Mr. Gould: “ANC has nothing to do with protest, but recognizes the rights of protesters.”Lafayette Gould, chairman of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), has denied a report that the party provided financial support to the organizers of the “Bring Back Our Money” protest.Mr. Gould’s statement is in response to accusations on social media that the party provided funds to the organizers of the demonstration to purchase megaphones and banners.Speaking on the Truth FM morning, Mr. Gould described the accusation as baseless and something that is meant to distract people’s attention from the real issue, which is the alleged missing L$15.5 billion.“We did not fund any protest. Maybe if we had, it could have been larger. We fund no protest, but rather we support the protesters’ right to freedom of assembly. It is lawful to protest and there is no shame in doing that because it is something the constitution allows.“This is not a fight against CDC or the government of President George Weah. Those who are talking about this are the good people, but those who have siphoned the money are the bad people. I’m not sure whether they are more than 10 in numbers.“Let’s stop this blame game. The money in question, L$15.5 billion, is not small money; so let us join our voices together to get the facts surrounding this alleged missing money. We are people that love this government and want it to succeed,” Mr. Gould said.He also distanced the ANC from the protesters’ call for smart sanctions on Liberia, although they agreed with the protesters’ call for an independent investigation.“As a party, we only agreed to support the rights of the protestors and called for an independent investigation, but the party does not have any official position on the protestors’ call for smart sanctions,” Mr. Gould said.On the call for a second protest, he said the party cannot stop Liberians from expressing their dissatisfaction, but they should do it in a peaceful manner.Meanwhile, Mr. Gould has expressed his party’s dissatisfaction over the manner in which the investigation is being handled, without any international experts on the team.“We were happy when we learned that the government has requested for help from our partners to assist with the investigations. But all of a sudden, that is no longer the case. We are not prepared to take anything else,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Smith made several predictable rookie mistakes giving away plays with his eyes, lingering too long on covered receivers and making a handful of inaccurate throws in his 9-for-23 performance. He completed just one pass to a wide receiver, and his porous offensive line never allowed him to get comfortable. Smith has a 12.5 quarterback rating after his rocky debut and two previous relief appearances for Tim Rattay. The rookie has completed just 44 percent of his passes (15-of- 34) for just 108 yards while getting sacked seven times. But his debut still was better than John Elway’s first game at least according to Colts coach Tony Dungy, who coached against the Broncos in the Hall of Famer’s first game. Rookie quarterbacks are supposed to struggle, particularly when they’re just one part of a franchise makeover for a club that won only two games last year. “He will have bad days in the future,’ Nolan said. “I’d like to see him improve each week, but it would be dreaming for me to think that he’s not going to have a bad day as we go forward. I know the strengths he gives us, and I like the composure he has.’ Nolan sounded several optimistic notes on Monday a marked contrast to the aftermath of the 49ers’ first three losses in their four-game losing streak. The coach sees potential everywhere, even if fans can only see the four losses in the standings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ugliness was obvious, but San Francisco’s progress also is evident to the players who haven’t lost faith in coach Mike Nolan despite a 1-4 start. “I don’t think it’s bad to be frustrated or disappointed,’ Smith said. “I know the situation I’m in, and there’s a long road ahead of us. … You watch the film, and it wasn’t that bad. I did do a lot of good things. It was hard, but obviously there’s a lot to be excited about.’ SANTA CLARA — Alex Smith already knew he made plenty of mistakes in his first NFL start. While watching the film on Monday, he was surprised to see just how many errors he didn’t make. Though the No. 1 draft pick threw four interceptions and struggled throughout a 28-3 loss to Indianapolis, he could see progress between his first play a 6-yard pass to fullback Fred Beasley and his fumble on the 49ers’ final offensive snap.