Should Lewis Brown speak at the Forum?

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf poses...
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf poses for a photo in the Pentagon Oct. 24, 2007, before sitting down to substantive, bilateral security discussions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello and welcome to Bamba 1News.  I am your host Lassana Bamba; today we will like to gather your views on burning issues that continue to affect our daily interactions as members of the global community.

For this edition of our discussion, we will rationally dialogue the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Forum as it is known by folks in Philadelphia has invited many thoughtprovoking speakers who have in turn discussed hot button issues in and outside of government sectors.

Lewis G. Brown is Liberia’s current Minister of Information Culture and Tourism; he is visiting the United States as part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s high power delegation to the just ended United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr. Brown has accepted an invitation to speak at the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 5530 Chester Avenue, in Philadelphia.  Lewis Brown’s acceptance of the invitation to speak at the forum was met with stiff criticism by Mohamed Sherif of Philadelphia.

According to Mr. Sherif, Lewis Brown made decisions during his tenure with the Charles Taylor led government in Liberia that led to the death of innocent civilians, and as such he should not be approved to address the Forum. He said anything contrary would mean rewarding Mr. Brown for his actions against innocent victims.

The Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia in response has vowed to carry on the program as planned because as it puts it, it is non-religious, non-country specific or tribal. It said giving the many crimes committed by individuals in Liberia over the years, every Liberian one way or the other was affected.

Giving the interchange of views, ideas, and analysis of the situation, what is your view on this issue? How is Lewis Brown different from other players in the Liberian Government? And how does the denial of Mr. Brown to speak at the forum affect the Independent Intellectual Forum? Should former warlords be allowed to serve their victims in public offices?

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