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When You Get to the Senate, George, What Will You Do?

first_imgOne of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections.  Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado.   Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family.  His mother is the President.  None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat.  Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less.  Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom?  For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly?  Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then  ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit.  So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate?  First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005?  Remember his campaign slogan that year?  Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.”  The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different.  Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself.  We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator.  Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up.  What were these candidates thinking?  They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected?  She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus.  But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges.  Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing.  Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers.  Has Weah promised them anything?  What is his vision for their future and the future of their children?  Surely it cannot be a disregard for education.  Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and  decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United Women begin Championship campaign with Aston Villa rout

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Defending champions Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw against Manchester City while Lucy Graham’s goal earned Bristol City a 1-0 win at Brighton.Goals from Coral-Jade Haines and Josie Green helped Tottenham to a 2-1 win over London Bees in the Championship while Leicester beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and Lewes Women were 3-0 winners at Millwall Lionesses. Manchester United made a real statement of intent as they began their FA Women’s Championship campaign with a 12-0 hammering of Aston Villa.United, managed by former England international Casey Stoney, are playing their first season since being reformed after they were originally disbanded in 2005. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade They won one and lost one of their first two Continental Tyres League Cup games but began their league challenge in some style.Jess Sigworth ran riot as she scored five goals, while Lauren James and Kirsty Hanson grabbed braces in the rout.Katie Zalem, Mollie Green and Ella Toone also bagged as Villa had no answer to United’s superiority.In the Super League, there was also an enjoyable day for Arsenal as Vivianne Miedema’s hat-trick fired them to a dream start in a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Miedema scored two and made goals for Lisa Evans and Kim Little as the Gunners stormed to a 4-0 half-time lead and then made sure she took the matchball home after the break.It means Reds boss Neil Redfearn is waiting for his first win and goal since taking over earlier in the summer, having lost to Manchester United in the League Cup.Reading were big winners as well, with Gemma Davison, Fara Williams, Lauren Bruton and Remi Allen scoring in a 4-0 win over Yeovil. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Sigworth was on fire 2 GETTY IMAGES – GETTY silverware REVEALED center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact Stoney enjoyed the best possible start smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack RANKED possible standings 2 highlights Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more