Over the weekend, three young Liberians from diverse political parties in the country appeared on the Capitol Breakfast Club to proffer ideas on why their respective political leaders are the best candidates to be voted as president in the pending October 2017 elections.
The Youth League Chairman of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Sampson Kemayah, in his opening defense stated that his political leader Dr. J. Mills Jones is in the race to fight poverty that is destroying the lives of Liberians; causing many people to die from common diseases, and eliciting lack of opportunity for young people. “Poverty is not the destiny of Liberians. Dr. Jones is the alternative that will provide the opportunity for all. He will kill the notion that certain Liberians should always be at the top; it is based on how they craft and implement policies, which got others marginalized,” he said. Noting that before the appointment of Governor Jones to CBL, Liberia had three commercial banks, but before his departure the country could count about nine commercial banks. The CBL, Kemayah said, had many functions under his regime instead of only cashing government checks. As for the Secretary General of the Youth Wing of the Unity Party, Alphonso Belleh, he especially noted that based on the experience, integrity and ability of Vice President Joseph Boakai, he is best suited to lead Liberia as president to continue the good legacy of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Belleh noted that when this government took over 2006, the fabric of the Liberian society was destroyed and now it has been repaired by the Sirleaf regime, ably assisted by Veep Boakai. He further noted that when the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government was elected in 2006, Liberia probably had three universities, but now the country can boast of six universities, three undergraduate schools, nine community colleges and two best international IT schools. He recalled the referral hospitals, many clinics across the country and good road network as some of the work of this regime, which will be continued by Ambassador Boakai after election. However, he admitted corruption being part of life which has to be fought, but commended government for the level of fight initiated against corruption. He narrated that Governor Jones was recruited as one of Liberia best brains to implement the platform of the UP, but unfortunately, the governor had other ideas that he used against the government. The UP youth wing SG said since the ascendency of Ambassador George Weah to the legislature, he has done nothing for the people of Montserrado County. “He lacks the ability to lead the country; he has made no report since the last three years,” Belleh said. For Abdul Kanneh, Coalition for Democratic Change District 16 youth chairman, Senator Weah is a politician who will come to the presidency with the mind to serve. He said his Standard Bearer is the only one who has decided to not mix politics with lies and he believes a Weah presidency will be the best to take Liberia forward. He lamented that those suffering Liberians all belong to the CDC and their lives will be changed when Weah is president. Commenting on the party’s primaries, he said all partisans will given due opportunity to participate according to the party constitution.