MONROVIA: As Liberians are fast gaining insight of what Cllr. Charlyne M. Brumskine brings to the table going to these ensuing general elections, the Vice Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says she is a resolute fighter who cannot compromise on anything that will derail her from speaking for the people and standing on the side of the rule of law, stressing that Liberians must look beyond mere sloganeering and chanting praises of politicians so as to begin to think bigger and better on how to reposition the country.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with a local daily early this week, Cllr. Brumskine said what she brings to the table besides her record of being on the side of justice, “is one of the rarest and scarcest commodities we find in our society, especially politicians and it has to do with integrity”, noting that since her entry into active national politics, especially when she was nominated by Mr. Cummings to be his running mate, a lot of negative things have been said about her, her family, her character.
“I have been heavily abused and attacked for no reason. But come to see it, none of these allegations have ever linked me to scandals or crimes that can destroy my name, especially my family’s name, the Brumskine name which is a brand and which we have protected all these years.
“I have always been a fighter; I go all out for something I believe in and can defend everything I am resolved to do. I came to Buchanan with virtually nothing. My staff and my supporters when I declared my intention to contest for the representation position, the people saw the resilience and the seriousness I attached to it and in a short time, our people believed in what we stood for and came on our side”, she said.
Cllr. Brumskine said as much as she is very proud of her late father, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumkskine, whom she described as “an icon of integrity and rule of law”, she has not gone all out to use his name or depended on his wealth for what she has become today because ‘everything I got, I worked for it and thanks a lot to the lesson of self-worth and hard work he taught me”.
Throwing a challenge to Liberians, Cllr. Brumskine said Liberians must begin to take the country seriously by comparing it with others like China, Rwanda that have been making tremendous acceleration in development; saying, “and we expect Liberians to start thinking big about the country instead of these slogans of “ Oh Say, Amanda Awetu”.
“Very importantly we are talking about leadership, I mean the leadership that can take us where other countries are and even beyond there, but we will not see those who will take us there when what we do and say is to believe in “oh say, Amandla, awetu. Who takes you seriously if you don’t work towards the right leadership?”, she said.
She said Mr. Cummings with his global experience has availed himself to the Liberian people the opportunity to serve the country “with an assurance to replicate what he did on the international scene with the Coca Cola company”. She further urged Liberians to make the right decision by voting Cummings because “he is the only who has the pedigree to bring real change and the international connection to bring in foreign direct investment that will improve the economy”.
Cllr. Brumskine said the CPP ticket is balanced in terms of the combination she and Mr. Cummings have, given their diverse professional background.
“Mr. Cummings is a manager, a true fixer, someone in whose hands you entrust our resources and they can be accounted for and for me being a fighter for rule of law will institute legal processes that will make every transaction legitimate.
“Then added to it, my choice has energized the women population who are about half of the voting populace and they are excited that they will have a voice on the decision-making table of the country.
“Further, as a young person, I have an appeal with the young people who feel that this government has not done enough for them and they will want a complete shift from the government that has denied them advancement to the one that will be headed by Mr. Cummings”, she said.
She said she was happy that the citizens are getting the message from the CPP very clear and rapidly making decisions that will see the CPP led government under Cummings being inaugurated next year.