As partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change gear up to give President George Manneh Weah a raising welcome on Sunday, 29 September the ruling CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu claims some partisans of the Unity Party and hired ‘thugs’ are planning to protest the arrival of President Weah.
However, UP Secretary General Mohammed Alie dismisses the claim as nonsense.Speaking to the NewDawn Tuesday, September 25, Morlu alleges UP partisans have planned to print T-shirts with imprint, ‘CDCians against Weah for the missing billion’ to be worn on Sunday along with thugs they have hired to create tension.
He further claims UP officials in the government sponsored Monday’s peaceful protest by several civil society organizations under the banner, Coalition of Citizens United to Bring Back Our Money or COCUBOM to provoke CDCians.
The protesters petitioned the United Nations, the African Union, ECOWAS, the European Union and the United States Embassy respectively to intervene in retrieving the missing moneys between 16 and 16 Billons Liberian Dollars. The amount allegedly disappeared from the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport on March 31, 2018.
But Morlu calls on the UP to abandon such plan on grounds that it does not offer any good for the democratic space that all Liberians are enjoying now.According to him, some of the UP partisans are expected to be deployed at the ELWA Junction, the Farmington River Bridge and the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County to jeer President Weah.
When asked to provide source of his information, Morlu claims an executive member of the former ruling Unity Party, who is against the idea confided in him.He said the CDC-led government was tolerant during the “Bring back our money” protest without state security resistance but it would be ugly for partisans of the former ruling party to block streets in protest against the President.
He maintains the ruling party is not deterred with the information and is actively engaged with its partisans and sympathizers for Sunday’s welcoming ceremony.Commenting on the ongoing preparation to welcome President Weah back home from addressing the United Nations, Chairman Morlu says thousands of CDCians are in high spirit to welcome the First Partisan.
He maintains the event is intended to show to show appreciation to President Weah for his tireless effort in lobbying for financial, technical and every available assistance from the international community.However, when the spokesman for the former ruling Unity Party Mohammed Ali was contacted via mobile phone, he says the UP does not have time to respond to Morlu.
“The Unity Party is busy with other things then to respond to Mulbah Morlu; please carry it like that for me”, Mr. Ali replies and immediately off his phone.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Editing by Jonathan Browne