The CPP is a political alliance that comprises of the Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), All Liberian Party (ALP), and the former ruling Unity Party (UP). According to CPP Chairman Cummings, the cost of living is too high - that prices are rising continuously while incomes are falling. Cummings, who is the leader of the ANC, averred that too many are unemployed as they become spectators and bystanders in their own country. He was, on behalf of the CPP, responding to the President’s Fourth Annual Message delivered on Monday, January 25, 2021 to the Fourth Session of the 54th National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, the seat of the National Legislature.
The President’s Annual Message is inconsonance of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution, which says: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.” The Annual Message is delivered by the President of Liberia to a Joint Session of the Liberian Legislature, presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, at the beginning of each calendar year.
“A small business woman or government employee, does not need President Weah, or me, to tell them that we are still importing what we can produce, or that they cannot get what they deposited in the bank because there is “no money in the banks.” Liberians do not need President Weah, or me, to tell them that incompetence and mismanagement at the Central Bank have combined to create a devastating confidence crisis in the banking sector. Of course, Liberians are living this reality every day in the increasing costs of transportation, food, school fees, rent, and even the costs of government-provided services. Too many families are being overburdened with more than they can bear,” Cummings, who responded to the Annual Message with mixed emotions, among other things, further asserted. See pages 4 &5 for the full text of the CPP Response to the Annual Message.