PROSA On Tweh, Boakai’s Backs -Plans grand march against “corruption”

MONROVIA: With fingers being pointed at the Vanguard Student Unification Party for “compromising the massacratic struggle” and “mortgaging its soul to the UP regime”, perhaps for the first time in its half-century of dominant student leadership, the Progressive Students Alliance (PROSA) appears to be filling the vacuum of bold, uncompromising anti-establishment crusade on the campus of the University of Liberia. This emergent radical student movement has increased is presence on the national social justice advocacy landscape, conducting scholarly studies on critical national issues and standing up to the ruling class. The group says it has concluded yet another thought-provoking investigation, zeroing on the competition for quick wealth by the new politicians on the bloc, and found out that President Joseph Boakai and LPRC Managing Director Amos Tweh topping list. As The Analyst reports, the student movement is planning a grand march against corruption as a way of spotlighting the alleged excesses of the President and Mr. Tweh.

The Progressive Students Alliance (PROSA) at the University of Liberia has said it has perfected plans to organize a solidarity march to put a spotlight of three major national affairs: first, to show support to the recent fire-epidemic victims in the country, second to categorically expose alleged acts of bribery by President Joseph Boakai and thirdly to showcase corruption allegations against the Managing Director of the   Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company, Mr. Amos Tweh, specifically for allegedly building a gigantic condominium with taxpayers’ money.

Referring to itself as “The Avantgarde Party”, PROSA says it strongly condemns the recent action by President Joseph Boakai to “bribe members of the Legislature for the sinister purpose of removing the current Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

The UL Student Party sees it as a glaring fact that President Boakai is a creeping dictator who has embarked on a criminal venture by using monies that should be used to better the living conditions of the people for selfish political reasons.

“Representative Yekeh Kolubah, who is the whistleblower and one of the recipients, informed the public that the President, through the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, had issued a cheque of 4,500 USD to a group of Representatives for the unconventional removal of the speaker,” PROSA said in its statement signed by Secretary-General, Cde. Justin W. Jallabah Jr. and approved by its Chairman Cde.  Richardson J. Korboi.

The student party indicated that “this action is not only criminal in nature but warrants the impeachment of the President because bribery under the penal law of our country is a crime especially when it involves the individual who occupies the nation’s highest office.”

“Joseph Boakai wants to undermine the democracy of the republic by becoming a domineering President.  The plot to remove the speaker, who is perceived to be an opposition lawmaker, is to have a speaker that will be a lame duck to the Executive Branch of Government,” said PROSA.

“This action alone clearly undermines the system of check and balance in the governance process of our country.”

The student group lamented that amid visible evidence of chronic poverty that has engulfed the masses of our people, it is unfortunate that President Joseph Boakai, who promised to rescue the Liberian people, has become an embarrassment and has proven to be a cunning and corrupt President.

“Instead of focusing on the cogent issues that will address some of the harsh realities and material well-being of our people, we have a president who is only concerned about achieving his parochial interests at the detriment of the survival of our people,” PROSA said further.

The UL student party is calling on Liberians, especially the dejected masses of the country, to get prepared as the “Avant-garde party will not hesitate to lead a popular campaign against any form of corruption that will counteract the existence of our people”.

“Additionally, the Avant-garde party publicly announces to the Republic that April 14 is declared a ‘March for fire victims’ as its attention is drawn to the recent waves of fire disasters across the country that has claimed a total of over 70 homes and 20 lives.

“We have realized that the President has been playing a very sluggish role as it relates to the fire disaster within the Republic,” PROSA noted, adding: “The masses of our people have lost their homes and some of them are still grieving the untimely demise of their loved ones while President Joseph Boakai doesn’t seem to be concerned or bothered about the fire pandemic that is ravaging the homes and lives of our people.”

The UL student political institution in consultation with those families that were victimized as a result of the fire disaster will organize a Long March for all fire victims to call the attention of the Government and all humanitarians, local and international organizations, to ensure that urgent intervention is made in the grievous situation suffered by the people.

Some fire victims, PROSA divulged, have become homeless due to the disaster, and called on “all well-meaning Liberians to join the avant-garde party on April 14 to march in solidarity with the fire victims”.

The recent draft budget that was submitted to the Legislature clearly explains that the President is careless about tackling the fire debacle in the republic, the group further asserted, indicating that President Boakai has allotted an infinitesimal amount to the National Fire Service Agency to run its operations.

President Joseph Boakai, PROSA further said, has allotted 2.2 million USD to his office for domestic travels while the National Fire Service Agency is being heavily underfunded.

The student advocacy group further said: “Our people are in tears; the republic is on fire; but the President has made no intervention to offer relief for the fire victims. The historical significance of April 14 is a history of stiff resistance in the struggle for social justice and total inclusion for the indigenous masses of our people, PROSA maintained, explaining that within the same spirit of social justice, the avant-garde party will organize a peaceful march on April 14 for all those who have been seriously affected by the fire pandemic.”

The UL-based student political party accused the newly appointed Managing Director of LPRC Amos Tweh who, they alleged, took office in less than three months but has managed to build a condominium estimated at 250,000 USD.

“The Unity party through the President assured the Liberian people that corruption would have been minimized to the lowest degree under his leadership but frustratingly, the Liberian people were duped and corruption is now at its peak under this Unity Party government,” the party said.

“The corrupt nature of Amos Tweh must claim, with immediate effect, the attention of the President and Amos Tweh must give a detailed account of how he acquired the money to build his condominium,” PROSA also alleged.

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