MONROVIA-Liberian President, George M. Weah has broken silence about the recent violence perpetrated by a group calling itself CDC-COP, an apparent reference to dethatching the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
The President’s statement, which also reflects that COP is on its own, comes after several calls by some citizens of Liberia calling for justice for those who were victims of the protest in Monrovia during the celebration of Liberia’s Independence Day.
During his statement, the Liberian leader said he is a man of peace and as such those who affiliate with him should be peaceful.
President Weah said, “I also want to stress, as the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change, now the Coalition for Democratic Change, that we do not have any CDC-COP within our organization.”
The Liberian leader in his state of the nation address Monday, August 1, 2022, said President Weah has mandated the Ministry of Justice and the entire National security apparatus to immediately arrest and prosecute those who were involved in the brutal attack.
The President has also directed the Ministry of Health to give the best medical treatment to victims.
He added that the government will be responsible for all the attached costs of medical treatment received by victims who were affected by the incident.
“Violence is totally unacceptable, you cannot support a man of peace and be violent”, President Weah said.
He has announced that from now on, there’s no group within the CDC called CDC-COP.
He added, “When you come to join us, you become a CDC partisan of peace, democracy, and development.”
The CDC- COP is a group that was allegedly accused of carrying out the said violence against protestors on July 26, 2022.
President Weah said, “Therefore, I have mandated the Ministry of Justice and the entire national security apparatus to immediately arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022 and ensure that they face the full weight of the law.