The Analyst (Monrovia)

27 January 2011

Liberia: COPDIL Hits Bhofal Chambers Hard

A Pro-democracy group, Coalition for the Protection of Democracy in Liberia (COPDIL) has rubbished statement allegedly made by Maryland County lawmaker Bhofal Chambers, against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The group described the lawmaker’s remarks “as reckless and totally irresponsible”.

In a strong warded press release issued yesterday, the group claimed   that Hon. Chambers in a recent talk show hosted by a local radio station in Maryland County accused president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of not representing the interest of Maryland County and the nation at large, a preposition the COPDIL termed as completely out of order, and a ploy only intended to gain his selfish political agenda.

The group said why it is true that Hon. Chambers has the right to exercise freedom of speech, COPDIL indicated that it believes that the Maryland policymaker misused the freedom of speech to issue what it calls reckless  and irresponsible statements against president Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf,  who  the  group  claimed  has done tremendously well  to revamp  the Liberian economy.

“The Coalition for the Protection of Democracy in Liberia (CPDIL) wishes to use this medium to congratulate the president of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for creating an enabling environment in which the welfare of the Liberia people improved tremendously after fifteen years of self destruction evidenced by the pouring in of concession and investigation in the Liberian economy.

While the Government of Liberia is making Frantic effort to enhance the achievement of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), aimed at improving the living standards of our people, it is disheartening to note that the effort of the government, especially the president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is being continuously undermined by a high profile member of the ruling Unity Party, Hon. Bhofal Chambers, a representative of Maryland County. Hon. Chambers indicated recently on a local radio station in Maryland County that the president is not working in the interest of the people of Maryland and the Cavalla Rubber Corporation,” the release quoted  COPDIL Secretary General Milton W. Weah Jr. as saying.

“It is very unfortunate that Hon. Bhofal Chambers who considers  himself  a representative of the people of Maryland  County  will  cast such an expression on the president without  taking into  consideration  the benefits  that the people of Maryland County will accrue  as a result of the signing of the seventy-eight million United States  dollars(USD78Million) with the Cavalla Rubber  Corporation. It is also inconceivable that Hon. Bhofal Chambers will intentionally and willfully make reckless and irresponsible political statements that tend to ignore the plight of his kinsmen and only promote his selfish political agenda,” COPDIL said.

Considering the grave nature of Hon. Bhofal Chambers’ attack on the government, especially as it relates to the Cavalla Rubber Corporation, the Coalition for the Protection of Democracy in Liberia (COPDIL) says it is using the medium to condemn Hon. Bhofal Chambers for his unpatriotic and un-nationalistic comments.

“We are aware  that  indeed freedom of speech do exist in Liberia, but it is also required  that  said  freedom goes  along  with  responsibility  and  Hon. Bhofal Chambers  was  very  irresponsible in exercising his freedom of speech.”

Meanwhile, In view of the above and considering the gravity of Hon. Bhofal Chambers’ statement in the maintenance of peace and stability in the Liberian society, COPDIL is  recommending that the appropriate agency of government, the Ministry of Justice immediately move in and invite Hon. Bhofal Chambers to give clarity and or explanation regarding his  statements.

“Liberia is a country of laws and not men, Hon. Chambers has attempted to subvert the peace of Maryland County and he must be called to order. At the same time, the Coalition for the Protection of Democracy in Liberia is calling on the people of Maryland County to pass a vote of no confidence in the representation of Hon. Bhofal Chambers. Additionally, COPDIL is calling on the Speaker of the House of Representative Hon. J. Alex Tyler to launch an investigation into comments made by Hon. Bhofal Chambers as his action may impute negatively on the House of Representative,” COPDIL Release concluded.

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