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Press Statement by the Secretary of the Indomitable National Youth Congress of the Alternative National Congress Friday, August 16, 2019

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Mulbah Kesselly, Secretary General, National Youth Congress, ANC

FELLOW LIBERIANS, PARTISANS AND WELL WISHERS, MEMBERS OF THE COLLABORATING POLITICAL PARTIES, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESS:
It is with fierce seriousness we have called you here to address the disparaging, uncouth, anti-democratic, anti-peace and incessant wave of potentially dangerous utterances and conduct emanating from the Chairman of the CDC Youth League and disorganized City Mayor of filthy Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee; as well as the escalating wave of violence that have been planned and orchestrated under the sycamore tree at the acquiescence of ex-soccer star and footballing President George M. Weah. 

Sixteen years have passed since this country experienced one of the most brutal civil conflicts on the African Continent. Since the conflict ended,  Liberia has enjoyed a long stretch of post-conflict uninterrupted civilian government. However, this enviable success of governance in Liberia is under serious threat and maybe derailed by President Weah and his handful of semi-educated, skilled-looters and self-seeking officials. The dealings of the president and nearly all officials of his government and institutions are so pervasively marked by violence and corruption, to an extent where the CDC-led government resembles a criminal empire than a democratic government. 
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, the level of destructive violence, characteristic of Jefferson Koijee, and his reckless tendency to inflict harm, waste the blood of innocent women and children who are  associated with the opposition bloc, as well as stack wounds on people he disagrees with, is heart wrecking, alarming, threatening, but not surprising. Why because, Jefferson Koijee lived with, and was trained in military gangsterism by Chucky Taylor, the brutal son of Liberia’s dictator Charles Taylor. Chucky is convicted of torturing, maiming, raping executing armless and innocent civilians, and he is currently serving a 99-year prison term in the United States. 

Koijee lived most of his childhood life as lackey of Chucky, was Chucky’s car washer, janitor, and laundry man. Later, because of Koijee’s loyalty and proclivity to violence and cruelty to human beings, he was later promoted by Chucky as the chief custodian of arms and ammunition and other deadly substances in the possession of Chucky. As a killing apprentice of Chucky, Koijee often spearheaded most of the violence and torture of young girls.  

It was therefore no surprise but shocking that Koijee, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019,  led a band of thugs, hoodlums, and hooligans to attack the Deputy Police Inspector General for Operations of the Liberia National Police, and launched a bloody unprovoked attack on peaceful partisans, members and well wishers of the four Collaborating Political Parties who had gathered to celebrate the election of Senator Abraham Darius Dillon at the Liberty Party  Headquarters. Till date, little or nothing has been done by George Weah’s state security apparatuses to bring Koijee and his men to book. President Weah is simply telling the nation that the likes of Koijee and others in his inner circle are beyond reproach, above the laws of the land, or are better than other Liberians. 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, this is not Koijee’s first time to launch mob violence against opposition supporters. In 2018 during the by-election in District 13 in Montserrado County, Koijee led a band of CDC-trained hoodlums to attack and wound opposition supporters, with impunity. 

Fellow Liberians, since Jefferson Koijee made a statement against Mrs. Jestina Taylor, a partizan of the Alternative National Congress, in which he attempted to draw Mr. Cummings, the lady has been facing some serious life threatening medical complications. Interestingly, this is happening after she was taken by men alleged to be plain-clothes Liberian security officers to an unknown place and tortured. 

The president’s support for attacks and violence against peaceful opposition supporters by his CDC men is directly responsible for the degenerating state of affairs, fear and hopelessness in our country, particularly the decaying Liberian economy. Liberians who critique actions of the executive, provide directions that must be pursued for the good of the state, are now living in constant fear for their lives and those of their families – this is totally unacceptable. Our local and international partners must help to curb the increasing belligerence  of the failing president and the warlike attitude of his gangsters led by Koijee, who now see the state as their personal property that they can abuse anyhow. 

