20 March 2019

Liberia: Group Frowns On Opposition Calls

A Pro government group under the banner 'Progressive Alliance for Promotion of Pro-Poor Agenda (PAPPA)' has frowned on calls from four opposition political parties for the arrest of Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and Executive Governor of Central Bank of Liberia Nathanial Patray as a result of discrepancies during the US$25 million mop-up exercise.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of PAPPA, Henry Johnson said the statement from the opposition bloc is not in the interest of peace, stability and democracy.

It can be recalled that the four opposition parties including Unity Party (UP), All Liberian Party (ALP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and Liberty Party (LP) on March 6, 2019, issued a statement following the release of the L$16 billion reports by USAID hired Kroll and the Presidential Investigative Team demanding the arrest of Minister Tweah and Governor Patray.

They warned that if the two men are not arrested, there will be series of mass protest actions across Liberia to express their dissatisfaction.

But Johnson said the action from the opposition action threatens the peace and stability of Liberia and scars investors.

"PAPPA would love to remind those very opposition political parties, that some part of last year, President Weah invited them at the Bella Cassa Hotel for a national conversation in moving Liberia forward.

This action by the President clearly demonstrated his willingness to listen to the opposition and accept suggestions as a mean of moving our country forward," the group said.

It calls on all opposition political parties to keep the government feet to the fire positively and stop the threats on the peace and stability of the country.

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