Weah’s ‘Hope For Change’ Unfolds
-As New Appointees Take Over
Few weeks ago many Liberians expressed doubt whether President George Manneh Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government will be able to deliver promises of hope for change made during the election period. This hope for change slogan means the people will have the hope to see changes if their votes for the CDC party to power. Recently Several people residing in various communities in and around Monrovia interviewed by the Public Agenda newspaper were saying: “Me I have not seen any changes yet, as we still have the same old lawmakers such as Solomon George and Acarous Gray representing us, so what has changed?”. Others responded that changes often come very slowly as it requires funding, hence the need for Liberians to exercise patience while waiting for the implementation of projects earmarked that will be part of efforts to bring the envisaged hope and changes for the better.
When a member of the CDC party residing in the Monrovia area was interviewed on the issue of Hon. Acarous Gray of Montserrado County District #8 and Hon Solomon George of District #7 and others in the city still holding on to their respective legislative seats despite the CDC’s change for hope slogan, he reacted by saying that there is nowhere in the world where a political party would like to lose a legislative seat to any other political party as long as they still enjoy the support and confidence of the peoples of their respective constituencies.
The CDC party authorities issued directives that in view of the party’s concern for in-house democracy all legislative seats were open for the party’s primary elections, so that no one will feel being cheated or cry foul play. It was in this regards that the seats of Hon. Solomon George, Hon. Acarous Gray. Hon. Munah Pelham-Youngblood were opened for a primary elections and if it occurred that the same holders of the respective seats won, it means they still enjoy the confidence of the party and eventually the Liberian people during the legislative elections.
Certainly if the government can access funding for the complete implementation of the Battery Factory to Crown Hill Bridge and road project designed to ease traffic congestion for vehicles from the Somalia Drive to the Center of Monrovia, and to construct a modern hospital for the army and members of other state security apparatus, create the avenues for job creation and employment of our youth population I rural and urban areas of the country, provide more scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students and pupils across the country and heavily investing in the agriculture sector, especially for the attainment of food security, then government would have taken a giant strides in its efforts to fulfill its promises that Liberians must hope for a change under the CDC administration.
When some residents were asked whether any change has really occurred since January 22, 2017 when President Weah took up the mantle of leadership, our team of reporters were told that by several Liberians from all walks of life that the very fact that President who had little background in public service jobs in Liberia , but had always been a career footballer, is a change in itself.
It can be recalled that Weah came to power in a historic wave of fanfare, in an election that was judged by local and international observers as free fair and transparent in line with international standards. It is also alleged that this was the first time in 70 years since the Presidents Edwin Barclay and William V. S. Tubman episode that a peaceful transition of power had occurred in Liberia. Other presidents either died in office or were forced to hand over power to their elected vice presidents.
It is equally inevitable for change to occur following President Weah’s directives immediately after coming to power that all appointed public officials in the previous administration should hand over the affairs of their respective ministries and agencies of government. In this way, not only cabinet ministers, and their deputies and assistant ministers have been obliged to quit their portfolios to pave the way for the eventual appointment of a new breed of government officials to be appointed or re-appointed by the Weah administration.
The implementation of this directive is being considered by many as a colossal and unexpected change from the normal paradigm in the appointment of government officials in the past. While government has taught it fitting to retain some productive and loyal government officials, the action has brought on board the public service arena several qualified and jobless Liberians to top positions in government. Some of them such as Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, Prof. Ansu Soni, Nathaniel McGill and Samuel Tweh had risked everything to devote their entire attention to the objective of bringing the CDC party to power.