ll seems not to be well in the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC over ongoing appointments of individuals in government with one of the founding parties of the Coalition, the National Patriotic Party (NPP) crying foul, complaining that President George Manneh Weah has relegated the Governing Council, the highest decision-making body and instead, surrounded himself with few friends and associates in making decisions regarding appointments.
In a press release circulated to media houses last night, the NPP claims that only two members of the party have been appoint from its list of qualified partisans submitted in line with request from President Weah, out of more than one hundred appointments to date.
The release signed by NPP Secretary General Bolton Dennis, says the fundamental institutional framework contained in the legal instrument that brought the three parties (NPP, CDC and LPDP) together is the Governing Council, which comprised of well-vetted and experienced people.
“These were the people who convinced the respective Executive Committees of the three parties to sign unto the collaboration and guided the Coalition every inch of the way to success”, the release continues.
The party explains that all strategic decisions ranging from the construction of the seven pillars of the Coalition to campaign strategies were designed and approved by the Governing Council.
The party notes that while it recognizes the need for a government of inclusion, such an idea should not be achieved to its detriment and other parties whose effort brought victory while the former ruling Unity Party enjoys the second highest appointments next in line to the Congress for Democratic Change.
“Members of the Governing Council believe appointments should follow a systemic and institutional trend”, the release stresses, and further argues, “In fact, if you take into consideration also the UP appointees with tenure jobs, those still occupying their positions and those in foreign service, no doubt, UP enjoys a huge portion of the government to our collective detriment.”
Meanwhile, the release calls on the National Chairman of the NPP, James P. Biney to prevail on his colleagues to urgently convene a Governing Council meeting to address these concerns.
The early alarm being raised by NPP, observers say might just be a tip of the iceberg of what could be unfolding in the Coalition for Democratic Change in the clamor for jobs as President Weah is almost in the final stage of formation of his cabinet that would drive his pro-poor government.
By Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne