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The President of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) Roland Mulbah along with his supporters left the headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on Clay Street, Monrovia frustrated after a court order halted the SWAL election on Wednesday,January 13, 2016.

Despite stiff resistance from aggrieved members under the banner ‘SWAL Majority Bloc’ the Mulbah-led leadership decided to hold the 2015 Congress, which was to have been followed by the controversial election.

But the move was contested by high elements of the SWAL Majority Bloc led by Molley Trojan Kiazolu, Richard Manuba and Sally Gaye. Efforts by PUL President Kamara A. Kamara to intervene were opposed on grounds that he was bias in the process. Kamara went as far as ordering Manuba and Gaye to be put out of the hall yet his orders fell on deaf ears.

As the commotion raged on, a sheriff from the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice, accompanied by suspended SWAL Treasurer Momoh Siryon, marched into the hall with a Petition for Preliminary Injunction.

SWAL President Mulbah was made to sign for the court document issued through the orders of Assigned Circuit Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh.  The court ordered that the SWAL leadership is barred from holding any form of election for officers or conducting the affairs of SWAL, and prohibits the Election Commission from conducting elections. The court also ordered the membership accreditation process immediately reopened to accommodate members who were denied participation in the process until otherwise ordered.

Prominent among those left out of the SWAL membership listing are Momolu V.O.Sirleaf, Hilary Colnoe, Siebo Williams, Henry Flomo, Julu Johnson, Martina Brooks, FombahKanneh, Leroy Sonpon, Danesius Marteh and Anthony Stevens.

Following the issuance of the Petition for Preliminary Injunction, PUL Vice President JallahGrayfield declared that the PUL respects the action of the court.  He asked all parties to respect the court’s decision until the matter is adjudicated and cautioned all involved to eschew violence as doing so would be at their own risk. Jallah asked the parties to be peaceful as the matter is before the court of law.

By Sally Gaye-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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