“Weah Government Has No Credibility, Integrity To Attract Foreign Investments” … Says PLP Political Leader Dr. Daniel E. Cassell

The Political Leader of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, has termed as “disgusting and shameful” the current state of the country’s governance system under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led-government of President George Manneh Weah.

Dr. Cassell observed that corruption has been institutionalized as a norm in the governing system of the country.

He added that the cost of living is extremely hard, while many Liberians do not have jobs to earn an income.

He made these comments at a thanksgiving service held at the historic Benson Street Mosque in Monrovia on Friday, October 29.

“Every day we wake up to reports of looting and plundering at various ministries and state enterprises. President Weah has sadly proven not to have the political will to act accordingly as he has been accused of corruption”.

Dr. Cassell indicated that the country remains faced with the lack of foreign-direct investment opportunities to impact the lives of Liberians.

He noted that the Weah led-administration does not have the wherewithal to attract or mobilize foreign-direct investments in Liberia.

“It (government) also doesn’t have the credibility and integrity to attract multi-international corporations. Liberia is certainly in a morass wailing for redemption”.

He noted that in the wake of reports of looting and plundering at various ministries and state enterprises on a daily basis, President Weah has “sadly proven not to have the political will to act accordingly as he has been accused of corruption”.

Dr. Cassell observed that despite these ills and challenges in the Liberian society, the Weah led-government remains repressive and intolerant by going after perceived political opponents, instead of concentrating or finding solutions to the mountainous problems and challenges confronting the nation and its people.

He stated that despite the current horrible, appalling, disgusting and shameful state of governance in Liberia, the Weah led-government has chosen to witch hunt him and his political institution as evidenced by its resistance to allow his helicopter to land in the country.

“In the pinch and despair of all of these, the Weah government has begun to unravel its repressive tendency and me being the latest victim—with specific reference to my helicopter that has been unlawfully denied a landing permit into Liberia”.

“It beats my imagination that a government will deny a citizen the right to bring into his country an aircraft that has met all requirements in keeping with aviation standards, laws, and regulations. Why-Because Dr. Daniel E. Cassell opposes George Weah politically and fundamentally”.

For sometimes now, the PLP and the government, through the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) have been in rigmarole, making claims and counter claims over a Bell 430 helicopter beeloing to Dr. Cassell.

The party claims that its Political Leader and Vision Bearer. Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, through his company, Kwenyan and Associates, met all legal requirements and was given a permit by the LCAA for the helicopter to land in the country, but said permit was surreptitiously revoked for unknown reasons barely a day after the it attempted landing in the country.

The party took the matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia claiming that the constitutional rights of its Political Leader are being violated.

The PLP made specific reference to Articles 11, 17 and 22 of the 1986 Liberian constitution.

Article 11(a) of the Liberian constitution states that: “all persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining and security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution”.

Article 17 (a) notes that “all persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good to instruct their representatives, to petition the government or other functionaries for the redress of grievances and to associate fully with others or refuse to associate in political parties, trade unions and other organizations.”

Article 22 (a) states that: “Every person shall have the right to own property alone as well as in association with others; provided that only Liberian citizens shall have the right to own real property within the Republic”.

 But the government has since denied the claims, citing that the issuance of a permit for an over flight and landing right of the helicopter is being reviewed.

“LCAA notes that at no time did Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company request for landing permit to the LCAA for which, they filed a writ of Prohibition. The Group application for an Air Service License is still being reviewed by the LCAA in keeping with the Liberia Civil Aviation and relevant international Regulations and is pending the fulfillment of all the requirements”, a release issued by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) stated.

Dr. Cassell emphasized that his decision taken to hold different political views from those of the incumbent President and his followers should be no basis for infringing on his fundamental rights.

He maintained that the high level of intolerance being exhibited by the Weah led-administration should not be tolerated by Liberians, including members of both the Muslim and Christian communities.

“This is sheer intolerance and a tendency of dictatorship that must be resisted by all including the Mosque and Church of Liberia. What this government is doing to me and others is just how dictatorship crept into and saddled Liberia and we all know what happened to Liberia in 1989. We all know the consequences of repressing and subjugating others. Such abrasive and hawkish posture on the part of this government must not be permitted”.

He emphasized that Liberian clergymen, including Bishops, Pastors, prophetesses, and Imams should rise up and speak against bad governance, corruption, intimidation, secret killings, repressiveness and other anti-elements of democracy that are visible in Liberia today.

 

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