By: Rancy S. Teewia
The Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, says the attitude exhibiting by the CDC-led Government towards the four opposition Collaboration Political Parties (CPP) clearly indicates that there is a responsible opposition against irresponsible government, but added, “We will continue to conduct ourselves peacefully, to ensure that we protect our rights”.
The (CPP) is an opposition bloc that comprises the ANC, Liberty (LP), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Unity (UP). Cummings spoke when he addressed journalists at a press conference convened by the Collaborating Parties last Sunday at the Headquarters of the Opposition Liberty Party.
He said further that he has noticed that collaborating political parties is against an irresponsible government, but added that the opposition bloc have chosen to remain peaceful and circumspect so that they will not be carried away by the unprovoked threats and attacks on them by the government.
Addressing himself to the violent incidence in District #15, Mr. Cummings said a responsible government cannot authorize people to brutalize or kill innocent citizens or stand in public gathering and make all kinds of irresponsible statements and threats.
Cummings also attributed the irking economic situation being faced in Liberia to the showcasing of corruption, irresponsibleness and self-centerness in the governance process by people into power, who do care for themselves and forget the welfare of the people.
The indicated that the economic debacle of the country cannot be resolved by magic when leaders who should be responsible are exhibiting corruption without restraint, saying that the problem is not a swear but the lack of sincerity and accountability by public officials.
“Liberians should not think that the economic situation they are facing is magic or swear, it is because they put corrupt, irresponsible and self-centered people into power; people who do not care about the citizens but only about themselves,” he said.
The ANC political leader’s statement followed a long elucidation of the Saturday, August 17 brouhaha by District #15 Representative Candidate, Miss. Telia Urey, who said her vehicle was damaged during the attacks against her.
At the same time, Miss Telia Urey has accused President George M. Weah of master-minding the attacks against her, which led many of her supporters injured, saying that Team-Urey will not succumb to these threats until they get justice.
She called on the international community to get involve with mitigating the violent cases against her, because they have invested lots of resources to restore peace to Liberia. She implored them as partners to remain focus and committed to disallowing one group of people to destroy or waste their efforts.
It can be recalled that violent clashes erupted in Logan Town recently between supporters of Telia Urey of the Collaborating Political Parties and those of Abu Kamara of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the wake of an announcement of the rerun of the Montserrado County District #15 by Elections,
The impasse between supporters of the two leading candidates, opposition’s Telia Urey and the ruling CDC’s Abu Kamara witnessed stone throwing and clashes that have left many injured and properties damaged.
There are reports that several victims from the previous elections violence at the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission are nursing there wounds in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.
Reports from Logan Town in District 15 said a meeting of the Camp-Urey with a defeated representative candidates in the by-elections, Kelvin Morris Bayoh apparently annoyed some elements of the ruling CDC who reportedly started the clashed that had resulted in to stone throwing and the looting of the home of Mr. Bayoh.
After the violence started, the driver of the Nissan Patrol jeep of Ms. Urey reportedly took off with heavy speed to flee the scene of the riot, but he unfortunately ran into a building smashing it.
Saturday’s riot disrupted normal businesses and traffic within the vicinity of Logan Town but calm returned after officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) moved in to restore order.
But the Police are said to have condemned the District #15 Violence, saying that it has launched investigation into the riot.