Liberia: Ruling CDC Urges Partisans to Refrain from Divisive Rhetoric Amid Country-Congau Row
Monrovia – A day after the suspension of Eugene Fahngon, Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, over divisive rhetoric bordering Country-Congau line, the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change says it considers as appropriate and timely, a recent statement released by the Embassy of the United States of America, encouraging ‘All Liberians to reflect on their role in constructively contributing to development and sustaining peace’.
In a statement Tuesday, signed by the party chair Mulbah Morlue, the ruling party leadership reiterates the important concern raised by the United States’ Embassy against divisive rhetoric; as such. “The CDC is calling on all officials and members to avoid unhealthy or inciteful political utterances that could undermine peace and security and the mutual coexistence of all Liberians,” the statement said Tuesday.
The party hailed the suspension of Mr. Fahngon. “In reference to suspended Minister Fahngon’s reprehensible tribal rhetoric, the Coalition for Democratic Change, a mass-based democratic institution inspired into existence by the ideas of a just, free and equitable society for all, makes clear that it has no space for a ‘Congau-Native’ politics, and rejects any politics that stirs division.”
The statement continued: “In furtherance, the leadership of the CDC lauds President Weah’s suspension of Deputy Minister Fahngon, and believes it’s a step in the right direction, reaffirming the CDC-led Government’s unshaken commitment to a ‘One country, one people policy’. “
Within this framework, the CDC statement reminded all partisans of its already-stated position on the status quo, which unequivocally denounces any plan for counter-protest that may only serve the unscrupulous agenda of a few. “While the CDC respects the rights to peaceful assembly, it however cautions all Liberians against any unauthorized protest, especially in view of the British Government’s security alert on Liberia.”
The ruling party leadership, while calling for the practice of impartial journalism, nonetheless reaffirms the CDC’s unflinching commitment to free speech, and calls on all partisans to be tolerant of criticisms as we work to strengthen the democratic gains we fought to achieve. “Therefore, ahead of National Unification Day, the CDC encourages all partisans, sympathizers and supporters to be reconciliatory in words and actions, and continue to show tolerance while using various platforms, especially social media; utilizing dialogue and other forms of constructive engagement as best mechanisms through which contending national issues may be addressed.”