Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change Chairman Mulbah Morlu, terms as “devilish”, protesters asking the European Union and other bilateral partners to stop financial aids from President George Manneh Weah’s administration.
Addressing a news conference here Monday, 24 September at his party’s headquarters in Congo Town outside Monrovia, Morlu says CDC-led government respects freedom of association and civil liberty as enshrined in the Constitution of Liberia, but it is demonic for people to be calling on foreign missions not to help Liberia on grounds that money went missing is just not unpatriotic, but scaring.
He claims Monday’s protest was organized by the former ruling Unity Party, opposition Liberty Party and the Alternative National Congress, but still suffered massive defeat like during the 2017 Presidential election, when the three political parties were similarly defeated at the poll.
Chairman Morlu notes the government had already set up an investigative team, and invited the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States, the Liberia Council of Churches, the Federation of Liberia Youth and experts to probe the allegation, so the protest was nothing but mere political bluff.
He recalls that during the days of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Johnson, protesters including himself, were allegedly wiped off the streets by police, but today, people were protected by the police despite some of them allegedly raining insults on President Weah.
He brags that in next protest; he will appeal to the government to provide protesters matching band to escort them, adding the CDC- government is very tolerance to the extent that employees of government abandoned work that they are being paid for to join protest against the government.
Hundreds of Liberians peacefully took to the streets on Monday to demand the return of newly printed Liberian banknotes stacked in containers and bags that allegedly went missing from the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport, respectively. Authorities here confirmed the incident transpired on March 31, 2018.
The scandal had saddled President George Weah with his biggest political crisis since he took office in January.
“This money is for our country, for our children, for tomorrow,” says Precious Williams, 43, who braved a rainstorm and a heavy police presence to protest in the seaside city. “We are here to get our money back. We want justice for our missing money.”
Meanwhile, Morlu discloses partisans of the CDC will over the weekend storm the Roberts International Airport to welcome President George Manneh Weah back home after attending the U.N. Assembly in New York.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne