Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has branded the 53rd National Legislature as a group of individuals “overwhelmed by rampant corruption.”
The party through its national chairman, George Solo, indicated that attempts by the Legislature to increase the fees for legislative contestants in the upcoming election represented a “high degree of corruption that should be resisted by all well-meaning Liberians.”
The Legislature recently opened discussions on the fees for both categories of the Legislature and is close to passing said law that requires politicians interested in contesting the senatorial election to pay US$7,500 in order to be registered on the ballot.
In a Daily Observer interview over the weekend, Mr. Solo frowned on the manner in which lawmakers agreed to increase the fees under the new election laws, adding; “The Legislature is intoxicated from all the corruption they are involved with in this country.”
According to the CDC Chairman, “The party is saddened by the action of the Legislature to increase fees for senatorial candidates from US$700 in 2005 to US$7,500 in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election of 2014,” The CDC Chairman added.
He noted, “If their argument is about adding value to the Legislature then their judgment is poor and misled.”
“If they say the focus of value is finance, then it tells you the thoughts of the people making the laws for us. I think the focus of value should be fairness, equality, hope and possibility; as these are all of the things that inspire patriotism,” chairman Solo said.
“If we say the best land should be given to the one with the most money,” Solo continued; “Then the best land should not be occupied by someone that has lots of resources but with limited interest in the people that are affected by that land.
Acquisition is selfish, and we must do something to stop it so those that have stolen public resources can’t use it against the masses.
Now they are telling us if you put the value of money on something then it raises national value? If that’s the case, then we should put a price on respect, accountability and honesty. If we can do that, I would be more than comfortable with that concept.”
He maintained that the Legislature clearly showed their level of insincerity on Capitol Hill and that it is affecting the Liberian people.
CDC considered the new law a “clever attempt to exclude qualified personalities with little income from participating in a process that stands to change the destiny of the people.”
Meanwhile, CDC has declined to comment on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s grandnephew’s presentation at the National Oil and Gas Roundtable discussion in Monrovia.
The first family is receiving mixed reactions from the public for inviting 17-year-old Estrada Bernard, III, to make a presentation at an oil and gas meeting a few weeks ago.