The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has written the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) complaining of the Unity Party (UP) led-government's training of its partisans for state security purposes.
The CDC says the on-going training of the Unity Party battle cry group in Libya and China is the greatest threat to Liberia's young democracy and has therefore urged the UN, AU and ECOWAS to urgently intervene in adverting a national disaster.
In separate letters to the UN, AU, ECOWAS, the CDC, under the signature of CDC's Secretary General, Eugene Nagbe, the party claims that the UP-led administration has begun training its loyalists in Libya and China; while the President has made a request to Burkina Faso to train more "cronies".
The CDC described the training as a "contravention of the spirit and direction of the peace process, particularly the Security Sector Reform(SSR) program," adding that "if not halted, the action could lead to national mayhem".
The CDC has therefore requested an urgent audience with Dr. Kofi Annan in New York where a delegation headed by its standard-bearer, George Manneh Weah will present a detailed perspective of the matter.
Meanwhile the CDC says all stakeholders of the peace process should add their voices to the matter at bay to ensure that such a flagrant attempt to create a private army is not allowed to unravel the delicate peace Liberians are now enjoying.
In separate letters to UN Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan, AU Chairman, Denis Sasso Nguesso and ECOWAS' Executive Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the CDC said it therefore hastens to formally protest this flagrant breach of the drive to democracy and urges the UN to urgently intervene in addressing a potential menace which has the propensity to the stabilize the state.
"Liberia's recent experiences, wherein some past leaders in grained the use of private militias into cancerous malignancy of the national fabric thus, leading to harassment, murder and intimidation, ultimately culminated into national mayhem" the CDC said
The CDC urged those nations and institutions that helped Liberia attain this level of peace and stability to act with urgency in halting this action on the part of the Unity Party-led government which is yet the greatest threat to democracy in Liberia.
When this paper contacted Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai he categorically denied the CDC allegations of government sending men to Libya and plans to send UP 'cronies' to Burkina Faso for training in a bid to build private army for President Johnson-Sirleaf.
Minister Samukai said government's policy on the capacity building of its citizens and security has not changed, and that it will make use of every training opportunity at its disposal.
He said the Director of the Special Security Service, Colonel Chris Massaquoi and some security personnel are training in China as part of the country's quest to see Liberia's security apparatus well-trained and strengthened.
He also named Liberian broadcast journalist Al Johnson from SKY FM and some civilian personnel from the Ministry of National Defense who are currently in China for training in their respective areas of discipline.
"The United States has trained about 100 of the country's Special Security Service (SSS). Ghana trained 50 other security personnel and Nigeria trained 300 police officers and 50 other SSS officers. All these training offers are geared towards building the capacities of our security. It has been proven that Liberians are not yet capable to take care of their own security, and so these countries are tying to help us build the capacity of our security, and we will take advantage of the opportunity," the Defense boss said. He disclosed that he is expected to visit China at an invitation from that country's government.