Liberty Party is appalled by the eleventh-hour, unilateral withdrawal of its immediate past National Chairman and Lofa County Senator, Steve J. H. Zargo, from the race for the chairmanship of the Senate’s Committee on Defense and National Security.
Senator Zargo’s unexpected withdrawal, which paved the way for the unchallenged election of Senator Prince Johnson to this position, is a disappointment to the CPP Legislative Caucus especially so since, prior to the election, the CPP Legislative Caucus agreed to support Senator Zargo as Chair of the Committee on Defense and National Security.
Liberty Party sees Senator Zargo’s action as a downright push back at the efforts of Liberians, both home and abroad, towards the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court to end the culture of impunity in Liberia.
It is irrefutable that the election of Senator Johnson to chair such an influential committee undermines calls for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court to prosecute warlords for the atrocities meted out against Liberians during the Liberian civil conflict.
As an institution highly acclaimed for adherence to the rule of law, Liberty Party wishes to distance itself from Senator Zargo’s action against the consensus of the CPP Legislative Caucus.
Liberty Party also wishes to inform all of its supporters who continue to cry aloud for the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia, both home and abroad, of its commitment to the fight for justice for victims of the Civil War.
The Liberty Party will be citing Senator Zargo to a meeting with its leadership on Friday, May 21, 2021, to provide an explanation of his action to withdraw from the Legislative, election in a manner and timing that effectively disallowed the CPP from putting forth another candidate, especially given the fact that he knew that this action would result in the single slate of Senator Prince Johnson being presented for this critical position.