The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Congress for Democratic Change says “it is appalled by recent allegations of internal disputes at its headquarters, leading to injuries sustained by one of its partisans, Mr. Salinto Montgomery.”
A statement issued by the NEC said the leadership of the CDC is “deeply saddened by this wanton act of unruliness, condemns this behavior in the harshest terms possible, and would not tolerate actions that infringe on the rights and liberty of others.”
The CDC reiterates its belief in fostering lasting peace and harmony amongst all Liberians, and hence offers its deepest apologies to partisan Montgomery, its numerous partisans, and the peace-loving people of Liberia for this unfortunate development, said the statement, adding that the CDC will reassert stronger efforts to avert recurrence of this misfortune, especially at its Headquarters.
Asserting that the “NEC appreciates the growth of strong internal debates on issues and policies unscrambling within the limits of its sundry structures, the statement stresses that “it considers as repugnant and unacceptable any physical or verbal action that clearly deviates from the norms of free democratic exercises. In addition, the Congress for Democratic Change, a bastion of democratic diversity for the free expressions and competition of ideas, will continue to confront unwholesome democratic practices without fail.
The statement states further that “the leadership of the CDC has authorized its Grievance and Ethics Committee to immediately investigate this incidence to the maximum extent of all evidence available with the full cooperation of every CDCian, especially those that may be deemed relevant to that investigation. Also, the CDC will begin to sensitize its membership about the negative impact of such behavior and impart ways in which said occurrences can be avoided.”
“In the coming days the CDC will be issuing a Zero Tolerance Executive Order against objectionable practices of the kind, and promises to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who commit such acts are speedily brought to justice,” the CDC statement concluded.