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The Liberia National Police is investigating several top members of the governing Unity Party linked to an alleged plot to assassinate the standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC Senator George Manneh Weah.


Police Spokesman Sam Collins told reporters at the National Police Headquarters in Monrovia on Wednesday, 30 August that the police has invited Unity Party Montserrado County Chairman, Mr. Saye Mencole for questioning in relation to complains filed before the police, linking him to alleged assassinate attempt on the life of Ambassador Weah.

Mr. Collins, who was very careful in disclosing the information, noting that it’s too early for the police to reach any conclusion about the allegation, but efforts are underway to ensure the bottom the allegation is heard after which findings will become public.

Earlier, the CDC announced to the media, that police have invited three officials of the UP namely; George Bobby Kailondo, Saye Mencole and UP’s Candidate for Montserrado County Electoral District #7, Emmanuel Dahn to answer questions about their role in the alleged plot.

At a news conference, Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, himself a candidate for representative seat in the impending elections, emphasizes that the CDC is interested in having Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, also linked, for questioning also.

But Minister Samukai has dismissed the claim as untrue, terming it as stupidity.

However, Morlu continues that the reported attempt to kill Weah is something that is grave and deserves all necessary attention especially, where everyone linked could be probed.

He says the executive committee of the CDC is keen in hearing and seeing that Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, current Standard Bearer of the governing UP, is made to provide statement about his role in the entire saga.

He pointed out that the entire leadership and members of the Coalition for Democratic Change, which comprises the Congress for Democratic Change, the National Patriotic Party and the Liberian People Democratic Party.

The CDC accused some executives of the ruling Unity Party of allegedly hiring assassins to kill presidential candidate George Manneh Weah on the day it launched its campaign rally on 19 August.

On Wednesday, 23 August the CDC youth wing spokesman Alvin Wesseh accused Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and businessman George Bobby Kailondo of hiring three hard core criminals in collaboration with some Russian assassins to assassinate Sen. Weah under the alleged directive of UP presidential candidate Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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