Press Statement by The Chairman Of The People’s Liberation Party PLP, Hon. Tapple E. Doe

19th October 2021

Fellow Liberia, our dear partisans, and Members of the Press;

The People’s Liberation Party (PLP), having exhausted all legal, moral, and rational means possible to compel the government of Liberia through the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority to act appropriately and all efforts would prove futile, wishes to inform the Liberian public and diplomatic missions near Monrovia that the government of Mr. George Manneh Weah has resolved to infringe on the rights of its Vision Bearer and Political Leader, Dr. Daniel Estrada Cassell.

As has been prominently reported in the media, Dr. Cassell through his firm, the Kwenyan and Associates Group of Companies has lawfully acquired a helicopter aircraft to facilitate smooth and timely travels across Liberia and other parts of the region.

To the full extent of aviation laws and regulations, nationally and internationally, the aircraft has met all due requirements and standards.

Predicated upon the legal qualification of the aircraft, both international and national clearances were obtained from the relevant authorities here in Liberia and abroad, as you all know, Dr. Cassell is a lawful, honorable, mindful, and meticulous Leader and personality who engages and proceeds by the books.

Unfortunately, and interestingly enough, after Dr. Cassell obtained clearance and permit from the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) bearing the signatures of its highest authorities and as such, the aircraft took off from South Africa on 5th October 2021 and was scheduled to arrive in Liberia at the RIA on 14th October 2021, we received a ‘null and void’ notification while in Abidjan that the aircraft cannot fly in to Liberia with no reason stated to the contrary. We should also like to inform you that the aircraft smoothly flew from South Africa to Cote d’ Voire squarely because it meets all international standards and regulations and was issued a landing permit by the LCAA.

Fellow Liberians, Dr. Cassell through his company Kwenyan and Associates Group of Companies has since taken this matter to the Supreme Court and His Honor Justice Yussif D. Kabba, Justice-in-Chambers, having thoroughly verified that the aircraft had met all legal aviation qualifications thereto, ordered the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) on 13th October 2021 to permit the aircraft to fly and land into Liberia unhindered. To date, the Liberia Aviation Authority has vehemently refused to heed the order of the High Court. This is detestable, ridiculous, and must be condemned by all, as it undermines the “Separation of Powers” and Authorities in no small way.

Members of the press, we are deeply appalled and disconcerted that in the government’s vicious attempt to rattle and ruffle Dr. Cassell for his strong yet worthy criticisms of the regime, it would summon the temerity to issue such gross disrespect to the High Court of the Land. How can a government that is clothed with the responsibility to uphold the law shamefully turn out to be the very government brazenly violating the laws and infringing on the civil rights of private citizens?

Finally, we wish to state for the record that it is the right of Dr. Cassell and all Liberians to bring into their country aircrafts, cruise-ships, exotic automobiles, and all the fine things of this world insofar they obtain them rightfully and meet the legal requirements to bring them into the country. The move by the government to violate the rights of our Political Leader is not only reprehensible and callously lawless but an act that can be equated to viciousness. Denying an aircraft that has met all legal qualifications and approvals to fly in Liberia only because it belongs to someone who politically and fundamentally opposes the current CDC administration is despicable and condescending, to say the least. The PLP demands that the aircraft be allowed to unconditionally fly into the country, as it has met the requirements in keeping with the laws and regulations of LCAA and any attempt to the contrary will be faced with a fierce civil protest against this administration.

Thank you!

 

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