The CDC is the leading member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
Decision concerning the suspension of Partisan Varney Kromah was taken and announced at the weekend at a news conference held at the CDC's Headquarters in Congo Town, on the outskirts of Monrovia.
Mr. Hassan Newland, Deputy Secretary General for Administration of the youth league of the CDC, said the party took the decision due to PartisanKromah’s‘deception’ to the party.
He alleged that the suspended Partisan Kromah secretly solicited US$12,000 from the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, to manipulate the minds of other partisans to cause division within the party.
“The Revolutionary National Youth League has observed, with great dismay, anti-party and internal reactionary behavior on the part of Partisan Varney Kromah, who has allegedly received Twelve Thousand United States Dollars (US$12,000.00) from [Alexander Cummings] to incite partisan against the Party for the purpose of embarrassing the People’s Party. Such an act is incongruous to the Norms, By-laws and Constitution of the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). To this end, the Youth League, with immediate effect, suspend Partisan Varney Kromah for time indefinite and urges him to turn over all Party’s properties in his possession and submit himself to the Grievance and Ethics Committee for further investigation,” said the CDC.
“The Revolutionary National Youth League calls on all partisans to remain steadfast and devoted as the Party remains committed to addressing any and all problems confronting its partisans and bettering the lives of the Liberian people,” the party added.
But Partisan Kromah could not be reached for comments and claims by the CDC’s youth official have not also been independently verified by this paper.
In a related development, the CDC has taken the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to task for delaying the salaries and benefits of civil servants, especially health workers.
Delay in the payment of salaries and benefits of health workers recently resulted to the deaths of scores of persons as health workers abandoned various health facilities and took to the street in demand of their salary and other benefits.
The youth league of the CDC asserted that this was a missed-step by both the MFDP, which is under obligation to pay civil servants, and the health workers, who are also under oath to protect lives.
"We know that there has been this issue of salary harmonization, but this case is no justification of what Liberians actually need. The youth league of the CDC believes that the health workers had a genuine case, but they too, were in disobedience to their own oath," Newland stated.
"We want to use this time to call on the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to begin to pay civil servants on time to avoid these kinds of trouble. People don't have to take to the streets in protest before they take pay. We all buy cup of rice at the same price; the market don't know a CDCian from non CDCian, so let's govern ourselves accordingly. We must admit to the fact that yes, indeed, there are economic challenges, that alone should not stop our people from taking their just salary and benefits," he asserted.