“Munah’s Will Must Be Executed”

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Surrounded by party stalwarts, CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu reads Munah's "will"

— Go Back to the sycamore tree, reclaim Montserrado, says CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu

Thousands gathered and several tributes were offered as the body of Montserrado District #9 Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood lay in state. One tribute, “Go back to the sycamore, let’s settle our differences and reclaim Montserrado from the opposition,” was louder and more epitomizing in the ears of partisans of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

CDC zealots, known as CDCians, who are very impatient for the campaign period so that they can invade the streets and corners of Montserrado in particular and campaign on their mantra for change, shouted lots of battle cries as their leader, Mulbah Morlu, chairman of the CDC, read the political party’s tribute, which contained what he referred to as the “will” of fallen Rep. Youngblood.

Morlu, who was accompanied to the podium by CDC Montserrado Senator Saah Joseph, CDC Montserrado District #15 Representative Abu Bana Kamara, and some other stalwarts, including Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, said his party, and by extension, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), could not afford to let Munah’s words go in vain.

“Madam Youngblood said to CDCians ‘let’s go to the Sycamore Tree to solve our problems.’ These are some of the contents of the ‘Will’ and we must all pay attention to ensure Munah’s sacrifices for the CDC do not go in vain as we keep listening to signals beyond the grave for Munah’s thoughts,” Morlu said, calling on his fellow CDCians, many of whom were well-attired, energetic and exuberant.

The CDC chairman said even on her death bed, Rep. Youngblood was not silent.

“With her prolific trenched-warfare, Madam Youngblood refused to be silenced by death. She issued perhaps the biggest of her revolutionary mandates, calling on all CDCians to  go to the Sycamore Tree and solve their problems,” he emphasized.

Morlu further stated that Madam Youngblood, although laid to rest after making tremendous sacrifices towards the growth and development of the CDC, did not leave without a guide and that she can still be heard calling on partisans to stay on the course, rise to defend the CDC, uphold its virtues, and be the hundreds of thousands of ‘cats that must chase the rat’ back to its hole.

As a political statement, one thing that is true and clearly known is that CDC lost Montserrado senatorial seat to Abraham Darius Dillon of the Liberty Party (LP) when a by-election was held in July of 2019 in order to replace fallen Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.

Since Dillon got elected to the Senate, President George Weah’s CDC has been and continues to be uncomfortable and restless, simply because, to the CDC, Montserrado is for them politically and it should only be theirs because, to them, they have more supporters in the county than any other political party.

They have a record of winning Montserrado since the political party’s establishment in 2004 and its many participation in the political race in the county.

After Joyce Musu Freeman fell out of favor with the CDC, Geraldine Doe Sheriff (now decased) and George Manneh Weah, now President, were in charge of Montserrado at the Senate. But with things going bad upon his ascension to the Presidency, the opposition bloc, under the title, “Collaborating Political Parties (CPP),” threw their collective support behind Liberty Party (LP)’s Darius Dillon and he won the senatorial by-election with a wide margin, even better than Weah’s 2014 record on votes gained.

CPP is made up of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of former Coca-cola Chief Administrative Officer, Alexander B. Cummings, All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman Benoni Urey, the Liberty Party (LP) and the former ruling Unity Party (UP).

As announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC), a Special Mid-Term Senatorial Election is expected to be held on December 8 this year (2020) and Montserrado, as well as fourteen other counties, will be electing one senator each.

The upcoming election, the CDC, understanding that Montserrado is the fulcrum of Liberia’s politics, are afraid that losing again to Dillon in December would be a major blow to the party’s morale and sense of political prowess.

This is why for six years they have nominated the three-term Representative of Montserrado District #5, Thomas Pangar Fallah, to contest against Dillon in Montserrado and reclaim the county, although it will be a no child’s play, as Dillon has firmly established himself as the people’s most loved legislator.

“Munah was a fighter, she died a fighter and remains a fighter even in death as her thunderous voice of command continues to reverberate across Montserrado. She was the leopard in town that would chase away the ‘little foxes’ that sneaked out of their holes once to pollute the vine,” Mulbah Morlu read, throwing political jibes in tribute to their fallen shero.

He said Munah was unarguably a striker who played her Number 9 very well and that death has only succeeded in creating a physical distance between Munah and the rest of the partisans who are alive. But other than that, Munah rises daily to interact with them as die-hard partisans and remind them of their responsibility to the CDC.

According to Morlu, he had a deeper partisan friendship with Youngblood and the relationship allowed him to pay attention to her every word and grasp the things she cared about most.

Munah died after a period of protracted illness. She traveled to Ghana, India and the United States of America for the best medical care but it was difficult.

She, at a point in time, returned to Liberia after several months following her first alleged death news, went around visiting communities in her District, and made a series of political statements, including “People of Montserrado, we know your vote that brought to the Senate Darius Dillon was a protest vote, but I appeal to you, let’s go back to the Sycamore Tree (CDC headquarters) and settle our differences.”

In that speech, she blasted at Senator Dillon for spending most of his time on social media, discussing the illness perpetrated at the Legislature but doing nothing to help make the system better.

Having followed Dillon’s condemnation of Montserrado District #15 Representative Abu Bana Kamara for not being his peer in politics, fallen Munah again stood in defense of Kamara and challenged Dillon to provide his high school credentials, identify his former classmates, and provide a degree in case he ever earned one in his life-time.

Author

  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

1 COMMENT

  1. The claim that Senator Dillon is “a 3rd grade dropout” is laughable, because he is more eloquent, and makes better political decisions then the so-called master degree holder from DeVry University, and in my opinion, it will only be through cheat and fraud that a CDCian will defeat Dillon, just like how the criminal Abu Kamara became a representative in electoral District #15, Montserrado county, cause we all know that that legislative seat was won be Telia Urey.
    Where was the so-called “cat” when Dillon defeated Pauletta Wie of the same CDC to take the seat that he is occupying now? From all indications the CDC has proven that it is a party of Zogos and Hooligans, that only fought for state power for 12 years to only come and loot. What did representative Munah Pelham Youngblood leave in electoral district #9 as a legacy?
    Because the CDC led government wants to cheat in the ensuing senatorial election of December 8th, 2020, the party hierarchy has unleashed its hooligans and Zogos to start intimidating, and harassing senator Dillon’s supporters even before official campaigning can start, because the CDC knows that they can not win any free, fair and credible election in Liberia.
    Let the CDC tell us how many bills the late representative Munah Pelham Youngblood sponsored and pass into law for the many years that she represented district #9 in the House of representatives, but senator Dillon has shown for the short stint that he has been a senator, that he deserves to be the next senator of the county, by the projects that he has embarked on to help the destitute of the county.
    Again, the “Master degree” holder was senator of Montserrado county for almost 3 years, but did not call one town hall meeting, nor address one press conference, yet they the temerity to say that Dillon must show a degree, or show his classmates. Senator Dillon has on numerous occasions addressed both the print and audio media, and eloquently stated his case for the Liberian people, he is indeed the “Light” in the house of elders, for he has stood his ground amongst giants, and has proven that he is indeed an elder who belongs in that house.

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