Mr. Samuel Jackson
The ANC with Moriah Kou-Dwehde Yeakula as Chief of Staff is a party of elites wIih a penchant for entitlement to the presidency. For this group of fanatics it is either the presidency or nothing. It is not about debating ideas on how best to move our country forward but to pretend there is a magic wand that Mr. Cummings and his elitist band of corporate executives and high power Washington lobbyists will wave to bring instant development to Liberia.
On all these scores we know why the party is not gaining traction at least that’s the anecdotal evidence borne out of what’s happening on the ground in Liberia. Instead of holding cookouts and gbetu dancing in Harper and Voinjama my boyhood friend is shaking it up in Bethesda and Toronto. Instead of raising the ANC flag in villages in Liberia he is tearing down the country’s flag in DC by intense lobbying to bring another round of sanctions.
Why did I mention Moriah Yeakula. She thinks her frequent appearance on Spoon is a boost to Cummings. No it isn’t. She is a polarizing whiny young girl clearly articulate but unable to make a case without tearing others down. For me she’s called me a murderer. That I was at the Ministry of Commerce during the rice riots in 1979. I could chalk this ignorance up to youthful exuberance but the caustic manner she says this with seeming authority is totally unacceptable. But back to the point of this post.
The only credible route to the presidency for Alex to the Liberian presidency was through the original CPP. How he botched that is mind blowing. The original CPP had Joe Boikai the second place finisher in the last election. If Alex could subdue his own ambition and come in as the VP the ticket would’ve been formidable.
The ANC myth of Alex being the Horatio Alger rags to riches story is not only funny but terribly upsetting to me and others who grew up with him. We moved to Fiamah Sinkor in 1963. Alex and his family were already living there. I don’t know where this Point 4 story came from. He was 6 years old when my family moved to Fiamah. Growing up in Point 4 then is a blatant falsehood or exaggeration. Further by six Alex was already living the life of an upper-class Liberian in an oligarchic dictatorship with all the benefits.
Alexander’s dad was ABC SR. The Undersecretary of Education for UNESCO and an Episcopal prelate. Yes not middle class positions. His mother a decent woman of impeccable character was not a market woman. I know Mother Ayo Cummings. I never saw her on a dogafkeh table. In the 1960s Liberia of my youth selling used clothing was not a profitable business. Not when we were ordering directly from Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward. So where and in which market did she sell used clothing? And if she had a store where was it?
I admire Alex. I am proud of Alex. He could make a great leader but unfortunately, he is a lousy politician. The marketing of such a potentially great leader is left into the hands of amateurs who are doing a great disservice to him. Then the Committee to Elect him. A bunch of the same recycled politicians that Alex said were not clean. Now Mr. Clean hands is in bed with dirty hands on a dirty bed sheet making it for a toxic political marriage.
Oh yes, Moriah will say Cummings gave me 100 dollars so I am vex. Yes I am livid. I grew up with him. He knows I just came out of cancer bed. He also knows many of us in Liberia politics cut short our corporate or pupu cleaning jobs in America to do what he refused to do. Put all on the line for multi-party democracy in Liberia. Ellen could have had a stellar corporate or international career.
Baccus. Dew Mayson. Amos Sawyer. John Bestman. Charles Green. Sam Jackson. But we sacrificed for our country. We lived here and will die here as some already did for people like Ms. Yeakula to ply her political and legal trade in a democratic Liberia. He didn’t have to give me a penny but to give me 100’dollars was an insult. He worked for his money and can spend anyways he wants including buying a party and spending it on ne’er do well politicians.
History lesson. How Moriah did not know that there was no election in Liberia after 1985 until 1997 and that the only first free and fair one was in 2005 is unfathomable. I guess google is not that thorough.
And so it goes. Written by Samuel Jackson