COP Gives One Month Ultimatum For President Weah to Meet Several Demands.

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The “Council of Patriots” has presented over a 30-count demand to be met by the government of Liberia in the period of one Month.

The document in the form of a petition was read at a news conference at the headquarters of All Liberian Party of Business man tuned Politician, Benoni Urey.

It is amongst others demanding the office of President Weah to “immediately establish a Task Force with clear mandate to implement the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), with specific emphasis of the portion that speaks to the establishment of a war and an economic crimes court in Liberia before July 26, this year”

“COP” also called on President Weah to legally expel all individuals previously convicted for crimes in their countries who are now operating in Liberia;

The group is at the same time demanding the government to immediately stop funding activities of the First Lady.

They argued that the office of the first Lady is not legally created under the Constitution of Liberia.

It further requested an instant conduct of a comprehensive audit of the National Legislature.

The presentation of the petition comes barely two days after the staging of a peaceful protest against government for its alleged flagrant, defiant and belligerent conduct to the displeasure of the People of Liberia.

The gathering brought together approximately ten thousand aggrieved Liberians under the umbrella “Council of Patriots”.

 

The Million-dollar question being asked by some political pundits is, “WILL PRESIDENT WEAH PAY A LISTENING EAR TO WHAT IS VIEWED AS A “DEAD ON ARRIVAL PETITION”?

(See Full Text below)

PETITION TO SAVE THE STATE 2019
MONROVIA, LIBERIA
June 7, 2019
Whereas the 1986 Constitution guarantees to citizens of the Republic of Liberia the right
to freely, peacefully and lawfully assemble to petition their Government and elected
Representatives to take action or avert any negative action as appertains to the welfare of
the Liberian State and People;
Whereas since January 22, 2018 the Government of the Republic of Liberia, acting through
its three (3) Branches (the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary), has been flagrant, defiant
and belligerent in its conduct to the total displeasure of the People of Liberia for whose
happiness and satisfaction “all government is established”;
Whereas in his 2019 State of the Nation Address, President George Manneh Weah
exasperated Liberians when he woefully declared Liberia to be “far better than when he
assumed office on January 22, 2018” in spite of the harsh economic conditions being
caused, promoted and encouraged by bad governance, deliberate and wanton collapse of
integrity systems and violation of the Constitution and Laws of the Republic of Liberia;
Whereas We, the Citizens of Liberia acting under the Banner of the Council of Patriots
(COP), are convinced that the deteriorating economic conditions will continue to worsen
mainly because of the intransigence and arrogance of President George Weah and senior
officials of his administration ;
And whereas the Council of Patriots (COP) is a broad mosaic of the Liberian citizenry
comprising of Patriotic Citizens, Civil Society Groupings, Pressure and Interest Groups,
Youth and Student Organizations, marketers, transport operators including motorcyclists,
taxi drivers, teachers and education workers, health workers, farmers and Political Parties
concerned about the worsening governance situation in Liberia and the attending
hardships imposed on the citizens by the said situation;
Concerned about the rapid decline of Liberia’s image, diminishing global and geopolitical
standing as well as its deteriorating business and investment climate;
Determined to help avert the worsening governance situation from further deteriorating
thereby undermining Liberia’s fragile peace and democracy after painful sacrifices by
Liberians, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African
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Union (AU), the United Nations, the United States of America, and the European Union,
respectively;
Encouraged by growing consensus among Liberians at home and abroad about the need
for urgent, peaceful and concerted citizens’ mass actions to save the Liberian State from
total breakdown as the governance environment continues to worsen;
Aware also that since the inception of the CDC-led administration the leaderships of the
three (3) Branches of Government have ignored calls, cries and concerns from citizens on
all matters of State, and have instead chosen to prioritize their individual and personal
interests and/or aspirations above the national interest, as evidenced by but not limited to
the following:
1. Consummation of the so-called Eton Finance and Ebomaf loan deals despite
outright rejection by Liberians and concerns from multilateral and bilateral
Partners;
2. Continuous flagrant violation of the Liberian constitution and laws including the
recent unconstitutional removal of Associate Justice Kabina Jan’eh against public
outcries and disapproval;
3. Deliberate violations of the procurement laws of Liberia such as the granting of
contractual rights, for handling services at the Roberts International Airport,
awarding of Container Tracking Number (CTN) contract to GTMS without
consideration for the PPCC Act , in clear violation of the Budget and PFM Law and
the attending security implications;
4. Witch hunting of critics and members of the Opposition through wrongful
dismissals even from the civil service and denial of opportunities in the private
sector;
5. Suppression of press freedom and freedom of speech through threats against BBC’s
Jonathan Paylayleh, continual molestation and harassment of Roots FM, denial of
operational license to Punch FM as well as conversion of the Liberia Broadcasting
System-owned and operated ELBC into a Government’s propaganda organ;
6. Issuance of threats against critics by officials and the continuous remobilization of
former combatants of the civil war;
7. Construction and acquisition of scores of luxury private buildings by the President
in the wake of his refusal to declare his assets within six months after assuming
office and to make public assets reportedly declared to the Liberia Anti-Corruption
Commission (LACC) following mounting pressures;
8. Appointment and commissioning of George S.S. Pattern as Liberia’s Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in violation of the Liberian Constitution and the
Senate’s unconstitutional “validation” of the President’s unconstitutional conduct of
