The Secretary General of new certificated Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP), Menipakei Dumoe, started the ball rolling through a Facebook post minutes after his “fellow partisan”, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and others were arrested and later released on criminal appearance bond.
“We as a people are back in the position we found ourselves a few decades ago, it is my hope that we do not make the same mistakes we made back then, that led to mindless bloodletting and a near destruction of the Liberian state. The judiciary has a crucial role to play here and if it fails us we are doomed! The riots will return to our streets and distrust of the system could lead to new warring factions and thousands of dead bodies again. I pray our painful past is not our immediate future,” Dumoe said.
Also, Lofa County Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense and Security, Steve Zargo joined the chorus warning actors particularly those in charge of handling the Global Witness expose to be mindful of security implications that could ensue as a result of subjecting these individuals to the rule of law.
The Lofa County lawmaker told a news conference Monday that inasmuch as he is cognizant that no individual is above the law, he would never support “any process that can be proven to be procedurally erratic, and has the propensity to stir up tension and threaten public order”.
“Let’s keep at the back of our minds that the possibility of terrorists taking advantage of any public disorder and chaotic situation cannot be ruled out. Liberia being no exception, let us take note of the Security Council, the Secretary General and the US envoy comments that Liberia needs to improve its security,” Senator Zargo indicated.
Additionally, former Foreign Minister Toga G. McIntosh told newsmen in Monrovia yesterday that prosecuting those named in the report has serious security consequences and that those leading the investigation must be watchful.
Political pundits are conjecturing that new pseudo warning bells being sounded by these close allies of the indictees in the Global Witness’ leaked scandal are clever ploy designed to dampen the enthusiasm with which the Taskforce set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to probe the matter is approaching the case.
“They are trying to scare the public into coma on the issue at bay. We are aware of this clandestine game play and we will not bow to the whims of those trying to divert our attention from this grave issue that has brought the image of our country into another cloud of international ridicule,” one senior official of government told this paper on condition of anonymity for fear of administrative reprisal.
What is even more comical about the warning is that the security concerns now being expressed were never cited in the case of the former Forestry Development Authority Managing Director, Moses Wogbeh and others who were tried based on revelation contained in a Global Witness report regarding the mismanagement of the forest sector.
The former FDA boss has since been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment.