Another words of war have surface very early in 2020 between the office of the Presidential Secretary and that of the head of the International Justice Group and former Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Cllr. Jerome Verdier relative to claims of human Rights violation under this current government.
Addressing a news briefing Tuesday Mr. Kelgbeh wants Cllr. Verdier to see the psychiatrist before branding this government as well as calling it names that are his word is not the reality.
He explained that it was the same Cllr. Verdier who headed the TRC and submitted a report that he did not allegedly say how it should be roll out or implemented.
Solo additionally, stressed that the former TRC Chairman was among those who crafted the ideology that gives birth to the Congress for Democratic Change but allegedly failed to get what he wanted and therefore chose the path of negative propaganda against the ruling establishment.
Cllr. Verdier has been of late been drawing the international community attention to multiple human rights violations in Liberia in his writings among others ranging from protests,police claimed unprofessional handling of protesters and other issues something Mr. Kelgbeh has so far refuted.
He alleged that Cllr. Verdier’s recent assertions are not in the best interest of the masses because some of them have the propensity to scare away investors.
Solo noted that due to the lack of empowerment as well as the necessary opportunities,people engage into negative propaganda at the detriment of the Country.
“He not is the Country but wants undue relevance , this he will not get at the expense of the Country, Solo noted.
Criticism, he emphasized is good and helps make the leader and duty bearers of any nation stronger but not blind eye and unnecessary ones that does not mean well for the image of the Country.
In the recent Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) Report, it was disclosed that the Police used excessive force to disbursed peaceful protesters, another violation of the rights of the people, however the government through Solo Kelgbeh has a different view, though the INCHR is a part of the government.
In his response the Presidential Press Secretary maintained that Police officers were professional in the discharged of their duties.
According to him the word excessive force in that context was relative because in his mind the police after initial dialogue with the protesters acted professionally in the best interest of both the protesters including other bad individuals who the protesters could not see easily unlike the security personnel.
“How can you compare the usage of tear Gas and water to disburse protesters which was done by the Liberia National police to live bullets and baton beaten as is done in other Countries”, Solo wondered.
He branded the INCHR report as funding driven internationally at the detriment of the safety and security of the Country.
“If they do not flag out negative angle and bad image reports about their Country they will not generate money, this is why they did it”, Solo said sadly.
The Press Secretary maintained that the police performed exceptionally well during the January 6, 2020 protest unlike previous protests under past regimes which led to the loss of lives of people including the destruction of properties.
Until official report can be release relative to the performance of this Government Human Rights Standing, the debate continues….