is protocol thereby turning the phone over to the security. Then I placed a call to then Minister of State for Presidential, Nathaniel F. McGill and told him that I have this contract that I want Liberia to benefit. I took the contract to his office and showed it to him. After all the discussion Mr. McGill told me to tell the people to come which I said no it doesn’t work that way”, Dr. Whapoe narrated.
Beside the contract, he noted that he brought five millionaires in this country, to invest into the agriculture sector of the country, mentioning that he knows where those investors are, but they are not willing to come to invest in this corrupt government so he is waiting until there can be a credible government before they come to Liberia.
Commenting on the Judiciary system of the country, he explained that the justice system in Liberia obviously supposed to be blind, but it has worn optimal glasses with corrupt practices so that they can benefit from the system, adding that the justice system is not Independent because people who are poor they do not get justice in Liberia
He said If those who are placed as public defenders are well paid, they will work for it but if they are not well paid, they comprised the people’s interest.
Giving example of how many have been denied justice, he mentioned the mysterious disappearance of the three missing boys linked to St Moses as well as the death of the auditors, Princess Copper, and several other mysterious deaths that occurred across the country and said up to now there is no justice for these people
“However, in our administration we are going to make sure that those who operate the justice system will be well paid and be check mated to make ensure that justice is dispensed without fear nor favor, he noted.