The Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says the scenes of chaos, violence, disruptions of normal activities, and public disturbances at the University of Liberia and surrounding streets, with reports of death, multiple injuries and several arrests, could have been avoided.
CPP said Liberians are witnessing increasing systematic breakdown of law and order, that is again subjecting citizens to living under fear, intimidation, and violence.
“This is unhealthy for our democracy and dangerous for the peace, security, stability and development of the nation,” a CPP statement issued Tuesday, March 14, said. CPP said the reckless incident on Monday, March 13, is one in a troubling list of creeping lawlessness with impunity.
“From drug peddling to the illegal importation of weapons into the country, with disturbing reports that agencies and individuals with both appointive and elective responsibilities to enforce and ensure law and order, are themselves conspiring and enabling the commission of crimes and the breakdown of law and order,” the statement said.
The CPP statement further emphasized that under “his watch, and over the disappointingly conspiratorial silence of President George Weah – except when he chooses to illegally interfere in ongoing criminal investigations and litigations on the side of alleged criminals – Liberia is increasingly descending into lawlessness, insecurity and instability.”
CPP said Liberians continue to see rising crimes on the various streets and communities, with unsolved murders and mysterious deaths of citizens. The CPP averred that in the face of these barbaric acts and wanton disregard for law, it has often urged the CDC government to investigate and bring alleged perpetrators to justice, which every responsible government ought to naturally do.
CPP said, regrettably, its repeated calls for investigations often fall on deaf ears, noting that even when the President has promised investigations into crimes, it has never been done, or reported to have been done. CPP said, most often, alleged perpetrators or accused individuals, including close friends and associates are seen walking free, with obvious impunity.
The press statement said the CPP is compelled to draw the conclusion that the government itself is too complicit in the lawlessness to act against them, or it is incompetent and unable to do so.
The statement cautioned the government, and all its agents, as well as those concerned that there will be consequences for all unsolved crimes against the nation, as well as the evolving conspiracy to undermine the rule of law, risk the country’s peace, and instill fear in the population.
The statement said under a CPP Government, all involved in the commission of these and other crimes against the Liberian people will lawfully answer as all alleged criminals in a lawful society should, irrespective of status or position.
It said, increasing lawlessness and an unstable and insecure Liberia ultimately benefit no one. The statement concluded that Liberia deserves better, as we are stronger together.