28 June 2012

Liberia: Aggrieved UP Partisans Demand Sirleaf's Resignation

Photo: Boakai Fofana/allAfrica.com
The launch of the Unity Party campaign in Monrovia. (file photo)

Several aggrieved partisans of the ruling Unity Party (UP) have called for the resignation of their standard bearer, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also President of Liberia.

In a chat with this paper during a "peaceful" protest on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the aggrieved partisans, headed by their leaders, said Madam Johnson-Sirleaf has failed the party and therefore she must resign within 72 hours (three days).

During the protest, the aggrieved partisans of the UP took to the major streets of Monrovia and later ended it at the residence of the President Johnson-Sirleaf situated at Fish market, Sinkor, Monrovia.

One of the aggrieved partisans of UP, Mr. Gabriel Walker averred that the President has failed to provide jobs and scholarships for partisans of the party, who during the 2011 Presidential and General Elections, walked under the rain and sun campaigning for her (Ellen). Mr. Walker, who is the Press and Propaganda Officer for the Youth Congress of the UP in Montserrado County District #10, said being part of a ruling party is a privilege, but said the President has failed to provide them (partisans) that privilege.

"We will remain in this struggle until we see the President from our party. We mean what we say and we are going to stand by it. Ellen can remain President of Liberia, but she must resign from the Unity Party (UP)," he added. Also speaking to this paper, the youth Chairman of the UP in Montserrado County District #14, Mr. Vashie Sam Kpalleh, claimed that President Johnson-Sirleaf, as the first partisan of the UP, violated Article 17 of the Bylaws and Constitution of the party.

Article 17 of the Bylaws and Constitution of the party, according to Mr. Kpalleh, states that all appointments in governmental positions must be done in consultation with the Vice Chairman for Governmental Affairs of the party. But he claimed the Liberian leader has failed to do since assuming power for the second term.

"I think the President no longer has anything to protect in this party, and this is why we are calling for her resignation immediately. She has in time to time failed to keep the image of the party. We can't continue this, because this has the propensity to make our party collapse," asserted the youth President.

"She, in fact, doesn't visit the constituents as it was prior to the elections era. This baffles us a lot," he amongst other things added. However, following a meeting between the  leaders of the aggrieved UP partisans and standard bearer  Johnson-Sirleaf, Maryland County Senator John Ballout, who is also a senior partisan of the UP,  urged the  aggrieved partisans to stay calm as the standard bearer  will meet with them (aggrieved partisans) over the weekend.

The Maryland County lawmaker pointed out that the position of the aggrieved partisans has claimed the attention of every top partisan of the UP, stressing, "This will not be taken lightly". "This President takes your plight into great consideration, and so as other top UPians. She has ordered me to inform you that she will meet with you over the weekend," Senator Ballout, amongst other things added.

For his part, the Chairman of the aggrieved group, Mr. Kansualism B. Kansuah, called on the group to remain calm and wait for the meeting day with the President.  Prior to the meeting with the President, he said the group will hold an emergency meeting aimed at discussing their requests that they will put on the table for discussion with the president.

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