In compliance with the eight-month duration for each chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader, Alexander B. Cummings has turned the mantle of authority over to Grand Bassa Senator and political leader of the Liberty Party (LP), Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence who, with excitement and courage, has said that taking over the chairmanship of Liberia’s biggest opposition group shows readiness for the inclusion and participation of women in politics.
At a well-attended program that brought together members and officials of four Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and other opposition political parties Senator Karnga-Lawrence said: “As I take over today, I do so for all women and girls everywhere.”
Karnga-Lawrence said “My chairmanship is all women’s chairmanship. Let us join our forces to press for more women’s inclusion and participation which is only possible in the CPP.”
The CPP political leader said her chairmanship depicts that the opposition represents the future of Liberia and international partners seeking gender equality and inclusiveness of all Liberians in national decision-making and leadership.
“To the women of Liberia, I extend this opportunity to you,” Karnga-Lawrence said. “This is your chairmanship. We have the chance to change the course of our country’s history by impacting a major political organization.”
She said not only is the CPP able to meet the 30% threshold for the participation of women during the senatorial election, but a woman now chairs the CPP; something she said the ruling coalition could not do.
Karnga-Lawrence said, “Shamefully the ruling coalition, even where women have won, the ruling coalition has tried to cheat and undermine the progress of women; our right to participate and our success in the elections.”
She said the achievements in six-populated counties have ushered them in a very important stage of the collaboration with only two years to 2023 Presidential and General Elections.
Karnga-Lawrence told political leaders of the CPP that, “by the framework document, we must ensure that the CPP standard-bearer and the vice standard bearer single ticket is presented to the people of Liberia before the end of 2021.”
She used the occasion to reassure Liberians that the CPP commitments to the country is far beyond any personal ambitions each of the leaders may have.
“The CPP is not about any of us individually, it is about all of us collectively. The CPP is about Liberia and Liberians. We will therefore continue to build the required consensus in the next few months to present to the Liberian people their next President and Vice President on a CPP Ticket,” Karnga-Lawrence said.
“Our people have seen what happens when a few people win only for themselves,” Karnga-Lawrence said, “Our people know what it is when the few spend their time looking only after themselves rather than their promise to look after the interests of all of our people… the CPP cannot make the same mistakes. And we will not make the same mistakes!”
She assured the public that the CPP will continue to engage the Government and provide recommendations and policies to put the country back on the right trajectory, not because they think the ruling coalition is capable of doing so, but because the opposition must continue to inspire hope.
Mr. Cummings, during his turn over statement, said his leadership was able to transform the CPP from thoughts in heads, and words on pieces of paper, which many did not believe would work into concerted actions and a new reality that is deeply rooted in a quest to change the country for the better.
He said Liberians on December 8, 2020 embraced this collaboration and it is time CPP honors the kindness by committing to ensuring that they remain together and continue to work in the best interest of the country.
Mr. Cummings called on CPP Legislative Caucus to not just act differently, but raise the standard of leadership, probity, accountability and transparency, to which the CPP is committed in the discharge of their various responsibilities.
“I am pleased to say that with all of your support, today, I hand over a CPP stronger than I inherited it from my predecessor and it falls upon you, Madam Chair, to hand over an even stronger CPP to the next chair.” Mr. Cummings said. “This is how we must continue to build and progress.”
He said as the ANC turns over the leadership to Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, the party will stay engaged with the CPP to ensure that they work in the best interest of the country.
The CPP’s rotational leadership was first headed by Mr. Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP), succeeded by Mr. Alexander B. Cummings and now Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence. After eight months of service, Senator Karnga-Lawrence will be turning over to Unity Party political leader Joseph Boakai, who may likely lead the CPP to the 20203 Presidential and Legislative Elections.