The Formation of the CDC – intrigues & coincidences

A colleague sent me an excerpt of the book written by Emmanuel Clark and Ivah Tukpah. This portion was about the formation of the CDC. Honestly, I haven’t read the entire section but in the portion that I read, I see that the guys tried to reflect the major coincidence that has dogged us all for many years: it has to do with folks in Monrovia, who at the same time as we, in the US, may have been thinking about encouraging Amb. George Weah to run to run for President. For many years, and even at this moment, I believe that some folks may have spied on what was happening in our chatroom (listserv) and decided to run with the idea in Liberia. The coincidence was too coincidental to be believe that it was a coincidence. Well, maybe it was. Dtweah and I met in May 2004 and started a conversation about the “political and humanitarian future” of Amb. Weah. We continued that conversation until July 24, 2004, when we invited many of our friends in Minnesota to a meeting at my residence in Crystal, Minnesota (6500 34th Ave N). At this meeting, I remember very vividly when comrade Momo Dudu tried to derail our plans by asking critical questions, many of which we didn’t have answers to because we were still forming our thoughts at this point. I had to interject and dismiss comrade Dudu’s concerns so that we could have the space to continue our thought process. Today, I render no verdict on whether I was right or wrong – that is a subject for a different day and time. A few years ago, I started outlining and cataloging, to the best of my recollection, what the formation of the Liberia National Congress (later and now the Congress for Democratic Change) was really like. Due to the many intrigues and intricacies, I slowed down my narrative because as I started to mention about some colleagues, one of whom almost became Vice President (at least in his mind), I started to get some calls: “JFK what kind of shit on you on so? Don’t put my name in your thing ho.” I respect these colleagues. I am still in a deep thought as to whether to continue the descriptive nonfiction. I have sufficient notes and emails to present a decent account, from my vantage point. Remember that my vantage point is an extremely important one because I sat in the middle of the inside… That 17 months journey (from May 2004 to October 2005) which took a considerable amount of our time, resources, and energy will have to be narrated in full so that our people can appreciate the fullness of the undertaking. It will not be able the rendition of a verdict on our actions or inactions but rather narration of our journey

Author: JAMES F. KOLLIE

I am a Liberian professional with passion for pro poor economic development and grassroot political organizing. I have read public policy, corporate finance and accounting at various levels. I have worked in government, private sector and non-profit sector.

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