Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) National Chairman Mulbah Morlu has issued a sharp warning to former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf over claims that he gathered information that Mrs. Sirleaf conducted a secret meeting against government efforts to prosecute alleged corrupt officials.
Mr. Morlu made the claim Monday, 4 March after the George Manneh Weah – led government arrested and detained three officials last week from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), inclusive of Mrs. Sirleaf’s son Charles E. Sirleaf for their alleged roles in Liberia’s alleged ‘missing 16 billions’ saga.
“We’re gathering facts that on last Friday, 1st March 2019, former President Ellen Sirleaf had a nighttime meeting at her home in efforts to undermine ongoing investigation in the CBL arrest,” Morlu alleges.
“We’re now confirming that she’s meeting with select group of journalists today to influence negative coverage against government efforts to prosecute alleged corrupt CBL officials,” Morlu alleges further.
The CDC Chairman warns that his advice for the former President and all Liberians is that the fight against corruption is a moral national responsibility that should galvanize collective support.
He argues that President Weah’s decision to wield the anti-corruption axe is not merely to fulfill a campaign promise, but it is based on the outcome of credible and unimpeachable investigative reports.
“President George M. Weah is doing what others failed to do in the past, and he has unprecedented public support as he cleans the mess and protects public trust,” Morlu boasts.
The ruling party chair alleges that the former President’s alleged effort to influence negative media reporting against government is not only unpatriotic, but selfish and unlawful.
He suggests that former President Sirleaf has to be seen as supporting President Weah while he tries to contain the ‘Vampire’ that Mrs. Sirleaf once declared and had feared throughout her Presidency.
Mr. Morlu believes that Mrs. Sirleaf needs to retrospect the enormous respect and goodwill that President Weah has always shown her and refrain from attempting to undermine a patriotic anti-corruption effort being waged within the framework of the rule of law.
Morlu intimates that while it’s her right to rise to the defense of her son as naturally expected, he urges the former President to do so through the court of law, not subterranean maneuvers that contravene collective will or violate laws.
“Frankly, I am proud as a Liberian citizen that finally, in my lifetime a President has demonstrated unwavering political will to fight the age-old monster called corruption. This is a victory for all of us, including former President Sirleaf,” Morlu notes.
He says the CDC expects nothing less than her support, warning further that attempting to undermine a credible, popular, moral and legal necessity is a perpetual impossibility.
Morlu stresses that what is seen today is just a tip of the iceberg in the fight against corruption, saying the ‘Vampire’ will be legally contained and sent back to its dark and isolated abyss.
He warns against interference because “Liberia is a country of laws.”
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor –Edited by Winston W. Parley