Amidst report that the much talked about demonstration this Friday, April 12 has been called off, the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC political leader George Manneh Weah has spoken for the first time on the issue, saying that he is not prepared to discuss any demonstration.
According to reports reaching The NewDawn last night, the organizers said they were temporarily suspending the demonstration due to the outcry of thousands of Liberians.
However, they called on the Government of Liberia to intensify its fight against corruption, nepotism and all other vices which they said undermine the democratic process.
News of the suspension of the planned demonstration comes in the wake of report over the weekend that the protest organizers had requested US$20,000 from the government to abandon their plans and thereafter call a press conference to call off the protest.
It is not clear as to whether the government yielded to their demands. But reports say architects of the pending protest told the leadership of the Liberia Council of Churches through Bishop Kortu Brown that the only option for them to abort the demonstration was for government to underwrite their purported expenses incurred during the planning process.
One of the protest organizers, Emmanuel Gonquoi, who was contacted, declined to comment on grounds that the meeting with the LCC was held behind closed doors, and that issues discussed there were intended only for the President in finding a way forward.
But Weah, who earlier arrived at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County on Monday with the remains of his mother for burial, said he was not prepared to discuss any planned demonstration as he was mourning his late mother, Madam Anna Monnie Quiweay Weah, who died in Ghana recently.
"I am not prepared for any discussion on April 12 demonstration; as you can see here today; I am mourning my mother's death; my heart is in pain. So I am not prepared for any April 12 demonstration discussion or whatever," he noted.
Weah's CDC had earlier also threatened to protest against the appointment of Cllr. Jerome Kokoya as Chairperson of the National Election Commission. The CDC also said it is boycotting the Grand Bassa County Senatorial By-Election slated for May 7, 2013 in protest of the current configuration at the NEC.
But speaking to reporters at the Roberts International Airport on Monday, April 8, 2013, Weah said he along could not stop the April 12 demonstration, saying that Liberians from every walks of life should come together and bring peace to the country.
He noted that people should not have the feeling that because he (Weah) is Peace Ambassador, so Liberia's problems are solved automatically, adding that he along cannot solve the country's problems.
"I along cannot stop April 12, it takes everyone in Liberia to do that, and if anyone feels that because I, George Weah is Peace Ambassador so Liberia's problems are solved, they are in error. We all need to come together and solve our problems," the CDC political leader stressed.
Weah, who appears to have heavily lost weight since his mother's death was reported here, arrived with the body at the RIA and was overwhelmingly received by partisans and sympathizers of the CDC.
The entire airport virtually came to a standstill with other passengers entering the country encountering difficulty in finding their way out of the airport terminal due to the huge crowd that had gathered there to welcome Weah and the coffin of his mother.
The body was late escorted from the RIA by a huge convoy to the Samuel A. Striker Funeral Home in Sinkor, Monrovia where it will remain, pending funeral rites.
Source: The New Dawn.