Presidential hopeful and standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine mobilizes over 300,000 partisans, supporters and sympathizers in the streets of Monrovia on Saturday, 9 September dubbed here as “9-9” in a show of strength as he formally launches his campaign for the October 10th elections.
The crowd, draped in the party T-shirts and lappers with the official green and white colors, troop from various communities in Monrovia and its suburbs as early as 9 A.M. for the LP headquarters where they waited for the standard bearer to address them.
The entire atmosphere was festive and defiant as Cllr. Brumskine accompanied by Mrs. Estelle Brumkine drove in an open-top jeep, leading the crowd from Central Monrovia followed by chief strategist Musa Hassan Bility flanked by the LP youthful chairman Benjiman Sanvee, commanding a convoy of jubilating partisans and supporters with party emblem from Bushrod Island to the LP headquarters at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction towards Congo Town.
Vice standard bearer Harrison Karnwea and Mrs Karnwea equally commanded a sea of loyal partisans and supporters that came from Gardnersville, Paynesville, ELWA communities and other adjacent areas, as they took off from the ELWA Junction to the LP headquarters where a beautifully decorated stage was already set before the headquarters.
The enthusiastic crowd both from Central Monrovia and the Paynesville belts took effective charge of the main street, bringing regular traffic to a complete halt for several hours, while Cllr. Brumskine and Mrs. Brumskine swarmed by daring partisans dance to a live band blasting campaign songs, including the favorite tune that kept the LP strongman and his wide to their feet: “Who gave us Liberty yah, Charles Brumskine –O; Who gave us Liberty yah, Charles Brumskine –O”
Addressing partisans subsequently, Cllr. Brumskine stresses that it’s time to change Liberia for the good of Liberians, but reminds that it cannot be done without the help of Liberians.
He maintains that it's time to take the money from in Monrovia and invest it across the country.
"I need a mandate from the Liberian people so that the country can change and change for the good of Liberians”, he pleads, and continues, “It is time for the old people to enjoy their retirement benefit, it's time for our children to have free education, it's time to take government money from the big shots and invest in the average people."
The LP standard bearer is very consistent with his promise that if elected President, he would cut salaries of top officials of government, including the President, Vice President and cabinet Ministers by 30 percent to fund other priority areas of the public sector.
He also seeks the support of the Liberty Party partisans to get rid of some 19 senators and members of the House of Representatives who endorsed the candidacy of Vice President Joseph Boakai months ago, urging partisans to instead, elect all candidates vying for representative seats throughout the country on Liberty Party’s tickets.
He emphasizes that physically challenged or people living with disabilities in Liberia need care and attention, saying “It's time to cater to the disable people. I have the experience, knowledge and integrity to lead the people of Liberia." Reporting by Jonathan Browne & Ethel A. Tweh