Monday, November 9, 2009

TRC wrongful judgment exposed

TRC wrongful judgment exposed

The Managing Director of the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Nathan Hun-Bu Tulay says unless Liberians stop empowering their national leaders outside of the constitution, the future of the country will remain uncertain.

Mr. Tulay said additional empowerment of national leaders out of the appropriate legal framework has the propensity not only to endanger the future of Liberia, but it also brings into question the quality of education being impacted into the younger generation.

Inducting the leadership of the senior class of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University College (AMEZUC) Friday on Benson Street, Monrovia, Mr. Tulay described as a “disservice to the country and its people,” the decision by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to render judgment in its finding as contained in the final report of the commission.

Mr. Tulay said some of the recommendations made by the commission in its findings were outside of law and as such it has the propensity to reintroduce violence in our country gradually recovering from the effect of the protracted bloody civil war.

He said laws are established to restrain our emotions and personal biases and as such, recommendation by the TRC to exclude some Liberians from participating in the country’s political process for 30 years is a case in point that violates the legal instrument that establishes the commission.

“The TRC recommendation was outside of its own law,” and therefore challenged students of the noble institution to cultivate a reading habit, because according to him, “reading, makes a ready man.”

Commenting on the student leadership, Mr. Tulay said good leaders are individuals that respect time and the views of others, adding again, “let me encourage you all not to take power outside of the law.”

Since the publication of its final ‘unedited report’ the TRC continues to receive widespread criticisms about the form and manner in which the report was handled.

Members of the TRC remains deeply divided over the report. Commissioner Pearl Brown-Bull at news conference recently exposed the “wrongful judgment” of the commission, citing widespread irregularities. She has already made her dissented opinion on the matter public.

Presidential press Secretary, Cyrus Wleh Badio told a gathering of journalists in Gbarnga recently that the president will not implement the TRC report suggesting that it contradicts the constitution. “

“The president took oath to protect and defend the constitution of the Republic, she will not therefore implement anything that contradicts the constitution of Liberia,” he added.

The National Legislature has already tabled the report until what it referred to as enough consultations with its constituency during its ongoing agriculture break. Liberians both and abroad remains deeply divided over the report.

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