Recent call by the National Youth League of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) that the certificate of the ruling Unity Party should be revoked based on revelation contained in the UK transparency watchdog Global Witness report has invoked the wrath of the Unity Party with its Youth Chairman Amos Tweh describing the CDC statement as “absolute nonsense”.
The ruling party’s youth leader said it is only an induced mind that would want decision to be taken about an allegation that has not been proven. The Global Witness report says on “22 April 2010, Sable Mining gave US$200,000 for the convention of the ruling Unity Party, paid out to Sable’s lawyer Varney Sherman. Sherman was elected chairman of the party at the convention unopposed after his opponents “were persuaded to back off.” The CDC sees this disclosure as “a complete political corruption of the highest order by a ruling party.” “We are requesting the National Elections to immediately revoke the Unity Party’s certification for illegally sourcing and using funds provided by a foreign corporation for its activities, including its convention,” the CDC Youth League told a news conference. The main opposition party’s Youth League maintained that the act is against Article 82 (b) of the Liberian Constitution. It states “Any citizen or citizens, political party association or organization, being of Liberian nationality or origin, shall have the right to contribute to the funds or election expenses of any political party or candidate; provided that corporate and business organizations and labour unions shall be excluded from making any contribution to the funds or expenses of any political party.” Last weekend, Bong County Representative George S. Mulbah raised similar argument calling for the ruling party to be investigated for its connection to the Global Witness expose because according to him, the shady action contravenes section 7.1 of the Elections Law of 2011 which says “as herein after provided, any citizen(s), political party, association or organization, being of Liberian nationality or origin, shall have the right to contribute to the funds and election expenses of any political party or candidate; such contribution shall be accompanied by filing with the Commission such information as the source; the date of the remittance; the amount of such contribution and such other information necessary or required by the Commission. No corporate or business organization and labour union may contribute to the funds or the election expenses of any political party or any independent candidate, and any Contribution made in violation of this provision shall, by the Commission, be declared forfeited.” Representative Mulbah believes that such clandestine act poses serious threat to the country’s nascent democracy and is a clear manifestation of how the ruling party used its privileges unfairly against the opposition.