Addressing a news conference in Monrovia, Bishop Kortu Brown, said this would in turn contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development in the country. The country’s electoral body is expected to commence the process of registration for first time voters and Liberians who did not register to vote in the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections. The council’s President, Bishop Brown, who is also the President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), said the militarization of youths has the propensity of preparing them for electoral and political violence as well as conflict.
He pointed out that as long as political parties are militarizing youths in preparation for violence, conflict, political and electoral violence, it will eventually erupt one day because whatever one prepares for will occur, because God rewards people for what they so desire. The Liberian clergyman believes that youth of political parties can be demobilized and mobilized through the provision of training and other vocational skills that they can use when the heated electioneering seasons are over. “Most of these children do not have the experience of what we went through during the 14 years of bloody civil war in which more than 250,000 people were killed. Most of us have all our families here and we do not have funding to leave this country as others will choose to do,” he stated.
“We caution young people not to allow themselves to be used as an instrument of violence against your fellow Liberians because you young people will eventually inherit the country after this generation of politicians leave the scene,” Bishop Brown warned. Bishop Brown also called on Liberians to demonstrate their civil duty by turning out in large number to register in order to vote during the Special Senatorial Election, which is slated for December 8, 2020.
“This call is necessary because the council has received reports of some people expressing disappointment in the performances of the elected officials. Liberians need to participate in the voter registration process in order to take part in the decision making process that will help shape the destiny and future country,” the LCC and IRCL head continued.
He urged political parties to ensure that they participate in cleaning of the voter registration roll as demanded by the Supreme Court of Liberia, but do so in a more organized manner that would promote peace. In a related development, Bishop Brown has strongly condemned the violence that broke out during the primary of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) held in Nimba County. During the weekend, stone throwing battle erupted between supporters of Edith Gongloe-Weh of the Liberty Party (LP) and TaaWongbe of the Alternative National Congress (SNC).
Speaking further, Bishop Brown said violence whether in the CPP or the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is totally unacceptable, disappointing and must not be tolerated in any part in Liberia. “Political parties are government in waiting and politicians should set good examples for the young people to follow and emulate,” Bishop Brown noted. The IRCL head asserted that Liberians need to graduate from writing letters on issues in the country and sending copies to the United States Embassy, ECOWAS and the European Union as if this is a new country.
“Every political party, civil society organizations and pressure groups that write letters about issues in the country will always send photo copies to our partners as if we are unable to maintain the peace among ourselves. This must stop,” he further warned. “The partners will buttress our efforts only if we take the responsibility of keeping the country stable. They will not do for us what we need to do for ourselves,” he said.