Re. Kortu Brown Alarms Over Lawlessness -Amidst COVID-19, Pending Midterm Elections

As Liberia prepares to hold the December 8, 2020 midterm senatorial elections in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the president of the Liberia Council of Church, Reverend Kortu Brown, has alarmed over the epoch of lawlessness in the country that is being manifested in many shapes and forms.
Recalling the chain of events that derived his observation, Rev. Brown noted how the Sinkor district of Monrovia became a show-down scene last Tuesday.
“An encounter was reported between Montserrado County District #10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah and the Deputy Director for Operations of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Marvin Sackor. One of the Representative’s vehicles was stopped by the police from taking a third lane to apparently avoid a traffic jam. The Representative arrived on the scene and an encounter ensued with the Police with threats to arrest the former. The Representative reportedly responded with insults on the Presidency, etc. Such reckless political rhetoric doesn’t augur well for our post-war society,” the Liberian prelate said.
Rev. Brown said, while he agrees every Liberian has the right to disagree –or agree – with the Government or the President’s policies, decisions or utterances, however, that right should be devoid of the use of vulgar languages especially against a Sitting head of state of the country.
“We need to set better examples for our children. And if it didn’t happen before, it can happen now. We can’t fail to develop our country because it wasn’t developed before or others neglected it,” Rev. Brown stated.
In providing a practical solution to the third lane and traffic jam problem, Rev. Brown noted that there is a need for a comprehensive approach to addressing these issues.
“Under our traffic laws, there are exemptions for certain officials of government, ambulances, etc. However the practice now is terrible. Some officials of the government like to take the opposite lane of the traffic as if the laws don’t apply to them. We cannot stop other people from taking the third lane and allow other people to do it especially if they are not covered by the law. We who have lived in Liberia without even being acquainted with the traffic laws know which officials and/or vehicles the law exempts in the traffic. I think the LNP and Ministry of Justice needs to do a better job at bringing clarity to this issue,” he advised.
Rape and Teen Pregnancy
Making Biblical allusion, referencing the Book of Samuel (2 Samuel 13:14), Rev. Brown stated clearly that God doesn’t condone rape, an act that must be condemned in the strongest term.
He said one of King David’s sons, Ammon, raped his half-sister, Tamar because he lusted after her and was stronger than her. He pretended to be ill and appealed to his father to let his sister go see him. In the process, he violated her. God doesn’t condone rape!!! But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her”
“Rape is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. We must condemn such madness in the strongest possible terms and demand that justice be served the perpetrator. I appeal to the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Justice and other relevant actors to coordinate with the Interreligious Council of Liberia (IRCL) to explore the possibility of closer collaboration on addressing these atrocious acts,” said Rev. Brown.
The Midterm Senatorial Election
Addressing the issue of possible electoral violence amidst the harsh rhetoric, Rev. Brown recalled media reports in which Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon suggested that any attempt by Government to change the results of the December poll will be the end of the current administration.
“We are deeply concerned about this report for two main reasons: The Allegation and The Threat. Is the Government planning to change the results of the coming election? Is the National Elections Commission – NEC aware of this? The threat is concerning because it could help contribute to the growing tension within the country. The IRCL wants to sit down with Senator Dillon to find out what is really happening. To lead this “Listening Inquiry”, we have asked Lutheran Bishop, Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo who is also 1st Vice President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) to head a 4-man committee of religious leaders – including the Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia – to confer with the Senator and other national actors with the aim of helping reduce the political tension in the country,” Rev. Brown said.
Coronavirus Fight
Rev. Brown acknowledged Government announcement of the end of the State of Emergency (SOE) this week with a recall of the Armed Forces of Liberia back to the barracks.
“The just-ended one was poorly negotiated or didn’t legally exist since the concurrence with the Legislature wasn’t clear. With the reversal to the Public Health Emergency Law, it is now up to the Ministry of Health to direct the course. It is no denying that our confirmed cases are spiking and we need to do all we can, to reverse this trend. IRCL and UNICEF Campaign to Combat COVID-19 in the country is growing stronger,” Rev. Brown observed, while extending Independence Day greetings to all.

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