-Describes ex-President Sirleaf as propagandist, TRC’s criminal indictee, ANC Cummings as underdog
The governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has warned against today’s protest and encouraged Liberians to go about their normal businesses, arguing that the George Weah-led government has nothing to do with the reported “missing L$16 billion.”
CDC National Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, said the masses must not get involved into any protest, but should be patient and that if anyone is caught in any financial malfeasance, that person will be prosecuted.
Morlu reassured Liberians that businesses and schools will remain open, and that no one should stay away for being afraid of a “political bluff that is being master-minded by a handful of unpatriotic opposition on the pretext of protest.”
He also warned CDC partisans to be peaceful, and not get mixed up in any brazen political demonstration.
“Let me say to all marketers, our students, civil servants, and ordinary Liberians, go about your normal businesses as of Monday. Do not be perturbed or distracted by a political bluff of a handful of Liberians who do not have the capacity,” Mr. Morlu declared.
He accused the standard bearer of opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, of sponsoring the impending protest, describing Cummings as an underdog in the 2017 Presidential and Representatives election, with the ANC taking 5th place.
Up to press time last night, neither Mr. Cummings nor the ANC had responded to Mr. Morlu’s claims.
“CDC has heartened Liberians to continue to trust and respect President George M. Weah, having given him the mandate to lead, because he will definitely end corruption in public service and not let them down,” Morlu assured.
He told Liberians that, with the setting up of an investigation committee, including international partners, there will be a transparent and rational conclusion of the “missing L$16 billion,” which has drawn the George Weah-led government under domestic and international scrutiny.
According to him, President Weah will remain the “country’s giant,” to clean the mess it inherited from the past government. He also stressed that the CDC is aware of “a political deception, cunning and treachery masterminded by the opposition.”
Mr. Morlu has meanwhile sharply disagreed with former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that the eight-month-old government under President Weah has done nothing, arguing that the CDC-led government has done much as compared to her regime, describing Madam Sirleaf as a propagandist.
He said it is obvious that the missing L$16 billion did not involve President Weah, because the extra L$11 billion printed was authorized by former President Sirleaf and ex-Central Bank of Liberia Governor Milton Weeks, with the intent to destroy the “good character” of President Weah.
He therefore wants the Special Investigation Committee to question Madam Sirleaf, in order to have her tell her side of the story.
Morlu’s statement is in support of a similar comment made by Bong County District #3 Representative Melvin Cole, following an earlier argument that called on members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to interrogate Madam Sirleaf for her role surrounding circumstances of the missing L$16 billion.
He also called for imprisonment of Mr. Weeks, adding: “This man should have been incarcerated by now, having been the head of the autonomous entity that have the sole authority to print, import and keep the country’s money.”
He said that the Legislature only authorized the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to print L$5 billion, not L$16 billion.
It may be recalled that in May and April 2018, through two resolutions adopted by two-third members of the total membership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, an authorization was given to the CBL to print additional L$5 billion in compliance with Article 34 d (II).
Article 34 d (II) of the 1986 Constitution states: “No monies shall be drawn from the treasury except in consequence of appropriations made by legislative enactment, and upon warrant of the President, and no coin shall be minted or national currency issued except by the expressed authority of the Legislature. An annual statement and account of the expenditure of all public monies shall be submitted by the office of the President to the Legislature and published once a year.”
Morlu also called for questioning of CBL Deputy Governor Charles Sirleaf, son of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.