Source: www.africnakua.com |Forgbe Kloh, Liberia
A group under the banner Council of Patriots has disclosed plans of protesting on June 7 with a slogan “Save the State”.
The Chairman of the group Abraham Darius Dillon said the intent of the planned protest is to demand a meaningful reform of the government; address the rapid decline of the Liberian Dollars; seek clarification on alleged corrupt practices; petition for the redress of severe economic hardships and a host of other problems which have damaged the country’s image internationally among others,
The Council of Patriots have dismissed reports that the pending demonstration is intended to demand the resignation of President Weah.
Abraham Darius Dillon, who is also the Vice Chair for political affairs of the opposition Liberty Party further noted that the planned protest is also intended to petition the government to respect the constitution and the rule of law and fulfill promises to Liberian citizens.
Darius Dillon noted that organizers of the pending protest believe in the rule of law as such they have no intention to cause disturbances or violence.
PREPARATION FOR PROTEST
At the News conference, Mr. Dillon disclosed that they have written to the government of Liberia through Justice Minister Musa Dean, informing him of their planned protest and asked for security protection.
According to him, they have also written to the United Nations, ECOWAS, and Ambassadors of the USA, Great Britain, Sweden and the European Union to inform them of their upcoming protest and plans leading to the protest.
But a letter signed by Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean questioned the legitimacy of the group and requested their articles of incorporation or the legal documentation to show whether they are a duly incorporated or unincorporated institution or association.
The Minister wrote: “The MOJ is under legal obligation to deal with institution/association registered and existing under the laws of Liberia, by and through their legal offices, as we request that you provide us legal documentation, establishing legal status as ‘Council of Patriots’, either as a duly incorporated or unincorporated association in pursuant to the requirements of the Associations Law of Liberia.”
The Justice Minister noted that under the Associations Law of Liberia, Advisors and Members do not qualify to represent an association or institution as was the case of the letter written to inform the Ministry of planned protest.
Nevertheless, The Council of Patriots re-joined and presented to the Justice Ministry a letter that was signed by Senator Oscar Cooper, Advisor, Senator Sando Johnson, Advisor, Sanjee A. Stepter, Member and Rufus D. Neufville, Member justifying their legitimacy.
Meanwhile at a recent News Conference, the chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change accused former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, All Liberian Party Political Leader, Benoni Urey and Alternative National Congress Political Leader,, Alexander Cummings as financiers of the Planned June 7 “Save the State” protest.
According to Chairman Mulbah Morlu, former President Sirleaf is angry over the government’s decision to jail her son Charles Sirleaf following the release of the Kroll and PIT investigation report.
The chairman accused ALP and ANC political leaders Benoni Urey and Alexander Cummings of using their resources at all cost to undermine the George Weah administration to the very end.
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, ANC political leader Alexander Cummings and ALP political leader Benoni Urey nave not responded to this latest allegation.