By Teah Jardia
|Dr. Amos C. Sawyer
The fourteen-year civil unrest created a circus, politically for Liberia. With no solution yet in sight given the kaleidoscopic atmosphere that has culminated into selective justice and ritualistic killing; the Country’s fragile peace, which was cascaded on peace agreement upon peace agreement signed between rebel factions, still hangs in the balance. With the penchant for power at the time, rebel leaders had the tendency of reneging on agreements because they desired to appoint civil servants that would be accountable to them instead of the State. Against the whirlwind of political uncertainty that was and still looms over the nation with majority of the population still living in squalor; the International Community intervened a workable solution that would be acceptable to all Parties involved was achieved. Knowing that there is no political system that succeeds without check and balances, especially in a democracy, the 2003 Accra, Ghana Peace Accord created the Governance Commission to address the following:
I think NOT! Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first Chairlady of the Good Governance Commission after her failed attempt to become interim president during the Accra Conference. She was not able to effect any seismic changes during her tenure except to manipulate the Good Governance Commission as a springboard for her presidential bit in 2005. Immediately after the 2005 general and presidential election announced Ellen as the winner, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer was rewarded with the position as Chairman of the Good Governance Commission; and he wasted no time but to rename the Commission Governance Commission by an act of the Legislature on October 9, 2007. The Good Governance under the caprices of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer has reneged upon the social contract with the people of Liberia. And by his refusal to implement the mandates, which emanated from the Accra Agreement; Dr. Sawyer and his protégés to include comprador of the Ellen’s roguish regime occupied the top-level positions of the Commission. Since then, the Good Commission has not seen reason to execute the mandates except to become an incubator of the political irregularities in the Country.
Pay without Service
The conspiracy against the Country continues with Dr. Amos C. Sawyer and Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; they are the masterminds of the conspiratorial scheme in the Country now being degenerated in to socio-economic quagmire. They are getting paid handsomely without rendering services to the nation. There is no question Dr. Amos C. Sawyer is an enabler of the political kleptocracy and rampant corruption seeping through the cracks of our democracy. He and some of his LPP protégés are living opulently at the expense of a Country bleeding in blood with ritualistic killing and the lack of public policy agenda that will deal with health care, education, water, roads and electricity. Despite the mediocrity of the Ellen’s roguish regime, Amos ‘Moose’ Sawyer and his coterie of the PhD club comrades masquerade as the political heavy weight with unfounded braggadocio and meaningless press conferences. He is riding roughshod against anyone who questions his authorities. The known intellectual articulator has contrived to articular against the cause of the people. For him and his associates, the struggle has ENDED!
Who’s Dr. Amos C. Sawyer?
He was one of the self-imposed exiles politicians of the 90s who fled abroad after his fall out of favor with the late president Samuel K. Doe. He and Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and their coterie of co-conspirators conspired against the State; solicited abroad and build slaughterhouses for the masses that in most cases put their lives on the line on their behalf during the crisis that took students lives at the University Of Liberia (LU) during the mid-80s. He is a two face of a traitor and a pseudo-progressive who mindlessly rewarded the masses he claim to represent through the senseless war that killed so many innocent men, women and children.
Remember, the bases for the 25th peace talk between warring factions and the Sawyers interim Government in Cotonou was based upon Charles Taylor’s relentless agitation that Dr. Sawyer was not neutral in the conspiracy against the Country. That argument in substance brought about the removal of Dr. Sawyer as Chairman of the Interim Government (IGNU). Not to state the obvious, the Country is still in a political tailspin despite the roller coaster with thieves and bloodsucking conspirators masquerading as leaders. The former political science professor and former chairman of IGNU is now Chairman of the Governance Commission with walking catalogs of the criminal woman as President for our Country. With their amnesia as to the enormity of the task of rebuilding the nation they destroyed, these political albatross with failed self-proclaimed image of International Contact and the facade that named Ellen as the Harvard Economist and Dr. Sawyer, as this brilliant political Scientist - have proven futile.
In short, they become the Napoleon of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm;” and have built a fence of lynch mobs and guide dogs comprising of their protégé and gravy seekers pseudo-progressives to present as false what is glaring about their lack of conscience and political will. From the corridor of the House, Supreme Court, with a corrupt Philip Banks on the Bench, not to mention the so-called Governance Commission with Dr. Sawyer’s associates occupying top-level positions of trust without productivity; it is business as usual for the Country’s impoverished citizens who continued to languish in poverty in their own Country. Some of the policy analysts at the Governance Commission have not been able to generate value for money in the work they claim to be doing, except to serve coffee to Dr. Sawyer in the morning and collect salaries at the end of each month. For almost twelve years, the Sawyers Governance Commission has not been able to advance a genuine policy agenda that leads to an efficient public service delivery to the public.
What justification can they provide for milking the coffers of government when they cannot deliver the public good? The time is now to disband the Governance Commission because Dr. Sawyer and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are partners in crime. They have not been able to formulate any policy agenda for the country except pomp and pageantry. It is disastrously more of the same and things are even worse than any one can imagine. In keeping with the GAC reports, numerous cases of corruption are left without being prosecuted; not to mention some of the indicted culprits were allowed to run on the Unity Party’s Ticket and are now serving in the Legislature. This contravention of the Party’s policy, supremacy leadership is demagoguery.
Laughable of all is the penchant of Dr. Sawyer to continue having these meaningless press conferences about dual citizenship and secularism under the guise of working for the Liberian people even though he is glaringly working against them as is evidenced by his attitude of acquiescence toward the plight of the Liberia people. Let’s take a panoramic view of Dr. Sawyer’s political activities for the past 35 years:
The Association for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL)
The penchant to regain control of the Country was the main idea by remnants of the Old Order in forming the ACDL. The founders and brained behind this organization are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Taylor E. Major, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Harry A. Greeves, Jr., and others. Professor Sawyer was the author and publisher of the Liberian Update leaflets used in Washington, DC to disseminate heinous information against the then Doe Government. No wonder the omission of his name from the TRC report brought the entire document under scrutiny.
Clearly, Dr. Sawyer and Madam Sirleaf have been in cahoots for decades and have mindlessly contrived against the nation as evidenced of the war. We should disband the Governance Commission because it has failed to generate public value or carry out its mandate. For almost 12 years, Dr. Sawyer presided over the Commission, he has exhibited a benign role in formulating, advising, designing, and making the necessary recommendations as enshrined in the Legislative Act of Oct. 9th, 2007, that created the Commission. Disband the so-called Governance Commission because it has out live its usefulness and is unresponsive to the needs of the Liberian people.
While the GC is the focus of this paper, it is equally fair to ask of the other agencies created by this Unity Party Government; what can each show as value for money to the Liberian people?
About the Author: Teah Jardia is a former Vice Chairman of the United People's Party Political Action Committee, UPP/PACO; former Secretary General of the Coalition of Progressive Liberians in the Americas, COPLA, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Sarpo Associations in the Americas, USA. Teah Jardia holds BA in Political Science and MPA in Public Administration. Currently, he resides in Philadelphia, PA and can be contacted at: email@example.com