Don’t Kill TRC Report- Senator warns Weah


Ranking Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown of the Senate committee on Good Governance, Peace and Reconciliation has told local and international stakeholders that it’s time the Liberian government led by President George Weah implement the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations.
The TRC in its final report amongst other issues called for the prosecution of individuals who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed and people who looted the country’s recources during the nation’s 14-year civil war.
“Political will to implement the TRC Report is the major challenge that we all have. We decided in Accra, Ghana that the way to end our conflict and bring about lasting peace is through the TRC. We had two options, either to bring war crime court or the TRC and we opted for the TRC.”
Since the TRC released its findings, we as a country have not really addressed the recommendations of the commission, the Maryland County Senator Brown said.
The Senate Governance and Peace Committee chairman said Liberians made a commitment in Ghana and “we must live and honor our own commitment.”
The lawmaker who was one of the panelists at the just concluded National Peace and Reconciliation Conference said peace and reconciliation should not be imposed on the people.
“We feel that peace can’t be imposed. Peace comes from the people and so the people themselves should realize that they need peace. We as national leaders must provide the facility and let the people drive the process.”
My message is that we should not hold peace conference because there is funding available. We should not have workshop because international community wants us to but we should hold peace initiative because we believe that there is need for peace in this country, Senator Brown said.
Writes Titus E. Dessie