By Thomas Domah, Nimba County
Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor says President George Manneh Weah and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change can’t be blamed for the unprecedented importation of dangerous drugs in the country.
VP Taylor argues that the Weah administration met influx of drugs when he entered the Liberian presidency so he should not be blamed for the current drugs prevalence.
“During our youth days before entering politics, the influx of drugs was going on prior to the civil war”, she notes.
The Vice President made the defense in Ganta, Nimba County over the weekend, while attending a fundraising rally organized by Nimba Progressive Women.
Ms. Taylor said this was first of its kind for rural women of Nimba to raise money to support the campaign of the ruling CDC for the reelection of President Weah.
“Liberian women, including rural women in Nimba County, they’re productive and as such they should not be overlooked”, she added.
She described the women as nation builders because of their initiative and donated 1.5 Million Liberians dollars to the rally.
Vice President Taylor urged Nimbaians and Liberians generally not to shift blame on the current administration but on past governments.
She said the CDC-led government has been combating drug importation evidenced by President Weah signing into law the amended drug law that makes trafficking of narcotics capital offense.
According to her, if the government were directly involved in smuggling, the President would have intervened to put a stop to it immediately.
For her part, the president of the Nimba County Progressive Women, Madam Nohn Tappia Dekpah thanked Vice President Taylor for encouraging women of Liberia to consider themselves as nation builders and people who aim for the best to happen in their respectful communities.
She disclosed that rural women in Nimba, including her organization had targeted to raise 2.8 million Liberian dollars to empower the CDC campaign team in its work.-Edited by Jonathan Browne