President George M Weah celebrated his 54thbirth anniversary in Monrovia after coming to power in January of 2018 not without a fight. His election, like the previous two before it was contentious, highly contested by opposition political parties now grouped in the Coalition of Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom he replaced became president out of controversial and often violent electoral process with allegations of vote rigging and fraud by Mr.Weah’s CDC, by far the biggest opposition to her two term Presidency.
The same allegations of fraud and vote rigging by former President Sirleaffor her former arch opponent, now the ruling CDC party of Mr. Weahled to a court challenge in the Supreme Court, the nation’s Constitutional Court and Highest Court. Haven prevailed, Mr. Weah has ignored calls for electoral reform and has sought to strengthen his base, as all politicians do, and consolidate his hold on power.
Unrest and public demonstrations against his rather rash rule has not been infrequent. Allegations of corruption, human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, and repeated violations of the Constitution and laws of the Republic and his sudden display of opulence, while at the same time declining to make a public declaration of his assets as the law requires continues to be a source of political and social discontent in the country.
There was the case of billions in Liberian banknotes gone missing; then the depletion of Liberia’s foreign reserves account without any measure of transparency or accountability led to the misuse of US$25m intended at the time to mop out “excess liquidity” from the Liberian volatile market; the issue of rape and calls for justice have all been ignored by the Weah Government and President Weah’s conspicuous silence have since been a major cause for concern amplifying opposition voices on his lack of leadership, his predisposition to fraud and corruption, his repeated violations of the Constitution and laws of Liberia and his Government’sambiguousor no position at all on justice and the full implementation of the Recommendations of the TRC of Liberia, especially the Establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court (WECC) continues to be a refrain of the Opposition.
Another major concern of the Opposition is Weah’s sprawling estates, acquisition of a jet liner, poor governance, a declining economy, the worsening conditions of the Liberianpeople, over 80% of whom now live in poverty.
“Give me Yekeh – dead of alive”
Leading the opposition charge against President Weah is an outspoken virulent member of the Opposition bloc in the Liberian House of Representative. Honorable YekehKolubah is an excombatant, recruited into armed services of one of Liberia’s dozen warring factions.
He is outspoken on all major national issues. He publicly declares that President Weah is a fraudster and thief. He supports the Establishment of the War Crimes Court and claimed that the President is resisting tis establishment because he supported one of the warring factions during the wars in Liberia.
Honorable YekehKolubah has been the target of President Weah’s CDC militants and vandals, the police, and several orchestrated schemes by the Weah Government, its thugs and paid agents, including apparent death threatsover a long period without any redress, assistance, investigations or concerns by President Weah or his Government.
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WASHINGTON DC, USA
OCTOBER 19, 2020