Friday, June 30, 2006

"What was she thinking?"

Judging from the conversations we've been overhearing in taxis over and over again in the last few days, the Iron Lady is doing a terrible job of convincing Monrovians why it was necessary to hire a foreign company to install the light poles for her new electrification initiative. As they drive down Tubman Blvd and see the laborers from Ghana at work, people can't help but wonder aloud why she couldn't find a Liberian contractor and create a few local (if temporary) jobs. Whatever her reasons, perception is everything, and people appear to perceive this decision as a giant misstep. The symbolism is heavy since this is such a visible initiative, the first big project of the new adminstration.


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