While Liberia is mired in a crisis of poor governance caused by people who are focused on stealing from the country and attacking opponents, our citizens are left neglected to die in abject poverty; rejected to perish in some of the world’s worst slums; dejected by the reckless abandonment of the man they once trusted with the presidency; and, sadly, Liberians have been denied a fair share in the distribution of the national cake. 

The women down Waterside market, Duala, Redlight and in other parts of Liberia are simply wishing that their president will stop living like a bluff-boy, while the rest of the country suffers from the menacing hands of poverty, insurity, hike in the prices of commodities and services, depreciating value of the Liberian Dollar, etc. All Liberians want is a government that will be concerned about changing the terrible condition of the economy, so that they can work hard and make ends meet for their families. Unfortunately, President Weah lacks the intellectual capacity to discern any solution to arrest the crumbling economy, much less the leadership ability to lead a country in search of direction,  and his team is largely incompetent to offer any serious help – most of them are focused on devising means to short-change the Liberian people. 

The fathers who have no means to feed their families or send their children to school are not lazy. The mothers and young babies who are dying from curable and preventable diseases are Liberians just like Weah and the likes of Koijee. But while the value of the Liberian Dollar has depreciated to an all time low, our president and his boys are focused on rigging an election in District 15. What will a representative who confessed to stealing do better than his head, Geore Weah? This is sad. This is despicable. This is wicked. And this is heartlessness that only satan should do. Is Pres. Weah Liberia’s new devil incarnate??

Despite poverty, intractable social problems, mind-boggling corruption and dire failures of planning and infrastructure, the mayor of Monrovia sees wearing luxurious and expensive suits as a measure of the success of his office. Monrovia is not a place for the fainthearted. From the first wallop of steamy air on alighting from a plane, Monrovia is a plunge pool of intense exhilaration, jumbled with measures of shock, frustration, rage and boredom. A man like Koijee, who could not even afford to buy a wheelbarrow, can now purchase in live in a US$250,000.00 home just 18 months after coming to power; just few months after $16bn disappeared and $25m squandered.

Liberians are living with worsening failure of their government to provide leadership and infrastructure, and so they have been coerced to adapt to living in despicable filthy conditions. The city is visual anarchy, with piles of uncollected trash, mountains of jumbled dirt, abandoned car skeletons, tires, and the list goes on. Filth par excellence, nastiness, per se, characterize many of our streets; dirt, stagnant water, puddles of scummy pestilential oozings can be seen in hundreds of localities, while smells strong enough to affect the heavens, and putrid enough to destroy a population, permeate the sanctities of our homes, and render uninhabitable whole blocks of our tenements.

The current political structure in Liberia, is built on the foundation of corruption – its officials are recruited by measures of deceit, ethnocentrism, chicanery, etc. And until this structure is theoretically, politically, legally, and psychologically dismantled, no fight against any societal vice in this country will ever succeed. The towering stance Liberians have taken to ensure that Weah is constantly reminded that Liberia belongs to every Liberian must never be abated. 

The Indomitable National Youth Congress is calling on the Liberia National Police, the National Security Agency and other security institutions statutorily responsible to investigate threats against the Liberian state, to go beyond partisanship and bring Koijee and his Sabu Unit to book. Additionally, individuals in  our security sector should be cognizant of the fact that millions of dollars from our international partners was spent to professionalize these vital institutions. This will boost the confidence Liberians have in state security institutions and proportionally decrease the growing tension in the country. But any contrary action will simply mean that ordinary citizens are left to survive without protection from the state. 

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It is with fierce seriousness we have called you here to address the disparaging, uncouth, anti-democratic, anti-peace and incessant wave of potentially dangerous utterances and conduct emanating from the Chairman of the CDC Youth League and disorganized City Mayor of filthy Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee; as well as the escalating wave of violence that have been planned and orchestrated under the sycamore tree at the acquiescence of ex-soccer star and footballing President George M. Weah. 

