“Only Conviction Can Stop Them” -Group Defends McGill, Tweahway

MONROVIA: Following series of agitations from some Liberians calling for the institutions of government to stop Senators-elect Nathaniel F. McGill and Bill Tweahway of Margibi and Rivercess County, respectively for alleged corruption, a civil society group, Clean Democracy (CD) has said in as much as it is the right of every Liberian to speak against corruption, only convictions secured through courts of competent jurisdiction are the only point of reliance to punish anyone such as stopping people from taking up public offices.

In a press release issued yesterday and signed by Paygar Samuel III, acting head of Secretariat of the organization, said its attention has been drawn to some “misinformed agitations without any legal reliance going on in the country which need to be flagged up with the view of providing pieces of advice that will guide the people against being misled”

“What is so worrisome is the fact that most of those who are behind these activities are people that are regarded as legal minded people having studied law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia and even practicing the profession at the highest level.

“What this means is that some of these people believe that they can make money from these kinds of activism that are not based on principle and this is the tragedy we found ourselves”, the release said.

The organization signaled a disclaimer that they do not have anything in common with Messrs McGill and Tweahway, but their interest was to educate the public against what they called “miscarriage of justice and media trials” intended to ruin the reputation of fellow citizens with the intent to “materially benefit from a scheme without conscience”.

Clean Democracy said those who are interested to combat corruption in the country must themselves try to be objective and truthful in whatever they advocate otherwise they will abuse the rights of others while also injuring them in the process. The group said the option open to anybody desirous of prosecuting the two politicians is to prevail on the United States government to provide the evidence on the indictment either to the government of Liberia or to civil society institutions so that they can be used to pursue the case in court.

“We have to set up an agenda that we are serious to fight corruption and we do not think it will be a wrong idea if we can prevail on the US government to pass on the evidence to either the government or the civil society groups so that legal actions can be taken against the those who have been indicted.

“What we need to understand in the first place is it does not mean that the contents of the indictment are factual; they have to be tested in our courts and not the courts of public opinion”, the group indicated.

CD furthered that said McGill and Tweahway contested the elections under the Liberian laws and there was no evidence presented from anywhere that they were ever convicted for any crime and therefore it makes no sense now to stop them from being certificated or taking their seats which they legally won.

The body quoted Article 81 of the 1986 constitution to buttress their case: “Any citizen, political party, organization, or association, being resident in Liberia, of Liberian nationality or origin and not otherwise disqualified under the provisions of this Constitution and laws of the land, shall have the right to canvass for the votes for any political party or candidate at any election, provided that corporate and business organizations and labor unions are excluded from so canvassing directly or indirectly in whatsoever form”.

It said there could be a twist to the whole agitation if both McGill and Tweahway decide to approach the courts to sue their accusers for character defamation and demand for compensation for attempting to ruin their reputation.

In conclusion, the organization called on the institutions of government being lobbied by the agitators not to dignify their advocacy “because they do not want to use the law to pursue their allegations since they will not have anything to prove”.

2 Comments
  1. Jake Doe says

    DEAD NEWS. TAKING THEIR HONORABLE SEATS IS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION AS SANCTIONED BY THE RELEVANT CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS AND STATUTORY STIPULATIONS!

    For neither of these Honorable Senators Elect is a convict, nor has any of them been prosecuted for that crap called sanction which is not a verdict rendered by a competent judicial body after a proper trial and opportunity for the accused to defend themselves, but a MERE NON PROSECUTORIAL politically loaded and laughably toothless statement by the U.S. Congress WHICH EMPOWERS THEIR CORRUPT FRIENDS TO CARRY OUT CORRUPTION IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

    For Section 50.12(b), of the Penal Law and, article 21(i) of the Constitution. Article 50.12(b) mandates that one who has been convicted of committing a felonious offense growing out of his position as a public servant forfeits his office. And neither Senator-Elect Nathaniel McGill nor Senator-Elect Bill Tweahway has been prosecuted or convicted!

    Accordingly, as we articulated supra, THIS IS DEAD NEWS. FOR TAKING THEIR HONRORABLE SEATS IS A FORGONE CONCLUSION AS SANCTIONED BY THE RELEVANT CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS AND STATUTORY STIPULATIONS!

    And this is inter alia why the so-called petitioner remains A GHOST!

  2. Jake Doe says

    Only INFERIOR, unreasonable, and unintelligent people have time for that NON-PROSECUTORIAL TOOTHLESS AND INSIGNIFICANT PUPU PLATOON OFAC SANCTION.

    OFAC Sanction was erected since 1950, and the so-called foolish Magnitsky Act was passed in 2012. The Unity Party Government of Ellen after killing voters, and stealing two elections on top of been indicted for war crimes and crimes agains humanity, and been indicted by the GAC as the worst corrupt government in the history of Liberia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the eve of stealing the elections and killing CDCs marchers.

    Are such eventualities not enough to educate even the dullest or the dumbest that THIS MAGNITSKY ACT SANCTION IS THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONALIZATION ON THE PART OF CORRUPT POLITICAL BASTARDS WITHIN THE GIVEN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, AS PERPENDICULARLY AND VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED TO AMERICA AS A NATION OR A PEOPLE???

    SUCH EVENTUALITIES ARE MORE TAN ENOUGH TO INFORM AND ELIGHTEN EVEN THE DUMBEST THAT THIS NON PROSECUTORIAL TOOTHLESS AND INSIGNIFICANT PUPU PLATOON OFAC SANCTION IS SIMPLY A TOOL OF AMERICAN CORRUPT OFFICIALS IN COHORTSHIP WITH CORRUPT AND GREEDY AND VAIN PEOPLE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR POWER AND PROFIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, were there no OFAC SANCTIONS before and even after the corruption and crimes committed by the Unity Party government of Ellen and gang since they stole elections in 2005 and 2011??? THE DEMONIC CRIMINALS BEHIND THESE OFAC SANCTIONS ARE THE LIRO GANG AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES ARE THE US TREASURY, STATE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE SILLY INTENT TO BREAK THE POWER AND UNTOPPABLE FORCE OF THE CDC WHICH ACCORDING TO THEM SHALL NOT ALLOW THEM TO GRAB PROFIT AND POWER . THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN DEMOCRACY NOR THE SAFETY AND HAPPINESS OF THE PEOPLE.

    Boakai is merely a figurehead they have manipulated into power after they failed to have him bribed in Accra to step aside for their then-intended stooge Alex Cummings, and after they, through the very OFAC sanctions orchestrated the breaking of the CDC MDR Alliance and their hacking into the database of NEC and decreasing the winning percentage of President Weah and certain other candidates of the CDC etc..

    This is why you see A NON MEMBER OF THE UNITY PARTY Amara Konneh strangely all over the place, AND THE NOW REINCARNATION OF THE ELLENS PRESIDENCY WITH AMARA KONNEH IN CHARGE OF THE GOVT ELECT WHILE BOAKAI AND KOUNG ARE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

    Those so-called agitators are simply ignorant, silly, and foolish.

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