Perhaps sensing its chances for national governance come 2017, the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC may now be engaged in an introspective analysis of its political behavior. Since the 2011 General and Presidential Elections in Liberia, which occasioned the ascendency of the Unity Party to the national governance throne, the CDC continues to experience declines in its national political weight due to the conduct of its officials-the latest being their involvement in anti-democratic activities detrimental to Constitutional governance.
The active participation and utterances of several executives of the CDC, including Chairman George Solo, Vice Chairman Mulbah Morlu and Youth Congress Chair Jefferson Koijee, in the “Ellen Step-Down Campaign” may not have gone down well with Mr. George Manneh Weah-the Political Leader of the Party.
Upon his return to Liberia from the United States recently, Weah frowned at Chairman Solo et al for such political behavior, arguing that the party’s claim to national leadership predicates upon the party’s demonstration of its ability to lead by continuing to draw clear contrasts and alternative to policies and programs of the governing Unity Party.
Taking cue from Ambassador Weah’s warning, the National Executive Committee of the CDC, on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Congo Town, reaffirmed its unflinching commitment to protecting Liberia’s fledgling democracy and fragile peace. It warned that it wouldn’t hesitate to aggressively institute punitive measures against any party official engaged in the acts of violating the norms and regulations of the party.
“Condemnation of government programs or actions should aim to expose the weakness and incompetence of the governing establishment and not to direct hate, anger or vengeance at those currently running the country,” a statement issued in Monrovia Monday by the Executive Committee of the CDC said, adding that the CDC Political Leader had already challenged his party executives to win the trust and confidence of the Liberian people by clearly entrenching in their minds how CDC will deal with the numerous ills, challenges and maladies afflicting the Liberian people when it ascends to power.
While this latest position of the CDC against anti-democratic behaviors must be welcomed by all well-meaning Liberians, the need to place deeds before words must also be emphasized. The action of the leadership of the CDC must be very drastic against George Solo, Mulbah and Jefferson Koigee so as to serve as a deterrent to other CDCians who may want to under-mine Weah and his party.
It is no secret that the CDC may be losing grip because of the lack of political maturity and education among its leaders, who may not have under-gone the necessary political orientation to be calculative in their political behaviors and utterances. If the CDC must regain its political weight as it had in 2005, the issue of ‘friendship’ must be divorced from the party, while drastic measures must be taken against party executives and those who misbehave against the interest of the party.
Mr. Weah must exercise/exhibit the best leadership qualities as possible if he’s sincere about becoming President of Liberia, i.e, he must wield out those who intend to narrow his chances. Ambassador Weah and the CDC Executive Committee must go beyond mere position statement by ensuring ‘words into deeds’ and not the usual political trickeries.