The Monrovia City Mayor and ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Youth League Chairman, Jefferson Koigee, has disclosed a plan to battle any protest against the Weah led Government. Mayor Koigee made the revelation during a called elaborate press conference on Wednesday July 31, 2019 in Monrovia.
“We want to say to you officially that, make no mistake that because we bear certain title or occupy certain space in government then you think that that position has taken away our true identity. We want to officially announce to the World and international community that we will protect what we fought for, we will not sit here as spectators and allow it come under attack by those friends who believe that nothing good can happen under our watch. We want to state here going forward, any called demonstration, as long as a lawmaker can lead, I am saying in my official capacity, whether you call me mayor or youth chairperson, we want to assure the public and international community, we will be on the scene and we will lead some forces also.”
Mayor Koigee vowed never again would they allow, what he calls, such a mistake to occur. He said the opposition does not have monopoly over the distribution of fear in the public domain.
Mayor Koigee said they are battle ready to share flesh and blood for the protection of, what he calls, peace and democracy. He said they fought for a democracy that allows men and women to freely co-exist irrespective of their political ideology, and he thinks such is flourishing under the leadership of President George Weah. Koigee said the ruling party Youth League met and made a decision that going forward they could counter any protest against their government.
Utterances such as “positions and titles have not changed our true identity,” reminds many of Mayor Jefferson Koigee’s days as child soldier during the Liberian civil crisis where violence was a common place in Liberia.
Since the inception of the Weah led Government some 18 months ago, major opposition parties have consistently organized protest, notable the June 7 protest that claimed the attention of the International Community.
President Weah’s Government has been accused of rampant corruption and bad governance that is seemingly reflected in the just ended by-elections in Montserrado where his government has lost a major seat to opposition.
Meanwhile supporters of Darius Dillon of the Liberty Party (LP) and CDC were seen throwing stones and other foreign materials/objects at each other thereby injuring several people on either of the divide on Wednesday July 31, 2019.
The situation brought to standstill the free flow of traffic and the movement of people for approximately an hour.
The swift intervention of officers of the joint security task force headed by the Liberia National Police was enough to bring the situation under control.
Speaking to reporter amidst the incident the Chairman of the four collaborating political parties, Mr. Benoni W. Urey, told Journalists that during the melee, at least 11 of their supporters got injured. Chairman Urey claimed that riot police officers fired live bullets, which allegedly resulted into one person shot in the leg.
Chairman Urey also accused partisans of the CDC for instigating the violence. Stones and other missiles flew from both ends of the divide as people ran in confusion.
“We were here at our party headquarters jubilating and merry making when some thugs of the CDC came and started throwing stones and fighting our partisans, when the violence broke out, the riot police came and fired live bullets and 11 people got wounded, while one of our partisans got shot in the leg,” he explained.
However, the Police Spokesman Moses Cater, speaking the Womenvoices Newspaper via mobile phone interview denied the claims made by Urey that shooting didn’t occurred during the clashes between partisans of the CDC and the opposition collaborating parties.