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Jim Care Foundation condemns US$180k lobbying campaign

By Lewis S. Teh

The executive director of Jim Care Foundation in electoral district#11, Montserrado County, Jim Akoi Gawolo, has blasted members of the opposition particularly the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and other groups, for generating US$180,000 lobby fees to campaign against the CDC-led government come 2023 general elections.

“The action of the opposition bloc to generate US$ 180,000 to lobby is complete hatred toward the government and the Presidency, which is at the detriment of the masses and not President Weah”, he says.

Mr. Gawolo spoke over the weekend at his Barnesville residence in district 11, adding that why would the CPP create so much hatred against President Weah and his government when they could work together or independently for the betterment of Liberia. 

Akoi, who is also an aspirant in district 11 says, there’s no need to enviously hate President Weah or consider him the worst enemy, calling on the opposition instead, to reach out to the President for the sake of Liberia or to undertake major projects for citizens to see them the best alternative.

He says it would be unfair to say President Weah government is doing everything smoothly, but the President is gradually moving Liberia forward and maintaining the peace.

He argues that the question about Liberia’s progress is still being answered from an individual point of view, saying “but I differ with anyone telling me Liberia has been static since 2017.”

 According to Gawolo, the opposition’s action may have an intent to strangulate the government but the masses could become victims instead.

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“I will appreciate if the opposition can change the dynamics of their political strategy by paying against the growth of Liberia and contribute to its progressiveness.”

He continues that all of the political leaders within the opposition bloc are worth at least $500,000, and taking US$180,000 to blackmail Liberia gives him the impression that Liberia has a lot to benefit from the CPP if they proceeded in helping and uplifting the country, instead. 

Gawolo suggests that instead of wasting $180,000 to bring President Weah down, the opposition can use the said amount to construct modern public libraries, resource centers, purchase fire trucks and renovate the state-run University playgrounds, including theaters which Liberia lacks.

The report had it recently that a group from the opposition bloc has launched a US$ 180,000 lobbying and public relations campaign in the United States ostensibly to court US’ support for the opposition.

According to the report, the group has hired former prosecutor Alan White and others to ensure that the Weah Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government does not survive the 2023 elections.

The report named the Liberia Renaissance Office Inc. (LIROI), a newly formed outfit in Monrovia, as being at the forefront of hiring longtime Africa lobbyist and ex-war crimes prosecutor White to lead the effort. https://thenewdawnliberia.com/180k-anti-weah-campaign-in-us/Editing by Jonathan Browne

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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