The Executive Director of Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa, Cllr. Sayma Julius SyreniusCephus, has taken issue with the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) for introducing ‘head counts’ at the recent conference in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Speaking last weekend at the first anniversary of VOICE FM in Monrovia, the lawyer said this act, which he said was ‘primitive”, by the CRC was in contravention of the Liberian constitution which calls for secret balloting.
He said it was during this kind of process that the people voted that Liberia should be a Christian state, noting, “This is not one of the most important issues facing our country today.”
He went on; ‘however we are not surprised that those at the forefront at this campaign have terrible history in justifying dictatorship under the pretext of rule of Liberia.’
Cllr. Cephus said because of the challenges facing the nation, come 20 17, the media should remain focused and independent in their reportage.
He said as the media landscape moves towards the 2017 Elections, the first peaceful democratic transfer of power from one administration to another, when too many challenges are off showing, the media is required to report freely and independently in effectively educating the Liberian people.
He said further that for a nation like Liberia and its people to make the right decision and choices in the future elections, most especially, with the pending 2017 elections, the media is responsible to be independent.
He mentioned the emergence at the epic center of lawmakers who aided and abetted the drafting of concession contracts that robbed Liberians of the opportunity to get just benefits, and Cllr. Varney Sherman drafting almost all of the concession agreements for multinational cooperation to serve as head of the Judiciary.
“Friends, the media must distant itself from the existence of being used as an antigovernment forum for people wanting to settle scores or rebuild their shattered images; I speak of one particular example and that is, the issue involving the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Christiana Tah,” Cllr. Cephus stated.
“I personally admired Cllr. Tah for being a woman of substance and brilliance; she is a woman of high intellectual repute and standards, but I disagreed with her definition of the rule of law. Cllr. Tah was Minister of Justice and Attorney-General when six concession contracts were drafted, signed, ratified and became law,” Cllr. Cephus stated.
“In this regard, the media must be audacious enough to champion the cause of the least fortunate, the marginalized segments of society, disabled, women, children, and the elderly. The media, like it was said in Biblical times, should bring out the good news,” Cllr. Cephus averred.