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Thousands March In Monrovia Today …For Economic Justice

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MONROVIA: Thousands of Liberians are expected to gather today, Monday, August 22, 2022, before the American Embassy near Monrovia where position statements, supporting the United States Government’s action in the fight against corruption in Liberia will be presented.

The peaceful protest, dubbed: “March for Economic Justice” against corruption is being organized by the Youth Wing of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP) and is expected to be graced by scores of Monrovians from various communities in the city and its environs following huge mobilization last week.

According to a press release issued by the LPP, the economic justice march aims to create opportunities for every person to have a dignified, productive and creative life that extends beyond simple economics but that is lacking at the moment under the present administration in Liberia as corruption has taken over the country in every sector.

The LPP says, the party, including presidential hopeful, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe; Chairman Yanqui Zaza; and many others are also expected to be in attendance during the march in the fight against corruption in the country which is eating away the fabric of the Liberian nation.

According to the organizer, the marchers will either begin from the Center for the Promotion of Intellectual Development (CENPID), on Carey Street in central Monrovia and walk to the American Embassy up Benson Street or gather peacefully before the Embassy where various position statements from civil society organizations, human rights groupings, and some opposition political parties will be read to the United States Government.

Last week, Presidential Affairs Minister Nathaniel McGill, Chief Prosecutor Sayma Syrenius Cephus, and the National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, William “Bill” Twehway were slapped with sanctions, freezing their bank accounts wherever they are and also placing them under visa restriction from entering the United States.

The three senior officials have been accused by the United States Government of corruption, using their respective offices to steal or divert public funds to their personal use.

The sanctions were the result of some period of unannounced investigation both local and internationally, this paper had gathered.

However, the trio has been suspended off their respective official duties immediately by President George Manneh Weah for face corruption-related investigation.

But, members of the public including opposition political parties and civil society organizations, human rights groupings, the religious community among others believe that the suspension of the three senior state officials is not enough, and insist that they must be prosecuted on corruption and other criminal charges.
Until press time, it was not known whether or not the marchers have sought permit from the Justice Ministry but sources said a March does not need a permit, except for protest and demonstration.

Nevertheless, the organizers are relying on Chapter 1 Article 1 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution that says “All power is inherit in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointment.”

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