“If The President Does Not Act Then He Is Not A Democratic Government” Says Cllr. Gongloe
Though he lauded the President for writing those he referred to as the people’s Representatives (the National Legislature) over the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court, the 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 (the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court) then he is not a democratic government.
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.
He furthered that the elders of the Country have spoken adding, ‘nobody is left and if the president does not act then he is not a democratic government because a democratic government has to respond to the wishes and aspirations of the people who elected the government’.
According to him, the people have spoken and the President has no will but to comply with what they have said.
Cllr. Gongloe has at the same time expressed delight over calls from the Economic Dialogue for the establishment of the War and Economic crimes Court in the Country.
Cllr. Gongloe happily responding to questions posed to him by our reporter said the Bar 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 Bar took a historic decision in Kakata where out of 94 Lawyers who attended the assembly, 86 voted for the establishment of an extraordinary Court for War and Economic crimes with 4 voting against and 4 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 meet in Monrovia and voted for the full implementation of the TRC recommendations especially the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court.
The Liberian 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 adding that the decision of the people is what the president of a Country should go by in a democratic country.