|Deputy Information Minister
The Government has sounded a warning, threatening to forward the names of individuals it believes are stirring up pre-electoral or election violence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for possible prosecution.
Making the disclosure in Monrovia Thursday, Deputy Information Minister Norris Tweh said government was troubled over what he called ‘creeping electoral violence’ allegedly being excited by either individuals or politicians in the country, which according to him has the propensity of erupting post-election violence.
Tweh made specific reference to a recent alleged pronouncement made by a Presidential Aspirant Cecelia Ndebi on the BBC, claiming that the holding of the just ended National Referendum would have reversed the country to its immediate ugly past. Tweh said government was seriously concerned about such acts by politicians and individuals whose actions have the propensity to cause chaos or violence in the country.
He further recalled few of the recent incidents reported in the local dailies that many believed to be politically motivated, including the alleged burning of ruling Unity Party’s Deputy Campaign Manager Eugene Nagbe’s vehicle which is still undergoing police investigation.
Mr. Tweh warned those allegedly engaged in such undemocratic practices to desist from being quickly moved to engage in acts of violence, as government is under obligation to compile governance report especially relating to the ongoing electoral process to the ICC.
He said in as much as Liberia is signatory under the ICC to prosecute criminal cases, the court has authority to investigate and prosecute who ever linked to or responsible for crimes and genocide in the country, even if government did not make such report.
He cited examples of several suspects from Kenya and other countries around the world that are being prosecuted by the ICC for alleged erupting violence which resulted to crimes and genocides in their countries, among others.
He argued that pre-election violence could cause post-election violence that in some instances result to crimes, genocide among others. Tweh hover said given the fact that the just ended national referendum did not report any one cheating or turning around the wishes of the people, it met that the Liberian Democratization System was progressing.
“First we condemn those violent acts and warn our citizens to desist to desist. We as government are under obligation to maintain peace and stability in the country at all times; we at the Ministry are also under obligation to inform our citizens that the International Criminal Court or ICC has authority to investigate acts that could create violence in our country, because Liberia is signatory to that,” he said.