• MOVEE reacts to the discovery of hidden weapons

The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has admonished all would be trouble makers during the ensuing presidential and legislative elections that there is no shortcut to the Executive Mansion and that there is no place for militancy and violence in the free world, emphasizing that the only means to attain power in Liberia is through the ballot box.

“Militancy has no place in the free world. There is no shortcut to the presidency of Liberia. As opposition political parties, we can only reach the Executive Mansion through the ballot box”.

MOVEE’s Chairman, Robert M. Sammie, made these statements on Friday, January 6, 2023, in an apparent reaction to the reported discovery of huge cache of arms and ammunitions by state security in Monrovia.

MOVEE said it is deeply troubled and concerned about the discovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunitions by State Security at the Freeport of Monrovia and Brewerville, respectively.

The Party said though it does not know the motivation and specific identities of those behind, what it calls, clandestine behavior, it says the situation deserves the attention of all patriotic Liberians, particularly politicians.

“This is why MOVEE’s political leader, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., has directed that we condemn and described the situation as grave and anti-democratic and call on all well-intentioned Liberians to do the same,” the Chairman Sammie said.

The party said it is unacceptable that while the government is working harder to make Liberia more democratic, as evidenced by the invitation to President Weah to attend President Biden’s Democratic Forum on March 29 and 30, 2023, there are still people who wish to do things that are anti-democracy. 

“We had anticipated that everyone would emulate President Weah, who preaches peace everywhere he goes as a prerequisite for national development and prosperity”.

Mr. Sammie said, it is worrisome that these things are taking place when the country is preparing to go to presidential and legislative elections in less than ten months, inferring that if the arms were brought in the country by people who are seeking power, according to Mr. Sammie his party has a message for them, stating that nobody will allow to seize power in Liberia, except by democratic means.

“Therefore, on behind of my political leader, Amb. Kemayah, and the National Executive Committee of MOVEE, I would like to thank the national security for their vigilance and prompt response. We would also like to join the Liberia National Police in thanking the United States Government for their continued support to our national security,” he said. 

Meanwhile, MOVEE called on the joint security and the international community, particularly the United States government, to help with the investigation of the reported seizure of arms and ammunitions in order to determine the motivations and true identities of those responsible and bring them to justice.

“This, we believe, will serve as a deterrent and a guarantee for peace and stability,” he concluded.

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