The opposition Unity Party says it has learned that the home of its Chairman Luther Tarpeh which was gutted by fire early Thursday morning at about 1:00 Am in Paynesville was a well-planned and orchestrated attack against the entire opposition.
In a press release issued Friday, August 12, 2022, the UP said the attackers are believed to be operatives of the government of Liberia who allegedly threw several petro bombs during the early hours of August 12, 2022, in the fence of Chairman Luther Tarpeh which resulted to the fire.
“One of the houses and a Mitsubishi SUV in the fence got burned to ashes as a result of the arson” the statement noted.
The statement said the attack happens days after armed men believed to be agents of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change tailed the vehicle of the Chairman and Party executives to identify the locations of their homes.
According to the release, one of Chairman Tarpeh’s sons is currently taking treatment due to severe burns. Other family members are so far safe.
However, the unity party said, it is in the process of submitting a formal complaint of several targeted attacks against its leaders by operatives of the ruling party.
The statement also noted that the Unity Party feared what it called “democratic gains” made during her stewardship of Liberia has significantly retrogressed under the CDC -led government, as the bad memory of Liberia’s dark days are again surfacing, where opposition leaders and critical voices in the country are allegedly constantly harassed, humiliated, and in some instances found dead with no outcomes of government announced investigations.
Meanwhile, the Unity Party has called on its partisans and the Liberian populace to remain calm as further investigations are underway, but noted that it wants to reiterate that it will not condone unwarranted and senseless attacks against its leaders, partisans and the people of Liberia as the country move forward to the 2023 Legislative and presidential elections.