Sixteen years have passed since this country experienced one of the most brutal civil conflicts on the African Continent. Since the conflict ended,  Liberia has enjoyed a long stretch of post-conflict uninterrupted civilian government. However, this enviable success of governance in Liberia is under serious threat and maybe derailed by President Weah and his handful of semi-educated, skilled-looters and self-seeking officials. The dealings of the president and nearly all officials of his government and institutions are so pervasively marked by violence and corruption, to an extent where the CDC-led government resembles a criminal empire than a democratic government. 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, the level of destructive violence, characteristic of Jefferson Koijee, and his reckless tendency to inflict harm, waste the blood of innocent women and children who are  associated with the opposition bloc, as well as stack wounds on people he disagrees with, is heart wrecking, alarming, threatening, but not surprising. Why because, Jefferson Koijee lived with, and was trained in military gangsterism by Chucky Taylor, the brutal son of Liberia’s dictator Charles Taylor. Chucky is convicted of torturing, maiming, raping executing armless and innocent civilians, and he is currently serving a 99-year prison term in the United States. 

Koijee lived most of his childhood life as lackey of Chucky, was Chucky’s car washer, janitor, and laundry man. Later, because of Koijee’s loyalty and proclivity to violence and cruelty to human beings, he was later promoted by Chucky as the chief custodian of arms and ammunition and other deadly substances in the possession of Chucky. As a killing apprentice of Chucky, Koijee often spearheaded most of the violence and torture of young girls.  

It was therefore no surprise but shocking that Koijee, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019,  led a band of thugs, hoodlums, and hooligans to attack the Deputy Police Inspector General for Operations of the Liberia National Police, and launched a bloody unprovoked attack on peaceful partisans, members and well wishers of the four Collaborating Political Parties who had gathered to celebrate the election of Senator Abraham Darius Dillon at the Liberty Party  Headquarters. Till date, little or nothing has been done by George Weah’s state security apparatuses to bring Koijee and his men to book. President Weah is simply telling the nation that the likes of Koijee and others in his inner circle are beyond reproach, above the laws of the land, or are better than other Liberians. 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, this is not Koijee’s first time to launch mob violence against opposition supporters. In 2018 during the by-election in District 13 in Montserrado County, Koijee led a band of CDC-trained hoodlums to attack and wound opposition supporters, with impunity. 

Fellow Liberians, since Jefferson Koijee made a statement against Mrs. Jestina Taylor, a partizan of the Alternative National Congress, in which he attempted to draw Mr. Cummings, the lady has been facing some serious life threatening medical complications. Interestingly, this is happening after she was taken by men alleged to be plain-clothes Liberian security officers to an unknown place and tortured. 

The president’s support for attacks and violence against peaceful opposition supporters by his CDC men is directly responsible for the degenerating state of affairs, fear and hopelessness in our country, particularly the decaying Liberian economy. Liberians who critique actions of the executive, provide directions that must be pursued for the good of the state, are now living in constant fear for their lives and those of their families – this is totally unacceptable. Our local and international partners must help to curb the increasing belligerence  of the failing president and the warlike attitude of his gangsters led by Koijee, who now see the state as their personal property that they can abuse anyhow. 

While Liberia is mired in a crisis of poor governance caused by people who are focused on stealing from the country and attacking opponents, our citizens are left neglected to die in abject poverty; rejected to perish in some of the world’s worst slums; dejected by the reckless abandonment of the man they once trusted with the presidency; and, sadly, Liberians have been denied a fair share in the distribution of the national cake. 

The women down Waterside market, Duala, Redlight and in other parts of Liberia are simply wishing that their president will stop living like a bluff-boy, while the rest of the country suffers from the menacing hands of poverty, insurity, hike in the prices of commodities and services, depreciating value of the Liberian Dollar, etc. All Liberians want is a government that will be concerned about changing the terrible condition of the economy, so that they can work hard and make ends meet for their families. Unfortunately, President Weah lacks the intellectual capacity to discern any solution to arrest the crumbling economy, much less the leadership ability to lead a country in search of direction,  and his team is largely incompetent to offer any serious help – most of them are focused on devising means to short-change the Liberian people. 

