CDC Condemns West Point Shooting…Seeks Audience With Pres. Sirleaf

The National Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change said it is troubled by the re-emergence of the Military’s use of deadly force against unarmed civilians in West Point and calls for an independent inquiry.

According to a statement read yesterday by the CDC’s acting Chairman and Secretary General Mr. Nathaniel F. McGill, the leadership of the CDC being categorical in its condemnation of the joint actions of the Liberia National Police backed by the Military, also believes urgent measures to deescalate spiraling tensions in WestPoint and other parts of the country are imperative decisions the President is encouraged to envisage.

The CDC said “in the face of looming dangers of increased confrontation between residents of the densely populated community of WestPoint and armed security forces, the leadership of the CDC requests government to review its decision to quarantine the Township.”

The CDC acting Chairman said “this thoughtful action would avert an imminent humanitarian crisis in a Township soon to run out of food and safe-drinking water, amidst inadequate healthcare facilities to diagnose and contain new patients that could expand the circle of infection. Except where these conditions are met to warrant an imposition of quarantine, the decision would pose serious humanitarian consequences.”

The CDC said while the Congress for Democratic Change remains cynical of the armed Military’s intervention in a national biological emergency, it nonetheless bewails the grave threats of the Ebola virus, and its disastrous aftereffects on people, economy, and regional security.

“This nightmare being detrimental to our collective existence as a country, the Congress for Democratic Change recommends the formation of a Joint-Task Force led by the Liberia National Red Cross, international humanitarian organizations, and political parties, to harmonize a singular frontier of containment against the virus,” the CDC statement noted..

“With substantial gratefulness to health workers, foreign and domestic, who continue to make enormous sacrifices, as we pay tribute to deceased brothers and sisters victimized in the fight against Ebola, the CDC equally commend media institutions (print, electronic and social) for the remarkable deploy of their broadcast resources,” the CDC said.

Mr. McGill said in additional efforts to create anti-Ebola awareness, the leadership of the CDC believes continuous media enlightenment, joint community-based outreaches by the right personnel, suitable quarantine centers away from populated areas, empowered/equipped specific medical facilities, and a secured health-worker, are necessary essentials. SEE FULL Text below:

(Monrovia, Liberia; 21 August 2014): The National Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change is troubled by the reemergence of the Military’s use of deadly force against unarmed civilians in WestPoint and calls for an independent inquiry. The leadership of the CDC being categorical in its condemnation of the joint actions of the Liberia National Police backed by the Military, also believes urgent measures to deescalate spiraling tensions in WestPoint and other parts of the country are imperative decisions the President is encouraged to envisage.

In the face of looming dangers of increased confrontation between residents of the densely populated community of WestPoint and armed security forces, the leadership of the CDC requests government to review its decision to quarantine the Township. This thoughtful action would avert an imminent humanitarian crisis in a Township soon to run out of food and safe-drinking water, amidst inadequate healthcare facilities to diagnose and contain new patients that could expand the circle of infection. Except where these conditions are met to warrant an imposition of quarantine, the decision would pose serious humanitarian consequences.

While the Congress for Democratic Change remains cynical of the armed Military’s intervention in a national biological emergency, it nonetheless bewails the grave threats of the Ebola virus, and its disastrous aftereffects on people, economy, and regional security. This nightmare being detrimental to our collective existence as a country, the Congress for Democratic Change recommends the formation of a Joint-Task Force led by the Liberia National Red Cross, international humanitarian organizations, and political parties, to harmonize a singular frontier of containment against the virus.

With substantial gratefulness to health workers, foreign and domestic, who continue to make enormous sacrifices, as we pay tribute to deceased brothers and sisters victimized in the fight against Ebola, the CDC equally commend media institutions (print, electronic and social) for the remarkable deploy of their broadcast resources. in additional efforts to create anti-Ebola awareness, the leadership of the CDC believes continuous media enlightenment, joint community-based outreaches by the right personnel, suitable quarantine centers away from populated areas, empowered/equipped specific medical facilities, and a secured health-worker, are necessary essentials.

The CDC places particular emphasis on the important role of civil society institutions and the media in the fight against Ebola, and suggests an immediate meeting between government, the Press Union of Liberia/its member institutions, other relevant media functionaries, and a consortium of Civil Society organizations. The CDC is seized of the mindset that said meetings would stimulate strategic implementation of dynamic educational programs made possible by reasonable allocation of state resources, which should not be difficult at this time of strong international goodwill towards Liberia.

Being mindful of the grave threats of Ebola as a national security priority that must be decisively confronted, yet with cautious restrain as the nation moves past a dark chapter of security sector oversteps, the Congress for Democratic Change views the imposition of curfew as unhelpful actions of unclearly explained motives that may complicate patient’s access to healthcare institutions during serious emergencies while movements are restricted.

As the Congress for Democratic Change continue to urge its general membership throughout the country and beyond to exercise respect for the rule of law, it is however believes government’s recent actions create a confused state of uncertainty, fear, and dampens a collective spirit against the permeating health crisis.

Eager to understand the growing complexities of the unfolding state of affairs, akin to recommendations sprung out of a burning desire to help our country back on the course of recovery, the CDC is requesting an audience with the President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and hope it takes place soon enough to allow a frank discussion on ongoing challenges besetting our nation.

Lastly, the prevailing humanitarian challenges of residents of the Township of WestPoint ought to strike the conscience of every well-meaning Liberian, for which the Congress for Democratic Change has setup a special Humanitarian Assistance Committee, which anticipates a timely relief intervention in the coming days.

This position-statement of the Congress for Democratic Change, authorized by its National Executive Committee, is issued by Nathaniel F. McGill, Act. National Chairman/Secretary General…

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