For someone who spent most of his youth days actively agitating against repressive regimes to effect democratic change, Senator Conmany Wesseh knows trouble when he sees one. The River Gee legislator says he smells serious trouble brewing over the pending electoral processes which, if not prevented by lawful order from the Legislature, could destroy the 17 years of hard won peace in Liberia.
In a position statement to Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and his legislative colleagues regarding the Thursday Zwedru mob violence meted against opposition figure Alexander Cummings and his delegation which included Montserrado County District # 10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, Senator Wesseh called for swift actions to be taken to “prevent the destruction of the 17 years of hard won peace in Liberia”.
According to the River Gee lawmaker, condemnations must be immediately issued and investigations conducted into what happened Thursday in Zwedru, regarding the attack on visiting opposition political leaders (Hon. Alexander B. Cummings, Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties and former Presidential Candidate of the ANC and Hon. Yekeh Kolubah, Member of the House of Representatives) by apparent state organized and sponsored mob.
Senator Wesseh also condemned the deployment of the Armed Forces of Liberia to escort the peaceful leaders out of a town in their own country.
“Note that the Army and police were not deployed, and the Superintendent and other County officials physically present, to help enforce the right of the leaders to conduct their lawful business in Zwedru; rather it was for the leaders to be “escorted” out of Grand Gedeh County so that the mob would achieve their heinous and unlawful objective,” Sen. Wesseh blasted.
Recalling similar indignity that Mr. Cummings and his delegation suffered at the hands of state-sponsored actors, Senator Wesseh noted that two days earlier, the unconfirmed and therefore indefinite acting Mayor of Fishtown denied the same visiting opposition leaders the use of the City Hall, a publicly funded building, for their lawful meeting.
“Few days earlier, the Superintendent of Maryland County declared to an errant crowd of CDCians that the Army and Police are for them to use anyhow, anywhere and anytime for any purpose. Sir and Senate Colleagues, all these developments are a call to armed violence again and a threat to peace in our country,” Senator Wesseh alarmed.
“For the sake of those of us like George Manneh Weah and many innumerable Liberians who spent 14 years (December 1989 to August 2003) searching for that peace, and those of our mainly West African brothers and sisters (ECOMOG and ECOMIL) and the internationals (UNOMIL and UNMIL) who laid down their lives for Liberia to live, and the more than 250000 deaths, we, the Legislature, are duty bound to prevent the return to that ugly, shameful and ignominious past. The Senate must begin acting now to safe our Country,” he cautioned.