Tubman and His Congress for Democratic Change
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& Weah feel off the crowd in Monrovia
Weah (left) & Winston Tubman (right)
Tubman and his Congress for Democratic Change
(CDC) are showing their true colors as national
elections approaches. They are showing the Liberian
people the other side of the coin. That coin
being the violent bearing with which its partisans
have behaved constantly since 2005, resulting
to violence every opportunity that arises to
express their displeasure with the body politics
of which they are part. This certainly, is a
tell tale says analysts that they will not accept
anything short of electoral victory when the
presidential and legislative elections result
are announced later this year by the National
Elections Commission of Liberia.
all indications, it seems that Tubman is weak
in the face of the prevailing circumstances
that currently engulfed his party. A country
such as Liberia emerging out of a despicable
war needs a sturdy leader. He is quiet in the
face of adversity.
is the head, and the buck stops with the him.
It is no secret that the CDC has always relished
and predisposed a vulgar political disposition,
and with Tubman coming on board, a semblance
of order many thought would have been established.
that he was the United Nations special
representative to Somalia, his leadership skills
should at this crucial moment not be in doubt.
How can a man who was assigned to Somalia post
Mohamed Siad Barre in the face of menace, not
able to control his own party..? What would
happen if he ascended to the presidency and
the nation was overwhelm with crisis? There
is infighting within the CDC also even amongst
Both Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff and Mr. Acarus
Gray have defied Tubman and Weah to resign their
top party posts as they run for legislative
seats. Tubman it seems is a lame duck in the
party he leads.
its quest to make noise and established its
true identity, the CDC partisans have spare
not even its TOP leadership. It appears
the fire and dissents from Bensonville have
spilled over to Monrovia, commented the
Analyst Newspaper, in the wake of the party
primaries for legislative seats.
Chair: Senator Sheriff
paper went on, Yesterday, the melodrama
took place at the party's headquarters where
some aggrieve partisans of the CDC moved on
Chairman Geraldine Doe Sheriff and the National
Chairman for mobilization Mulbah Morlu [as they
were] brutalized... Secretary General Acarus
Gray was lucky; he quickly took to his heels
and escaped the furors of the disgruntled partisans,
concluded the daily in its August 15, 2011 edition.
the hostage taking situation was buzzing and
making news around the country and in the international
community, considering the CDC is the so-called
largest political party in the country and could
assume the mantle of state if it defeats the
ruling Unity Party (UP) during these up coming
elections, a petrol bomb went off in the yard
of Lenn Eugene Nagbe. Nagbe is the former chairman
of the Congress Party who switched party loyalty
to the ruling UP recently.
was fortunate his home and family lives were
spared, but not his 2011 Hyundai. Accordingly,
accusing fingers went to the CDC again, whose
partisans had earlier accused Nagbe of being
disloyal. Montserrado County Representative
Edwin Snowe laid the blame at the doors of the
CDC, a claimed that has not been denied.
in his drive to score political points and paint
the UP as insensitive have said, You should
pull with us, so that in the first round, we
can say good bye to a government that brought
us nothing but grief and disaster, the
gleeful candidate told thousands when he and
Weah were welcome to Monrovia a month ago.
spoke at the ceremony when the former 1995 world
player of the year presented his college degree
to their partisans in Monrovia. Since 2005 Weah
have been studying in the United States to earn
his papers and therefore removed the stigma
that he was not educated enough to lead the
country. The crowd was huge.
had cause for celebration. From all indications
it appears that even with the CDC not yet holding
on to state power grief and disaster,
has characterized its politicking and posture.
most appalling of all these scenarios is the
huge silence that has attended the Congress
Party leadership in the wake of these developments.
would think Mr. Tubman, long ago would have
quickly organized a press conference the morning
after his national chairwoman, Doe-Sheriff and
his national mobilization chief, Morlu were
brutalized and offer apologies to the Liberian
people and his own party for the hostility his
partisans are trying to inject into our national
yeah, there is cause to worry! Wasnt Liberia
the sole nation responsible for the military
adventurism of Charles Taylor and the destabilization
of the Mano River Basin, whose National Patriotic
party (NPP) is now part of the CDC?
partisan ransack party headquarters
we live close to the Ivory Coast where electoral
violence there recently sent almost 200,000
Ivorians to our own shores as we reeled from
our violent calamity that left our country crippled
with almost 300,000 dead?
major underlying cause of our war is a direct
result of the botched 1985 General and Presidential
Elections also, that was rigged and violent
with the ruling National Democratic Party of
Liberia (NDPL), its chairman Kekura Kpoto and
the NDPL Youth Wing brutalizing peaceful citizens
and the opposition.
has George Weah or the partys eloquent
spokesman Mr. Samuel D. Tweah Jr. offered any
apologies as well. But come to think of this:
you would also assume the Liberian political
opposition, namely Charles Walter Brumskine
and Dew Mason would have scored some political
points by criticizing the CDC. They have not!
they do not know this: the CDC is also their
chief political rival, but more so, as political
leaders who claimed to have the country at heart
they should have looked the CDC in the eye and
told the truth, that Continuous Violent
behavior by political hoodlums might lead to
violent elections that have the propensity of
putting this country back to where we have graduated...
Said the Monrovia based Inquirer newspaper.
paper said it was calling, on all well
-meaning individuals within Liberia's borders
to condemn these acts because it is an open
secret that violence begot violence, a situation
we as a people cannot accept in keeping Liberia
stable. It editorialized on the 19th of
August of this year.
are times for sober reflections. Liberians in
general must not allow the quest and ambition
of anyone to supersede the general good of the
its objectives to capture state power the CDC
partisans have been negligent and irresponsible!
They beat up a FrontPage Africa reporter and
damaged his equipment immaturely in Monrovia
a weeks ago. It was grossly unfair also, when
its partisans in Buchanan chased the United
Nations Development Officer Mr. Patrick Sawyer
and damage his car. So too, was it wrong that
its partisans torn down a National Elections
Commissions poster in Grand Kru County,
simply because according to them, the party
leaders instructed them to do so during the
just concluded referendum .
Liberian voters must be aware of the CDC. Its
behavior is disheartening to say the least.
Liberia as the oldest independent African country
with a history of oppressing its own people
can not afford to repeat its past. It must now,
in a new epoch lead the way and build a credible
political leadership on the continent wherein
its elections and political institutions are
seen as clean and therefore a motivation for
other African states to emulate.
Tubman and his Congress Party must be ashamed
of themselves for their cowardly acts. Usually,
in other African countries it is the ruling
party that typically introduced violence as
it intimidates the political opposition. Not
in this case.
us not be fooled, Liberia must make progress,
and it is time we began giving the CDC a second
look. To me, it appears they are not ready to
lead Liberians into the future fill with hope,
because as Gandhi said, I object to violence
because [even] when it appears to do good, the
good is only temporary; the evil it does is
permanent. That in essence has been our
history too; the violence we introduce yesterday
is still with us today. We must therefore do
all we can to guard against it.