Sunday, July 18, 2010

CDC Eyeing Replacement for Deputy Speaker Mulbah; Will it be Forh?

By Rodney D. Sieh

SOURCE: FrontPage Africa

FRICTION AND DISTRUST: Observers and CDC insiders are divided over whether Forh is the right replacement for Forh. In the hierarchy of the CDC, some partisans see the 12th District Representative as too embedded in the ruling party to be considered for the post of Deputy Speaker. This coming on the heels of a recent reported deal between the ruling party and some higher-ups in the CDC notably, Weah and the party’s Secretary General Lenn Eugene Nagbe.

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FrontPageAfrica has reliably learned that there is an ongoing division within the opposition Congress for Democratic Change regarding the future of embattled Deputy Speaker Tokbah Mulbah(5th District Bong County). Sources within the party’s hierarchy suggest that one faction of the party is pressing for Mulbah to be replaced by Representative Edward Forh(12TH District) while another faction is pressing for the Deputy Speaker to step aside.

Mulbah’s office, on Thursday issued a statement, five days after the incident condemning the alleged assault meted out against Patrolman Lexington Beh. “The Deputy Speaker however remains committed to the rule of law and welcomes investigation into the incident. In the meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker expresses concerns to the family of the policeman Lexington Beh over the reported assault and therefore calls on the public to overcome sentiments and give chance to the investigation,” the statement concluded.

Beh’s condemnation of the assault on the police officer comes as he scored a major victory Thursday when the Supreme Court of Liberia halted further investigation into the flogging of Officer Beh even as reports reaching FPA Thursday suggested that Thursday night revealed that two of the seven arrested suspects in connection with the beating of Patrolman Beh admitted to the act. The suspects King T. Mulbah and Emmanuel Quemine told investigators that they were asleep when Mulbah woke them up to proceed to the Zone Eight Police Checkpoint where Patrolman Beh was beaten.

The assault has dealt a massive blow to the Congress for Democratic Change, still reeling from the arrest of one of its supporters in the United States James Bestman, currently languishing in the custody of the FBI on money laundering allegations. More damaging is the fact that the party’s 2005 standard bearer, George Manneh Weah was on the property at the time of the arrest and questioned but let go. While the details of the arrest remains sketchy, the arrest and now assault on an officer of the law is posing serious credibility issues for the CDC which has come under immense criticism since the assault took place.

Observers are however divided over whether Forh is the right replacement for Forh. In the hierarchy of the CDC, some partisans see the 12th District Representative as too embedded in the ruling party to be considered for the post of Deputy Speaker. This coming on the heels of a recent reported deal between the ruling party and some higher-ups in the CDC notably, Weah and the party’s Secretary General Lenn Eugene Nagbe.

The report continues to cause friction and distrust in the CDC with some partisans and party higher-ups unsure whether Nagbe and Weah actually struck a multi-million dollar deal with the ruling Unity Party.

FrontPageAfrica recently reported that UP officials were in talks with some officials of CDC to have Weah give in to the ruling party and in return receive a huge compensation. According to the deal as we learned from multiple sources, Weah will be sponsored financially by UP as an opposition and come 2011 give in to UP.

Similar reports surfaced in the aftermath of the 2005 presidential elections, that Weah was offered about $3 million United States dollars in Nigeria to accept the result and forget about taking his election fraud issue to the Liberian Supreme Court. Weah dropped the election fraud complain when he returned from Nigeria and went to the United States. Some of his supporters got angry and today believe that Weah received money to stop the election fraud fight. He did not tell them the outcome of the meeting in Nigeria and left them in the cold. Nagbe, in a recent interview with FrontPageAfrica debunked both reports as absurd. “Absolutely not. This is so preposterous that had it not been for the level of gullibility in the country, it would be laughable. When you say impact Weah's influence on 2011, that's a bit vague but you can be assured that neither Weah nor I ever met any UP representative in Ghana let alone sign a deal,” Nagbe told FrontPageAfrica recently.

Mulbah could be the fall guy as pressure mounts on the party to put its act together. Forh, it can be recalled lost his quest to become speaker during the efforts to remove former Speaker Edwin to Alex Tyler.

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The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
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Solving problems in the absence of war talks

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