By Lincoln G. Peters
A faction of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) loyal to the political leader and Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga – Lawrence has celebrated the 71st birth anniversary of LP founding political leader, the late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.
The celebration was held on Wednesday, 27 April 2022 at the party’s Old Road office.
A small number of LP partisans turned out for the celebration.
Liberty Party is divided into two factions between the political leader Sen. Karnga – Lawrence and the embattled chair Mr. Musa Bility.
Both of them have announced the expulsion of the other from the party.
The celebration was graced by several preachers who were recognized as founding members of the Liberty Party. Liberty Party says it was birthed from the belly of the Church.
At the program, special prayers were offered for the family of the late Cllr. Brumskine and the party so as to ensure that they are united and hold together to continue the legacy of their founding father, Cllr. Brumskine.
Making a remarking at the program, Liberty Party political leader Senator Karnga – Lawrence expressed thanks and appreciation to all partisans and friends for coming and remembering the birth anniversary of their late political leader.
According to Senator Karnga – Lawrence, with the team work and commitment that all continue to show, the Liberty Party will never fall and the legacy of Cllr. Brumskine will stand.
“Liberty Party will never fall. This party will not die. Liberty Party will be strong and I can assure you all that the story will change for the better,” said Sen. Karnga – Lawrence.
“However, as we are here today in loving memory of our late leader and mentor, we wish him and happy heavenly birthday,” Sen. Karnga – Lawrence continued.
The Grand Bassa County Senator explained that she came to the Liberty Party through a conversation with the late Cllr. Brumskine, who was then the party’s political leader.
She said she believed that Cllr. Brumskine could have become one of Liberia’s best presidents [if elected], but unfortunately, it did not happen.
However, Madam Karnga – Lawrence stated that the party is here, ready, willing and still standing to continue the task of the late Cllr. Brumskine.
For her part, Cllr. Charlyne M. Brumskine, daughter of the late Cllr. Brumskine, described the gathering as a moment of celebration, saying she was happy for the love and care her family continues to get from the LP family.
“Thank you all for standing with the family. Today we will celebrate because my late father was a man of smiles and he really used to love jokes. This is not about us but his people,” said Cllr. Brumskine.
“Thanks to LP for being truthful and standing with my father. Finally, I love you all. I would have loved to be here throughout but I am going in the County where several are currently,” Cllr. Brumskine concluded.
Meanwhile, former Grand Bassa County District #3 Representative Mr. Gabriel Buchanan Smith says the current split, internal wrangling and conflict in the Liberty Party is the result of the quality of leadership that the party currently has.
“Whatever we see today is the outcome of the quality of leadership that the party currently has,” Mr. Smith argued.
He however expressed hope that LP leaders can take the step to unite the party.
Mr. Smith noted that he is embarrassed and worried by the internal wrangling, division and conflict within the Liberty Party that have led the LP to have two separate factions between Senator Karnga – Lawrence and Mr. Bility.
“In my first legislative training at the Ghana institution of Management and Public Administration, a professor defined leadership to us and said it’s not a dead word but a functional word which in the simple term is that which gives effect,” said Mr. Smith.