Some Liberians’ hope for a brighter future with the opposition seems to be dashed with evidence now showing that the main opposition Collaborating Political Party (CPP) is dining with ‘petty criminals’ and individuals who have plundered state resources in the Country.
Despite arguments in some quarters that the government of President George M. Weah has for the last three years ‘failed to perform’ to the expectations of the masses, some believe that the CPP should not be given any chance to replace the CDC-led government if the said need arises in 2023.
They argued that the CPP, a party that some believe could replace the current Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government comes 2023 or 2029, now presents “inculpatory evidence” that it could be worst than the current government.
The current hierarchy of the CPP is filled with recycled thieves, state looters, murderers, and individuals who have been convicted for fellon and other heinous crimes in the country, laments James Bartin, an Activist.
“There is no way I can leave a George Weah CDC in 2023 to vote for the CPP. Even though we have heard claims of corruption here and there, but this government is doing a great job.
“The UP stole and wasted every opportunity that they had to fix Liberia for 12 years. But today, with all the unsubstantiated claims of stealing in the Weah led government, we can see some progress. Our roads are been fixed, electricity or power shortage is gradually becoming a problem of the past. And there has been some considerable good workaround here. I can’t leave a George Weah CDC to vote for the CPP come 2023, no way,” said Moses Saye Kollie, an Independent Thinker.
He said the CPP comprises of individuals who have done the “worst to Liberia” than those in the CDC.
Kollie name Yekeh Kolubah, a Stewart of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) as a man who “murdered innocent people and even jailed his mother.”
“What moral does such a man has to call for a change in this country? Even though they accuse President Weah of corruption, but we have not seen any evidence from them. They only accuse.
“We have however seen evidence of the innocent people that Hon. Kolubah killed. We have seen how he even jailed his own mother all because she opposed his ruthless killing spree under former President Taylor. And, he is one of the big people in CPP. Should u expect me to vote against George Weah who spent all his years giving back to this country when Yekeh and his likes were killing our people?” he questioned.
James Yokie Bemah, a resident of Ganta, Nimba County said Benoni Urey, leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), and a member of the CPP is accused of committing several crimes including the “illegal shipment of weapons to kill innocent citizens and destroy state properties’ by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
Bemah argued that in decent democracies, individuals like Urey can not be allowed to even hold the ‘Community Chairman’ position adding its about time that Liberians wakeup to face the harsh reality that the current opposition cannot replace President Weah’ CDC in 2023.
He further mentioned Brownie Samukai, Musa Bility and Joseph Boakai as key CPP leaders who have been “accused and even convicted for committing crimes like stealing and the plundering of Liberia’s meager resources.”
“How can you tell us that President Weah is corrupt and unfit for the Presidency but dine with individuals Brownie Samukai? This is somebody that stole funds that were given to our poor soldiers. You take a Musa Bility and make him chairman over a party within the CPP. Are you people really serious? How could Liberians even wish to replace someone who is fixing our roads and giving our kids free tertiary education for well-known thieves and criminals?
“You take Joseph Boakai, a man that we all know might be the CPP Leader in 2023. What will you tell the voters? That President Weah is corrupt and Boakai is clean? Really, you mean the same Boakai who was accused of stealing funds belonging to our poor disabled in the group of 77? No way!” He said.
Others believe that to replace the current CDC, a new political movement comprising of ‘decent characters’ must take the lead and shun all the known criminals within the opposition.