As the search for jobs intensifies in President George Manneh Weah’s pro-poor government, , an auxiliary group from the former ruling Unity Party known as the ‘Boakai Think Tank’ has crossed over to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change.
Addressing a news conference Monday, March 19, at the CDC headquarters in Monrovia, the group’s chairman Folley Kutupu Sheriff says the decision to join the CDC is based on what he terms “open heart kind of leadership” displayed by President Weah.
A one-time strong critic of the CDC, he says President Weah is a young man, who has shown in less than two months, the kind of leadership the country needs at this critical conjuncture.
According to him, moving over to the CDC as partisans is intended to give support to the now ruling party and the government in whatever way they can.
But the arrival of the group, whose members are all young men, has not been welcomed by some partisans of the CDC, who are disenchanted over the ruling party’s decision to accept them on grounds that the party does not want anyone at this point in time, especially, after crucial elections.
Madam Joyce Freeman explains to this paper that the coming of the “Boakai Think Tank” is to take their (CDC partisans’) slots in government. “We were opposition for 12 years and did not move over to the Unity Party. We went thru the struggle, I mean real poverty, now we have won, they’re now coming and our people are welcoming them. This is unacceptable,” she expresses.
Another person believed to a partisan of the CDC, David Momo, says the coming of the group is an indication that its members are desperate for government’s jobs.
“We have good news for them, the CDC is open to everyone, but our government job, let them forget it. They will stay long inside, waiting for appointment from the President”, he intimates.
For his part, the National Chairman for the ruling Coalition, Mulbah Morlu, expresses thanks and appreciation to members of the “Boakai Think Tank” for making a wise decision by joining the party of the people.
Chairman Morlu says the CDC is open to everyone, and that he anticipates other political parties and auxiliaries will follow suit.He stresses that the decision by the group is not about government’s jobs, but building a vibrant political institution for the coming years.
He assures members of the group that they now enjoy all rights like any other partisan of the CDC, and the party will try to protect the interest of its partisans.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Editing by Jonathan Browne