Challenging The New Bar Leaders

MEMBERS OF THE Liberia National Bar Association last Saturday elected new corps of officers at a special convention held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Those elected during the LNBA Special Convention were Cllr. G Moses Paegar, president; Cllr. BimaLansanah vice president; Attorney Dallamah J. Sulonteh Secretary General and Attorney A. KundunkaiJaleiba elected on a white ballot as national treasurer of the Bar.

OUR REPORTER WHO covered the process said those who attended the process hailed it for its orderliness. Unlike other electoral processes which are usually characterized by protests, for alleged fraud or unfairness, the Bar election ended without such protests, apparently because it was free, fair and transparent.

UNSURPRISINGLY, SPEAKING SHORTLY after the process, Chief Justice Francis SayeKorkpor who addressed the audience expressed gratitude to the Theophilus C. Gould Leadership for its professional role in conducting the process. He said the exercise has now answered the question of when the bar will hold elections. The Chief Justice hailed the level of maturity and orderliness exhibited by members of the bar.

WHILE JOINING OTHERS to hail the process in Buchanan, we thank the outgoing leadership under Cllr. T.C. Gould for keeping the Bar alive, especially in executing and practicalizing the Bar’s decentralization programs for which the Bar was able to successfully hold many of its activities in parts of the country instead of Monrovia for years.

THANKFULLY, WE ARE glad that those defeated in the race have all conceded and commended their opponents for the victory. Particularly, presidential candidate, Cllr. TiawonGongloe who lost to Cllr. Paegar in a close process, made it emphatically clear that there were no losers in the race, as he believes the LNBA won the day. He then pledged to work in the interest of the Bar.

TO THE INCOMING officers, we urge them to live up to expectations to keep the Bar alive and also undertake those projects and activities to put it in its rightful place in the society. As some of its members believe, it needs to be more robust on national issues and begin to contemplate on the idea of relocating the Bar from its present location to its own facilities.

THE BAR, AS a member of the civil society movement in the country, cannot remain mute on national issues, some of which also borders on the very legal profession and others that relate to the survival of the state and its people. Indeed, the Bar MUST take its rightful place in the society.

ONCE AGAIN, WE congratulate the newly elected officers of the Bar and remind them of the task ahead. The members have spoken, indicating that they see you as the ones to move the Association forward. Don’t disappoint them; live up to the task for which you have been elected, as it is said, “to whom much is given, much is expected.“ This is the challenge!