For some strange reason, in January 2017, I had the strong feeling that the country needed an Act to guide the transition of power from one administration to another. I had no expertise in drafting legislations but I had some very important and strong thoughts and so I drafted them into a Concept Note.
I partially discussed these thoughts with Madam President who referred me to Dr. Sawyer (may his soul RIP) for detailed conversation on my thoughts. I discussed with Honorable Nuquay (who, I believe, was the Speaker at that time) and then I discussed with Hon. J. Fonati Koffa who was a Minister in the President’s office and now Deputy Speaker.
For some reason, things were moving too fast and so no one paid any attention to me. Besides, my thoughts were too simple to be taken seriously.
As we approach another elections, I still believe that we need a Transitional Act that protects the state and governance process.
When one president is succeeding him/her self, there might not be much turbulance; when a party (not the same president) is succeeding itself, there are bound to some issues; but when a different party is taking over from another party, this process can be very turbulent and disruptive.
An Act that seeks to minimize such turbulences is extremely necessary. Proposing such an Act is not suggestive that one party versus the other will lose or win. This Act does not wish that or seek to suggest any such outcome.
My thoughts are outlined in the attached note.
2 thoughts on “Presidential Transition – Does Liberia need a Law for this purpose?”
In change management, transitions are sensitive moments that demand deliberately thoughtful execution to eliminate or reduce wastes/inefficiencies. Political transition in corrupt country such as ours is a recipe for even more gross violation of public offices. A legislation will do a good job to maintain orderliness whilst saving the country from massive looting that is perceived to characterize such times.
But I think we need a supervisory committee (made up of members from the judiciary and section of of the legislature unaffected by the elections enthusing the transition) to checkmate the outgoing as well as the incoming executive teams.