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UPP Calls For Good Governance …Supports Credible Audit Process, Others

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By E. Geedahgar Garsuah

MONROVIA: The Political Leader of one of Liberia’s opposition political parties, the United People’s Party (UPP), has highlighted the need for good governance including transparency and accountability in the country.

Speaking to scores Journalists over the weekend at the UPP National Headquarters in Congo Town, Dr. Da Monyson Tarr noted that Africa’s oldest republic will not make significant impact in its development and infrastructural drive if transparency and accountability are not the hallmarks of public service.

The seasoned diplomat and prelate called on UPP Partisans to emulate the good example of the party’s Founding Father, and progressive politician, Gabriel Baccus Matthews.

According to him, any nation where transparency and accountability remain elusive, such nation will not attain full development potential among the comity of nations.

He rallies partisans, sympathizers and well-wishers of the party to join efforts in transforming the party to its prewar political status.

The UPP Political Leader wants all members of the party across the length and breadth of the country to gather their energies and resources around the party’s rebranding process.

According to him, gone are the days when the party only became visible during electioneering process. He cautioned the party’s members to be transparent and diligent in steering affairs of the party.

He used the year-end cocktail reception program held at the party’s headquarters to extend olive-branch to UPP’s members who have abandoned the party for separate reasons to see the need to join the rebranding process.

According to Dr. Monyson, the UPP can claim its rightful place as the father of multiparty democracy in Liberia, if all partisans can rally their energies around the vision of the party founding father.

Meanwhile, Dr. Da. Monyson Tarr has made known the UPP’s commitment to support the incoming Unity Party (UPP) government under the leadership of Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakia, while averring that the party will remain vocal against vices that have the proclivity to fuel bad governance.

According to the diplomat, UPP will be proactive in checkmating the UP against bad governance.

He made known his support for a comprehensive audit of the outgoing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government, but stressed that such process must be executed within the confines of the laws of Liberia and without any fear or favor.

According to him, the UPP will speak loudly against any audit process that seeks to witch-hunt individuals for political gains.

The United People’s Party (UPP) was founded in the 1980s by Gabriel Baccus Matthews as a successor to the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

The both parties were initially banned under the erstwhile military junta, styled: People’s Redemption Council (PRC), then, headed by M/Sgt Samuel Kanyon Doe, on allegation of promoting socialism.

The Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), was a political pressure group while the Progressive People’s Party ( PPP), was a political party that challenged Doe’s dictatorship and tyranny.

UPP Founder, Gabriel Baccus Matthews, was named Minister of Foreign Affairs by the PRC military junta after the bloody April 12, 1980 military coup that toppled the TWP regime, then headed by Dr. William Richard Tolbert.

Under the military dictatorship of then Head-of-state Doe, other Progressive politicians such as Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh were named Minister of Planning and Economic Affair, Dr. Henry Boima Fahnbulleh, Minister of Education, Oscar J. Quiah, Minister of Internal Affairs among others.

However, the progressives later differed with the military junta, as they (progressives) advocated for democratic governance, characterized by free speech, free press, freedom of association, assembly among others.

In the July 1997 Presidential and Legislative elections, UPP accumulated 2.51% of the votes. The party won two Representative seats and none in the Senate.

In the 2005 election UPP and the Liberia People’s Party (LPP), which is currently headed by Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe, participated as part of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD).

Until Dr. Da Monyson Tarr’s ascendency to the post of Standard Bearer of UPP, MacDonald A. Wento headed that party as political leader.

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