CDC rejects presidential restrictions
The opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC says it will resist any restrictions as requested by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Liberian Legislature. The Congress for Democratic Change headed by peace ambassador George Weah, said plan by President Sirleaf to restrict some freedoms of the Liberian people is satanic, barbaric and only intended to create tension in the already fragile State.
Addressing a news conference at the party headquarters in Monrovia, National Youth League Chairman, Jefferson Koijii, said, for the President to suggest to the first branch of government about the need to restrict freedom of worship, speech, assembly and owning of properties under the current state of emergency, is detrimental to the stability and peace of Liberia.
President Sirleaf Tuesday wrote the Liberian Senate, seeking permission to invoke restrictions on certain rights under the Liberian Constitution as the country continues to battle the Ebola virus disease. These including among others, close monitoring of certain religious practices by the government with violators to be punished.
The communication further seeks to restrict certain freedoms of speech, including in print, electronic alerts and verbal, that has the tune to undermine the statutory power of the state of emergency and that of the issue of assembly.
According to the President, the restriction is intended to fast-track the eradication of the deadly Ebola virus, expressing high expectations from the Senate that the communication will be endorsed immediately.
But Youth Chairman Koijii said the CDC is calling on its patricians in Montserrado County and other parts of Liberia to assemble at the headquarters to design strategies on how to respond to the President’s request to the Liberian senate.