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Liberians Deserve Peaceful Polls

by News Manager

On 19, July, 2023, an anti-corruption program, organized by the standard bearer of the Liberia People’s Party (LPP), Cllr. Taiwan Saye Gongloe, was violently disrupted by some individuals believed to be hooligans.

During the violence, the Liberian People’s Party (LPP), political leader, along with his wife and running mate in the 2023 Legislative and Presidential Elections, Dr. Emmanuel King Urey-Yarkpawolo, was hurriedly shielded and hustled into their packed vehicles, and subsequently whisked off to safety.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the disrupters, who suddenly showed up at the program, indiscriminately threw stones and other objects in all directions as Cllr. Gongloe was about to make a statement after others had spoken during the anti-corruption program.

The program was held near the old edifice of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) which is situated near the First Providence Baptist Church and the College of West Africa (CWA) on Ashmun Street in Central Monrovia.

At least, one person, (not named), was severely wounded while the LPP standard bearer and others escaped unharmed, multiple eyewitnesses told this paper.

So far, according to reports, the Liberia National Police (LNP), is investigating a woman, (name not given), for her alleged connection to the unidentified perpetrators of the violence, whose whereabouts, to date, remain unknown.

For us, at The INDEPENDENT newspaper, we condemned, in the strongest terms, the act of violence and lawlessness perpetrated against the LPP political leader, his wife, and running mate ahead of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.

We think that the violent attack against Gongloe and his running mate is unwarranted, illegal, criminal and lacks prudence.

In our candid opinion, it is the right of presidential aspirant Gongloe, any other Liberian politician, or ordinary citizen to speak on issues that border on national governance and to provide the necessary public enlightenment and education on matters that relate to the socio-economic and political wellbeing of the Liberian nation, including corruption, which had long been declared public enemy number one.

Without any iota of exaggeration, we think that corruption including the siphoning of state resources, lack of transparency, accountability and probity represents a disincentive, hindrance and impediment to the consolidation of Liberia’s hard-won democracy and peace, as well as the development and progress of the country.

This is why we are shocked, upset and shaken that anyone or group would choose to inflict acts of violence and lawlessness against Gongloe and his supporters as it was done on 19, July, 2023 in broad daylight on Ashmun Street in Central Monrovia.

This is also why we are calling on the Liberia National Police (LNP), to thoroughly investigate the violent act meted out against the LPP political leader and his supporters and to ensure that anyone who is suspected to be connected to such unjust behavior during which one individual was said to have been seriously injured is made to face the full weight of the laws of the country.

We think the LNP needs to be proactive in the implementation of its statutory responsibility aimed at ensuring law and order and for the protection and safety of all no matter one’s political affiliation and /or socio-economic status, especially at this crucial time when the Liberian nation is just few weeks away from a crucial presidential and legislative elections.

Indeed, Liberians are in dire need of free, fair, peaceful, credible and transparent elections on October 10th and they are not prepared for any form of violence and lawlessness that will take the country back to the dark days.
In short, the Liberian Nation deserves nothing less than genuine peace and tranquility and successful elections in which everyone would benefit now and in the future.

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