MONROVIA – In a bid to challenge the leadership of President George Weah and his ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), partisans of the opposition Unity Party (UP) are preparing to march through the streets of central Monrovia on Sunday, September 17. This march, dubbed ‘The Rescue Train,’ marks the beginning of a campaign rally aimed at unseating the current administration and addressing the alleged issues of corruption and drug-related activities within the government.
Led by UP’s standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Boakai, the opposition party has labeled the event as a “Revolution of the Suffering Masses” and a call to save Liberians from the grasp of corruption and drug-related problems that they claim are being perpetuated by President Weah and his alleged cartel.
The upcoming demonstration is expected to draw a significant number of UP supporters and sympathizers from various parts of the country. The opposition party aims to use this rally as a platform to highlight what they perceive as failures and mismanagement by the current administration, focusing particularly on allegations of corruption and the drug trade.
Vice President Boakai, who narrowly lost to President Weah in the 2017 presidential elections, has been a vocal critic of the ruling party’s policies and governance. Addressing his supporters at a recent rally, Boakai emphasized the urgency of the situation and the need for change. He accused the Weah administration of neglecting the welfare of the Liberian people and prioritizing personal interests over national development.
The Unity Party claims that the pervasive corruption and drug-related activities have hindered the country’s progress and led to the suffering of ordinary Liberians. They argue that President Weah and his government have failed to address these pressing issues effectively, necessitating a change in leadership.
Security preparations have been put in place by the Liberian National Police to ensure the safety and smooth conduct of the march. Authorities have assured citizens of their commitment to upholding the right to peaceful protests while maintaining law and order.
President Weah and the CDC have not officially responded to the opposition party’s campaign rally. However, in previous statements, they have dismissed accusations of corruption and drug-related activities, maintaining that their administration is committed to the betterment of Liberia and the welfare of its citizens.
As the opposition Unity Party prepares to launch ‘The Rescue Train’ campaign rally on Sunday, all eyes are on Monrovia, awaiting the outcome of this significant event that could potentially shape the political landscape of Liberia in the coming months.