The Leadership of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has warned authorities of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and the two GSM Companies against the will of grassroot Liberians.
According to the CDC chairman, Mulbah Morlu, President George Weah has taken seize of the surcharge disagreement between the LTA and the two GSM Companies .
He indicated that frantic discussions surrounding the legal and financial ramifications of the surcharge that are affecting the masses are un-going.
He assured Liberians especially partisans of the CDC of a return to status quo in the pricing of data.
Addressing a press conference Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Mr. Morlu disclosed that the CDC has called on the LTA and the GSM Companies to resolve all disagreements in the soonest possible time to provide relief for Liberians .
“we decry the breakdown of dispute resolution mechanism between the LTA and the GSM Companies , it is this breakdown that led to litigation which culminated in the recent Supreme Court ruling favoring the Government,” he indicated.
The CDC Chairman said despite the court’s ruling ,both sides should return to the dispute resolution mechanism protected in the act establishing the LTA or other suitable frameworks that place the supreme court’s ruling in its proper context.
The CDC Chairman further warned
GSM companies to refrain from collusion , which according him, is a crime of economic sabotage .
He further said the recent price changes announced by the both GSM companies have elements of collusion , which he indicated is punishable under the Liberian law.
Mr.Morlu used the event to remind the GSM companies that it is always the interest of the Government to protect business and their investments but to do it in a way that enhances the interest of the Liberian people .
He further told Liberians that LTA policy of floor pricing was intended to protect Lonestar Cell from an aggressive price race to the bottom that was being waged by Orange a cutthroat competition that would have led to Lone star Cell going out of business .
He further disclosed that Government works to protect Lone Star Cell company and save hundreds of Liberians jobs.”
Mr. Morlu did not relent to urge the LTA Authorities to exercise care and prudence when announcing polices that have implications for the people that may pose risk to the reputation of the Government which is pro-poor.