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Chepus...Cllr. Cephus

The Executive Director of the Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa (JUPICA) Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus says the deliberate conduct on the part of the Government of Liberia to openly treat the severity of the deadly Ebola virus with lip-service and thereby downplay the war to eradicate the disease from the country, poses a serious threat to global peace and security.


He claims that such attitude further justifies the argument by some well-meaning Liberians for a regime change as a surest way of averting a national health catastrophe.

He said while international health workers, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union(EU), African Union(AU),  the Governments of the United States, China and other friendly governments and institutions are mobilizing and bringing in resources to combat  and eradicate the deadly Ebola virus from the Republic of Liberia, and save its impoverished population, the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is only interested in propagating the virus by planning to hold senatorial elections in which all safety measures and procedures  put in place to contain the virus will be violated and there will be  more new Ebola cases with premature deaths.

The Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa Executive Director  has filed two petitions at the Supreme Court of Liberia on behalf of eminent citizens, challenging the policy of the Liberian Government in prioritizing senatorial elections over the war on Ebola.

The Petitions seek to prohibit and enjoin the Government from holding the pending senatorial elections until the war on Ebola is won.

Last week, Justice-in-Chambers, His Honor Philip A.Z. Banks, III, issued ab ex parte interim order in the form of an Alternative Writ of Prohibition, placing a Stay Order on all campaign activities pending final hearing of the petitions.

In a letter written  over the weekend and distributed to a number of international media entities, Cephus said while friendly governments were doing everything possible within their reach  to save Liberians from Ebola, their own government does not have in place a program to complement such efforts, instead, it has set aside precious state resources, not to support the war on Ebola but  to hold  senatorial elections that could lead to the  widespread of the disease in sharp contrast to what international organizations and governments are doing.

He said the  Government of President Sirleaf has not only lost its constitutional legitimacy to protect life and property, but has now become a forerunner in the spread of the deadly Ebola virus by insisting to hold  senatorial elections, while the virus is still prevalent and remains a serious threat to the survival of the Liberian people.

Cllr. Cephus noted that the current Ebola outbreak is not only a human tragedy that requires a more robust and strategic attack by the use of all necessary resources and manpower to be eradicated but is  also synonymous to Weapons of Mass Destruction.

With Liberia  recording  the total  7,168 cases of Ebola and  3,016 deaths which are the  highest infectious and death rates in the Mano River basin,  the letter added, it is  absolutely indisputable that the Republic of Liberia is now the incubator of the virus, and has therefore become  a  complete threat to regional, continental and global peace and security.

He said ignoring the urgency of the war on Ebola is like aiding and abetting a terror campaign that threatens the security and survival of others.

He said a responsible regime that is fully cognizant of the horrific nature of the virus and the clear and present danger it poses to the survival of its people would devote much of its resources to fight and eradicate the virus rather than holding senatorial elections.