Bong County Assures Of Taylor’s Release From Prison If CDC Takes Office

The City of Gbarnga, Bong County

As Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) are  struggling to capture majority votes to win the 2017 presidency, report emanating from central Liberia, Bong County speaks of promised allegedly made to citizens of the County that the release of ex-president Charles Taylor from UK prison will be determined by the CDC when elected to state power.

According to our Correspondents in that part of Liberia, citizens of the County in an exclusive interview said they have been assured by some executives of the CDC that Mr. Charles Ghankay Taylor will only return if the CDC is elected to take state power.

Due to promises made to the citizens, according to our central Liberia Correspondent, citizens of that County have vowed to vote for the CDC if there will be a runoff between the Unity Party of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

This report was confirmed by an elder in the City of Gbarnga, Bong County in an interview with the GNN, Jerome Garkpah, believed to be in his late sixties, said the return of Charles Taylor to Liberia from prison will make the people of that county happier. For this reason, he noted, “The promises made by the CDC that our former President will return to Liberia if the CDC gets in power is good, and that we all will vote for the CDC just for that,” Mr. Garkpah told of staff via mobile phone.

Recently, it was reported here that detained former President Taylor was mantling in the Liberian electoral process, making specific reference how news  of discussions between George Weah and him was been disclosed to the media via mobile phone.

These reports were however denied by officials of the CDC, noting that at no time there has no conversation between the party and Mr. Taylor.

Ex-wife of Mr. Charles Taylor, Jewel Howard Taylor is a running mate of the CDC presidential candidate, George Weah. Mr. Taylor hailed from Bong County, a onetime stronghold of Mr. Charles Taylor and his NPFL.

This report is yet to be confirmed by the leadership of the CDC, effort on the party of the GNN to contact the Party’s National Chairman, Nathaniel McGill via mobile phone to ascertain the facts of this story did not materialized as his mobile phone rang endlessly.

Investigation continues.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.