Former Vice President and political leader of the former ruling Unity Party says members of the opposition community have no plans whatsoever to assassinate President George Manneh Weah, as being insinuated by the ruling establishment.
Speaking at the signing of a joint resolution and statement of commitment Thursday by four opposition political parties, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai says after the 2017 Presidential and Representatives elections, the opposition community, especially the Unity Party decided to give the government an opportunity to settle down, but stresses the interest of the country remains supreme.
He says categorically no leader of opposition political parties desires to assassinate President Weah, adding that Liberia has had its experience from 14 years of bitter civil crisis and Liberians have made significant sacrifices to have a place called home.
Boakai, who lost the 2017 runoff presidential election to Mr. Weah, explains, the composition of the opposition political parties is intended to reawaken the hope and aspirations of the Liberian people.
He cautions his colleagues never to stoop low when they are struck with assaults that impugn on their morals and abuse their intellect.
“Let us continue to rise above average. As we have always demonstrated even in the midst of hostilities; we should challenge ourselves to proceed with the utmost sense of thoughtfulness, unity and patriotism. Our mission is to rescue and preserve our Republic, though hostilities against us will intensify as time progresses. Let this process rekindle our people’s hopes and revive their shattered dreams. Let us be genuine and truthful, bold and decisive. Let us be humble, calm and peaceful in our attitude and conduct,” urges the 74-year-old former statesman.
For his part, former presidential candidate of the Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, notes that decision by the Chief Justice Francis Korpkor to preside over the impeachment proceedings against Associate Kabineh Ja’neh is illegal and unconstitutional.
Cllr. Brumskine, an experienced and respectable lawyer, who had practiced under American jurisprudence, further argues the ongoing impeachment proceedings grossly violate the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which calls for rules to be established before the conduct of any impeachment proceedings, pointing that there are no rules and law to try Justice Ja’neh.
In his comments, the leader of the Alternative National Congress, Alexander Cummings, observes that the economy under President Weah, is speedily heading downward, cautioning that something should be done to rescue the country from falling apart.
A former Coca Cola executive with no previous history in Liberian politics, he Cummings reiterates that they (opposition) have no intention to assassinate President George Weah and that those making such claim from the governing Coalition for Democratic Change are treading on falsehood.
Skepticism abounds among Liberians whether leaders of the four opposition parties are sincerely resolved in putting forth a single candidate against President Weah come 2023.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor –Editing by Jonathan Browne