Liberia: Radical Tribal Loyalty May Impede Justice


By: Jackson Zleh Towah

The phrase “tribal loyalty” has been misguided by some diehard and radical elements within our tribal community (Krahn). Tribe as defines by Webster is a large or lesser group of people with customary norms. In a tribal setting of socialization, education, and political participation, tribal values deeply focuses on applicable human decency and responsible relationship of their coexistence with other communities and folks of their own. In sub Sahara Africa, one can see the uniqueness/related elements of these tribal norms as expressions of a common identity.

Robert Kennedy (1962).……in his assertion of wisdom on society and its laws said: “We administered laws to protect and expand individual freedom, not to compel individuals freedom, and the logic other men impose to them.”

Elsewhere, in biblical conjunction, God addresses communities or tribes as if they were individuals: “Israel, know that I am the Lord;” Ephraim, I have redeemed you,” and it continues in scripture. As such, the action of an individual within the tribes or communities does affect others.

We can than conclude that no sin or crime is private, because it always has a social, political and economic persuasiveness to influence or reshape the way we and the society coexistence can be protected and safeguarded by the laws of our communities.

The phrase “tribal loyalty” has been misguided by some diehard and radical elements within our tribal community (Krahn). Tribe as defines by Webster is a large or lesser group of people with customary norms. In a tribal setting of socialization, education, and political participation, tribal values deeply focuses on applicable human decency and responsible relationship of their coexistence with other communities and folks of their own. In sub Sahara Africa, one can see the uniqueness/related elements of these tribal norms as expressions of a common identity.

I would have never be a party to these inept exchanges if these men desist from threatens folks who cooperating with federal authorities including me. I will never be intimidated by this clique of gangsters many of whom have supported subversive activities from oversea themselves. They spilled their agenda through tribal aggression/gangsters-style fashion to defend news/reality that a member of our tribe Dr. George Boley was never engaged in horrific and gross violations of human rights; an argument that inferred me to believe and understand why the war in Liberia was a compelling circumstance.

This business of going around threaten witnesses in the George Boley war crime trail has no place in any tribal oneness, neither is it politics but an Inculcation of radical expression. Are there folks taking liberty of American justice system?

I’m very grateful to Mr. Henry Glay for tipping me of about the so-called list created and circulated by certain individuals many of whom I can only described as nefarious human species and enemies of the state (Liberia). Mr. Glay’s revelation was verified by a respectable and trustworthy elder from within who spoke to me on this matter. I also followed-up with the appropriate authority to verify the truth or falsity of the so-called “Black-List.” The personnel from DHS gave me the firsthand understanding about what now turned out to be a black-list.

I first want to dispel the news that the federal government has summoned me……. (Jackson Zleh Towah) to testify at the war crime trail of Dr. George Boley. I’ve received no such official communication; and I believe the federal government will notify me of any such action if there be a need. As such, I considered such circulation of this so-called “black-list” not only as unfair impeding of justice but spine-chilling for witnesses who want to cooperate with federal authorities.

When I was first approached about the so-called “black-list,” I got irritated with Mr. Henry Glay and told him to stop playing around on such issue as it involves the federal government. The following day, I received several calls on this matter. “The government has published the names of the witnesses and I’ve a copy. Be careful how you get around krahn people now.” said Mr. Henry Glay. Unknowingly, he thought the “black-list” was from the federal government. I told Mr. Glay that I wish the government summon me to testify at the Boley trail; I will spill it.

Elsewhere, Mr. Thomas Zeh called Bernard Goah the following day and precisely mentioned a drafted “black-list” for the betrayers/potential witnesses in the George Boley war crime trial. Thomas in his quotation to Mr. Goah mentioned that “Dr. George Boley has been working for the CIA and that the LPC was sponsored by the United States government; as such, the federal government is only playing a cat and mouse game.”

I told Mr. Bernard Goah that no CIA agent goes around telling people that they work for the CIA; and that these folks only attempting to frighten witnesses. Elsewhere, I mentioned to Mr. Goah that any information from Thomas Zeh is a replica of Mr. Henry Galy.

Indeed, these are the kind of incongruent lies been employed by these individuals to intimidated witnesses with circumstantial visual evident from coming forward. I want to encourage all witnesses that you’re on the right side of history and nothing should deter you from stating what you witness. These blatant falsehoods are deliberate, empty threats, and have a strong tribal & radical purpose.

I’ve reported this matter to the appropriate authority of government. I shall hold in absentia the name of the federal agent. I’ve received hundreds of calls from the Liberian community in respect to the George Boley’s human rights violations; many of whom I believed are Grand Gedeans. This is my last warning; any telephone call, made from any Grand Gedean, to my phone concerning George Boley’s trail will be recorded and sent to the appropriate institution of government in pursuit of legal action.

Let it be known, that almost everyone in Liberia knows about George Boley LPC killing machine. This is not the case where you will try to hide anything; you will only portray yourself as an icon of deception, a congenital liar and moreover nefarious to human habitat. Are you folks helping George Boley? How George Boley got a lease on 16th street and Payne Avenue in Sinkor? What was the agreement? Who is Shaky? Why was he deported from Liberia by Charles Taylor? What was his connection to George Boley? I’m watching the head movements of the snake, not the body. Keep creating “black-list” from PRC days to our time.

However, as required by federal regulatory statute, it is not my place to connect you with the special-agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on this matter; but if you’ve valuable information on George Boley and the LPC please call the following human rights centres and they will put you in touch with the appropriate authority through the division of human rights violations.

United States residents please call or e-mail:

Elise Keppler, Senior Counsel
International Justice Program
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue
34 floor, New York, NY 10118
Tel. 212-216-1224
E-mail:kepplee@hwr.org

Liberia residents please contact the local branch to speak with the regional office in Senegal.

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