The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change raises its finger-pointing higher, this time around, linking former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the impending June 07 protest by civil society and opposition political parties.
The CDC had earlier accused members of the opposition bloc, including prominent political leaders Alexander Cummings, Benoni Urey, and former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, among others of masterminding the planned protest.
But the ruling Coalition in a news conference Wednesday, May 1,moves a step further, accusing former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of supporting the protesters in revenge for her son, Charles Sirleaf, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, who was jailed by the Weah administration for his role in the LRD16 billion saga.
Mr. Sirleaf, 61, was publicly handcuffed along with two other staff of the Central Bank and detained in March this year, pending trial but they were subsequently released on bail.
A crowded circuit court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia heard that between 2016 and 2018, Mr. Sirleaf “purposely with wicked and criminal intent connived and conspired with other officials” and printed excess local currency, allegedly pocketing some of the money.
CDC national chairman Mulbah Morlu says former President Sirleaf is fighting back on grounds that the government had indicted her beloved son, and she is now using every power and contact available to her to fight the Weah government.
He notes that violent statements being issued by some Liberians under the banner, ‘ Council of Patriots’ for the June 07 protest is yet to be condemned by the former President, who he recalls, enjoyed full cooperation from then Ambassador George Weah during her 12 years presidency.Morlu also accuses the former ruling Unity Party and the All Liberian Party leader Urey of being among prime sponsors of the June 07 protest.
He claims to have obtained an audio recordings in which protesters are planning on Wukie Farm, owned and operated by businessman turned-politician Benoni Urey to make ‘Monrovia a blood bath during their protest.’
He explains the purported recording details how the Unity Party has infused huge sum of United States dollars to ensure that Monrovia is ungovernable during the protest.
He adds that the June 07 planners are people with terrible history, naming Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper as an ‘infamous general’ who allegedly headed a rebel group in Sinoe County that killed, and raped women while men were forced to fight for the disbanded National Patriotic Front of Liberia; Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson, another leader of the group.
According to Chairman Morlu, Senator Johnson was part of group of protesting students, who burnt down the only public high school in Bomi at the time, the C. H. Dewey High School in 1989.
Turning to ALP leader Benoni Urey, he says Mr. Urey was one of the main transporters of arms for jailed former President Charles Taylor during the nation’s 14 years civil wars.
He describes the June 07 planners as ‘evil potters’ who don’t want to see the Weah administration succeeds in Liberia.Neither Madam Sirleaf nor any of the political leaders accused by the Coalition Chairman Morlu have responded to the allegation.
However, in press statement issued here Tuesday, the Council of Patriots says the planned protest is not about bringing down the Weah administration, but to draw the government’s attention to bad governance, corruption, management of state resources and flagrant violations of the Constitution.“The purpose for our assembly is not to call for the step down of George Manneh Weah as President of Liberia”, the statement reads.
The Council says instead its planned protest is to peacefully demand meaningful reforms that would lead to improvement in standard of life of the Liberian people.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne