MONROVIA: Political tension is said to be building within the ruling establishment as one of Coalition’s allies, the United People’s Party (UPP), has announced its disassociation with the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), while five other political parties have threatened similar measure.
It can be recalled that six collaborating political parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) aimed at establishing a Grand Coalition.
The six collaborating political parties included United People’s Party (UPP), Liberia National Union (LINU), Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD), Change Democrats Action (CDA), Redemption Democratic Party (RDC) and Liberia Transformation Party (LTP).
Members of the Coalition, sometime ago, expressed happiness in the workings of the ruling CDC and vowed to endorse President George Weah’s re-election bid.
However, few days after the United People’s Party’s departure, five of the constituent parties in the Grand Coalition are threatening their dissociation with the ruling CDC.
Speaking in an interview with this paper over the weekend, the National Chairman of the Redemption Democratic Party (RDC) Rev. Victor Saylee, said the current leadership of the CDC-led government, headed by President Weah is not living up to the commitment contained in the October 2017 MOU that brought Weah to power and the March 2022 MOU which is geared at re-electing him for another six year term.
He said the five parties can no longer remain committed to said document.
Rev. Saylee who described himself as the spokesman of the other parties said the compelling reason precipitating the parties’ exit from these collaborating agreements encompasses the failure of the CDC to satisfy the expressly stated and accepted expectations of the parties as stipulated in the October 2017 collaboration document and the March 2022 Memorandum of Understanding.
Rev. Saylee mentioned that the United People’s Party (UPP), Liberia National Union (LINU), Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD), Change Democrats Action (CDA), Redemption Democratic Party (RDC) and Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) declared, at the time and agreed in working together through mutual respect and constructive engagement with a view to generating practical, sincere, permanent and sustainable solutions to issues of national concern.
He lamented that the objective of the MOU was to seeks for collaborating parties and ruling coalition to work together, foster a framework document for the purpose of maintaining a constant engagement and dialogue on national issues that may lead to the formation of a grand coalition and to work together on issues of national concern in pursuit of national unity, peace and stability and mutual respect.
According to him, the MOU assured to sustain constructive and consultative engagements on all national issues of concern, free of public or media rancor, and any such approach deemed violent; to work with the governing party in dealing with government’s challenges and to seek solution together.
He vowed that if said the current leadership of President Weah is not living up to the commitment contained in the October 2017 MOU that brought Weah to power and subsequently, the March 2022 MOU, they will immediately tender in their dissociation with the CDC.
Meanwhile, CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu could not be reached to verify the apparent concerns of the breakaway parties did not materialize as his mobile phone rang many times without response.