23 April 2014

Liberia: Beware of 'Hustlers' - UP SG Warns

The Secretary General of the ruling Unity Party (UP) has warned Liberians to be conscious of whom to elect into power as they prepare for 2017 general and presidential elections.

Most of those clamoring for state power, in the words of Mr. Wilmot Paye, are political hustlers whose interest is to enrich themselves and leave the nation and people impoverished.

He spoke yesterday at the Center of Intellectual Opinions (CEIO) located on Carey Street.

Using as topic "Is Government of Liberia executing the basics of the Unity Party platform," Mr. Paye graded the government to some extent in terms of implementation of the platform of the party, but noted that there are mixed signals among some officials of government.

"The Government of Liberia is executing the basics of the party's platform, but there continue to be some level of mixed signals emanating from some government officials," the UP SG noted.

According to Mr. Paye who did not name any individual in the two groups, such behavior by public officials needs to be curtailed because Liberians will surely judge the party when it intends to seek re-election in the 2017 polls.

He, at the same time, stressed the need for Liberians to identify true Liberians who will be able to lead the country after the pending 2017 election, noting "in Liberia's political arena there are hustling politicians and struggling politicians."

He defined hustling politicians are those who seek power for personal riches, while struggling politicians are those who seek to transform the livelihood of the people, and as such warned Liberians to be mindful of these groupings.

Sharing similar view, he then used the occasion to support to the idea of those who say if things are not properly addressed in the country, Liberia could have re-occurrence of 1979.

"If the people speak against injustice yesterday, they could still speak against it today" he added.

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