We are getting there, as promised…

About a year ago, we had promised that we will not sit idly and see 2017 elections pass by. It was our commitment that we would be active participants when 2017 comes around. Though we did not say exactly how we would participate, it seems that it is now getting clearer.

A few weeks ago, the grassroot progressive coalition was in Kakata, Margibi County seeking membership for what promises to be the biggest coalition for grassroot political change.

Under the banner of the proposed Coalition for Liberia’s Progressive (CLP), the grassroot people will be advocating that change comes from the ground up and that if we make the right decisions at the grassroot (legislative constituency) level, our chances for change will be higher even if not guaranteed.

The approach that always focuses on the presidency at the expense of staffing the first branch of government with qualified leadership has failed. It is time for change!

The CLP’s model of political change is that if we can get the right people from the grassroot (our communities) to represent us then they can make our case at the table. But if we don’t have people at the table to advocate and to speak for us, then we will continue to be in this state of affairs.

Always complaining will not solve our problems. We need to take practical, collective actions and the CLP is here to lead the way.

 

My Tribute to Togar Lawrence Randall

TRIBUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER

TOGAR LAWRENCE RANDALL

ONBEHALF OF AMARA M. KONNEH AND JAMES F. KOLLIE

DELIVERED BY: JAMES F. KOLLIE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

 This is an extremely difficult moment for me. But I have to muster the fortitude to perform this task as part of my final respect to someone who was so dear and special to me.

I crave your indulgence to allow me to spend a little longer time than others or than would otherwise be allowed.

It is still unbelievable to me (or maybe just plain refusal to accept) that we are gathered here today to hold funeral rites over the remains of a dear friend and brother.

Our country has indeed lost one of its best and finest. I can argue that the media has lost one of its outstanding and exemplary young men. Continue reading “My Tribute to Togar Lawrence Randall”

Welcome into my mind…

Dear friends and colleagues,

As Liberia approaches a critical period in its national existence, the need to provide insights and perspectives on a wide range of issues have never been more important than now.

I intend to use this medium to continue to make my contribution to nation building by providing my thoughts and perspectives on the issues of the day. I believe that I am uniquely qualify to do so not just because of my experience and deep understanding and appreciation of the issues and challenges that confront our country but also because I am a Liberian and have a patriotic duty and responsibility to do so.

It will be a failing of immeasurable proportion on my part if I sit do not offer my perspectives on the issues that matter for I believe that history will judge me harshly for refusing to make my valuable contribution to the national debate.

More than ever before, the need for sane, reasonable, and measured voices have never been more urgent. In these times when wannabes are masquerading as savior, those who know what needs to done are under patriotic obligations to provide information to the people so that decisions cannot be made on false and baseless claims.

It is in this light that I have decided to use this personal space to provide my views and thoughts on a whole host of issues that I believe our people should know as they endeavor to select the next President of the Republic.