Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: CDC Challenged for Labeling Lawmakers As ' Rogues'

The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Mr. Isaac Redd, has challenged the Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change(CDC), Mr. George Solo, to provide what he calls incontestable evidence to prove his claim that members of the Liberian Legislature are " bunch of rouges and individuals who lack credibility". The CDC is regarded as Liberia's main opposition political party.

In a brief chat with the Heritage via mobile phone on Sunday, April 14, 2013, Mr. Redd described the claim by Mr. Solo as unfounded and reckless.

According to him, the unsubstantiated claim by the CDC's chairman suggests that he is completely "ignorant to legislative issues". He warned the CDC executive to always speak with facts, saying this will make the people to respect his position on legislative and other crucial issues.

He further warned him to refrain from making utterances that have the propensity to undermine his political career and tarnish the CDC's image.

Mr. Solo, while addressing a news conference last week at the CDC's Headquarters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, labeled members of the Liberian Legislature as a " bunch of rouges and individuals who lack credibility".

He alleged that the lawmakers allocate public funds to themselves and that they have no interest in positively impacting the lives of Liberians and the growth and development of Liberia but only interested in seeking their personal benefits.

He made these assertions when he responded to journalists' inquiry regarding his party's position on the speedy ratification of the re-negotiated Oil Block 13. The CDC's chairman expressed serious disappointment in the lawmakers for "ignoring" calls by the public for them not to ratify the agreement until "flaws" observed in deal were addressed.

Listen to the CDC's chairman: "We don't have a credible legislative Branch of government that is why we, as a political institution, need to get redress to issues of National Concern. Our statement is based on the past track record of the legislature of confirming officials of government with questionable track records to hold public offices and the speedy ratification of concession agreements even if it is not in the public interest."

Meanwhile, Mr. Solo disclosed that the party has setup a committee to investigate CDC lawmakers to know why they voted the way they voted in the Block 13 ratification agreement despite the party's position to vote against the ratification. Among other things, he added that the party will take action in line with the committee's recommendation but did not say what their actions will be.

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