Citizens plan peaceful protest
A group of Liberians are gearing up for a peaceful protest in Monrovia, to call President George Manneh’s attention to unfolding development here.
The Vice Chairman for Political Affairs of the opposition Liberty Party, Abraham Diarus Dillon, says a peaceful protest is being organized to draw the President’s attention to the current economic hardship, owing to bad governance.
Appearing on the Costa Show, a popular live broadcast in Monrovia, he says the pending protest does not intent to ask President Weah out of the Presidency, but to give him timeline to meeting specific demands.
According to him, the planned protest is being well organized in order to meet its intended purpose, while promising that it would be massive.
Dillon claims President Weah misled the public by stating in his Annual Message the exchange rate between the Liberian Dollar and the United States Dollars was previously US$1.00 to 180 Liberian Dollars.
Four collaborating opposition parties here responded to the President’s address to the 54th Legislature immediately he left the podium at the Joint Chambers of the Capitol, describing it “a waste of time.”
In a joint statement issued on Monday, 28 January 2019, the former ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party (LP), the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) said, “The President and his officials have destroyed whatever was left of the economy after the Ebola crisis. Yet, while you waited to hear some meaningful policy prescriptions for resuscitating the bleeding economy, he said nothing substantive to rekindle our hopes, reassure businesses, ensure investor’s confidence, and once more regain the respect of Liberia’s bilateral and multilateral partners. This is what a serious leader would do in difficult times.”
Meanwhile, two lawmakers here, Bomi County Senator Sando D. Johnson, and Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Koluba, say they will join the peace protest.
According to Representative Kolubah, President Weah should give attention to the current hardship faced by citizens, stressing that the President needs to do things in the interest of the citizens.
By Ethel A. Tweh –Editing by Jonathan Browne