The criminal enterprise must be dismantled

first_imgDear Editor,I knew this was bound to happen as sure as I knew this was going to happen; that is, the family member pleading on behalf of the criminal.  She said he was in the “wrong place,” caught in the company of some guys who were on the wrong side of the law. “My husband is no criminal!  He was a professional who wanted to become a pilot, but due to family commitments changed his career path. He is an innocent family man”.If he was so innocent, just and good, what was he doing with a carload of criminals and crime paraphernalia?The answer to that question might very well be that he was just doing these guys “a favour” in giving them a lift, being totally oblivious of the fact that they were on a criminal mission.These excuses are so silly and ludicrous that they cross the line of crass stupidity. Was she not aware that her husband had been a bandit? She is just one of those dozens of family members who are now frantically putting some damage control measures in place, vainly trying to cover up the shame and embarrassment.She might also be pandering to Law Enforcement for a return of the vehicle used in this nefarious act. From information at hand, the vehicle is supposedly owned by the wife of the slain man, and she would like it returned to her.Now, this is the strategy used by criminals out there for some time now. Whenever the vehicle used in criminal exploits is impounded, the owner turns up later, claiming that they had no prior knowledge of the criminals’ plans, and that their vehicle was not used for the purpose it was intended — in this case, her husband supposedly giving “some guys” a lift, not knowing  of their planned intent. How could she be so wrong here? This writer has always advocated for the confiscation of all vehicles used in criminal pursuit, and for them to become properties of the state. This latest situation is a case in point, and the state must take immediate ownership of that vehicle, period! It is a sure way to put a permanent dent in the crime network in our country.Further, I would advise bank officials to put under surveillance the teller who did the transaction with the man the bandits were trailing. Those tellers to the immediate left and right should also come under surveillance. These robbers were acting on information they received from the inside of the bank. It is a sure way of knowing who to go after.The man who was trailed had obviously made a large transaction, and that information was passed on to the crime comrades outside. What I am saying is not something plucked out of thin air, this is solid evidence to support my claim. Only months ago we had a similar situation at another bank, where classified information was passed on to the criminal by an informant who was an employee of the said bank. So we have a wealth of experience to go on.Finally, we must dismantle the criminal network in Guyana piece by piece. From the “intellectual authors” at the top of the chain down to the common criminal, all have to atone for their evil, sadistic deeds. Our citizens as well as our foreign friends must feel safe again.Respectfully submittedNeil Adamslast_img read more

Flawed Communication Strategies by Officials May Undermine the Government

first_imgThe inception of the Weah Administration in 2018 came with challenges ranging from economic to social issues, and all these have to do with employing or giving positions to people on sentiments and not qualification or competence. One major issue that continues to manifest the incompetence of most of the officials in this administration is a poor and disorganized communication approach.Mulbah Morlu, Chairman of the ruling party, is noted for sending out unfounded and unsubstantiated information and comments that have the propensity to derail the already struggling image of the government without the thought of the consequences of such comments.We recall when Morlu in 2018 rained insults on former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she commented on the alleged missing L$16 billion, he declared publicly that he knows who are connected to the missing money. He  further accused the Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader, Alexander B. Cummings of allegedly paying people to get into the streets to protest for the alleged missing money, although he could not prove a single iota of evidence to substantiate his claims.Morlu is also on record for making blunt and irresponsible accusation against the LoneStar Cell MTN of monitoring people’s calls and messages on the internet; something he could not prove with any piece of evidence.From all indications, Liberians have become discontented and agitated over bad governance and the declining economy and have therefore resolved to protest action to be staged on June 7. But Mulbah Morlu has come out again accusing former President Sirleaf of providing financial support to the protesters to rise against the George Weah Administration.It is a damning accusation if only Mr. Morlu can prove his claim. This former President, during the presidential election of 2017, had conveyed a distinct impression that she was not interested in the victory of her own Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.And despite accusations made against her at the time by members of the Unity Party that she was no longer supporting the party on whose platform she held the presidency for two terms, former President Sirleaf remained nonplused and instead proceeded to invite President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor to Bong County to break ground for the Lofa Road corridor while campaign was still ongoing.It can also be recalled that while appearing for the last time at the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2017, President Sirleaf in a CNN interview stated rather bluntly that it was “time for generational change” a subtle inference to George Weah then waiting in the wings.These two instances set the basis for public debate and it was widely deduced that the former President supported the CDC in the past elections.We also recall on two occasions where this former President appeared on radio and called on Liberians to support this administration, suggesting that “If it fails, it will be all Liberians who have failed.” She also availed herself to assist the administration with her expertise to tackle difficult economic issues confronting the economy of the country.Until proven substantially that she supports protesters, we continue to hold his (Morlu) comments suspect, especially for this former President, whose activities and comments during the last electoral season had conveyed the distinct impression that she virtually ushered President Weah into office.However in the May 6, 2019 edition of the Daily Observer, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe dismissed Morlu’s claim that former President Sirleaf was giving out cash and moral support to protesters to take to the streets on June 7.We at the Daily Observer hold that such comments as Morlu’s are of no help to the President, and that those officials spewing inflammatory rhetoric on social media and on the airwaves should take a cue from the axing of Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon and comport themselves accordingly. Interestingly, President Weah himself is beginning the see the importance of order in the government’s communication structure, and has finally allowed the Minister of Information — in this case, Eugene Nagbe — to finally do his job. Officials of the Executive Branch of government and of the ruling party will have to observe decorum and the President, with the help of the Justice Minister, will have to enforce it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more