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PYJ’s Dilemma As MDR halts support to Ruling CDC

PYJ’s Dilemma As MDR halts support to Ruling CDC Featured

On the announcement of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), a political party under the guidance of Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson alias “PYJ” to halt its support to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the decision seems not to be only a hindrance to the CDC, but also a dilemma to the Nimba County lawmaker.

In a statement issued at the weekend, MDR contended that it is halting support to the CDC because it (CDC) has not lived up to the agreement signed between them in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative, that necessitated the MDR to give its support.

According to the statement, it was signed up for the MDR to be given top ministerial posts, managing directors and some ambassadorial positions to be given to Nimba or for President George Manneh Weah to appoint sons and daughters from Nimba County to occupy these top positions through our recommendations; however, those agreements have not been adhered to.

“My fellow citizens, in November 2017, we signed an agreement with the Congress for Democratic Change to give the party our political support. In the agreement we signed up for top Ministerial posts, Managing Directors and some ambassadorial positions to be given to Nimba or President George Weah should appoint sons and daughters from Nimba County to occupy these top positions through our recommendations,” MDR noted.

“Since the CDC [led] government came to power in 2018, we are yet to see sons and daughters from our beloved Nimba County in those top senior positions we agreed upon and signed a document as evidence. The citizens of Nimba have for the past five years been knocking at my door for the president to appoint them, and we have used all diplomatic means and have consistently engaged this CDC led government, but nothing is working in order to get redress and make our people who struggled during the campaign period happy! Once again my fellow citizens of Nimba and supporters in Liberia and around the World, we like to take this time to inform you that the agreement we signed with the CDC has come to an end! So for and on behalf of the great people Nimba and all partisans of the MDR Political Party, we are now constrained to make this pronouncement that we are HALTING OUR POLITICAL SUPPORT to the Coalition! As a former general in the army, we believe in agreement and don't like to betray what we have agreed upon, so we ask you to remain calm until we can later inform you about where to go. God bless the great people of Nimba and God bless Liberia,” the MDR, among other things, added.

However, while such decision has the propensity to dent the CDC’s chances for the much-publicized 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections, Sen. Johnson is also in a state of dilemma as he fears supporting the opposition camp could leave no stone unturned in ensuring that he faces war crime charges if the opposition wins the Presidency in 2023. .
Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 6, 2011. The U.S. government has sanctioned those it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File
It can be recalled that sometimes ago, the U.S. Government sanctioned Liberia’s ex-warlord and current senator Prince Yormie Johnson for alleged corruption.

The sanctions against Johnson come under the Global Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the U.S. government to sanction those it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.

Johnson was responsible for the slaying in 1990 of President Samuel Doe, who had been captured by his forces during the country’s 14-year civil war. Johnson sipped beer as he watched his men torture and mutilate Doe who begged in vain for mercy in a widely circulated video.
Now a trusted political ally of former international soccer star President George Weah, Johnson is accused in a U.S. embassy statement of large-scale corruption.

“As a senator, Johnson has been involved in pay-for-play funding with government ministries and organizations for personal enrichment,” a statement issued by the U.S. embassy said. “As part of the scheme, upon receiving funding from the government of Liberia, the involved government ministries and organizations launder a portion of the funding for return to the involved participants.”

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