CDC Youth League Writes LNP
Oct 17, 2016
Hon. Gregory Coleman
Liberia National Police (LNP)
Caine Building, Capitol Hill
RE: Fate Of Homeless Liberians And Others Removed From The Streets
Dear Hon. Coleman,
We bring you greetings from the base of Liberia’s Liberation Movement, the Revolutionary National Youth League of the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the RNYL attention is drawn to the actions taken more than three weeks ago to violently removed from the streets, homeless youths, car loaders, loafers and others could be drawn to a life of crime. The Youth League expresses no opinion as to this decision, as there are multiple ways to reduce the possibility of crime and this might be an attempt to work in that direction.
However, there is a level of concern that we have as regards the manner in which these persons have been forcibly and with brutality enjoined from the enjoyment of their liberty by the unilateral directive of Abraham Kromah, one of your deputies. We begin by referring you to Article 20 of the Liberian Constitution which states that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in accordance with due process of law.”
There is nothing that indicates that there were complaints filed against these individuals, arrests warrants issued or that any of them had access to a lawyer. Additionally, no listing has been made available to the public or families of those concerned as regards those targeted (if there was a target) and those actually taken. Consequently, we have no way of knowing whether any individual could be picked up at any time, can this action be justify by AB Kromah as a continuation of his effort to rid Monrovia of the persons in question. Worse still, no judicial proceeding has begun, that would make these individuals wards of the state in any way.
Our constitutional protections are not forms of clay to be molded in the desire of any single individual, no matter how powerful or righteous that person believes they are. Moreover, Abraham Kromah is not righteous. He has arbitrarily disregarded and repeatedly abrogated the laws of our land, in a manner which, if carried out by any other person not so favored by President Sirleaf, would have placed him behind bars and not at the table with you. For example, he is on record for doing physical harm to motorcyclists and peaceful citizens. In the case of a victim Victor Johnson who was victimized by him with his assigned official vehicle marked “102” on February 22, 2015. The 57 years old victor Johnson suffered a horrific broken leg as a result of that situation. From this and many outrageous situation which led to the death of a motorcyclist and the burning down of a police station in Payneville Red light on April 16, 2015. The reoccurrence of these melees immediately resulted to his dismissal by the President on the 4th of May 2015. Furthermore, he has meted out brutality to persons exercising their God-given political franchise, while supporting CDC.
We cannot stand idly by and watch him adding enforced disappearances to his dreadful resume. Currently, the persons he took from the street cannot all be accounted for. We have been informed that a good number of them are sick. Even more disturbing news now in our possession suggests that four (4) of those young people are now dead and being surreptitiously buried without any involvement of their families.
We the Revolutionary National Youth League care for all Liberians, including those who seem to be vulnerable, because we are aware that these unfortunate persons are in their situations only due to the orchestration of individuals, including our President, at whose will and pleasure you serve.
We have waited for all of these multiple weeks to find out if there were any plans for the rehabilitation of these individuals taken from the streets, what is the content of the plan, the duration for its implementation and the expected outcomes when the process, if there is any will be concluded. Yet, information of this sort has not been forthcoming.
In so doing, we look forward to being informed within the shortest possible time as regards to these key indicators:
1. Whereabouts and health of the individuals concerned;
2. Total number of the individuals concerned (taken into custody, healthy, sick and dead);
3. Reasons for information on deaths being concealed from the public;
4. Plans for those individuals still in police custody;
5. Duration of the time of their expected stay;
6. Indicators which prompted this action led by AB Kromah, in order to guide communities; and individuals and prevent arbitrary actions;
7. What steps, if any are being taken to prevent a repetition of such in time to come?
The Revolutionary National Youth League is not oblivious to the pendency of the 2017 elections, neither have we forgotten the role of Abraham Kromah in the 2011 elections, during which he criminally proffered himself as a relative of our comrade, the Late Morris Kromah, who was murdered by state security forces at the National Headquarters of the CDC on November 7th, 2011. This usurpation by Abraham Kromah prevented the true family of that great martyr of democracy from paying their last respects. Abraham Kromah has the color of death all about him. We cannot sit that he who made the dead to disappear, extend his tentacles to the living and bring about their death also.
The Revolutionary National Youth League of the CDC will ensure by its utmost efforts, timely checkmating of every creeping or walking threat having the proclivity to undermine a peaceful transition of power to the CDC during the General and Presidential Elections come 2017.
Behold…our time is now!
For sincere change,
Barsee Karr- Barley
Revolutionary National Youth League-CDC
Revolutionary National Youth League-CDC
CC: Minister of Justice
United States Embassy