Liberia should guarantee rule of law for all

Liberian President George Weah

The Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) is calling on President George Weah and the Liberian government to guarantee the rule of law for all and to focus on stimulating economy growth.

The government should summon a new dawn of rule of law and access to justice in all 15 counties, 73 electoral districts and 134 administrative districts that puts no one above law, EMOL noted in a press release issued recently.

“There is no doubt this government was overwhelmingly elected to right the wrong of the past by ending the culture of circumventing rule of law in favor of special interests and ending patronage governance system in favor of creating equal fighting chance for learning and empowering opportunities based on fair competition and merit for all Liberians regardless of religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, gender and ascribed status,” the release noted. 

EMOL is a peace building and empowering advocacy non-governmental organization legalized in Liberia as a member of the Civil Society Organizations (COS) and legalized in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

The organization is currently conducting a 4-month Gender Equity Awareness Project (GEAP) in collaboration with the Liberian Government for the Liberia National Police (LNP) with participants from all the counties under the title: Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia-Justice and Security for the Liberian People. 

With the departure of UNMIL from Liberia, EMOL is serving as one of the conduits for peace and rebuilding of trust among different interest groups in the country including those in positions of power.

The release added that on September 7 last year, EMOL was among 74 Liberian Civil Society Organizations (COS) invited to participate in a meeting called jointly by the  United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The consultative meeting was to discuss strategies on how to maintain the relative peace and how to promote it after the departure of UNMIL.

It was also about figuring out how to make compliance with rule of law and access to justice applicable at all levels.

Opening the meeting, UNDP/ UNMIL joint project manager Maarten Barends said “Liberia’s low economy growth is due to government poor performance of expenditure in spending review.”

He said this is causing Liberia cash stretch and for this reason the government is not able to stimulate economy growth to improve living standards.

EMOL is therefore calling on President Weah to focus on fixing how the government spends money in order to stimulate economy growth.   

Spending reviews have the potential to provide significant insight into budget allocations, leading to recommendations that can allow higher productivity and greater operational efficiency. They also boost transparency, offering citizens more insight into why and how money is spent.