The fathers who have no means to feed their families or send their children to school are not lazy. The mothers and young babies who are dying from curable and preventable diseases are Liberians just like Weah and the likes of Koijee. But while the value of the Liberian Dollar has depreciated to an all time low, our president and his boys are focused on rigging an election in District 15. What will a representative who confessed to stealing do better than his head, Geore Weah? This is sad. This is despicable. This is wicked. And this is heartlessness that only satan should do. Is Pres. Weah Liberia’s new devil incarnate??

Despite poverty, intractable social problems, mind-boggling corruption and dire failures of planning and infrastructure, the mayor of Monrovia sees wearing luxurious and expensive suits as a measure of the success of his office. Monrovia is not a place for the fainthearted. From the first wallop of steamy air on alighting from a plane, Monrovia is a plunge pool of intense exhilaration, jumbled with measures of shock, frustration, rage and boredom. A man like Koijee, who could not even afford to buy a wheelbarrow, can now purchase in live in a US$250,000.00 home just 18 months after coming to power; just few months after $16bn disappeared and $25m squandered.

Liberians are living with worsening failure of their government to provide leadership and infrastructure, and so they have been coerced to adapt to living in despicable filthy conditions. The city is visual anarchy, with piles of uncollected trash, mountains of jumbled dirt, abandoned car skeletons, tires, and the list goes on. Filth par excellence, nastiness, per se, characterize many of our streets; dirt, stagnant water, puddles of scummy pestilential oozings can be seen in hundreds of localities, while smells strong enough to affect the heavens, and putrid enough to destroy a population, permeate the sanctities of our homes, and render uninhabitable whole blocks of our tenements.

The current political structure in Liberia, is built on the foundation of corruption – its officials are recruited by measures of deceit, ethnocentrism, chicanery, etc. And until this structure is theoretically, politically, legally, and psychologically dismantled, no fight against any societal vice in this country will ever succeed. The towering stance Liberians have taken to ensure that Weah is constantly reminded that Liberia belongs to every Liberian must never be abated. 

The Indomitable National Youth Congress is calling on the Liberia National Police, the National Security Agency and other security institutions statutorily responsible to investigate threats against the Liberian state, to go beyond partisanship and bring Koijee and his Sabu Unit to book. Additionally, individuals in  our security sector should be cognizant of the fact that millions of dollars from our international partners was spent to professionalize these vital institutions. This will boost the confidence Liberians have in state security institutions and proportionally decrease the growing tension in the country. But any contrary action will simply mean that ordinary citizens are left to survive without protection from the state. 

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Weeks, Others Spend Second Night

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Former and current Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) officials who were re-arrested Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and jailed have spent their second night at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Defendants Charles E. Sirleaf, Milton A. Weeks, Dorbor Hagba, Richard H. Walker and Joseph G. Dennis were re-arrested Tuesday, after prosecution changed their earlier charges to Money Laundering.

The defendants were immediately taken to the Monrovia Central Prison and jailed.

But defendant Sirleaf was released late Tuesday evening on medical ground while the others spent the night there.

Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Edwin K. Martin told The NEWS Tuesday evening via mobile phone that defendant Sirleaf’s medical bill has since been before the court which indicates that he’s not well.

However, his colleagues remained behind bars, apparently they have not filed valid bond to be released.

On Tuesday, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court “C” ordered the defendants re-arrested and imprisoned until the right bond is proffered if possible.

The Judge in his ruling on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, said government lawyers should turnover every documentary evidence to the defendants through their lawyers in 72 hours to give the defendants sufficient notice and enable defense team to provide adequate representations.

He also commanded the sheriffs of the court to serve the defendants with the Writ of Arrest along with the indictment so they can be aware of the new crime charged by prosecution.

