UPP: Govt Must Welcome New Collaborative Posture -Not Blame Opposition for Failures


In the wake of incendiary comments emanating from President George M. Weah that the opposition should be blamed if his administration fails, the United People’s Party (UPP) says such comments from the president cannot be overlooked in light of its implications.

According to a UPP press statement issued over the weekend, and signed by its National Chairman, TQ Harris, President Weah had recently remarked that the opposition will bear the blame if his administration fails.\

“The United People’s Party is convinced that the current posture of political collaboration, which is evolving in Liberia, is a constructive engagement position – rooted in the adage that two heads are better than one. UPP calls on President Weah and the CDC leadership to welcome, encourage and support this new trend in Liberian politics as a means of reducing the political tension in the country,” the release signed by UPP National Chairman TQ Harris stated.

“We, in the United People’s Party, are obliged to proffer a comment on the President’s statement which cannot be overlooked in light of its implications. Since the inauguration of the CDC Administration, UPP has consistently proffered suggestions and practical solutions to fix the economy. We have quietly advanced a number of ideas and strategies for creating quick-impact projects which could lead to creation of job opportunities, especially for the youths. We have also advanced procedures and processes leading towards National Reconciliation,” the UPP noted.

The UPP which collaborated with Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in clinching victory in the 2017 presidential elections stated clearly, it has always suggested development and implementation of national food production program, using a domestic menu-based school-feeding as an immediate and sustained market; and a massive construction program, using not less than 80% local material including re-enforced soil brakes and roofing tiles, along with local planks and timber.

“As a collaborating opposition party, UPP has been unwavering in its support for the CDC Administration. In 2018 when the President invited political parties at the Bella Casa hotel for a meeting, UPP was represented by its National Chairman and its Political Leader; along with other National Executive Committee members; UPP put forth ideas to move the country forward,” stated the UPP.

The UPP further noted that in 2019, the Weah Administration organized the National Economic Conference which was held at the Ministerial Complex and invited political parties, again UPP showed up and offered constructive contribution during the deliberations.

“Since the 2017 election, opposition political parties collaborating with the CDC, including the United People’s Party, have stood ready and willing to assist the Administration in the process of nation-building. But we have yet to be constructively engaged and consulted on how best to address the critical national issues from the perspective of the opposition,” the UPP lamented.

The release furthered that, while it is true that political parties, including the United People’s Party, that are collaborating with the CDC since during the 2017 election season, are opposition parties, it is well to note that, politically, they have decided to relate to the Weah Administration as partners in the search for lasting solutions to national problems; fully aware that the issues are much too large and complicated for the Weah Administration to handle alone.

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