Collaborating Liberian Political Parties under the umbrella called (CPP), have expressed concerns about the growing state of insecurity beclouding Liberia in the wake of attempts by the George Manneh Weah-led government to extradite the leader of the Council of Patriots, Henry Costa to Liberia.
Citing the case of Rep. Yekeh Kolubah, two critical voices in the opposition community, the parties said, the opposition have become targets and subjected to political persecution by the Weah’s administration. “We strongly condemn these wanton acts of repressive political harassment and call on the Liberian Government to immediately cease the harassment and persecution against Costa and Kolubah,” the parties noted.
“Mr. Henry Costa and Rep. Yekeh Kolubah, both fierce critics of President George Weah have committed no crimes in Liberia. Their only “crimes” have been because they are unapologetically critical of the Weah’s Administration, and have succeeded in organizing two mass protests that exposed the incompetence and bad governance of the Liberian Government.”
Prior to the extradition’s saga, vehicle of Mr. Kolubah was searched and his driver arrested and jailed along with other on January 6, 2020 protest.
Authorities claimed that they found a gun in the District No. 10 lawmaker’s vehicle after taking the car for a spin at its headquarters even though, there was no gun found when the car was seized.The CPP said the attacks on the pair crossed the line.
The parties said Mr. Costa stayed in Liberia for about three weeks and visibly interacted with officials of the Justice Ministry on his planned protest. “Never a time did the Ministry of Justice of which the Liberian Immigration Service is a part, raised any issue about the legitimacy of the Mr. Costa’s travelling document. That the Liberian Government will now fabricate that Mr. Costa forged travelling document for which he is consistently being harassed, persecuted and prevented from leaving Liberia is ludicrous and unacceptable. Mr. Costa is entitled to depart and enter Liberia at will as long as he has not broken any laws. This is his constitutionally guaranteed right. The CPP demands that Mr. Costa be allowed to travel to his desire destination.”
The parties said the recent development have dissolve trust in the Weah administration. “We do not have any shred of trust or confidence in the Weah Administration to be honest and just in handling the Costa and Yekeh’s issues.”
The four party’s coalition is therefore demanding that the government speedily constitute an independent committee to probe and evaluate the government’s claims against Mr. Costa and Rep. Kolubah. “We demand that the committee comprise members of the international community, civil society, and Christian and Moslem leaders. Consequently, we strongly warn the Liberian Government to take no action until that independent committee has completed its findings.”