appointing and commissioning before confirmation by the Liberian Senate;
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9. Wanton misuse and abuse of public resources and powers by the President,
Speaker, Pro- Tempore and senior officials;
10. Meting out Selective justice as seen recently in the indictment of one former Central
Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor and a Deputy Executive Governor for their roles
in the missing billions of Liberian banknotes printed and circulated in violation of
the Liberian constitution, CBL Act, PFM and Procurement Laws, procedures and
best practices;
11. Failure to comprehensively address the issue of Liberia’s missing 16 Billon Dollars
to date and the 25 million dollars yet unaccounted for and lack of effective action
taken against individuals responsible and the betray of public trust;
12. According Presidential protection and privilege by announcing a “retirement” plan
for Governor Nathaniel Patray and ignoring any responsibility of the TEMT headed
by the Minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah, the unlawful injection of billions of overprinted Liberian banknotes without removing legacy banknotes, and also for the
unlawful act carried out in the use of some US$25m withdrawn from Liberia’s
foreign reserve for a dubious mop-up exercise;
13. Continuous expenditures outside of the fiscal budget;
14. Use of more than US$3m from the Ebola Emergency Fund from the Consolidated
Accounts for which reason the Donor Community comprising the US, UK, Japan,
Germany, Sweden, Norway, EU/EC and UN have protested and demanded
restitution from the Government of Liberia;
15. Arbitrary use of international donors’ funds without proper accountability
16. Failure and lack of capacity to address the rising inflation and exchange rate thus
imposing unbearable hardship on the Liberian People
17. Flagrant disregard for international law and national reconciliation and disinterest
in addressing war and economic crimes as documented in the TRC Report,
disregard for the rule of law and good governance;
18. Government’s apparent “don’t-care” attitude about marketers, farmers and the
vast majority of Liberians who are struggling to make ends meet because of growing
hardships imposed on the country by bad governance, etc.; and
19. Lack of support to schools, community colleges, universities, hospitals, health
centers and clinics, etc.
Now therefore We, the Citizens of the Republic of Liberia, acting in one accord under
the Banner of the Council of Patriots (COP) comprising Patriotic Citizens, Civil Society
Groupings, Pressure and Interest Groups, Youth and Student Organizations,
marketers, transport operators including motorcyclists, taxi drivers, etc.; teachers and
education workers, health workers, farmers and Political Parties;
Do hereby demand from our National Leaders serving through the Executive,
Legislative and Judicial Branches of our Government as follows:
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Governance, Human Rights and Rule of Law
▪ Electoral Reforms: Urgently proceed with efforts to amend and/or repeal the
current Electoral Law
▪ Inclusive Governance: Establish an inclusive governance framework that
reflects the diversity and interests of the Liberian Society;
▪ Immediately commission an independent investigation into the hasty
impeachment of Associate Justice Kabina Jan’eh, which has undermined the
integrity and independence of the Judiciary at a time when Liberians are
craving for justice;
▪ Launch an immediate investigation into the mysterious death of Central Bank of
Liberia (CBL) Assistant Director Matthew J. Innis which occurred at the same
time reports from two forensic audits into the missing billions of newly printed
Liberian banknotes were released;
▪ Establish a Court to address Claims, Corruption and Rape
▪ Demonstrate respect for human rights, human dignity and Press Freedom
through the comprehensive review of our constitution and the laws that restrain
the exercise of basic freedoms especially the media;
National Peace & Reconciliation:
Immediately demobilize all former Fighters re-deployed into various entities thus
reigniting the fear, creating a threat to peace and undercutting the restructuring of our
national security sector;
Immediately implement the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC), particularly the recommendation for establishment of a war
and an economic crimes court in Liberia without delay (The Government of Liberia
should make a request to the United Nations for such a court before July 26, 2019);
▪ Immediately take steps to curb, through public denunciation, reprimand and/or
condemnation all anti-peace, fanatical, sectionalistic, tribalistic and divisive
utterances by officials, friends, associates, political actors (whether of the CDC
or otherwise) which seek to promote division and disunity in violation of the
Liberian constitution;

