NPP Crisis Deepens in Liberia



By Jefferson D. Tweh

The Secretary General of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused lawmakers of obstructing activities of the Party and preventing the National Chairman, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould from executing his duties.

Mr. Peter claimed Representatives George S. Mulbah of Bong and James Biney of Maryland Counties as well as the former Managing Director of the Robert International Airport, Mr. Randolph C. Cooper hired the services of ex-combatants to have them deployed at the NPP Headquarters in Congo Town in an effort to prevent Cllr. Gould from entering and conducting the affairs of the Party.  Andrew Peter, the Sec Gen. Of the NPP told newsmen in Monrovia.

When contacted, Representatives Mulbah and Biney in separate statements denied the allegation and said that they will address the issues shortly.

Mr. Peter has called on the Liberia National Police, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia to deploy its officers at the headquarters of the NPP to protect the Party Chairman.

A communication addressed to the Director of Police, said “The…NPP has informed the office of the National Secretary General of NPP about a plan by Representative George S. Mulbah, James Biney and Mr. Randolph C. Cooper, Former Managing Director of Robert International Airport to recruit ex-combatants and deploy same at the National Headquarters of NPP to prevent the Party’s National Chairman, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould from entering and conducting the affairs of the NPP.”

According to the communication dated September 24, 2013, Mr. Peter explained that on Monday, September 23, 2013, at about 3:45 a.m., he and Party National Vice Chairman for Finance and Investment, C. Neileh Daitouah went to the headquarters of the NPP and were shocked when they saw over 25 former combatants with Representative George Mulbah.

According to the communication, Representative Mulbah was seen communicating on his phone upon their arrival, following which he got onboard his jeep and drove off with the men. “Our intelligence followed them and (we) reported to the Secretary General later that Representative Mulbah was heard giving instructions to the men that they should keep watch out for Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould and they should not allow him to enter the offices of the NPP and that they should use maximum force to stop him if he attempts to resist,” he added.

Mr. Peter said based on the information they have gathered and also the presence of Representative Mulbah and his men at the headquarters that night poses a threat to them and so the Police Director should provide security for the safety of the Party’s Chairman and other executives who have been targeted by these menmeanwhile, the founder of the NPP former Liberian President Charles Taylor lost his conviction appeal for war crimes at the Hague. Taylor is expected to be imprison for 50 years in Great Britain.

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