Govt. Debunks Cummings’ Claims -Says Pres. Weah Acted Where Probable

In reaction to a recent statement by the political leader of the Alternative National Congress that the careless and irresponsible attitude of the Liberian Government is being exposed and that Liberia continues to be internationally disgraced, shamed and laughed at, the government through its Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) has debunked Cummings’ claims, stating that it takes note of the tirade recently uttered by the ANC political leader, Mr. Alexander Cummings.

The Government noted that Cummings has again repeated the routine and unsubstantiated claims of corruption against the Weah Administration, while also spewing out allegations of state-sponsored crimes.

In a press release of May 26, 2021, the Information Ministry engaged the ANC leader, stating that these false claims are once again being made without an iota of evidence except for “the rut soundbites about “16 billion” (which was debunked by the Kroll report) or the “25 million” lies – hoping that the unsuspecting public will accept the stale strategy is not at all surprising.

“What is surprising to us is having a politician desperately attempting to resuscitate his miniature (little) political stature by acting out of character and throwing insults to satisfy his base,” the MICAT release added.

The government through the release indicated that not once in the entire statement did Mr. Cummings cite any evidence of corruption other than raving about “rogues” or “stealing”, stating further that the government has taken unprecedented actions to help curtail the societal menace of corruption, including the introduction of landmark legislations which would expand the powers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to independently investigate and prosecute offenders, and also empower whistle-blowers.

Recently the political leader of the ANC issued what he referred to as a Special Statement in Ending Impunity in Liberia said “Once again, the careless and irresponsible attitude of the Liberian Government is being exposed. Under this George Weah-led Government, Liberia continues to be internationally disgraced, shamed and laughed at.”

In the statement, Mr. Cummings accused the government when he pointed out “it is hard to stop stealing in government when the people who should be stopping the stealing, and setting the good examples by not stealing, are actually the rogues, adding that it is also hard to punish anyone for crimes, however bad, when the leaders are looking for special favors from the criminals, or are themselves, benefiting from the crimes.

He said whether it is done by warlords or presidents, killing innocent people, mysteriously or in the name of war, is also wrong. To stop it, we must investigate seriously and punish anyone involved.

Amongst other things, Cummings exclaimed, “Enough is enough” and stated that “We must stop the stealing in government. We must stop the looting of our country. We must stop the killing of innocent people. We must end impunity for crimes. We must become a more just and safer society. I feel very strongly about this, and I know that we can do it.”

But the government dismissed these claims by Mr. Cummings, when the Information Ministry noted, “Where there have been probable cause to act against impropriety, the President has done so – including prosecuting his officials,” the Information Ministry outlined in the government’s reaction.

The MICAT release asserted that the government also investigated to finality, with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy, the deaths of some professional Liberians – just as it did in the case of the “16 billion” hoax and the mop up exercise.

“None of these reports implicated the government in any “state-sponsored murders”, the reason no international rights group has made the claim – not even the annual U.S. Human Rights report, the government reacted, concluding that for a leader of a political party will regurgitate (vomit) words on the street just shows the level of despair by Mr. Cummings.

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