By John H.T. Stewart
Liberia is indeed an interesting place especially Monrovia where hustlers, con men and women, pimps and thieves parade the streets and flaunt their ill gotten wealth with no fear or sense of remorse.
About mid afternoon yesterday, normally a slow day like most Sundays, the sound of blaring sirens filled the air. Well I said to myself, President Sirleaf must be on her way home from church.
I lean thru the window to get a peep of the President’s convoy as it rolled by. But it appeared there was something unusual about this convoy. Rather than the two or three squad cars which usually precedes the main convoy, there was a single Police pick-up with its trunk crammed full with individuals, mostly men, followed by a black Nissan jeep also with sirens and horns blaring.
And following closely behind was a long line of Nissan 4-door pickup trucks, about 16 total, all white and emblazoned with LPDP markings on each vehicle.
As it were, Speaker Alex Tyler was on a road show, a public demonstration of his financial wherewithal, desperately seeking to win the Presidency.
Indeed the Liberian Presidency must be a cheap shot to which any Tom, Dick or Harry could aim his fire and bag the prize. Just imagine an ordinary meat seller at the Lebanese owned TICO on Bushrod Island earning less than US$300. per month, is today the owner of a luxury hotel costing more than 1 million USD and a fleet of brand new vehicles not less than 20 in number.
I have since been stretching my imagination trying to figure out whether Speaker Tyler’s huge wealth was earned by hard toil thru the night while others were sleeping or whether it was by sudden flight that he has now ascended to such towering heights of wealth and fame.
And tried as hard as I could but could go no further than where deductive reasoning would take me and my conclusion that, Speaker Tyler is flaunting wealth which was stolen from the people of Liberia for which he and other ” Thieves of State” like him must be held to account now or in the future. And the list of such “Thieves of State” is quite too long to enumerate here.