Cummings and his delegation were reportedly attacked by some residents of Grand Gedeh claiming to be supporters of the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC). The CPP Chairman and members of his delegation were visiting the southeastern region of Liberia to meet with their supporters and celebrate the country’s 173rd independence anniversary. However, according to media reports, the situation was later brought under control by the intervention of officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
The government through the Ministry of Justice in a statement released Saturday, August 1,2020, announced that having conducted preliminary investigation into circumstances that led to the attack on opposition leader Cummings and his entourage in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, it has commissioned a full scale probe into the incident, while condemning the appalling violence. In a press statement issued on August 3, 2020, Mr. Eric Olson also condemned in the strongest term the unnecessary disruption of normal business activities and the confusion it caused the residents of that county and the people of Liberia as a whole.
Olson then commended Officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for their swift intervention into the situation, but reminded government of its role, especially in in dealing with situation. The former TWP political leader therefore wants the GoL to fast-track its investigation and the findings made public with the aim of bringing the culprits to justice. According him, the recent incident has no place in our democracy and should never be encouraged. “No Liberian should be denied free movement within Liberia regardless of tribe, gender, and association or county origin. Moreover,the CDC Leadership needs to openly condemn this act of violence,” Olson stressed.
Olson called on Liberians the world over to denounce the incident because it has the proclivity of derailing the prevailing peace and stability in the country. Meanwhile, the TWP Ex-Political leader called on all sides to the recent standoff to remain calm as government probes into the incident.