Written by Angel Morris and Paul M. Kanneh
The Youth Wing of the Council of Patriots (COP) has, in a strong wordy statement condemned the Government of President George Weah for demolishing market tables in Waterside as part of measure to enforce the stay home mandate amidst COVID-19 outbreak.
Council of Patriots has been a strong opposition to the CDC government since its inception in 2018. Its membership is a conglomeration of members of Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) of Liberia. The group has staged two popular protests in demand for good governance.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the group’s Youth Wing lambasted the government of Liberia for demolishing market tables belonging to thousands of petty traders as additional measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, terming the act as barbaric, senseless and inhumane.
”Where is the love George Weah have for the people? Geoge Weah is very heartless and does not love the Liberian people; you cannot mistreat our people during this difficult times”, said COP Youth Wing Chairman, Ben Togbah.
The group described the move as a poor calculation, adding, breaking down market tables will never solve the current health problem, but will further increase the hardship already being experienced by the vast majority of the people due to government’s inability to fix the economy.
The group, while terming the demolition as untimely, accused the Weah led government of worsening the economy-making specific references to the disappearance of 16 billion Liberian Dollars and the “mismanagement” of US25 million intended for mop-up exercise.
According to the opposition group, after Liberia is declared Coronavirus free, the purchasing power of the people would have significantly dropped, and therefore, acquiring resources to replace or rebuild those broken structures will be nearly impossible.
“After the quarantine, where do you think they will get money from to rebuild their tables? Will the people redo table? Where will they get money from? the Group chairman lamented.
The COP Youth Wing used the occasion to remind government that the “power in the people is mightier than people in the people”, noting, consultation with the people before demolishing their market structures would have been better.
From Ebola to Coronavirus quarantine
It is often say “what goes around comes around”. So it is with immediate past and curret governments regarding quarantine exercise due to outbreak of deadly virus. As opposition, the CDC is on record of attributing Ebola outbreak to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2014. CDC in all spheres of criticism, condemned the Unity Party led government of missteps in the fight against Ebola virus-evident by wide spread campaign launched against the Arm Forces of Liberia (AFL) for discharging fire arms during the enforcement of quarantine exercise of the people of WestPoint, which resulted to the death of little Shaki Kamara.
Today, the CDC now ruling party, is under intense criticism from opposition for demolishing market tables in a bit to enforce quarantine measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Critics believe that agitations by the CDC while in opposition were not genuine, but intended to play on the minds of voters to picture the Unity Party government bad. The critics based their arguments on the demolition exercise that the CDC once condemned during the leadership of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and is now doing similar thing.
Critics believe that, if CDC truly represents the hope and aspiration of the masses, it should not practice those things it once condemned while in opposition. They believe the CDC’s action of demolition is a disservice and slap in the faces of the many supporters who stood in the sun and rain to ensure victory.
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