The defendants were first charged with Economic Sabotage, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Facilitation, Criminal Solicitation and Bribery.

The five former and current CBL officials who were re-arrested Tuesday, same being August 20, 2019, were immediately taken to the Monrovia Central Prison for the amended crime of Money Laundering that was imposed on them.

The defendants were re-arrested based upon the indictment prepared against them by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County.

The indictment said the Grand Jurors have taken an oath to find probable cause that the defendants at CBL at the time committed the crime of Money Laundering, a first degree felony in violation of chapter 15, sub-chapter “D”, section 15.2 (a) (b) (c) (d) (f) of the penal law of Liberia.

The crime, money laundering states that, “a person or body corporate or other legal entity commits the offense of money laundering if that person knowingly or having reason to believe that is the proceeds of crime: engages directly or indirectly in any transaction which involves the property; receives, possesses, conceals, disguises, transfers, converts, disposes of removes from or bring the property into Liberia; or participates in, associates with or conspires to commit, attempt to commit, or aids or facilitate the commission of any of the above acts.”

According to the indictment, on April of 2016 up to August of 2018, at their CBL offices, the defendants by virtue of their employments within the CBL deliberately, knowingly and intentionally colluded and conspired with the wicked intent to launder money and sabotage the Liberian economy.

It also revealed that the defendants defrauded the CBL and the government when they unauthorizingly printed excess Liberian dollar banknotes amounting to 2,645,000,000 (Two billion six hundred forty-five million Liberian dollars) to infuse into the Liberian market.


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Weah Reiterates Commitment

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President Dr. George Manneh Weah has again reiterated his commitment to the promotion and protection of women and girls against sexual gender-based violence and gender inequality, an Executive Mansion release discloses.

The release said President Weah made the pledge Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at his Foreign Affairs Office when he received a petition from women who reportedly represented ten civil society organizations.

The women through their designated speaker, Mmenbeydo Joah-Harell petitioned the President to protect the rights of women, increase the number of women in government and provide security in District 15, Logan Town.

The Liberian leader told the petitioners that his commitment to gender equality and protection of the rights of women, girls and children would not diminish for any reason or by another force.

“I want to assure residents of Montserrado County, particularly voters and candidates of District 15, as well as all Liberians and the world that there would be a free, fair and transparent elections anytime under my administration,” the Liberian Chief Executive averred, adding that he would increase security presence in District #15 if there would be a rerun.

President Weah also reminded the women to take responsibility to preach peace. He urged the women to also prevail on their relatives, mainly youth, to at all times be peaceful and refrain from violence.

He used the occasion to once more call on leaders of political parties to encourage their supporters to be civil and peaceful during election times.

The Liberian Leader also promised a timely and prompt investigation into last Saturday’s violence in District 15.


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Culture Of Impunity Must End

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…RWHR Wants War Crimes Court Established

The Regional Watch for Human Rights, Inc. (RWHR) has stressed the need for the Liberian Government to end the culture of impunity that it said has engulfed the Liberian society by the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court.

Addressing a news conference Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in observance of International Justice Day Worldwide which was celebrated on July 17, 2019, Cllr. Thompson Adebayor, Regional Director of RWHR said Liberia failure to establish war crimes court for people to account for their actions is responsible for the recent wave of violence in the country.

He said had people who committed heinous crimes during the country’s civil unrest been prosecuted for their action, it would have served as deterrence for others.

Adebayor told journalists that the establishment of war crimes court would demonstrate the government commitment to fight impunity which he claimed appears to be taking over the country.

He said the establishment of war crimes court is in the best interest of the government and its people.

At the same time, Cllr. Adebayor said his group is troubled and concerned about the wave of violence and insecurity in the country.

He called on the government to probe the recent electoral violence in District#15, Montserrado County to ensure perpetrators are brought to book.

The RWHR boss said Liberia has come a long way relative to the maintenance of peace and stability, something it cannot afford to jeopardize.

He called on every political party to jealously guide the peace that the country currently enjoys.


