Govt. to Probe Thursday’s Attack on Opposition Leaders

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The government of Liberia said Saturday it has commissioned a full-scale probe into circumstances that led to an attack on opposition leader Alexander Cummings and his entourage in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

Aggrieved protesters believed to be supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) early Thursday morning staged a protest before the B-2 Guest House in Zwedru, where opposition Representative Yekeh Kolubah was lodging, demanding the lawmaker’s immediate departure from the county.

The government condemned the violent act and earlier launched a preliminary investigation into the situation after the joint security restored calm in the city. The incident was also condemned by the Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus, the Council of Patriots, and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia.

According to a release from the Ministry of Information, the Superintendent of Grand Gedeh has been summoned to Monrovia to assist in the probe.

“The Ministry has directed the Joint Security Forces to ensure that all those involved in Thursday’s incident are held to account for their actions,” the release said.

The inquiry, according to the government’s release, will determine the apparent lapse in security protocol and other reasons which contributed to the fracas.

“The Ministry however notes the fact that the Cummings delegation safely visited several other counties without incident, a clear indication that the Government is committed to protecting all its citizens, regardless of their political persuasion. The rights to free movement and political assembly are fundamentally guaranteed by the Liberian constitution. The government will continue to ensure that these rights are protected at all times.”

Following Thursday’s incident, Opposition leader Cummings and his entourage later arrived in Ganta, Nimba County, where they were they received a rousing welcome, before their arrival to Monrovia.

Addressing partisans at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Mr. Cummings blamed Grand Gedeh County’s Supt. Farley, for orchestrating Thursday’s violence and called on President Weah to dismiss him.

“The President needs to dismiss the Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County. This man was the architect of the incident that happened in Grand Gedeh. When he left our presence and walked outside because we told him that we were not leaving until we concluded the business for which we were in the county, immediately the rock-throwing started,” Cummings said.

Meanwhile, the government through the Justice Ministry has assured the public that it is employing additional measures that will ensure security for all those engaging in political campaign activities as the country moves closer to elections in December.