While it might be flashier and temporarily more politically attractive to propose building a new city, those resources would be better directed towards improving existing infrastructure, through investment, new policies to influence behavior and enforcement of existing rules.
Winning this award was certainly a capstone to Ellen Sirleaf’s career as a fearless Liberian leader. She may not have been perfect, but she made significant strides in helping Liberia rise from the ashes.
Despite calls from several corners for Pres. George Weah to not only declare his assets but also require his appointees to do so, the president has taken no action in that direction. In ignoring the calls from the public, Weah is demonstrating that he has no interest in being tough on corruption.
President Weah is now in the leadership seat and needs to make careful decisions about the individuals he wants to carry out his pro-poor agenda.
An examination of how Unity Party ran its campaign reveals a series of blunders that allowed the presidency to slip away from Boakai.
Brand Liberia has been brought down at the expense of pursuing personal goals or just willful ignorance of public relations fundamentals.
While Charles Brumskine’s quixotic campaign against fraud is ultimately nothing more than a self-seeking quest, that pursuit is revealing Liberia to be a much stronger democracy than we imagined.
As Liberians head to the polls, let’s hope that they have not forgotten the bloody lessons of the past.