The President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate Albert Chie joins the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change of President George Manneh Weah, making the government CDC to secure a strong grip on the entire leadership of the 54th Legislature.
Declaring his members officially on Friday, May 12, at the D. Tweh High School football field in the Borough of New Kru Town, a Monrovia suburb Pro-Tempore Chie calls on Liberians to work together in tackling economy.
Chie, who shares his native Grand Kru County with President Weah, notes that while the country faces one of its tough times in recent history with the economy, the problem developed since 2013, during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to him, it is appalling for some people in some quarters of the country to shift blame on the current CDC-led administration.
Senator Chie, once an executive member of the former ruling Unity Party of Madam Sirleaf, stresses that the country started experiencing tough condition when prices of its natural resources on the world market started to drop, coupled with the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) the closure of many international companies and non-governmental organizations, including outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
He continues that many concession agreements signed during the Johnson Sirleaf’s administration barely exists, as most of the companies have returned probably due to other factors, noting that these are some of the contributing factors to the downward trend of the economy.
According to Liberia Extractive and Initiative Transparency Industry (LEITI) report 2013, about 68 Concession Agreements were signed in Liberia, but only six (6) are in compliance with the law of Liberia.
Meanwhile, Senator Chie has presented a twin cabin (4-door) pickup to the CDC national leadership for the two impending by-elections in Montserrado County.
Friday’s occasion also saw Mr. David Kortee, former stalwart of the ex-ruling Unity Party taking up his full membership card with the CDC.
Also a former lawmaker from Lofa County, Mr. Kortee notes that his decision to come over is based on the developmental approach of President Weah especially, the President’s focus on road connectivity.
With the declaration of membership by the Senate Pro-Tempore to the ruling establishment, it is now clear that three politically powerful officials namely; President Weah, Speaker Bhofal Chambers and now Pro-Tempore Chie are from southeast Liberia.
CDC national chairman Mulbah Morlu welcomes Senator Chie for the decision and assures him the party will utilize his expertise as deems necessary. By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne