18 May 2017

Liberia: UPP Rallies Grand Gedeh, Nimba to Trumpet Reconciliation

Bouncing back from a long political coma following the demise of its founder, Gabriel Baccus Matthews, and from other unsuccessful political amalgamations, the United People's Party (UPP) seems to be moving with speed under the leadership of McDonald Wento, its political leader and presumptive standard-bearer.

Proving that UPP has all the capabilities to reshape politics and engineer a sense of nationalism shrouded in peace and reconciliation, the Party leadership is in southeastern Liberia rallying citizens of Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties to prioritize peace and reconciliation.

UPP political leader, McDonald Wento, called on the people of the two counties to keep the torch of reconciliation burning in the country, adding Liberians are looking up to them (citizens of the two counties) to lead efforts in the reconciliation process.

Years of social misunderstanding and political wrangling put citizens of the two sisterly counties apart and even brought them closer to war. However, the UPP political leader emphasized that reconciliation remains paramount to Liberia's growth, and cautioned citizens of both counties to see themselves as channels for sustainable peace and reconciliation amongst Liberians.

However, after the reconciliation meeting with the two counties, Mr. Wento, a son of Grand Gedeh proceeded to Zwedru, the administrative seat of the county, where he officially informed citizens of his desire to contest the presidency in the coming elections.

When elected to office, Mr. Wento said the UPP would focus on promoting reconciliation and empowering Liberians for the development of the country. Meanwhile, there are reports that before departing for the Southeast, the UPP political leader held talks with CDC's political leader, Senator George Weah. Though details of their discussion still scanty, they reportedly touched on issues related to the impending October elections.

But the Communication Officer in the office of the UPP political leader, Archievengo Doe denied knowledge of such meeting between the two leaders. According to him, the UPP political leader has the right to speak to any political leader including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once the issue is about Liberia.

Since 1997, when founder Baccus Matthews ran on the party's ticket as standard-bearer, it is the first time UPP will put forth a candidate. In 2005 and 2011, the party was in a merger with the Liberian People's Party and others under the appellation.

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