University Student Group Denounces Killing Of Innocent
Posted October 16, 2003
The Executive Committee of the Conscious University Students Association (CUSA)
says it condemns in the strongest term the death of innocent Liberians as a
result of the October 1, 2003, unfortunate incident at the Redlight in Paynesville.
In a CUSA press release circulated last week, the group said it believes that
incident was a teleguided attempt by a handful of persons to undermine efforts
by major stakeholders in the Liberian conflict to build confidence solidifying
their commitment to the peace process.
"We are totally opposed to overnight looting of a Muslim mosque, business
centers especially Mandingo-owned businesses, burning of residential areas as
well as harassment of Mandingoes in the Paynesville vicinity.
"We are of the conviction that these barbaric acts have the potential to
spark religious or ethnic violence which might derail the entire peace process,
thereby leading Liberia into total chaos and anarchy. We demand justice for
the death of scores of innocent Liberians. Indeed these criminal activities
are totally unacceptable. Let the perpetrators of these brutal killings not
go with impunity as usual", the release added.
The student group then used the opportunity to extend deepest thanks and appreciation
to the peacekeepers (ECOMIL) for job well done. "We wholeheartedly welcome
the arrival of UNMIL into Liberia. We hope and pray that UNMIL will perform
to the expectation of the Liberians", CUSA asserted.
Meanwhile CUSA has called on the high command of UNMIL to immediately deploy
its troops in Paynesville to curtail any act of lawlessness.
CUSA said it is saddened by the untimely withdrawal of the United States backup
troops, at this crucial period of the Liberian peace process when UNMIL is yet
to fully deploy throughout the country. We are of the opinion that with the
presence of US backdrop troop, no belligerent force will try to stall the peace
process. In this regards, we appeal to the United States Government to reconsider
its decision for the sake of the war weary Liberians.
CUSA vehemently reject unilateralism of the National Patriotic Party(NPP) to
occupy slots allotted to the Government of Liberia in ensuring National Transitional
Legislative Assembly (NTLA). Has the NPP forgotten arrangement that brought
it to power? We therefore urge every political party with seat(s) in the Proportional
Representative Assembly to begin the process of submitting names of qualified
candidate to occupy Government of Liberia (GOL) slots.
CUSA is completely disappointed by the selection to the NTLA of Hon. Sando Johnson
and Hon. Thomas Nimely. We know Hon. Johnson to be a vandal and an antagonist
of eminent people of the society. However, Hon. Nimely who was rejected by the
people of Grand Kru County for his bid record and has now been imposed on the
Liberian people by the National Patriotic Party (NPP) is nothing but a problematic
pepper bird that has the potential to jeopardize the interest of the Liberian
people. Our mind is still fresh on his description of US grant to local group
as "peanut", and his call to the then U.S. Ambassador Hon. Bismarck
Myrick to pack his bag and leave. Seriously, these baseless statements hampered
EU-Aid which was desperately needed for war weary Liberians. To avoid the wickedness
of these Hon. Men and to deter people who use their offices to tarnish the image
of Liberian and its people, we recommend the recall of Hon. Johnson and Hon.
Nimely immediately! We also call on all well meaning Liberians never to put
off till tomorrow what can do today CUSA said it is deeply troubled by former
president Charles G. Taylor interference in Liberia political affairs. We feel
this act of meddling grossly violates Mr. Taylor’s asylum states and as
such, he must quickly turned over to the UN Sponsored Court in Sierra Leone
to face justice.
"Let us not forget that Mr. Taylor successfully built terrorist empire
on the West Coast of Africa. The more he stays at large and remains in contact
with his trained terrorists, the better he consolidates his terrorist network,
thereby, plunging the entire sub-region into chaos with no hope for the Liberian
peace process. We therefore appeal to the United Nations Security Council to
be led by the United States to pressurize the Nigerian Government to quickly
and unconditionally hand Mr. Taylor over to face justice so that the souls of
Mr. Taylor’s sponsored genocide can rest in perfect peace and the sub-region
can be freed at last. Let Mr. Taylor not be allowed to also undermine the good
work of the international community in finding peace at a highest cost both
human and finance for the sub-region. A hint to the wise is quite enough",
the release concluded.
© 2003: This article is copyrighted by The Inquirer newspaper (Monrovia, Liberia) and distributed by The Perspective (Atlanta, Georgia). All rights reserved.