4 October 2013

Liberia: Two 'Forces' Await Ellen

October 9, 2013 is the date set for the return of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her entourage from weeks-long official trip to the United States and the Caribbean nation of Costa Rica. In New York, USA, she mounted the podium at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and so eloquently delved into cross-cutting issues affecting Liberia and the world in general, and, later, proceeded to Costa Rica for another side-splitting and memorable event organized by "Put Ellen There" Group. At the end of her task, she is about to return to Liberia. But the news is that she is likely to be greeted with activities orchestrated by two ideologically dissimilar forces, one for another against. The New Republic highlights the issues and their impacts.

It is now becoming increasingly clear that two different groupings with far-apart plans, policies and ideologies are at the terminal of their behind-the-scene preparations to greet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is expected back into the country next week, with positive and negative shrugs.

While the newly launched Liberians for the Protection of Peace and Democracy (LPPD) is reportedly setting the stage to give the President and her entourage a gloriously remarkable rousing welcome, another group of Liberians is said to be way advanced in their mobilizations and endeavors to counter-act the pro-arrival plans.

According to our information, the two opposing groups are moving into communities, making known their popularity and intentions as it relates the president's arrival.

The LPPD, a pro-government civil society organization, led by Musa Billity with membership of individuals in government is said to be moving into communities in Monrovia and its environs encouraging people to turn out in their huge numbers to give President Sirleaf a rousing welcome to the country.

As it is, this paper has learnt that the LPPD is working through individuals who have been empowered financially to mobilize youths in every community to join them in welcoming president sirleaf back home after her successful attendance of the UN General Assembly, as well as visiting other friendly nations in Europe.

Though its officials say the core purpose for the establishment of the LPPD is to work toward the sustainability of peace and promote tenets of reconciliation amongst Liberians, others argued it is mainly to counter plans and activities of those oppose to President Sirleaf and her government.

The LPPD, most importantly, came to being on the back of the initiation of a campaign against the president.

"Movement for Ellen Step Down" headed by Vandalark Patricks and Mubah Morlue has been mobilizing forces against the president, calling for her resignation.

Launched in the Borough of New Kru Town, the Movement has been engaging communities and the public, explaining the reasons why President Sirleaf should resign the presidency of Liberia.

Amidst the already growing political tension, there are reports concerning the emergence of another anti-Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf organization.

A very close associate of the new group, Citizens Action for the Resignation of Ellen (CARE-Liberia) hinted this paper yesterday that new group which is fully supportive of the "Ellen Step Down" campaign will be launched in Monrovia this weekend and would subsequently form part of a rally or protest in demand of resignation beginning from the RIA in Margibi County on October 9, 2013.

CARE-Liberia is said to be fully equipped, prepared and have since been mobilizing the public in every county.

As the LPPD, CARE-Liberia is also said to have the backings of people in government, especially key government officials with both financial and political influence.

The core objective of CARE-Liberia, the source indicated, is to demand the unconditional resignation of Pres. Sirleaf.

With the reported preparations of the two opposing groups, observers have indicated that the president should get prepared to meet two different groups, one supporting her cause, another against her cause.

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