Heritage (Monrovia)

13 December 2012

Liberia: NDC Seeks Clarification Over Exclusion From Vision 2030 Exercise

The National Democratic Coalition (NDC) has said it is publically seeking clarifications from the Government of Liberia as well as all of its organizing structures (including the Governance Commission) responsible for crafting the National Vision 2030 Strategy of Liberia as to why the NDC has been excluded from this vital national exercise, which is geared at national renewal and the overall process of post-war reconstruction and development of the country.

In a statement issued in Monrovia, the NDC said: "We are seeking clarifications from the Government of Liberia because since the formal launch of the National Visioning Program the national leadership of the NDC has never been invited to participate in any and all programs and proceedings of the Visioning National Agenda but other political parties have been invited to participate in this national endeavor."

The NDC continued: "For example, we were never invited to the ongoing National Visioning deliberations being held in Gbarnga, which takes place from the 10th to the 12th of December, 2012. Other major national stakeholders are in attendance, including all other political parties. Furthermore, prior to the current Gbarnga meeting, other political parties of Liberia officially met with the President of Liberia on Monday, December 4, 2012 in order to deliberate on issues concerning the National Visioning program but we of the NDC were not accorded similar invitation."

Unlike other political parties, the NDC observed that they have never received any invitation to participate in any of the Visioning sectoral group discussions, as well as its nation-wide tour. "Based on these foregoing developments, we would like to point out that the National Visioning Exercise of the Government would be considered incomplete and unrepresentative of the totality of Liberia, without the inclusion, involvement, participation, and subsequent endorsement by the NDC."

"We also like to state unequivocally that there is no segment of the Liberian political class that can claim to be more knowledgeable of Liberia than we in the NDC. In other words, not only is the NDC as a political party knowledgeable about Liberia, we know exactly what is to be done to fix Liberia, how to get it fixed, as well as the required voltage of political will needed to address the complex Liberian situation. Further, we would like to say here that no one group should seek to design the future of Liberia at the exclusion of the critical mass of the people including groups like the NDC, which represents one of the most politically experienced, ideologically clear, scientific, and consistent groups of people of Liberia."

The NDC, among other political groupings, is represented and led by two of Liberia's foremost political parties, namely, the New Democratic Alternative for Liberia Movement (New DEAL Movement), Liberia's only social democratic party, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Both parties fought fearlessly with their bare hands against the forces of belligerence in Liberia for peace during our civil war, when others dared and fled the country.

Consequently, the New DEAL Movement and the FDP were architects of, and signatories to the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement that brought final and lasting peace to Liberia, after more than a quarter of century of political violence, including fourteen years of a bloody civil war that tore the guts of our country.

Today, the NDC is represented in the 53rd National Legislature, among few of the many political parties of Liberia, with six (6) legislators, including a senator from Bong County, who obtained the highest legislative vote count in the 2011 National Elections, as well as five (5) Representatives in the Lower House, emanating from Sinoe, Montserrado, Rivercess, Bong, and River Gee Counties, cutting across the geo-political spectrum of the country respectively. This is the minimum of what the NDC represents in the difficulty of struggle in Liberia!

"We also like to remind the Government of Liberia that we are fully aware of the intrigues employed, aimed at ostracizing us from this noble national exercise; and we insist that any process of this undertaking that is characterized by intrigues, exclusive, and discriminatory politics cannot adequately reflect the aspirations of the broad mass of the people, and hence cannot survive the complex challenges of national renewal and post-war reconstruction and development."

According to the party, Liberia is not the personal fiefdom of any individual or any group of people that feel that they are the only set of people that own this country. Among other things, the party added that such efforts in the past failed to create a stable and peaceful Liberia and one that was torn asunder by tensions and cleavages that inevitably led to war and destruction in our country. See page 2 for the full text of the NDC's statement.

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