In Liberia, the chickens are coming home to roost

By Jerry Wehtee Wion

MY TURN:  What is now happening in Liberia could be that the chickens are now coming home to roost. Because we all know that the house is divided so soon. When did things begin to fall apart?

The Coalition Democratic Change (CDC) political honeymoon is now over and the political witch hunt for perceived political enemies is just beginning. But the regime is also embarking on a political suicidal mission by targeting Vice President Jewel Taylor. This means doom now hangs over the regime.

But many of us who supported the CDC in 2005, 2011, and George Weah’s senatorial bid in 2014 but switched our support to former Vice President Joseph Boakai in 2017 saw this coming once the CDC started,  courting and flirting with former President Charles Taylor who is in jail for his political blessing in the so-called marriage of convenience with Taylor’s National Patriotic Party (NPP).

Former international footballer turned senator, George Weah, first denied talking with Charles Taylor on the phone only to admit months later that he spoke with Mr. Taylor. When the American prosecutor Alan White who helped put Taylor away revealed that Mr. Weah had spoken with Taylor, all hell broke loose. CDC bigwigs denounced White as a liar and demanded “evidence”.

But what an unsophisticated Weah didn’t know was and perhaps to this day is that some of his aides could be working for the Americans. Call them Political Judases.

Bang! Bang! CDC may have swallowed the poison pill and it is now running the stomachs of its heavyweights. Is there a cure? Too little, too late. This is a test of President Weah’s leadership skills. Being president of Liberia does not mean one cannot be dealt with by the international community and President Weah needs to understand that whatever his government does, and his followers do, it is he who will take the blame.  Maybe he needs to ask what happened to past presidents who ran ruthless regimes in Africa and other places.

It is easy to cause problems and breakup a coalition but to divorce NPP/Jewel Taylor will mean the beginning of the end of a rocky marriage between the two political parties that make up most of the CDC coalition.

The Coalition for Democratic Change’s momentum is dying and its promises have not been realized because of in-fighting and corruption

To also keep Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor after stabbing her in the chest is to invite the rage of her fearless, war tested, blood thirsty NPP warriors. You do, you are damn, you don’t, you are damn.

If what sacked Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker said happened at President Weah’s Jamaica Resort with the President sitting there and allowed the likes of Nathaniel McGill and Samuel Tweah intimidate, tongue-lash and belittle the Superintendent because of a mere “tribal title” bestowed on his vice president who hails from the region that presented the title, then it means President Weah is perhaps not only feeling insecure as president, he could also be fearful of his female vice president.

Common sense has proven that political witch-hunt is the first sign of political insecurity of most regimes that usually end tragically. President Weah’s predecessors ––Tolbert, Doe and Taylor–––all played this game with bloody and deadly consequences.

What President Weah’s followers who are doing things to put him in more trouble know that what they have done did not start and will not end with Esther Walker.  One can suspect that there are many “Esther Walkers” in the regime who are perceived as the enemies from within. Who will be next is not known yet? But we are awaiting the next political fallout from this regime that self-inflict pains on its reputation every day.

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Jerry Wehtee Wion

Jerry Wehtee Wion is a veteran Liberian journalist and political commentator. His work experience includes serving as a former radio announcer and sports journalist for the ELWA radio in Liberia, press commentator to the Liberian presidency (1980- 1981), and as a staffer with the Associated Press in New York. He is currently based in Washington, DC and runs an informative call-in Liberian news hotline known as LANSNews.
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