MONROVIA – The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has said it completely frowns categorically on the allegation from Cllr. Jerome Verdier in which he made statements linking government officials to the recent attack on the residence of a former Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott which led to the death of a niece of the jurist, Miss Cherloe Musu and injuries to another family member just as the party in the strongest term possible, condemns the incident.
A statement released yesterday noted that the CDC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent attack at the home of former Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, an incident that led to the untimely death of a family member, Miss Cherloe Musu and severe bodily injuries to another, adding “this act of depravity must not find a place in our society”
On the situation being used unfortunately by some politicians and adversaries of the government to score political points, the CDC statement accordingly noted that from the perspective of the Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change, “we call on all Liberians to respect the family of Cllr. Scott and to sympathize with them during this devastating period of their grief and avoid politicizing the tragic events.”
The CDC also called on the Ministry of Justice, the Liberia National Police and all security entities to join forces and deploy their best resources to speedily, fairly, and adequately conduct an investigation in this matter. “While the investigation is ongoing, we appeal to all Liberians, especially our fellow citizens in the Opposition, to desist from making false claims that the unfortunate acts were the results of the failure of the Government to provide protection and are efforts to witch-hunt adversaries. This is far from the truth,” the statement issued by CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu declared.
“The Administration of His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah, does not have one political prisoner and has never engaged in political witch-hunting. Subsequently, we appeal to our citizens to await the outcome of the investigation,” the statement averred.
The statement said in the wake of these tragic events, there are unscrupulous individuals in foreign countries that make “outlandish, baseless and unsubstantiated claims” about Liberia and senior officials of our government, amongst others.
“We believe that the sole intent of these outrageous comments is to instigate chaos, spread falsehood, and ferment instability, especially towards the 2023 general and Presidential elections.
“We call upon foreign governments where these accusations are being fomented especially in those countries, which have contributed hugely to our political, democratic, infrastructural, and economic development to be aware of the potential danger these unfounded claims can impact our domestic stability. Too much has been invested to protect and preserve our peace by our international partners.
“His Excellency, President George Weah, is an epitome of peace and reconciliation who, in his entire lifetime, has busy himself with putting smiles on the faces of his people while espousing the rights of everyone to freely express themselves and associate. To circumvent these hallmark attributes of the regime which has kept Liberia on a steady course democratically is disingenuous, selfish, and unpatriotic”, the statement said.
The statement said in particularity, “We’re concerned about recent comments by former TRC Commissioner Jerome Verdier linking several top officials of the government to murder at Cllr. Scott’s residence. Appearing on a local talk-show, Cllr. Verdier falsely linked the Secretary General of the Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change, Jefferson Koijee, to having connection with the gruesome killing of the daughter of former Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott.
The statement said “in Cllr. Verdier’s continuous hallucinations which the statement indicates is packed with innuendos and misrepresentations, the U.S. based lawyer maliciously and falsely concocted a link between the Police Director, Patrick Sudue, Mayor Koijee, Minister Samora Wolokollie, the party’s Vice Chair for Finance and Investment, and many other partisans to the deaths of LRA auditors despite a full investigative report establishing otherwise.
The CDC statement said Verdier once again, without any evidence, lied to these officials about being connected to the murder of Cllr. Scott’s daughter, adding that this is a political ploy wickedly crafted to weaken the Weah-led government and put the masses against key actors within the system.
“Hence, we call on the police and the Ministry of Justice to request the US government to investigate Mr. Verdier or turn him over to the Liberian authorities for interrogation regarding his inciting comments on the situation.
“This is not the first occasion of Verdier’s ill statements against Mayor Koijee. It took other TRC Commissioners to dispel his lies in 2019 that Mayor Koijee participated in the erstwhile fourteen years of civil unrest as a Child Soldier.
“He is yet to apologize for those comments out of shame and humiliation. We cannot allow such creeping menace to continue unabated. These outlandish comments have the propensity to incite violence and create chaos in our society,” the statement said.
The statement maintained that henceforth, if Jerome Verdier has any evidence, we call upon him to present such to the Liberia National Police or other authorities in all jurisdictions, adding that Where applicable, ‘we will use legal recourse in ensuring that miscreants like Jerome Verdier are available to face the weight of the law and for the truth to be established.’
The Party’s legal team, the statement noted, is evaluating all options. “As a party of law and respect for the principles of democratic governance, we will await the result of the investigation and consider further actions in exercising the rights of the party and partisans and seek the appropriate and available remedy,” the statement concluded.