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Friday, June 14, 2024

CDC SLAMS UNITY PARTY FOR MISMANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS

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LIBERIA – The former ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has voiced serious disappointment over the alleged mismanagement of the country’s affairs by the Unity Party (UP). In a news conference held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Congo Town, Monrovia, CDC Chairman Janga Kowo highlighted several critical issues, painting a picture of a failing government under President Joseph Boakai’s leadership.

Chairman Kowo pointed to the alleged dismissal of numerous Liberians from their jobs, describing it as a blatant disregard for the livelihoods of ordinary citizens. This, according to him, is indicative of a broader trend of poor governance and lack of empathy for the suffering populace. The chairman expressed deep concern over the controversial procurement of 285 yellow machines, a deal that has been mired in conflicting statements from government officials and questions about its transparency.

Kowo did not mince words in condemning the harsh economic conditions that many Liberians are currently facing. He criticized the Unity Party for its inability to stabilize the prices of basic commodities such as rice, petroleum products, and transportation fares. The failure to address these critical issues, he argued, demonstrates the incompetence of the Unity Party to effectively lead the nation.

“The economic hardship that our people are facing today is a clear sign of the Unity Party’s inability to govern,” Kowo asserted. He highlighted that the soaring prices of essential goods and services are hitting the most vulnerable hardest, leading to increased poverty and social unrest.

In addition to economic mismanagement, the CDC used the press briefing to call on the Liberian government to investigate all instances of electoral violence during the 2023 elections. Kowo emphasized the need for a thorough and impartial investigation to ensure that justice is served and to prevent future electoral violence. He specifically rejected the recent police investigation into the Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount protest, which involved clashes between the Liberia National Police (LNP) and local citizens. According to Kowo, the investigation lacked credibility and failed to address the root causes of the unrest.

“The recent investigation into the Kinjor protest was nothing but a whitewash,” Kowo declared. He urged the government to take more serious steps in addressing the grievances of the citizens and to ensure that all electoral violence incidents are thoroughly investigated.

The CDC’s criticism comes at a time when the Unity Party is already under significant pressure from various quarters over its handling of national issues. The allegations of mismanagement and economic incompetence further complicate the political landscape and raise questions about the Unity Party’s ability to steer the country towards stability and growth.

As the former ruling party, the CDC’s voice carries considerable weight in Liberian politics. Their call for accountability and better governance reflects a broader sentiment of dissatisfaction among the populace. The Unity Party now faces the challenging task of addressing these criticisms and proving its capability to govern effectively.

The CDC’s pointed critique of the Unity Party highlights significant issues facing Liberia today. From economic hardships to allegations of mismanagement and electoral violence, the Unity Party must respond with transparency and decisive action to rebuild trust and lead the nation towards a more stable and prosperous future. The onus is now on President Boakai and his administration to address these challenges head-on and demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of all Liberians.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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