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Chaos Rocks Sawyer’s Memorial Service …As CDC Blames Political Opponents

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MONROVIA: The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has strongly condemned the outbreak of violence on the Capitol Hill main campus of the University of Liberia (UL), during the ‘People’s Day of Honor’, a program held in memory of Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, former President of the erstwhile Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), and Professor of Political Science who died recently in the United States of America (USA).

According to a statement issued by the governing CDC, “this unruly behavior & orchestrated violence, which appears to have targeted members & officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change, ignited a baseless escalation of ‘Stone-throwing’ chaos, anarchy & lawlessness, leading to the destruction of valuable properties, especially vehicles bearing the insignia of the Coalition for Democratic Change.”

The statement added that “the CDC is dismayed by this wanton & calculated act of violence which came at the close of the ‘Sawyer memorial’ program as the CDC Youth Chairman, Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, made his way out of the auditorium; without provocation, unscrupulous elements, obviously incited by some opposition political leaders, created a baseless scene of chaos & acrimony that left scores of our partisans injured & hospitalized.”

The statement added that despite the show of tolerance by the CDC Youth Chairman, who was designated along with the party’s Chairman/Montserrado Chapter, “the incited students remained uncompromising in their misjudged decision to ferment chaos.”

Statement: “The CDC said it is shocked that students have become conscripts of their ill-will and crisis-mongering.”

The CDC statement did not, however, provide any evidence as to how opposition politicians attempted to maximize political capital at the expense of the mighty Coalition for Democratic Change during the Sawyer Memorial program.

However, the governing party pointed out that “in apparent desperation for 2023 election year, they need not exploit vulnerable students as convenient shield of attack against party officials. 2023 will soon be unraveled, perhaps faster than they can imagine, only to be realized that the CDC is better poised, more energized and set for a resounding elections victory by far easier than the last presidential election,” the ruling party added.

CDC further indicated that as a party that eschews violence, always showing respect for the rule of law, and is reluctant to be drawn into a senseless premature showdown with anyone though it remains mightier, politically equipped and will easily outperform its self-declared opponents in an election-based process, as already stated.

“Hence, as the CDC deplores the act of violence, especially on the main campus of the nation’s highest institution of learning, the National Executive Committee of the Coalition for Democratic Change calling upon authorities of the University of Liberia to conduct a speedy & impartial investigation of this sad turn of events as a way of setting deterrence benchmarks. Lastly, the CDC is calling upon all its partisans to remain peaceful, law abiding, and allow the law to take its course in response to this ugly situation,” the statement pointed out.

The statement also quoted CDC National Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, as echoing recently that ‘the opposition is demonstrating a defeated sense of nostalgia towards the 2023 election and is attempting to disrupt our democratic gains.’ But we, as the governing party, must keep our focus on the deliverables of President George Manneh Weah, as he continues to implement the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development.”

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