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Sunday, July 21, 2024

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC COALITION IN SOLIDARITY WITH FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE GLORIA MUSU SCOTT

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The National Democratic Coalition of Liberia (NDC), is deeply saddened by the recent attack on the home of former Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, and the gruesome murder of Cllr. Scott’s daughter. This act, it is alleged, was carried out by government sponsored security apparatus of the Monrovia City Corporation. The NDC, hence, vehemently condemns the cruel act, expresses deepest condolences to Cllr. Scott, and calls for an independent investigation as there is a lack of trust in government’s crime investigation process.

Liberia along with the international community is witnessing yet another human rights violation and brutality against a stateswoman and member of the opposition community during the reign of President George Weah. Evidently, this constitutes a threat to the peaceful atmosphere the people of this country have enjoyed over the last 15 odd years, and supported by ECOWAS and the international community.

Within the past three years since the inception of the Weah government, numerous murders of ordinary as well as high profile citizens and government officials remain unexplained and mysterious to date. Furthermore, government investigations into these murders have also failed to identify the perpetrators, let alone delivering justice to the affected families. The murdered government auditors, Princess Cooper, Rev. Dr. William R. Tolbert, III and many others are classic examples of unsolved murders under the Weah government.

The NDC recognizes that the government has relinquished its constitutional responsibility of providing security for the people of this country as attested to by the striking dereliction of duties by President George Weah who officially suggested that each citizen should acquire their own CCTV camera for their own security and protection.

Furthermore, is very worrisome that the investigation by the Liberian National Police of the attempted assassination on Former CJ Gloria Scott is not focusing on finding the perpetrators, but have shifted to investigating CJ Gloria Scott, the victim. This act constitutes a double victimization of the bereaved family and demonstrates government’s insensitivity. Government denial of access to Cllr. Gloria Scott to the body of her daughter is also wrong.

The national insecurity in the country, the targeted attack on opposition figures, the semi-legal, and haphazard approach by the Weah government to crimes may undoubtedly lead citizens to responding in kind with similar measures that could cause the total collapse of law and order in the country.

In this time of grieve, the National Democratic Coalition stands with the Scott Family and in solidarity with the women of the Liberia, Africa and the world. Finally, the NDC, urges the Weah government to impartially address the national insecurity question that is looming and calls on the opposition, civic groups, the youth and students as well as the general citizenry to protest against the mysterious killings in the country, incompetence of law enforcement, and the silence of the Weah government. A “STOP THE KILLING” nation-wide protest is being organized!

Issued by Mandate of the Executive Committee of the National Democratic Coalition of Liberia (NDC)

Signed:                                                    Attested:                                         Approved:

Dougbeh Chris Nyan                                      Alaric K. Tokpa                                      Nyaquoi K. Kargbo

NDC Vice Chair for Int’l Affairs                     NDC National Chairman

NDC Political Leader

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