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Why I think Mr. Konneh Should Join the Anti-Corruption Protest

I learned from reliable sources that Minister Konneh is a strong fighter against corruption in Liberia. I have no reason to doubt this because I know Mr. Konneh has been a fighter ever since I met him during our high schooldays. Many have cited his Open Budget Initiative (OBI) and other anti-corruption programs aimed at increasing transparency on government expenditures and government accountability to the Liberian people as strong steps in combating corruption in a country that has tolerated corruption for far too long. Accordingly, those who are accustomed to using government money with no accountability and looting state resources with no remorse are on a collision course with the minister and his team. Someone told me “even his fellow ministers hate him for that,” speaking about the OBI.

With a planned mass demonstration against widespread corruption in Liberia planned for the week end of July 26, 2013 in Minnesota where Mr. Konneh will be the guest of honor, I think there would be no better time for Minister Konneh to demonstrate his relentless battle against this nemesis than during this time. I will like to encourage the Mr. Konneh to not only lend his support for this protest against corruption but to actually become an active participant/protester. From everything I have read on Liberia in regards to corruption, I am convinced that any activity against corruption in Liberia is geared towards supplementing the effort and strengthening the hands of Mr. Konneh and other anti-corruption crusaders including the Iron Lady who has long since declared corruption public enemy number one.

Unless the demonstration is against him personally (which I don’t believe it is), Mr. Konneh should seize this opportunity to stand with the Liberian people in calling for more transparency and accountability – the same objective his OBI is championing. What Mr. Konneh and what MOLAC, the Movement of Liberians against Corruption want are the same and that is for corruption to be defeated. If both aspirations are not clashing, I see no reason why the two cannot collaborate or co-operate. It is not uncommon to see opposition to the OBI and other anti-corruption initiatives to incarnate in an opposition to a protest against corruption in so far both the OBI and an anti-corruption protest have the same objectives.

To me this is like the same idea used in community policing, which many have credited for the reduction in violent crimes and incarceration in urban US cities. Since Mr.Konneh has in some citizens the need to fight corruption, he can empower them to be partners. That way, he will be sharing intelligence on corruption and putting tools in the hands of his partners. Corruption as we all know is not in government circles alone so to enlist everyone in the fight both in words and actions is crucial.

“Sonijon” a common tool used to shame those who often wet their beds at night in an attempt to discourage the habit (provided it is not medical), is not such a bad idea to borrow in this fight against corruption. Since our judicial and law enforcement system is losing the fight to corruption, Mr. Konneh and the Commander In Chief can solicit help from the general public to ensure we beat on this nemesis once and for all. If it comes to the point of “sonijonning” this criminal behavior, let’s try that too. And I call on my friend, the honorable minister to take his anti-corruption placard with him during his major policy and clear-the-air speech at the Independence Day Program in Minnesota. Why? Because, in union strong, success is inevitable; we, the people of Liberia will over all prevail and corruption will be put to death!

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