Integrity & Accountability:
Immediately implement the comprehensive audit of all government ministries, agencies
and parastatals of the period of this Administration and proceed to legally without
discrimination to address past audits;
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Immediately declare all assets of the President and relevant officials and implement the
verification process
Immediately implement and ensure the prosecution of any and all persons found culpable
and connected to the US$25-m mop-up exercise and missing billions of Liberian dollars as
contained in the Kroll’s and Presidential Investigation Team’s (PIT’s) reports which show
gross improprieties by the Technical Economic Management Team;
▪ Immediately discontinue and/or halt any plan and/or intention to pay any
financial benefits or rewards to Governor Nathaniel Patray
Immediately impose a moratorium on and conduct a comprehensive audit of all
expenditures on Liberia’s Foreign Reserve Account and the National Budget;
Conduct a comprehensive Audit of all and any of the dozens of personal
infrastructure and/or building projects undertaken by President Weah at several
locations in Montserrado County since he assumed office including the purchase of
private jet and yacht; (This is a constitutional requirement);
▪ Immediately give account of how more than US$3m of the Ebola Emergency
Fund contributed by donors and placed in Government’s Consolidated Accounts
was withdrawn and expended, for which reason many of Liberia’s major
international Partners have protested and demanded restitution;
▪ Immediately suspend all negotiations for loans and any new concessions until at
such time when integrity institutions and systems are restored to operate without
interference and within the limits of the law;
▪ Immediately launch an audit of all infrastructural and ongoing road projects ;
▪ Immediately give account of all Social Development Funds (SDFs) paid by
various concessionaires for the benefit of the counties in which they operate;
▪ Immediately halt the unlawful awarding of contracts to businesses with close ties
to the President and senior members of his administration;
▪ Reconsitute through independent vetting all integrity insitutions to ensure
independence;
Corruption
▪ For the purpose of transparency, the president and his officials should immediately
make public “assets” they are reported to have “declared” to the Liberia AntiCorruption Commission (LACC) and ensure that they are verified;
▪ Immediately establish a special court to try all corruption cases in Liberia so that
indictments cannot linger indefinitely and so that justice can truly be served to those
accused;
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▪ Beginning effective fiscal 2019/2020 reallocate to health institutions all
appropriations for medical check-ups and benefits for public officials serving in the
three(3) branches to improving the country’s health system (Less attention is paid to
Liberia’s health sector because most officials can travel abroad not for cases
referred by hospitals but also for as simple a process as seeking a medical check-up,
which is why priority consideration is not given to the country’s health sector);
▪ Legally expel all individuals previously convicted for crimes in their countries who
are now operating in Liberia
▪ On the US$25m funds withdrawn from Liberia’s reserve for the so-called mopup exercise of 2018, immediately take action(s) to bring to justice all those that
were involved, including but not limited to current officials;
▪ Immediately provide explanation as to which individuals within the Central
Bank of Liberia (CBL) or the Government of Liberia received or approved the
injection of the new Liberian banknotes into the economy without effectively
removing from circulation the equivalent quantity and/or value of legacy
banknotes(This is a recommendation and/or request from Kroll’s Associates);
and address the role of the TEMT Chaired by the Minister of Finance, Samuel
Tweah, as well as its culpability;
▪ Immediately stop funding activities of the First Lady which are not covered by
Law;
▪ Immediately place a moratorium on insignificant foreign travels to ensure that
resources are used to benefit all Liberians and Beginning effective June 2019 and as
part of austerity measures reduce the size of presidential delegations substantially
and stop the use of a private jet for travels;
▪ Immediately allow the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit the
Legislature as required by law.
Economy
Develop, design and implement an economic reform plan to revive our declining economy
and address financial and fiscal reforms;
▪ Take urgent steps to improve the business environment in Liberia by aggressively
urgently removing all administrative bottlenecks and barriers that hinder trade,
including the duplication of functions, removal of irrelevant personnel from the
Customs Office at the Freeport of Monrovia and major ports of entry;
▪ Comply fully with the Budget and Public Financial Management (PFM) Laws by
stopping the habit of off-budget spending;
▪ Restore integrity to our Forestry sector by taking urgent steps to maintain the
current monitoring system as the contract with SGS will soon end;
▪ Immediately desist from withdrawing funds from Liberia’s foreign reserve, which
should only happen in the event when revenue-generating activities collapse and
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when the nation’s economic survival is directly threatened (This was never the case
when some US$25m was withdrawn for an ambiguous mop-up exercise);
▪ Henceforth make public and as required by law all Expressions of Interest (EOIs)
submitted by would-be investors for proper scrutiny to avoid potential risks and to
make difficult, if not impossible, infiltration of Liberia by businesses linked to terror
or criminal groups;
▪ Immediately cease any and all actions, intentions, desire and attempts to reduce civil
servants’ salaries at any time in the short-, medium- and long terms;
Note: Austerity measures to be instituted by the Government of Liberia must affect the
salaries, incentives, benefits of senior officials of Government and appropriations to
private entities owned and operated by members of the Executive and Legislative
Branches, respectively;
▪ Immediately present a clear fiscal and monetary strategy intended to resuscitate the
Liberian economy, which has been on a downward spiral from the inception of the
CDC-led administration because of declining investor confidence, rising corruption,
and bad governance;
▪ Immediately give a full status report of Liberia’s foreign reserve and henceforth
stop its unlawful use and state why the national reserve is being depleted despite
there being no national emergency on hand;
▪ Immediately grant tax holidays to major investors and importers of essential
commodities because no economy can tax its way out of inflation (This will be a
powerful panacea for job losses and keep thousands of Liberians employed);
▪ Immediately cancel the Container Tracking Number (CTN) contract awarded to
GTMS without tender and choose between the current Pre-Shipment Inspection
(PSI) regime and Container Tracking Number (CTN) system because no country in
the world operates two (2) systems at the same time (Liberia must choose one and
not use both at the same time);
Immediately place a moratorium on hiring to include State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)
until at such a time when a comprehensive report on the status of these SOEs has been
prepared, submitted and considered by the Legislature without prejudice to their
continuous viability;
Immediately remove all additional procedures and cost-adding steps and simplify all
import and export procedures to include the immediate removal of between thirteen (13) to
twenty (20) new steps for a single shipment (This is having a huge toil on consumers
thereby contradicting the “Pro-Poor Agenda” by forcing businesses to arbitrarily increase
prices);
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Note: Because real-time container tracking is a free service offered by all shipping
lines, it makes no financial, economic or trade sense to charge any fee for tracking
containers destined for Liberia which are already processed through the PreShipment Inspection (PSI) system (This leads to additional increase in cost to
importers and exporters, and it further helps to devalue Liberia’s main export
commodities (rubber, cocoa, palm oil, iron ore, etc.);
▪ Immediately remove the precondition of obtaining Container Tracking Numbers
(CTNs) before loading any containers destined for Liberia; and
▪ While the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) system is still in use, the Government of
Liberia should move urgently on the full implementation of the Single Window
system, which donors and Liberia’s partners will be excited to support in rolling out
in a timely manner.
Education, Health & Agriculture
▪ Develop and implement a comprehensive program to properly fund the Education,
Health, Agriculture Sectors as a matter of priority;
▪ Immediately remove duties on all agricultural inputs and implements in order to
support local food and cash crop production.

Immediately review the continual selective appropriations to privately-owned and
operated educational and health institutions without regard for long-standing
institutions that have been rendering invaluable services in these sectors for decades.
Petition made on this 7th Day of June A. D. 2019 in the City of Monrovia, Republic of
Liberia by the Council of Patriots (COP), a conglomeration of Patriotic Citizens, Civil
Society Groupings, Pressure and Interest Groups, Youth, Workers and Student
Organizations, and major Political Parties
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

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  1. They might be joking about this which country will provide all this in one month in Africa I can’t talk about Liberia that the giving one month even 10yrs, that problems can be solved they are joking May Goodness of God be upon our country to go forward in Jesus mighty name amen

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