The recent high level meeting between the Executive branch of government, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,and the leadership of the country's main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) led by the political leader of the party Ambassador George Weah is regarded by many political observers as a significant step towards enhancing the relative climate of peace and stability in the country.
According to reports, Amb. Weah who was accompanied by his two colleagues in the party's leadership hierarchy Hon. Solomon George, the CDC chairman and the vocal CDC Secretary General Nathaniel McGill came out of behind closed doors meeting with Ellen smiling apparently a visible demonstration of their satisfaction.
Pres. Sirleaf reportedly discussed with CDCeans several issues of national concern including, the Constitutional Review process, the Vision 2030 process, the peace and reconciliation road-map and the electoral Law Reform process. She told them: “In all of our pending reform processes, the participation and views of the CDC and of all other political parties are highly welcomed, and this is my reason for inviting you.”
The Chief Executive also used the occasion to laud the CDC party for their positive engagement with the ruling Unity Party (UP) since the inception of her second term of office, and for the manner in which the CDC conducted itself during their recent Memorial Day program in Monrovia.
Indeed several of the matters of relevance to the state that President Sirleaf and the leadership of the National Legislature mainly the Senate and the House of Representative were not divulged to the public. But indications are that in recent times there were several burning divergences brewing between the executive and the Legislative branches of government especially pertaining to transparency and accusations of nepotism cushioned by the executive in the oil sector of the economy, where one of the President's sons Robert Sirleaf is serving as Board Chairman. There is also a disagreement with some members of both the senate and the House over the retention of Mary Broh, as acting mayor of Monrovia.
Certainly there was no need for the executive to let sleeping dogs lie at capitol building after the grievances concerning how oil blocks were sold to the detriment of certain interested parties. There were even unfounded speculations that some pressure groups among senate and house members were advocating for the resignation of House speaker Alex Tyler.
In a similar vein it is a colossal achievement if today the leadership of the CDC and the President can see eye to eye on issues of national concern especially in the area of ensuring that opponents of the government do not take to the street to protest against trivial issues. Encouraging any street demonstrations of any sort in Liberia at this point in time, is a way of inviting those hooligans on the fence who can exploit the situation in the name of the CDC to engage in violence and looting.
We view that such exchanges of views on issues of national concern between the executive and the legislative branch of government on the one hand; and between the executive and opposition political parties in the country on the other hand is a very crucial method of creating the enabling environment for peace, and development in the country. Essentially these are indications that in this era of good governance, when developmental issues are of key priorities on the agenda of industrialized nations and international organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank, Liberia under President Sirleaf is setting the pace for others to imitate in the arena of political tolerance and providing lessons on how to manage fragile post conflict environments. We commend President Sirleaf for this noble initiative that has calmed down tension!