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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

UPL: Bul FC goes top as Police, Mbarara City register victories

first_imgAction between Bul and Maroons FC on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Uganda Premier LeagueTuesday, 01-10-2019-Bul FC 2-0 Maroons FC-Kyetume FC 0-1 Police FC-Bright Stars FC 0-0 URA FC-Mbarara City FC 2-1 Busoga UnitedBul FC moved top of the Uganda Premier League table following a 2-0 victory at home to Maroons FC in one of the five games played on Tuesday.Peter Onen’s side who have been performing well since the start of the season, scored in either half to ensure a fourth victory of the season.Robert Mukongotya was the day’s hero as he found the back of the net twice. He scored his first on 18 minutes and then completed the brace with just a minute of normal time to play.Bul have now beaten Express, Police, Wakiso Giants and Maroons, this season. Their other game was a 2-0 loss to rival Busoga United last month.For Maroons FC, they suffered their second loss of the season and remain on 9 points. They had earlier lost to URA FC in their season opener.In Luzira, Paul Nkata got off to a winning start as head coach of Mbarara City with the Ankole Lions defeating Busoga United 2-1 at the Prison grounds.Forwards Brian Ahebwa and Paul Mucureezi scored for the home side while Ibrahim Mugulusi was on target for the visitors.After early pressure, Mbarara broke the deadlock on 16 minutes through Ahebwa who nodded in Mucureezi’s perfect cross.With halftime beckoning, Mucureezi doubled Mbarara’s advantage, finishing off neat play involving winger Ibrahim Orit.Busoga reduced the deficit 8 minutes into the second half as substitute Mugulusi curled into the back of the net-from outside the area, after Mbarara had failed to deal with a routine corner.Busoga went all out for a leveller but Mbarara stood firm to see out the result.Mbarara now marches onto 8 points for the season having won twice and drawn as many of their first six games.For Busoga, they are on six points after winning two and losing four of their opening six games.At Wankuluku, URA FC continued their miserable run of form as they were held to a goalless draw by Bright Stars.Going into the game on the back of two draws and a loss in their previous three games, Sam Simbwa’s side could not break down a spirited Bright Stars side.The Tax Collectors who defeated Busoga United 3-0 on opening day now have five points from as many games.For Bright Stars, they are still on the hunt for their first league victory of the season.They have now drawn three and lost as many in their first six games of the campaign.At Mandela National Stadium in Namboole, Police FC registered their first victory of the season thanks to a 1-0 win away to Kyetume FC.Ben Ocen scored the only goal of the game netting at the stroke of halftime.The result sees Police move to two points having came into the game on negative one after they were docked threw points following failure to honour their opening game against Onduparaka Fc.For Kyetume, they remain on four points for the season. They defeated SC Villa and drew with URA FC to gather that tally.The other game played on Tuesday-Proline FC 2-1 Express FCWednesday’s fixtures-Tooro United FC vs KCCA FC @4:30pm-Onduparaka FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @4:30pm-SV Villa vs Vipers SC @8pmComments Tags: Bul FCJasper AhebwamaroonsMbararaMbarara CityMuteesa 1Paul Mucureezisam simbwaURA FCWankulukulast_img read more