Liberia: Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus Slams ‘Embarrassing’ Attack on Opposition Leader, Lawmaker
Monrovia – Members of the Grand Gedeh County Legislative Caucus have condemned Thursday’s incident in the county during which a group of Young people claiming to be partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change attacked Representative Yekeh Kolubah (ANC-District #10 Montserrado County) and Mr. Alexander the chairman of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties(CPP).
Addressing a news conference hours after Thursday’s rioting, the Caucus, represented by Representative Zoe Pennue(CDC, District #1); Alex Grant(CDC, District #3); George S. Boley(UPP, District #2) and Senator Alphonso Gaye (UP), termed the incident as embarrassing and unfortunate to the County, one that has painted a negative picture of the peace loving people of Grand Gedeh County.
Representative Grant, Chairman of the county legislative caucus, said the incident has brought unnecessary negativity to the county. “The Grand Gedeh County legislative Caucus hereby condemns in the strongest terms the attack on Mr. Alexander Cummings, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, and the entire delegation,” Grant averred.
“The diction of the caucus is clear, that this situation is embarrassing, shameful, unfortunate, and disgraceful. We regret the action that it has to happen in Grand Gedeh. We are a people of hospitality. Thus, to become disgruntle is surprising and a dream to us. We sincerely regret the incident.”Grand Gedeh Caucus
The Caucus has also called for the arrest and investigation of those who perpetrated the violence and promised not to sit and allow any group or persons to use the county to undermine the current peace being enjoyed by Liberians.
The caucus also reaffirmed their commitment to uphold the rule of law in the county and by extension the Republic of Liberia. “From what we are gathering is that the situation was a spontaneous incident that started this morning.”
“The diction of the caucus is clear, that this situation is embarrassing, shameful, unfortunate, and disgraceful. We regret the action that it has to happen in Grand Gedeh. We are a people of hospitality. Thus, to become disgruntle is surprising and a dream to us. We sincerely regret the incident.”
Early Thursday morning, aggrieved supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led-government of President George Manneh Weah have staged a peaceful protest in Grand Gedeh County, demanding the unconditional and immediate departure from the county of Montserrado County Representative Yekeh Kolubah.
The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Thursday, before the B-2 Guest House in Zwedru.
Representative Kolubah who is a strong critic of President George Manneh Weah, is currently in Grand Gedeh following the climax of a trip to Maryland County along with his political leader, Alexander Cummings, prior to the celebration of Liberia’s 173rd Independence anniversary.
Mr. Cummings said shortly after the incident that the county’s leadership was behind the attacks. “We have these small political stuffs, you know – we were not allowed to use the halls in Fishtown etc. But that’s politics. But to come to Grand Gedeh and to have rock throwing, threatening our lives. It’s just unacceptable. We have a constitutional right to be here, to express our points of view, we did so peacefully. And to have some Grand Gedeans – and I believe this was orchestrated, this was not spontaneous, to come and threaten us, it is just unacceptable.”
The aggrieved protesters, mostly youths, were seen chanting anti-slogans and using profanities against Representative Kolubah.
They claimed that since the inception of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led-government of President Weah, which they overwhelmingly voted for during the 2017 general and presidential elections, the Montserrado County lawmaker has been in the constant habit of using invectives against the Liberian leader.