CDC Condemns Violence At Dr. Sawyer’s Memorial Service

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Smart News Liberia has revealed that what is believed to be the official Facebook page of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, has indicated that the party has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the outbreak of violence that engulfed the main premises of the University of Liberia on Thursday, March 31st, 2022, during the ‘People’s Day of Honor’, a program held in memory of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, former President, Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU).

The part further stated that the outbreak of violence was an unruly behavior & orchestrated violence, which appears to have targeted members & officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change, ignited a baseless escalation of ‘Stone-throwing’ chaos, anarchy & lawlessness, leading to the destruction of valuable properties, especially vehicles bearing the insignia of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

Accordingly, the CDC is dismayed by this wanton & calculated act of violence which came at the close of the ‘’Sawyer memorial’ program as the CDC Youth Chairman, Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee made his way out of the auditorium; without provocation, unscrupulous elements, obviously incited by some opposition political leaders, created a baseless scene of chaos & acrimony that left scores of  their partisans injured & hospitalized.

“Despite the show of tolerance by the CDC Youth Chairman, who I had designated along with the party’s Chairman/Montserrado Chapter to represent me, the incited students remained uncompromising in their misjudged decision to ferment chaos,” the statement further stated.

The statement continued: “While the CDC isn’t at all surprised that the likes of Cllr. Gongloe will do anything in an attempt to maximize political capital at the expense of the mighty Coalition for Democratic Change, we are nonetheless shocked that students have become conscripts of their ill-will & crisis-mongering.

“In apparent desperation for the 2023 election year, they need not exploit vulnerable students as a convenient shield of attack against party officials. 2023 will soon be unraveled, perhaps faster than they can imagine, only to be realized that the CDC is better poised, more energized, and set for a resounding elections victory by far easier than the last presidential election.”

However, the CDC being a party that eschews violence, always showing respect for the rule of law, is reluctant to be drawn into a senseless premature showdown with anyone though it remains mightier, politically equipped & will easily outperform its self-declared opponents in an election-based process, as already stated.

Hence, as the CDC deplores the act of violence, especially on the main campus of the nation’s highest institution of learning, the National Executive Committee of the Coalition for Democratic Change is calling upon authorities of the University of Liberia to conduct a speedy & impartial investigation of this sad turn of events as a way of setting deterrence benchmarks.

Lastly, the CDC is calling upon all its partisans to remain peaceful, law-abiding,  and allow the law to take its course in response to this ugly situation.

Chairman Morlu recently echoed that ‘the opposition is demonstrating a defeated sense of nostalgia towards the 2023 elections and attempting to disrupt Liberians’ democratic gains. “But we, as the governing party, must keep our focus on the deliverables of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah as he continues to implement the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development,” he noted.

 

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