The Plot The buildup to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative polls is growing murkier with political “gangsterism” creeping from major actors months before hostility takes off. The main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is said to be leading the plot in what the Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah K. Morlue describes as “an octopus attack”. The CDC’s plans were contained in a leaked Facebook chat room message.
The leaked trail of exchanges that surfaced on social media Facebook contained views from the party’s USA branch Chairman, Isaac Vah Tukpah; Montserrado County Representative Acarous Gray; Isaac Doe, Tracy Kpehe, Siezie Siefa, Musa Konneh, Lewis Smith and J Cephas Miller. The simmering chat messages unveiled details on how the CDC intends to fight off a potentially damaging blow to the presidential bid of the party’s political leader, Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah, as regards a lawsuit filed against him at Newton Court in the US for alleged child abandonment. The planned Octopus attack is being planned by the CDC cyber-warriors because they strongly believe that the court action against Senator Weah is a purported calculated attempt by his opponents, particularly Vice President Joseph N. Boakkai, the Liberty Party and the Alternative National Congress to damage the CDC’s presidential hopeful of any chance to win state power come 2017. During the leaked conversation, CDC-USA Chairman Tukpah warned his colleagues that contrary to insinuation among CDC partisans, the arrest warrant against Senator Weah is not fake as claimed. “OK folks the issue is not fake. There was a warrant but it has been resolved. We cannot say the same report we are using one week later to validate that there is no warrant out for the Senator - cannot be correct a week earlier when it stated that there is a warrant out for the Senator. This is a tricky issue and we cannot approach it by attacking/insulting Meapeh or those who have been trying to disparage the Senator,” Mr. Tukpah said. A Mole in the Making? The CDC-USA Chairman has also been accused by other party members of being behind the leaks. A senior partisan of the party, Obed Nation, bluntly posted that Mr. Tukpah is behind the disclosure of their conversation. “Isaac Vah Tukpah is banned from future CDC Strategic meetings. This news just came in after being banned from all CDC strategic forums. His house of cards is beginning to fall. The leak is being leaked,” Obed said. On the other hand, CDC’s Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlue, agreed with Mr. Tukpah stating that the party needs to intelligently trash the story but not the persons or institution. “We have to tread carefully until we erect our own potent CDC Media framework and associated supporters,” Morlue added. Morlue then eluded that that the scandal hovering over the head of Senator Weah was over and that the facts would be put in the open the following day. “Ambassador has already provided the details to a trusted media confidante who will blow it up, and then he can unleash the tentacles of the octopus to explain the details and redirect our focus to other important matters,” he said in one of the exchanges. Busted! In a rather sarcastic remake, Darius Dillon, a senior member of Liberty Party posted: “that Moment When You Are Exposed!!! I love this part of their plan! Blame everyone else for your own mess and say it is "political". Instead of taking responsibility of their own actions, they are fighting behind the scenes as to which political institution and which individual to shift their shame and embarrassment onto. This is too funny!!” Dillon laughed the CDC’s claim off rhetorically. The allegation against Vice President Boakai of masterminding the lawsuit has not gone uncontested as the country’s VP camp has sharply reacted to the claim terming it as “unthinkable and childish.” The spokesperson of the VP support group, Robert Muncio Kpadeh, said the Vice President of Liberia takes no pleasure in people’s trouble. “We do not celebrate another man’s imbroglio,” Kpadeh said, noting, “This allegation against VP Boakai is sheer laziness on the part of the CDC propaganda team to calibrate a narrative on this matter that the Liberian people will accept.” Against efforts to brush the CDC’s claim that the case against its political leader is politically motivated, another leaked email from lawyers representing Ms. Meapeh Gono Glay sent to Mr. Weah on February 18, 2015 disclosed that frantic moves were made to get the former soccer star on the negotiation table to amicably resolve the matter but he (Weah) downplayed it. The lawyer, Anneshia Miller Grant in the email wrote: “please be advised that I have filed a child support petition on behalf of Ms. Gono Glay and minor child born 2005, in Fairfax Circuit Court. Given your prominence both as athlete and in your governmental capacity, I would like to have an opportunity to speak with you so that we may possibly settle this matter without court intervention. Please feel free to reach out to me via email or telephone numbers provided below. I certainly look forward to speaking with you.” Sources close to the matter hinted this paper that there is more of such email sent to Senator Weah in search of out of court settlement of the matter. The Newton County Court in the U.S. State of George issued an arrest warrant for the arrest of Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah for child abandonment. The petition was filed by his 10-year-old daughter's mother, Meapeh Gono Glay. Under Georgia law, child abandonment is automatically treated as a felony if the non-custodial parent, which would be Senator Weah in this case, is out of state. And, if found guilty, Senator Weah could face up to 12 months in prison. A bench warrant is usually issued by a judge presiding after a defendant fails to show up in court to answer for charges. It is the equivalent of a contempt order. How murkier the CDC Octopus attack team intends to muddy the waters for their political leader as appears in court on May 11, 2016, could most likely influence outcome of any ruling in the child abandonment case.