Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has decided to stage another “city lockdown” in and around Monrovia, the party’s vice chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, has announced.
Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, CDC disclosed the staging of a three-day political rally aimed at creating the platform where their political leader, Ambassador George M. Weah, will interact with the “ordinary Liberian people.”
According to Morlu, who is also CDC deputy campaign manager, the party has decided to begin “a three-day roadmap to victory,” parade through the streets of Monrovia, beginning with various market places in the city.
“CDC will begin parading the streets with Amb. Weah beginning with the Small Town Community behind our party’s headquarters and move on to the Peace Island Community in Congo Town.
“From those two places, the CDC will later move to the Jorkpen Town and Rally Town markets. Amb. Weah will then walk from UN Drive to Randall Street through Water Side Market and West Point community.
“Weah wants to interact with the citizens along Broad Street and other places. The team leaves from West Point to Vai and Clara Towns and will meet with people of ‘Gibraltar’, Weah’s birth place. From that moment, Weah and the team will walk from Clara Town towards Freeport, Logan Town and New Kru Town respectively,” Morlu announced.
CDC has also disclosed plans for a very large rally to be held at its headquarters on Thursday, 18 December, describing it as the party’s “pre victory rally.”
According to Morlu, the rally will be a mass gathering of supporters of the party for a jamboree to celebrate Weah’s anticipated victory in the impending election.
CDC has called on all its partisans to turn out in their numbers for the occasion.
On Friday, CDC said their attention will be focused on Somalia Drive, starting with Freeport towards Gardnervilles, Bardnersville and towards the Red Light District in Paynesville. Morlu noted that the rally is intended to remind CDC’s rivals of the strength of the party and the ability of their candidate to clinch victory.
CDC is a signatory to the Inter Party Consultative Committee agreement of December 3, 2014 when political parties and stakeholders discussed and instituted measures aimed at curtailing the spread of the Ebola virus and election violence in the country.
NEC and stakeholders agreed that there would be no street parades; that campaigns be conducted only in districts/communities; and that gatherings will not exceed 250 persons.
Judging from Weah and the CDC’s last campaign rally on November 28, which paralyzed the entire capital, blocking traffic for several hours, political analysts believe the planned three day parade is in contravention (violation) of and will defeat the purpose of the December 3 agreement.
Perhaps stakeholders, including Health authorities, civil society and the international community might be able to prevail on the CDC and other candidates and political parties to restrain their demonstrations, in order to continue winning the more crucial campaign to defeat Ebola.