According to Mr. Paye, the action of the government undermines the rule of law, and called on the Government to rescind the decision and seek the legal process which, he claimed, will coerce the UP Chairman to submit himself to the legal process, rather than a “quasi process” which has exacerbated the issue.
The Government of Liberia yesterday issued search warrant on the home and the law firm of Senator Varney Sherman for his alleged refusal to succumb to the Fonati Koffa taskforce set by President Sirleaf to investigate all those involved in the Global Witness report which accused some Liberian Government officials of bribery including Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman.
On Monday, May 23, 2016, the home of Senator Sherman was besieged by members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) after it was reported that some partisans including UP Secretary General Wilmot Paye had gone to Senator Sherman’s residence to stop court officers and police from serving a search warrant.
Addressing journalists on the scene of the barricaded home of the party’s Chairman, the UP Chief Scribe denied the report that he and other partisans went to the home of senator Varney to stop court officers and police from serving a search warrant.
He clarifies that indeed he and other partisans went to the home of the Senator to ascertain facts about rumors which were circulating that the government has issued an arrest warrant for Cllr. Sherman, and not to stop the court search warrant as claimed by some individuals.
He described the presence of the Police at the home of Senator Sherman as “a crack down on justice” and said at no time did the party Chairman refuse to submit to the rule of law, but only rejected the taskforce of Cllr. Fonati Koffa.
“The taskforce head will not be neutral in such a case when he is a Minister in the Government, working directly in the office of the President; also he is a private lawyer for the President, while at the same time one of his partisans, Cllr. Willie Belle, is implicated in the Global Witness report,” Paye averred.
He said the UP Chairman has not stolen anyone’s property for his home to be searched by police and the court, but he was only accused by Global Witness of receiving money to change certain Liberian law noting “this information is yet to be verified by the court.”
While at the home of the Senator Sherman, partisans of the Unity Party were heard chanting battle cry that they would resist any attempt by state security to enter the premises of the party’s chairman.
Because of the huge presence of police at the home of Cllr. Sherman in Congo town, onlookers blocked the main road leading to Monrovia which created serious traffic congestion that caused delay for passengers and pedestrians to get to their various designations.