There is a common Liberian phrase that says, “Monkey works, Baboon draws.” The implication is that the larger and more powerful elites get rich on the backs of hardworking poor, who enjoy no returns for themselves. To mark the official start of campaigning for the fall general elections last Tuesday, President Sirleaf made a speech to highlight her achievements and mock her opponents, calling them baboons who continue to exploit working Liberians.
Despite ubiquitous signs around Monrovia urging candidates to focus on issues rather than personalities during their campaigns, the newspapers each day are filled with stories of insults flying back and forth between candidates. Last week, the New Democrat ran a story in which Senator Abel Massaley accused former rebel leader and current senator Prince Johnson of using witchcraft to assassinate him ahead of the election. And we thought Washington politics were brutal…
The following is the Daily Talk’s take on the start of the election:
Ellen: “Let monkey wait small, baboon still working”
Monkey (1) vs. Baboon (0)
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, threw talks at her party headquarters in Congotown during her “da my area” speech when she made the statement above. “wise political zoes [leaders of Liberia’s traditional secret societies]” strongly believe that troublemaker Sirleaf is referring to troublemaker [Charles] Taylor who once said, “No monkey work…”
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- Man, 34, businessman Charles Holder, hang himself to death out of frustration on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.
- CDC [Congress for Democratic Change] Tubman: “We will defeat UP [the ruling Unity Party] flat in first round.”
- Gov’t set to enforce public smoking law, passed in Sept. last year.
- “Veteran bill” approved at Capitol Building, ex-rebel generals left in the cold.
- Citizens of Todee District, Montserrado County sent out SOS call for one ambulance.
- Senegal Pres. Abdoulaye Wad betrayed AU? Held talks with rebels in Benghazi to unseat Pres. Gadafi.
- NEC [National Elections Commission] finally blows whistle for 2011 campaigns.
- Gov’t seized 600,000 bags of rice being smuggled into Guinea, says Commerce Minister.
- 36 Ivorian rebels arrested in R/Gee [River Gee County] for arms to face court action.