Written by: Atty. Samora P. Z. Wolokolie, Ph.D., CA, CPA, CFE, FCFIP, FFA(UK), FIPA(Aus.), LLB.
The recent outbreak of violence in Foya, characterized by the wanton destruction of properties and loss of innocent lives, has once again highlighted the dangerous consequences of political extremism. The Unity Party, under the leadership of Joseph N. Boakai, stands accused of weaponizing their supporters, resulting in a rampage that has left the community scarred and disheartened. In stark contrast, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) emphasizes the importance of peace and rejects violence as a means to achieve political objectives.
Unity Party’s Violent Outburst:
In a shocking display of aggression, supporters of Joseph N. Boakai’s Unity Party unleashed chaos upon the peaceful town of Foya. Honorable Thomas Fallah’s compound, a symbol of progress and community development, became the target of their destructive rage. The assailants, driven by their loyalty to Boakai, callously attacked the compound, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. Tragically, innocent citizens fell victim to this violence, paying the ultimate price for an escalating political feud.
The destruction extended beyond human lives, as the rampaging mob turned their attention to the solar light poles that Honorable Fallah had diligently installed to illuminate the lives of Foya residents. These acts of vandalism not only plunged the town into darkness but also symbolized the disregard for the well-being and progress of the community that should be at the forefront of any political movement.
The Dangerous Mandate:
Joseph N. Boakai’s inflammatory rhetoric has been a driving force behind the destructive actions of his supporters. By proclaiming that his followers are merely carrying out his “mandate,” Boakai has effectively given them permission to act with impunity, disregarding the rule of law and the principles of peace and harmony. It is a grim reminder of the dangerous consequences that can arise when political leaders fail to temper their words with responsibility and respect for the democratic process.
CDC’s Commitment to Peace:
In stark contrast to the Unity Party’s violent rampage, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has consistently advocated for peace as the cornerstone of progress. The CDC recognizes that violence only serves to deepen divisions within society and hinder the collective growth of the nation. Their commitment to promoting peaceful dialogue and inclusivity stands as a testament to their unwavering dedication to the well-being of all citizens.
The recent events in Foya, marked by the violent actions of Joseph N. Boakai’s Unity Party supporters, have left a scar on the community and highlighted the dangerous consequences of political extremism. The wanton destruction of properties, loss of innocent lives, and the uprooting of solar light poles represent a clear departure from the principles of peace and progress. In contrast, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) maintains its stance against violence and emphasizes the importance of a peaceful approach to politics. It is imperative that political leaders prioritize the well-being and prosperity of their constituents over personal agendas, and work towards fostering unity rather than division.