No Doubt Pres. Weah Will Act -Gongloe Says As Democratic Leader

 By:  Patrick Tokpah

Though he lauded the President for writing the people’s Representatives in the National Legislature over the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Courts in Liberia, a legal practitioner, Human Rights Advocate and President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, says if President George Manneh Weah does not act on what the Liberian people have proffered relative to the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court, he will not be considered a democratic leader.

Cllr. Gongloe told reporters in Kakata over the weekend that the youths have spoken through the Civil Society groups while the middle age people have spoken through the Economic Dialogue, a dialogue he noted also called for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court.

Cllr. Gongloe furthered that the elders of the Country have spoken adding, ‘nobody is left and said if President Weah does not act, then he is not running a democratic government because a democratic government has to respond to the wishes and aspirations of the people who elected the government.”

According to Cllr. Gongloe, the people have spoken and the President has no alternative but to comply with what the people said. The LNBA President has, at the same time, expressed delight over calls from the National Economic Dialogue (NED) for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court in the Country.

Cllr. Gongloe happily responding to questions posed to him by The ANALYST said the Liberian National Bar Association is very excited on grounds that since his election as President of the Association, his administration has been emphasizing on the issue of accountability.

He recounted that during their 2019 General Assembly, the LNBA took a historic decision in Kakata, Margibi County where out of 94 Lawyers who attended the assembly, 86 voted for the establishment of an extraordinary court for war and economic crimes with four lawyers voting against and four others abstaining.

With this, Cllr. Gongloe has described Kakata as being important in the process because it is again in Kakata Chief Zarzar Korwar informed the Bar that the Chiefs and Elders from across the Country met in Monrovia and voted for the full implementation of the TRC recommendations, especially the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court.

The Liberian astute lawyer, however said he has no doubt about the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court because the Country does not have a monarchy or military government, saying that the decision of the people is what the President of the Country should go by in this democratic society.

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