Beginning his county tour on Wednesday, Mr. Alexander Cummings, the Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress weighed in on the saga of Mr. Henry Costa, leader of the Council of Patriots.
Addressing reporters, the ANC leader accused the George Weah-led government of illegally targeting members of the opposition community.
“I believe that this. . . you know when we issued our last statement on the Protest, we mentioned that this government was beginning to unlawfully and illegally target opposition members and I don’t know all the facts around Henry Costa arrest but I say to you that he should not be illegally or unlawfully prosecuted because he opposes this government. That is the beginning of tyranny and we will forcefully object to this government or any government who decided or tires to do that.”
Mr. Cummings pledged his support to Mr. Costa and his supporters while holding the Weah administration’s feet to the fire. “We will support Mr. Costa in making sure that his rights are protected as a citizen of this country and as an opposition member. Today its Henry Costa and Yekeh Kolubah, tomorrow it can be Joe Boakai or Alex Cummings or so. This is unacceptable behavior in a democracy. So again, I’m glad the question was asked. This is not about an individual per se but we will support and protect his rights as a member of the opposition and citizen of this country. I want to be very emphatic about this because it could be somebody else tomorrow and that’s just unacceptable in the 21st century, in a democracy, to target opposition. Mr. Cummings emphasized that while he is unable to address everyone’s concerns and provide assistance to everybody as an individual, he is open to listening to the people to enable him and the ANC address the core issues affecting the people when they are opportune to lead the nation.
The ANC leader explained that his criticisms of the government are always about the issues and that the government has had an opportunity to effect change in the lives of the people if only they can focus on the economy.
He referenced several recommendations made to government on how to make the economy better but many have fallen on deaf ears.
The ANC leader says he and his base will not relent on holding the Weah administration’s feet to the fire until it does the right things for the benefit of the people. “I can assure you that the ANC will work with the Coalition of Political Parties in electing credible candidates for the Senate in 2020 who will go into the legislature with the goal of serving their people and not the goal of getting brown envelops.”