By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has reaffirmed its unflinching commitment to protecting the country’s democracy and at the same time cautioned its officials against utterances that threaten the country’s democracy and bear negatively upon the democratic reputation of the party.
The party’s executives have warned that they will not hesitate to aggressively institute punitive measures against any party official caught in the act of violating the norms and regulations of the CDC.
At a press conference organized yesterday at the party’s national headquarters in Congo Town outside Monrovia, CDC Secretary General, Nathaniel McGill, told journalists that the party’s constitution and code of conduct prohibit officials from speaking on behalf of the party or committing the CDC to cause injuries on the party’s reputation.
This latest decision comes immediately after the Executive Committee of the CDC convened a meeting on Friday, October 18, 2013 to discuss issues germane to the party’s growth and development as well as other burning issues of national concern.
In that meeting, according to Mr. McGill, the party’s political leader and Peace Ambassador, George M. Weah remarked that the CDC’s quest for national governance should not depend on the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, because such a resignation does not bring the CDC to power.
Ambassador Weah argued in that meeting that CDC’s claim to national leadership predicates upon the party’s demonstration of its ability to lead by continuing to draw clear contrasts and alternatives to policies and programs of the governing Unity Party (UP).
McGill said the executive committee deliberated and concurred with Amb. Weah’s view, stressing that the forward march includes persistently working strategically as the strongest political powerhouse in the nation to increase the CDC membership base; keep CDC’s focus on being the voice of the poor, marginalized and the unreached within the society.
The CDC political leader expounded further, saying that, “We have our work cut out for us. The Liberian people-especially the poor, the youths, the marginalized and underdogs are counting on us to stand as not only their voice in this generation but to also uphold peace in this nation by all means necessary.”
The CDC secretary general reminded officials that the executive committee affirmed that the culture of stiff and rigid party discipline will be reinforced to ensure that the party’s image remains transformative, and further reminds all party members of the institution’s communication policy.
Although Mr. McGill did not mention the names of officials that are making negative utterances against the country’s democracy but the CDC chairman, George Solo, Vice President for Operation, Mulbah Morlu and the Youth Wing chairman Jefferson Koijee have been in the media in recent time making reckless statements against the Ellen led administration. The three officials have supported a campaign calling on President Sirleaf to step down.