One Reason Why Some People Rejoice When Misfortune Befalls Others

By Atty Philip N. Wesseh (PNW)

Yesterday I wrote an article, entitled: “Why All This About A. B. Kromah,” in which I took issue with people who try to insinuate that the dismissed Deputy Director of Police for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah did not do anything positive while serving in that position. I certainly disagree with them and cited that his work has helped to reduce criminal activities, especially armed robbery in this country.

Given the nature and scope of his duty at the time of service, it would be unfair to suggest that he did not contribute to the present state of the nation’s security. I stand to say that I will always disagree that this man did play his part. Yes, as human beings, he may have erred in some aspects, but to portray him as a non-goal-getter is what I am against.

Today, I am constrained to look at another aspect consequent to his dismissal, as was discussed yesterday. It all came about based on an assertion by the Chairman of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Nathaniel Mcgill who welcomed the dismissal of the deputy director by President Sirleaf last weekend, and said that the action by the President was “belated.” Besides, it was also learnt that some motorcyclists, some of whom have defiantly returned to the “no-plying zone,” as I observed yesterday morning in the Paynesville area, rejoiced over the dismissal of Col. Kromah.

But the million dollar question in this matter is why people or a group like the CDC rejoice in such a situation. Is it because Col. Kromah was not working or that he was an obstacle to criminal-minded people who saw him as someone preventing them from perpetuating crimes in the society? There might be many reasons why people rejoice when such action befalls people like Col. Kromah.

But in this case, the only reason why people and group rejoice is because the dismissed Deputy Director had not relaxed the issue of law enforcement, or discriminated in the enforcement of the laws, for which some individuals or group do not appreciate him. Today, disregard for traffic regulations has become the order of the day by some of our “big boys,” who egregiously violate these rules on a daily basis. It was this that led to Associate Justice Philip Z.B.Banks to raise the issue during the recent Law Day celebration in Monrovia.

Again, I should not be seen as suggesting that Col. Kromah was perfect or blameless of some acts during his operation. But it is good to appreciate the role he played as the operations person of the police which is the first line in law enforcement.

As I said in my previous article, no one can question the wisdom of the President for taking such action against Mr. Kromah, as it is in her constitutional domain to do so. Equally so, no one can say whether or not it was in reaction to the recent death of a motorcyclist allegedly by a police officer, which led to the burning down of a police station in the Redlight Market area.

As for the CDC, its welcome statement is not a surprise because it had been bitter about Col. Kromah on several occasions and called for his dismissal. In the case of motorcyclists rejoicing, this, too, should not be as a surprise because Col. Kromah, as the ‘operation man’ in the enforcement of the laws, like traffic regulations, he would not be liked by those, like the motorcyclists who want to flout the regulations of not plying some routes in the city and its environs. Obviously, these motorcyclists would definitely welcome the removal of such a person. Even if a new person is appointed, these same people would exhibit such attitude towards him or her, as it could be a female, only because of the enforcement of law.

We should know that there are people who tread in lawlessness that brings about chaos, disorder and mayhem, and would therefore resist any attempt to the enforcement of the law.

As I think of this, I am reminded of the attitude and behavior of some students who would oppose certain instructors, not necessarily because the teachers are not qualified, but that the students see them as people who are too rigid to encourage mediocrity in the educational system. And so the students would engage in a campaign for sentiments and sympathy, which may eventually lead to unwarranted action against the teachers.

As we discuss and debate the removal of A.B. Kromah, let us take note in an assertion by a Catholic priest who once said, “Never rejoice in the misfortune of others,” especially when you are an official in that opposition party. Hence, let us be careful of those rejoicing, as this could be for ulterior or selfish motive, as could be the only reason why people are rejoicing. I Rest My Case.