-CDC Denies That Supporters Attacked UP, ANC, LP Supporters In District#13
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
The governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has denied that its partisans attacked supporters of the Liberty Party (LP), Unity Party (UP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) supporting Cornelia Kruah-Togba in Montserrado County electoral district#13 by-elections.
The governing CDC staged a political rally at the iron factory field on Saturday for John J. Weah, a candidate on the ticket of the party while the three political parties, ANC, UP and LP launched the same day in support of their lone candidate, Cornelia Kruah-Togba in New Georgia.
During the launching on Saturday, it was alleged that supporters of the CDC attacked Cornelia Kruah-Togba’s supporters wounding several of them and killing a lady in the process. Key members of the ANC, LP and UP alleged that supporters of the CDC left their iron factory field and attacked them in New Georgia gulf.
It was reported that the political leader of the Liberty Party and Senator of Grand Bassa County, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence posted on her facebook page that some supporters of the CDC led by its Youth League Chairman and Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Tamba Koijee attacked and killed a supporter of the three parties and wounded several others in the process.
But speaking during a press conference on Sunday November 18, 2018 at the party’s national headquarters in Congo Town, the National Chairman of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu denied the allegations terming it as ‘lies, falsehood and reckless statements’ from the three political parties.
According to Morlu, they are aware of the distortion and lies in the district by propagandists of the three opposition political parties.
Morlu said “for a political leader of a party to spread lies, we are bringing her to book. We are going to take her to court for spreading lies and falsehood. Nobody walks or paraded with cutlasses and we want to see the evidence. We want pictorial evidence, video. It is a diabolical lie to say you saw the mayor of Monrovia and others with cutlasses. We will take her to court.” Morlu said.
The CDC chairman alleged that it was supporters of the three parties that unleashed those he calls ‘toys’ to attack supporters of the CDC and not the CDC attacked them as alleged.
“We are not surprised of those political parties and in 2014, our political leader was attacked by political parties against the CDC. It is the same tactics they want to employ because they know they are losing and they want anarchy and we are prepared to be victimized because we remain tolerant. We want our partisans to always have respect for the rule of law.
“This woman should be ashamed of herself that she can sit and record because it is unacceptable, reckless and irresponsible. No body died yesterday and this girl is possessed by the devil. When you wake up from your bedroom and accused public officials, that you saw people carrying cutlasses including one of Liberia finest young man, the only place for us is the court of jurisdiction and they must go to court to provide all of their facts. She risks the court action if she doesn’t come out to clear the airwaves for her allegations and if not, we will take her to court,” Morlu added.
He added “those carrying cutlasses were people from the ANC, Liberty Party and Unity Party. We are winners how come will we do such. Our people were being attacked in The New Georgia gulf and our people didn’t attacked. Cdcians have always been tolerant and I was once attacked in the district and we called on our people to always be respecters of the law. We are peaceful people and not a single video has been released to authenticate their claims against us.”
Earlier, Cornelia Kruah-Togba of the tripartite political parties alleged that their political rally “turned to a bloodbath where many of her supporters were brutally wounded with machetes, stones, sticks and other weapons and pepper-sprayed by supporters of the ruling party, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). The mayhem unleashed by the CDC on our supporters was led by Jefferson Koijee, Youth Chair of the CDC and Mayor of the City of Monrovia. The CDC supporters left their assembly point in Iron Factory and marched into ours at New Georgia. I, along with the Liberty Party’s Political Leader, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, had to be whisked to safety immediately following the attack.”
Madam Kruah-Togba further added “this is a violation of our constitutional rights and the elections laws. Our freedom to assemble and right to choose our leaders came under attack today. This is worrisome because it is proving now that the elections will most likely be rigged by the ruling party (CDC) in favor of its candidate as they now seem intent on violently taking over the leadership of our district.”
“The attack on us today is a clear case of electoral violence meant to intimidate and instill fear in our supporters. My heart goes out to those who were wounded and hurt by this brutality and assault. Please know that you are in my heart,” she said.
The Liberia National Police:
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police has refuted death report in Montserrado County electoral district#13 as a result of election Violence.
Following its investigation, the Liberia National Police refuted reports that a Liberian died as a result of violence that ensued between supporters of some candidates in the district#13 by-election.
“Yesterday, November 17, 2018, at 1400hrs, violence broke out between some supporters of candidates in the District 13 by-election when supporters of the various party representatives had gathered in their numbers to officially close their campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s polls. The situation left four persons, three males and one female injured. The injured victims were immediately rushed to the Kevin Clinic in Bassa Town, New Georgia and the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital respectively for treatment after which they were discharged,” the LNP said in a statement posted on its facebook page on Sunday November 18, 2018.
Meanwhile, the LNP said it has launched an active investigation to ensure that perpetrators of such violence are made to face the full weight of the law.
The release said “members of the general public are urged to cooperate with the Police in ensuring that those who perpetrated such acts are penalized. The LNP also frowns on acts of violence which have the propensity to undermine the fragile peace Liberians enjoy.”
“As residents of District 13 go to the polls on Tuesday, November, 20, 2018, voters are advised to comport themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner in order to avoid another violence. The LNP will deploy greater police presence in District 13 to ensure a peaceful conduct of elections,” the LNP assures.