-CDC threatens officials
The governing Coalition for Democratic Change is increasingly nervous of its chances in winning a second term in 2023 has begun to threaten officials in government they risk losing their jobs if they failed to toe the line.
The National Chairman of the ruling CDC Mulbah Morlu after a long silence from the Coalition defeat in the December 8, 2020 midterm senatorial says senior officials of the ruling establishment who are not working in concert in lifting President Weah’s Pro-poor agenda would lose their job before the 2023 Presidential elections.
“Before we lose the election you will lose your job. We cannot employ you and [you are] working against the interest of the government and party. The interest of the president and party comes first, it is time to serve our people and the country at large but some selfish officials are working against us and if they don’t stop, they will lose their job,” Morlu rages.
The warning is not the first time but it is the first major public utterance by the boisterous ruling party chair since his dismal performance at the poll last December.
Addressing a news conference over the weekend at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town, Morlu specifically frowned on authorities at the Ministry of Transport for creating employment opportunity for a non-partisan while (over the years) rejecting dozens of qualified partisans under the pseudo-canopy of ‘No vacancy’.
Transport Minister Samuel Wlue – a staunch member of the ruling CDC recently appointed Mr. Oliver Dillon, brother of opposition Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County to a newly created post at the ministry.
But the ruling party chair in a statement maintains that irrespective of the inspiration behind the decision, there can be no moral justification for supporting Cabinet Ministers’ appointment of non-partisans to important positions at ministries and agencies, while qualified partisans are left to wander in street corners, looking for jobs.
The statement calls on the Ministry of Transport to withdraw the appointment, which it describes as provocation. The CDC maintains the decision is a necessary step in building a cohesive and strong party.
Emphasizing the importance of adhering to the President’s mandate, Chairman Morlu reminds officials of government that in support of President Weah’s statement to officials early this year that ‘There will be no room for errors’, the national executive committee of the party will monitor officials’ performance by constructively criticizing, praising or requesting the President to dismiss where necessary.
He says the national executive committee has declared 2021 a year of new beginning, as the ruling party maximizes efforts to accelerate fulfillment of institutional obligations to its partisans, community and the Liberian people.
Meanwhile, the CDC announces a comprehensive restructuring with chapter conventions beginning May, 2021 when all twenty-five administrative districts of Montserrado County will elect district officials, including coordinators, followed by election of chairman and executives for the Montserrado Chapter. The process will continue a planned National Congress for 2022 ahead of presidential election in 2023.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne