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Liberia’s Rule of Law on Trial: Boakai’s LTA Suspension Faces Scrutiny

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By Julius T. Jaesen, II
Managing Editor
Democracy Watch

In a move that has sparked widespread controversy and raised concerns over due process, President Boakai’s recent decision to suspend commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), as posted on the Executive Mansion Website and Facebook page, has come under scrutiny. This decision, coming hot on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling, has left many questioning the adherence to proper legal procedures.

The suspension of the LTA commissioners, who serve tenured positions, has been met with sharp criticisms from several quarters, with many arguing that it lacks the necessary due process. The abrupt nature of the decision, following the Supreme Court’s ruling, has raised eyebrows and prompted calls for immediate action.

Citizens and stakeholders alike are urging the tenured commissioners of the LTA to take swift action and return to the Supreme Court to pray a writ of prohibition. The hallowed Supreme Court, often hailed as the “bulwark” of Liberia’s democracy, is seen as the appropriate avenue to challenge President Boakai’s decision and prevent it from taking effect as it was done in the first instance case by the tenured commissioners.

It is a matter of imperative that we, as citizens, uphold the rule of law and ensure that our legal system is not circumvented for political purposes. President Boakai’s decision to suspend the tenured commissioners appears to be nothing short of a witch hunt, reminiscent of darker times in Liberia’s history. We must not condone any throwback to our ugly and unhappy past.

In a country already grappling with numerous challenges, including rising costs of living, high youth unemployment, and political divisions, we cannot afford to resort to witch hunts and political score-settling. Liberia’s future depends on our ability to unite and move forward, rather than dwell on past grievances.

The recent election results from October and November 2023 underscore the deep divisions within our country. As an elderly statesman, President Boakai must use his experience and statesmanship to bridge these divides and foster national unity.

Leadership should be about shaping the future of our country, not revisiting the wounds of the past. We must resist the temptation to succumb to political division and instead focus on building a brighter future for Liberia.

President Boakai’s “public service experiences” should not be akin to fostering political division. Liberia belongs to all Liberians, and no citizen should be deprived of employment or targeted for retribution based on their political affiliations.

Divisions have plagued Liberia for far too long, leading to years of conflict and suffering. We cannot afford to revert to the same divisive tactics that have brought our country to its knees.

After nearly fifty years of public service, President Boakai has undoubtedly earned for himself some stripes. However, what appears to be division and political witch hunts inherently manifesting in his recent actions have no place in the new Liberia we aspire to build.

It is time for President Boakai to heed the calls for unity and reconciliation. Our country’s future depends on it. Let us stand together as Liberians, united in our commitment to a better, brighter tomorrow.

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