CASE AGAINST OPPONG.
S. Kaipha Brown
It's a good thing that we now have some level of free
speech, where we can speak out our minds on important
issues concerning our country, and we must applaud ourselves
for this positive step. Liberians just experienced probably
the worst suffering in Africa, and I'm quite sure that
no one wants to go back to those days. It is therefore
very important that we carefully select our next president,
putting down our personal differences and emotions,
and doing what would be best for Liberia.
No one can argue-not even the Weah camp, that Ellen's
resume is the most impressive of the candidates, and
even Weah's resume falls billions of light years short
of Ellen's. With Liberia's economy shattered, it puzzles
me as to why some individuals would like to see the
reins of leadership handed down to someone who cannot
even define the word 'economy'. These folks have the
misconception that Oppong has Liberia at heart. WRONG!
Let's analyze their statements.
"Oppong has Liberia at heart". The biggest
argument here is what Oppong did for the Lone Star football
team. With all the football achievements he won, Oppong
fell short of one thing. He hadn't been to the world
cup like all other football heroes, and he desperately
wanted to make it to the world cup. He poured a lot
of his resources, but the Lone Star did not make it.
This was more of an effort to get himself to play in
the world cup. His actions since his failure to get
to the world cup prove that it was for him and not Liberia.
He has completely deserted the Lone Star. If his intentions
were to promote Liberia, absent or present from the
Lone Star, he would have still stuck by the team. This
shows a selfish and self-minded character.
"Oppong is honest, and he's a unifier". This
is a big joke! Ask the Lone Star players who played
with Oppong. They will tell you how unfair he is and
how he always showed favoritism on the team. I don't
know how people define honesty but buying a masters
degree from an online university that you did not attend
sure does not sound honest to me.
"Oppong cares about Liberia". Let's put aside
the Lone Star, which was just for his personal interest.
Oppong declared his assets during elections according
to reports, and we know that he's a billionaire. If
Oppong loved and care about Liberia so much, as his
followers claim, we would have seen support in areas
that really need help.
spending millions on football, which has little benefit
for the people, how about helping the University of
Liberia? Not just giving scholarships that will help
a few but the whole. Renovate classrooms, donate computers,
get books for the library, and help the medical school
and TNIMA. Help JFK. This will improve the health, education
and quality of life of the people he so love and care
about. He gave America, a country capable of handling
her hurricane disaster all by herself, ten thousand
dollars. Surely he could contribute a lot more to these
institutions. Fellow sportsman Dikembe Mutombo of Zaire
contributed $3.5m from his pocket to build his country
a modern hospital. He established his own foundation
that caters to urgent needs of his people. This is love
and care for your people.
is what we call love and concern for your people. Oppong
has lavished his money on personal reasons and not for
his people. Who can argue that Oppong could not afford
to give a million dollars to help L.U. or JFK, or TNIMA
or the Medical College, or help pay salaries for teachers
in the MCSS school system? And don't come up with the
excuse that he was afraid that people in charge would
eat the money, because he could buy drugs for JFK; he
could pay contractors to renovate classrooms at the
University, he could order books for the Library
But again, what do we expect
? Why should we expect
Oppong to prioritize education when he did not see the
importance of a fifth grade education?
Followers of Oppong claim that the 'educated people'
have failed Liberia, and so a fourth grade drop out
should be given a try; and of course Oppong agrees with
that silly idea. God knows how long Lone Star had tried
to make the world cup and had failed. Why did we not
take local based players only for qualifiers? Why did
Oppong scramble professional players to make it to matches?
Even when Salinsa bluffed us over and over, refused
to show up for training, and arrived on the day of the
match, why did Oppong put aside local players who had
practiced with the team, and allow Salinsa to play?
A patient does not go to an accountant for a cure after
the first doctor did not cure him, nor do you turn to
the devil because you prayed to God that you will get
a particular job and you did not.
one can argue that Oppong loves Liberia more than Ellen.
Ellen has represented Liberia internationally, and is
widely respected. Ellen has spoken out against irregularities
in government, and has even been to jail for doing so
while others were afraid to speak out. She has shown
how fearless she is in standing up for good governance,
and has more than the experience needed to get us out
of the economic mess we're in. Yes, she's served in
government, but with a clean record. No stories of corruption
while at finance.
Liberians sincerely think that Oppong will stand up
and speak up against corruption and bad governance?
Have we ever heard Oppong adding his voice to many who
were advocating for good governance? How is he going
to tackle corruption in his government? Look at the
people surrounding themselves around him. Ellen and
others risked their lives for the sake of this country,
and he sat there, scared to speak. There are some individuals
who still want to be corrupt, and that's why they dread
the idea of Ellen becoming president, because she won't
tolerate corruption. Liberians need to open their eyes
to the reality and vote wisely. On the other hand, our
prestigious 'First Lady' title is "NOT" for