MONROVIA: As Liberians prepare to face the New Year, 2021, heavy pressure is said to be mounting from within the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led administration, headed by President George Manneh Weah, to double its effort in resuscitating the nation’s fast declining economy and to regain much-needed public confidence and trust in the governance system.
Cogent information in the possession of The ‘Investigative’ INDEPENDENT had it that some influential officials of the ruling CDC feel disappointed over the performance of the CDC-led administration and are therefore clamoring the removal and subsequent replacement of several key government officials who, according to them, are seriously contributing to the somewhat underperformance of the administration.
Among officials reportedly being recommended for possible replacement are Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Doe Tweah; Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor, J. Aloysius Tarlue; and National Port Authority Director, Bill Tweahway alias “Gbekugbeh Jr.”
According to well-placed and unimpeachable CDC insiders, other state officials being recommended to the CDC First Partisan who is also President of Liberia, George Weah, for replacement are Commerce and Industry Minister, Madam Mawine Diggs; Liberia National Police Inspector General, Col. Patrick Sudue; and Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Managing Director, Mrs. Marie Urey-Coleman, among others.
The insiders quoted the aggrieved CDCians are claiming that these officials and many others at the echelon of the national governance system not helping President George Manneh Weah to improve the livelihood of Liberians, particularly the vast majority of ordinary citizens who are residing in deprived communities across the country.
The CDC insiders further said the disenchanted officials of the party along with their followers are threatening to stage a mass but peaceful protest in early January 2021 if President Weah fails to carry out necessary changes in his administration.
The aggrieved CDCians are of the opinion that the recent performance of the CDC in the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections during which Liberians almost overwhelmingly voted several independent candidates and opposition politicians should serve as a wake-up call to the governing CDC and its officials including President Weah that all is not well as it relates to the CDC-led government’s performance as the Weah administration gradually approaches its fourth in state power.
“We want to inform our First Partisan, His Excellency Dr. President George Manneh Weah to rise up and stop sleeping in bed with some of those tested and failed officials at the detriment of our people,” a member of the Youth League of the CDC who preferred anonymity for security reason stated.
Also elevating calls for the removal of some top government officials from state ministries and agencies for their demonstrated poor works is Atty Phil Tarpeh Dixson, former Deputy Labor Minister, who indicated that President George Weah and his CDC risk losing the crucial 2023 presidential and legislative elections, if non-performers in his cabinet are not made to give way to more competent and experienced Liberian professionals as he (President Weah) captains the Liberian ship of state towards 2023.
He told the local media that there are several officials who are underperforming that must resign to avoid the pressure on the President.
Atty Phil Dixson who is a former candidate in the just-ended Senatorial Election mentioned: “It is better to honorably resign instead of waiting for President Weah to fire them.”
Other ranking members of the ruling CDC who are also serving government officials told this paper on condition of anonymity for security and administrative reasons that the security sector under President Weah is weak as evidenced by the avalanche of crimes across the country. The officials who begged not to be named for administrative and security reasons said there is a need to take more corrective measures aimed at enhancing national security and the consolidation peace and the rule of law.
“This proves that many heads of the various security agencies are not doing much to address growing rate of insecurity in the country,” one official said in a serious mood.
The official said, the LNP, under Col. Sudue is wanting as it, for example, and relates to the various police investigations on criminal activities and acts of brutality and violence against opposition political parties, aggrieved student protestors among others.
However, the Chairman of the governing CDC, Mulbah Morlu, told a recent local radio station that President George Manneh Weah will win the 2023 presidential elections based on his impactful governance policies and concrete achievements since his ascendency to the Liberian Presidency.
Chairman Morlu categorically refuted perceptions in some opposition quarters that President Weah will be a one-term President.