LURD Dethroned Chairman

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 9, 2004

The military high command and men and women of the armed forces of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), have issued a resolution removing the Movement’s national chairman, Sekou Damateh Conneh as head of the rebel movement.

According to a resolution dated December 26, 2003 but formally released yesterday in Monrovia following a meeting held by the LURD High Command in Gbarnga, "Mr. Conneh and his few national executive operatives have betrayed the organization."

The resolution also signed by senior Generals and other top brass of LURD forces, further accused Mr. Conneh of failing to seek the welfare and interest of the fighting men that brought him to fame and power.

The eight-count resolution, a copy of which was made available to the press, said Mr. Conneh has also betrayed the confidence the organization has enjoyed and continue to enjoy in and out of Liberia.

The LURD high command further accused Mr. Conneh of misusing the organization’s facilities and abusing the rights of some executive members of the organization.

The resolution additionally accused Mr. Conneh of personalizing the interest of the organization, something which the high command said is a complete violation of the Bye-Laws and Constitution of LURD.

The high command in the resolution added that Mr. Conneh who is now said to be in Ghana, is exchanging for cash slots allotted to the organization under the Accra Peace Accord.

The resolution yet accused Mr. Conneh of continuing to resist and adhere to the Accra Peace Accord as well as masterminding and facilitating the death of some front-line commanders of the organization.

In furtherance of accusations against Mr. Conneh, the dissenting group said he has been engaged in witch-hunting of the organization’s members.

Meanwhile, the military high command and the men and women of the LURD forces, have made the following appointments for the smooth and effective management of the organization while the group prepares for disarmament.
The high command dissolved the National Executive Committee and ordered it replaced with the National Executive Management Committee headed by Mrs. Aisha K. Keita as National Chairman.

Others appointed are Cheayee Doe, Co-chairman for Administration, Lavalla Supuwood, Co-chairman for Operation and Isaac Nyanabo, Secretary General.

Others are Lt./Gen. Prince Seo, member; Lt./Gen. Philip Kamara, member; Col. Molton Nyan, member; Cllr. Kabineh Ja?neh, member; Dr. Vamba Kanneh, member; Soko V. Sackor, member; Mohammed Jomandy, member; Amara Sanyo, member; Lansana Sheriff, Advisor, and Musa G. Kamara.

Also appointed are George Dweh, member; Boika Sheriff, member; Peter L. Solo, member; Joe Wylie, member, and B/Gen. Mohammed Donzo, SMA/NEMC.

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