Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Chairman Mulbah Morlu is claiming that some unnamed government officials allegedly gave support of US$5,000.00 to campaigners involved in the “Bring Back Our Money” protest on Monday, 24 September.
“We even know officials of government that are empowered by the tolerance of this president that gave them money; that supported them with five thousand U.S. Dollars to do what they are doing,” Mr. Morlu told local broadcaster OK Fm in Monrovia.
Morlu claims that the alleged US$5,000 was given by officials to folks from opposition Unity Party (UP) that allegedly want to undermine the existing of the rule of law and provoke CDCians “as they did in 2014” around Barclay Training Center at PHP.
Morlu however fails to name any official that allegedly gave out the money to protestors, but makes threat to call the officials’ names “if they push” him.
Instead, he cautions the alleged officials to cut off such support, claiming that the CDC knows what has been done.
“They should cut it off. Unity Party needs to stop thinking that they can revive the democratic order only because they were defeated in the last election,” Mr. concludes.
When contacted Tuesday, 25 September, the Chairman of the Coalition of Citizens United to Bring Our Money Back (COCUBOMB) Martin Kollie argued that Morlu’s statement is a diversionary tactics to dissuade the attention of Liberians from the real issue.
“The real issue is bring back our money,” Kollie says and claims that partisans of the ruling CDC and other political parties were involved with the protest on Monday.
“So to accuse some of us who stood up against [former] President Sirleaf for 12 years for taking money from the opposition is unfounded,” Mr. Kollie adds.
He continues that the protesters “didn’t receive support from anywhere,” claiming that Morlu has admitted that $16 billion were missing, thus urging that Liberians should be looking for who took the money.
Morlu’s comments come in the wake of Monday’s protest in which several Liberian groupings led by COCUBOMB presented petitions to key international partners here to aid Liberia in investigating the money scandal.
The US Embassy, United Nations, European Union, African Union, and ECOWAS were petitioned by the protesters in pursuit of alleged missing $16 billion Liberian Dollars, an equivalent of US$106 million here.
In their petition, they asked the international partners to launch an immediate independent international forensic investigation into this missing $16 billion saga given its economic, social and security implications.
They want partners to prevail upon the Weah-led government to immediately release an internal investigative report of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) that former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf referenced in her latest interview on BCC.
They also say they want to know the source of a US$25 million that the Weah – led government says it infused into the economy and how it was infused in the economy.
By Winston W. Parley