9 October 2012

Liberia: Varney Sherman Vents Frustrations

Photo: Boakai Fofana/allAfrica.com
The launch of the Unity Party campaign during the 2011 elections.

Unity Party National Chair Cllr. Varney G. Sherman seems to be frustrated by the way things are unfolding in the UP-led government and has begun to voice his concerns.

Speaking Sunday at a solidarity and welcome ceremony organized by UP officials upon his return from the United States, Cllr. Sherman said the ruling party failed to come to his defense in the Danish Journalist Mads Cortzens' diplomatic saga, noting that instead, some officials of government were engaged in a campaign of using individuals to attack his character with the view of putting his hard earned credibility at stake.

He narrated that some of those individuals, who received cash to attack his reputation have received foreign scholarship opportunities from government to pursue undergraduate studies at the expanse of thousands of Unity Party partisans, who are yearning for local scholarships.

"The way I understand, politics is like this: politicians need numbers or votes to take state power and if you are successful to win the minds of the citizens through being elected, the next thing is protecting the interest of the people by providing their needs and seriously protecting the interest of the people who made you", he pointed out.

It can be recalled that Journalist Mads J. Cortzen claimed he provided US$35,000 as a 'secret contribution' to the UP's campaign in 2011 in exchange to be appointed as Liberia's Honorary Consul General to the Central African Republic.

However, Cllr. Sherman maintained he returned the amount to Journalist Cortzen through a Mr. Abraham Swaray, one of the Liberians, who first accompanied Mr. Cortzen and Mr. Willem Tijssen to see him (Sherman) in Monrovia. The UP Chair said the money was returned upon discovery that the journalist had hidden agenda, but officials of the Unity Party failed to come to his defense.

The renowned Liberian corporate lawyer said as a result of the gap created by the party, some individuals decided to attack his character, saying "Those that were in the papers and on the radios do not match me in any capacity; educationally, political experience and social wise.

Today thousands of youth, especially partisans, are crying for scholarships, but government chose to provide scholarship to Mr. Abraham Dillon to travel to the US for just undergraduate studies." The welcome and solidarity ceremony organized by the UP National Executive Committee at his return residence Sunday was poorly attended.

Senior National Executive Committee members, including First Partisan President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai, Speaker Alex Tyler, Gbezongar Milton Findley, Abraham Mannah, Youth Wing Chair Amos Tweh and others were conspicuously absent. Those, who showed up for the ceremony were National Secretary General Wilmot Paye and Women Wing Chairperson D. Sheba Brown.

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