The New Dawn (Monrovia)

8 November 2012

Liberia: CDC Hits At Ellen

The National Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has observed that the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has terribly failed on its campaign promises to people of Liberia.

Mr. George Solo said though the government has good policies on the book, to the disbelieve of many persons, including her own supporters and Unity Party partisans, the President is lazy in punishing those found guilty of stealing state resources, and that corrupt officials proudly drive in the streets of Monrovia with heads high while the majority of the citizens live on less than a dollar per day.

Speaking to thousands of partisans of the CDC during the observance of a memorial service for fallen partisans from the November 7, 2011 riot with police, Solo stressed that the Congress for Democratic Change is faced with the exact tyrannical behavior that led to the collapse of the state, for nearly two decades, as blood and treasure were wasted in a false revolutionary course of brutal assault of inhumanity visited upon the country.

"CDC has been consistently abused and rights trampled upon by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's government since the election of 2005. The 2005 election was stolen from us and we surrendered our rights. Our people have been denied basic socio-economic opportunities in their own country where 'Papa is still trying to find the plastic bag," he said in an insinuation to President Sirleaf's 2005 inaugural address to the state when she promised to provide improved salary for civil servants.

The program, which was held in a peaceful atmosphere with some government officials including Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel Buchanan Smith and Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, partisans, supporters and sympathizers in attendance, began with the filming of the infamous 'black November 7 incident', launching of a new anti-corruption song and reading of powerful statements.

He said the CDC does not wish to engage in violent confrontation with state security, rather, the party is committed to standing on the side of the people in the struggle for democracy, good governance and justice.

"The CDC will not be frightened to insist that the enemies of justice and those who dehumanize our people must respect our democratic rights", he added.

Solo called on the international community to not be blinded by the false charity of the government, noting that "The international community should not allow itself to be restrained by the rejects of democracy and justice in Liberia..."

The CDC Chair said the international community must act to support the struggle of the suffering Liberian majority and assist in deconstructing the state cushion for undemocratic jungle actors.

This is time for the world to act, as our nation drags into further backwardness, due to the government failure to address critical national issues of pollution and environment, destruction of our forest, lack of appropriate program for our fisheries as an enterprise for a liberation struggle, to discover on our own how to enforce justice and to act as agents for national transformation", Solo challenged.

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