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About Citizens Independence Movement

Liberia is free politically but its citizens are born, live and die in poverty and bondage because our corrupt and broken system of representative democracy was designed by politicians to enrich themselves and keep the citizens trapped in poverty forever. Stealing, killing and destruction are the hallmarks of the Liberian political elites. Whenever Liberians voted in the past 170 years, the options before them were always competing platforms and agendas of politicians who desire to enter government to get rich. As a result of the broken and corrupt system, nothing can change in Liberia until the citizens change the 170 years old corrupt and broken system represented by the flawed constitution. What Liberians face today is similar to what the English, French, Americans, South AFricans and Indians confronted and conquered years ago. Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela...were change agents who could never have changed their countries if any of them ran for office or took employment in the corrupt government they desired to change. Anyone desirous of jumping into the sea of corruption in order to end corruption only gets wet and contaminated by corruption. Matthew 12:33 "“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit."

The Republic of Liberia is 170 years old on July 26, 2017. Throughout its history, there has been election of politicians of impeccable academic credentials to lead the country. Unfortunately, Liberia’s flawed system of representative democracy which was designed to usurp the power of the people and legalize a corrupt system has institutionalized corruption. Politicians literally kill innocent citizens in order to amass personal wealth using the national revenue and natural resources. Liberia is the 4th poorest country on Earth, but elected officials of Liberia earn salaries and benefits higher than lawmakers in all 50 states across America! The Liberian president has sweeping powers far greater than the powers of Putin of Russia, Trump of USA, the Queen of England and the Pope of Rome; she appoints all governors, mayors, judges of the Supreme Court, university presidents, heads of all public corporations, members of the board of directors of all public corporations... The system is corrupt, broken beyond redemption. Liberia needs a new system of governance. A sovereign national conference that aims to create a new constitution that empowers citizens to set the salaries and benefits of elected officials and also directly make laws using ballot initiatives is our recommended national emergency proposal.

Article I of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia is crystal clear about who has the authority to change and replace the current corrupt system: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.”   If the people have all power, isn’t it time the people exercise their power?

It is a total disgrace that after 170 years of independence, Liberia, Africa’s first independent republic exists only for the politicians.  Embolden by foreign aid from America, the European Union and China, electing another politician in this corrupt system will only make matters worse!

In Liberia, politicians enter government just to get rich while millions of citizens live in misery and die in poverty due to unemployment, thousands of jobless youths, endemic corruption and barbaric human sacrifices! Though our system is broken, deadly, and corrupt, there is hope for a positive change. It is time to start campaigning for economic freedom and a bright future for citizens. That is why I call on all candidates in 2017 election cycle to immediately lay aside personal political ambitions so that we can start together from scratch and design a new system of governance that puts citizens interests first. I call on voters to reject all candidates who put their political ambitions ahead of our national interests because no one can become president without the votes of ordinary citizens.

Citizens must unite at the table of a national sovereign conference to start from scratch and put the citizens in charge as the master by crafting a new constitution that empowers citizens to set the salaries and benefits of elected officials and directly make good laws in the interest of the country as well as repeal bad laws.

I know all Liberian politicians are not bad people, but our system of governance is deadly and corrupt. For politicians to keep the corrupt system alive for 170 years, all political campaigns ignore the corrupt system in which they live and literally kill innocent citizens and spend millions of dollars on fake campaigns that paint all other candidates as bad people while praising themselves as the saviors!

 

 

My name is Torli H. Krua and I am launching this campaign for the future of Liberia. Hopefully we will be successful and the ripples of our freedom will spread across Africa, ending centuries of political violence engineered by politicians. God bless you.

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A pastor and human rights activist, Torli was instrumental in lobbying with US congressmen and policymakers to increase the quota of refugees from Africa being allowed into the US. He has also worked tirelessly in the New England region and beyond to champion the rights of refugees and immigrants. His organization, Universal Human Rights International, worked with thousands of immigrants from 38 different countries over the span of 20 years. He has been honored by the National Peace Corps Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

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Citizens Independence Movement (CIM)