The Presidential and Legislative elections slated for 2023 may be 3 years away, but the search for Liberia’s next president is already dominating public discourse across the landscape as citizens desperately seek a new President that will deliver Liberia to the height it should be. Groups are emerging and have gone ahead to identify some individuals whom they feel are up to the task. One of such groups is TEAM GONGLOE, a conglomeration of various institutions and individuals lobbying Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, President of the Liberian National Bar Association and well known human rights activist to contest for the highest position in the land.
According to a press release from TEAM GONGLOE, and signed by Weah Karpeh, Chairman for Media, Research and Strategy, preparations are underway for an event at which time one of Liberia’s outstanding legal minds will respond to a petition that will be presented to him to contest in 2023 and the program is planned to take place on December 4, 2021 in Ganta, Nimba County.
In the release, the Chairman of the group, Cllr. Jimmy Saah Bombo was quoted as saying that Cllr. Gongloe’s virtues of integrity, honesty, accountability and transparency which have been the bedrock of his 33 years of public service will form the cornerstones of his administration to transform Liberia based on the rule of law if elected President. Cllr. Bombo assured the public that Cllr Gongloe will not compromise the interest of the country as others have done and do today. “Tiawan will not collaborate with known gangs, thieves and corrupt people because he cannot afford to mortgage Liberia’s present and future as others have done”, he said.
“The erudite lawyer attained feats beneficial to Liberia. As Solicitor-General, among other noticeable accomplishments, he ensured that his colleagues got periodic training that enabled them cope with time, speed and technology that the law practice demanded. Then, as Minister of Labor, he was relentless in putting to work the “Liberianization Policy” his predecessors made quiescent to the disadvantage of Liberia and Liberians. Overall, Tiawan’s stance on the rule of law is unequivocal. His uncompromising position on the issue of justice for individuals, the state has made him participate in efforts of civil society groups that petitioned the Legislature to establish Economic & War Crimes Court in Liberia in fulfilment of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“Tiawan is humble and handy. He provides pro-bono legal services to indigents such as journalists, student rights activists, and civil society and human rights campaigners. Thus, he is nicknamed “Poor-man’s Lawyer.” Then, particularly, Maryland County calls him, “Waamu” – meaning ‘Bless us”; Grand Gedeh County, “Poleeyon” – connoting ‘Savior or Liberator’; and Bong County, “Nephew”, the release concluded.