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Fact-Checking: Weah’s SONA on ‘Rule of Law’

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If you have time read these lines:

– It has been approximately 3 years since the United Nations Mission force, UNMIL departed from Liberia after serving as the bastion of our national security. Since their departure, we as a Government and a People, have not only maintained the peace but secured it unbroken.

– However, peace and security also come with good governance and adherence to the rule of law.

– During the period under review, the government has gone to extreme lengths to ensure that the fundamental rights of all citizens were guaranteed under the law. The government will continue to hold on to its responsibility and perform its duties under the Constitution. We, therefore, want to call on all Liberians, irrespective of political, ethnic, religious or social differences to work in the interest of peace.

– In this regard, we applaud the relentless efforts of our steadfast partner for the last 75 years, the United Nations, and its related agencies, to help build peace, lasting stability, promote human rights and spur development. Over the past year, the United Nations has consistently provided political support and accompaniment in sustaining peace, as well as coordinate policy, program and operations for peace consolidation and delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

President George Weah at the 4th State of the Nation Address to the 54th Legislature highlighted: “good governance and adherence to the rule of law”

UMIL left Liberia in 2018, it is approximately three years.

The claim that the Government has maintained the peace and secured it unbroken, is Debatable.

The World Justice Project (WJP) ranked Liberia 98 out of 128 countries on the rule of law. A decreased of 1.3% in this year’s Index and an improved one position in global rank.

President Weah at the signing of the book of condolence of Internal Audit Agency (IAA) Director-general Emmanuel B. Nyeswa told citizens to be their own security and install CCTV cameras in their homes as a means of security because his government is unable to provide security for every household. “Going forward, Liberian should be their brothers’ keepers and keep their own security.

During that interview, President Weah said the government will ensure that the borders are secure but he cannot promise to provide security for every citizen as such, Liberians should install CCTV at their various homes.

President Weah said, “You know, I was just sitting and told the protocol… why sitting I see everyone coming into the building on video camera, why not, every government official and citizens try to have a video camera in their facility to see who comes in and out, I think that is good security.”

A statement that was differed by the Council of Churches and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr. Kingsley Amaning, at the passport issuance reform initiative and the signing of the amendment of the 2017 extension contract.

Liberia and the UN relations sum up to 76 and not 75, the claim is hurried on. “The United Nations has consistently provided political support…” The statement is vague because the United Nation promotes and strengthens democratic institutions and practices around the world, including by helping people in many countries to participate in free and fair elections it does not provide political support as stated in the SONA.

Conclusion: President Weah claims on the rule of law is debatable, misleading, hurried on and requires concern.

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