By Dave Okonjie
LONDON, UK –––Reports from Liberia point to a country on the verge of chaos, ‘jungle justice’ and misrule as political transition process gets underway with the pending election of a new president to replace outgoing president Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Tension is high among adherents of political fixtures idolized by mainly street gangs and semi illiterate youth groups in various political parties, but more so in the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) party headed by former soccer star George Manneh “Oppong” Weah.
Both presidential and legislative elections were held on 10 October 2017. While the legislative election went largely peaceful, the presidential election has been chaotic with several, if not all, political parties are accusing the country’s National Election Commission (NEC) of fraudulent activities, vote rigging, data manipulation, and incompetence in the NEC’s leadership.
Critics are also accusing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of unnecessarily interfering in the country’s political and electoral process in hopes of influencing the choice of a successor that would shield her from possible prosecution from corruption and mismanagement during her reign. Others say the president’s interference is an attempt to secure a political footing for her son, Robert Sirleaf, and his associates in Liberian politics.
Despite these criticisms, the Liberian leader seems unfazed and is determined to see a successor to her emerges from the scheduled November 7 presidential poll runoff in which her current vice president HE Joseph Nyumah Boakai and Montserrado County senator and former soccer star George Manneh Weah are contenders.
Source: Globe Afrique Media