The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Outbursts in Ruling UP Again - Youth Congress Laments 'Political Disfiguration'

The political stereotyping which polarized the 2011 Elections was personified in "monkeys" versus "baboons" contestation, with the former attributed to the ruling Unity Party and the latter to opposition Congress for Democratic Change. The genesis, according to pundits who closely followed the contestation, is attributed to elements within the Unity Party who plotted in their war room that having worked hard to give a formerly internationally loathed and domestically disorganized Liberia a better facelift, they would not allow a Monkey Work Bamboo Draw situation, a insinuation that a CDC win would bequeath the credits for the gains of UP's first six year term to the opposition. Thus CDC began branded "Baboons" and UP the "monkeys". But the meaning of the stereotype is changing in the view of the youth league of the ruling party which is saying that having sacrificed for the victory of the people, they aare cast aside and it is the unlike individuals have taken the credit and benefits. H. Branice Cheapoo reports.

Members of Unity Party (UP) Montserrado County Youth Congress have accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of excluding them from the formation of her entire government.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Henry D. Z. Yanquoi argued that there is no group of individuals in the World that can implement the party's platform better than its partisans, as such, the Montserrado Youth Chapter was requesting for a rethought from first partisan President Sirleaf.

Describing their exclusion from the UP led government as a recipe for serious political disfiguration, Mr. Yanquoi asserted that President Sirleaf's exclusion of the youth of the party not only "strongly undermines and contradict article 17 of the Party's constitution," but also threatens her much publicized and anticipated peace and reconciliation drive which is now appears to be "plastered with a huge level of insincerity and dishonesty."

He added: "As mentioned within our Party's Platform, we listed 20 pledged items that we would implement for the Liberian people if given the opportunity to serve for the next six years. Critical among those, is the pledge to create no fewer than 20,000 jobs (short and long term) every year for the next 6 years. As the outcome of this pledge remains questionable to almost every Liberian, we do believe that the Ministry of labor report on the creation of 20,000 jobs did not meet the Unity Party's aspiration."

Mr. Yanquoi, Secretary General of the Montserrado Youth Chapter emphasized that little is being done by President Sirleaf to realize her job creation strategy, thereby leaving thousands of Liberians jobless.

"Consequently," he said, "we are encouraging the president of Liberia to attach sincerity and commitment to this important pledge if she must succeed."

He said the fight against corruption which is paramount on Party's Platform remains a mere paper tiger rather than an achievable reality.

"Disgustingly," he said further, "president Sirleaf's recent annual message became extremely insensitive to domestic political and economic realities when she refused to address the Oil and Gas sector of Liberia. The president's failure to address this critical segment of the republic during her appearance at the National Legislature can be described as a complete disservice to the Liberian people and a breading space for corruption."

Yanguoi noted: "As we approach the senatorial mid-term elections, we are henceforth cautioning through this medium the National Executive Committee of the Unity Party to take charge and institute peaceful measure preferably primary to elect candidate of high political rectitude to contest the upcoming mid-term senatorial election. Notwithstanding, the Mont. Youth Congress is considering supporting a candidate who will emerge from a transparent and well organized primary consistent with desire of every partisan of the Unity Party."

The UP is yet to make an official response to the allegation leveled against its Standard Bearer.

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