By: Abraham Kollie ( Correspondent)
KAKATA, MARGIBI – Some aggrieved members of CDC Margibi chapter on Saturday, June 20, 2020, gathered at the Kakata City Hall in Margibi County demanding for the reinstatement of their suspended Vice Chair for Operation, Reuben Washington, with other members counteracting.
Speaking to reporters on the ground of the protest, one of the agrieved group members said, it was not the party decision to suspend its vice chair for operation describing his suspension as illegal.
“Reuben Washington’s suspension by the executive committee of our party in Margibi County was not a decision from the party headquarter, the committee here in the county is doing their own thing so we came here to inform our party executives that Washington’s suspension is Illegal.” one of the protesters added.
It can be recalled that the Executive Committee of the CDC, in the County on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, with immediate effect suspended Washington of his post for time indefinite.
The committee outlined several counts including misconduct, decimal performance and gross violation to the party’s constitution.
About 13 persons voted in favor of his suspension while one abstained and one in favor of expulsion.
The CDC Vice Chair for Operation has been very vocal in recent times over alleged maltreatment in the party.
The aggrieved members of CDC want the immediate dismissal of its current chairman J. Francis Karpu, Sr for allegedly bringing out a candidate from Lower Margibi County to contest on the party’s ticket for the pending midterm senatorial election slated for December 2020, something they termed as a total violation to the party constitution.
“We want the national chairman of CDC to dismiss with immediate effect J. Francis Karpu for violating our party constitution. CDC is a political party in Liberia with integrity and we will not rest until the right thing is done.”
Meanwhile, the other group of partisans maintained that the Executive Committee took the right decision by suspending Washington, describing the aggrieved members as pay agents.
They believe that his suspension did not come as a surprise, due to internal rankling between him and other top party officials in the county.
“We are the true partisans of CDC; there has been no mistake over the suspension of Ruben Washington those calling themselves as aggrieved members of CDC are pay agent,” the group explained.
Addressing a press conference, the Chairman of the CDC Margibi J Francis Karpu called for unity in the party and stated that the suspension of Ruben Washington remains until further notice.
Chairman Karpu narrated that those who are interested in contesting on the ticket of CDC should go for primary, adding that the party has not and will not in any way bring candidates who have not gone for primary.
He further clarified that CDC executives had gone for a meeting on Saturday June 20, 2020 while in the meeting, a group of individuals he termed as “pay agents” gathered at the Kakata City Hall in the name of protest.
“We will not listen to a group of pay agents in the name of Aggrieved members of CDC, the party we as executives have gathered here to improve our party comes December, we will not listen to any decorators while in our meeting,” Chairman Karpu said.