As several members of the ruling Unity Party exodus to various political institutions, a stalwart of the governing Unity Party has disclosed that partisans of UP are being deployed and not ‘leaving’.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, former Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information, Rixck Barsi-Giah, said those leaving the party are not double agents or spies as people claimed, but information officers. Mr. Barsi-Giah did not name anyone, but said those leaving the ruling party were information officers being sent to work in the interest of the party which he claimed is part of the party’s strategies for 2017 elections. He said people who think that UP was losing grip on most of its partisans due to rumors that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is not supporting the Unity Party and its Standard bearer are dreaming. LFA President Musa Hassan Bility who was one of President Ellen’s campaigners in the 2011 general and presidential elections, recently joined opposition Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine. It is not yet clear whether Mr. Bility is one of the agents that have been deployed by UP but sources said Mr. Barsi-Giah statement is not far from truth as many of UP youth members including members of the Women wing are now members of the LP, ANC, and the newly formed CDC Coalition. Another member of the UP, George Johnson, openly accused opposition parties of spewing lies against his party, but stressed that they will not respond to the negative information broadcast on local media. Mr. Johnson said as far as the party is concerned they are working assiduously to ensure victory in 2017, “therefore UP will not listen to less busy people who are seeking political glory at their expense”. The UP youth member was responding to claims that UP has lost its relevance due to President Sirleaf’s alleged lack of support for Joseph Nyema Boakai and the party. Johnson described such statement as “immature” and unfounded, but underscored the need for encouragement by UP to begin to work and bring back those that left the party because some members including Dr. Togar Gaywea McIntosh are dissatisfied. He said he will shortly organize a campaign titled “come back home” which will be held in all the political sub divisions of the country. Johnson said already, he and other members of the youth league of the party have begun mobilizing support for the campaign which will be held. He expressed optimism that those that have left the party will be encouraged to return with enthusiasm so that they can contribute meaningfully towards the success of the party in 2017.