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“False Assets Declaration”

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…Rep. Gray Descends On Dillon

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Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Gray has described as ‘false asset declaration’ the recent declaration of assets by Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County, terming it as a violation to Section 10.3 of the Code of Conduct.

He said Senator Dillon declared his assets at the Liberian Senate without knowing and indicating his net salary on the assets declaration form provided to him by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

While taking over at the Liberian Senate, Senator Dillon presented all documents regarding his assets, but his gross and net salary as senator was not indicated, something he told journalists in a recent press conference that he has not being informed about his salary by the Senate; as such, he could not indicate it,

But Rep. Gray said this contradicts his understanding of assets declaration.

According to Section 10.3 of the Code of Conduct under sub topic ‘Sanctions for False Declaration’ “every Public Official and Employee of Government shall declare and affirm that his or her declaration is accurate to the best of his or her knowledge. Any statement in such declaration found to be false upon verification shall lead to summary dismissal and other measures provided by law.”

But speaking to Legislative reporters on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Montserrado County District #8 lawmaker said Senator Dillon lied under oath, according to the mentioned section of the Code of Conduct; and as such, it is punishable under the same law.

He claimed that Senator Dillon violated the Code of Conduct relative to asset declaration; as such, he should be punished for misleading the public, noting that the senator undeclared his assets.

Rep. Gray maintained that Senator Dillon has betrayed historical comments made by him several months ago before coming to the senate.

Before his election, the Montserrado County Senator, in several public forums, stated that he will declare his assets if elected as senator and front for the reduction of salaries by senators at the Liberian Senate, something Gray described as political rhetoric that is yet to come to reality.

At the same time, Rep. Gray has disclosed that the CDC has filed a bill of exception to the National Elections Commission (NEC) which, according to him, is expected to be heard today.

According to him, the NEC haring officer that heard the complaints filed by the candidate of the collaborating party in the just ended Montserrado County District #15 by-election, Telia Urey, was in a contradiction.

The NEC hearing officer called for a rerun in the six quarantined precincts within the district, specifically Logan Town.

Rep. Gray said the hearing officer told the hearing that there was no fraud, yet he called for rerun.

This, the Montserrado County lawmaker said, is a complete contradiction by Hearing Officer.

Meanwhile, Rep. Gray has condemned the serious wave of violent perpetrated by both supporters of Telia Urey and Abu Kamara.

He called on supporters of candidates Urey and Kamara to remain calm.


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Abu Kamara Reveals ‘Untold Story’

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…In Latest Electoral Violence

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“It was the first time ever I saw my family shivering from fear and trauma caused by the sounds and cracks from stones thrown at our house. Cars parked in and around my compound owned by family and friends were also vandalized,” Abu Kamara, candidate of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in District #15, Montserrado County, narrates his ordeal.

The statement on his social media platform followed the counter-throwing of projectiles by his supporters spurred by initial attacks by those loyal to his key opponent, Telia Urey of the All Liberian Party.

Supporters on both sides were injured in the process which happened in the lead-up to a re-run at six precincts in the district under the county’s combined Senatorial and Representative By-elections.

The car belonging to candidate Urey was also attacked, one account stated.

In his statement, though, Kamara said: “We witnessed another episode of an act of electoral violence within our District. I am ultimately concerned about the escalating tension and violence erupting fears into residents of our district and contaminating the peace we enjoy.”

“We must stop the fears and electoral violence by all means possible and free our people from this political servitude,” he added.

Furthermore, Kamara urged his partisans, supporters to detach and avoid any act of violence and remain calm as they progress to the re-run poll, adding that episodes of violence are fast approaching a point where they can cause division amongst the people and land their fate into a doom of anarchy. “Liberia stands beyond us.”

Meanwhile, Kamara says he stretches hand to meet rival Urey and her team of managers, the district governing council, religious leaders, and all stakeholders in the by-election of the district for a reconciliation meeting in a secluded environment to mend relation, mitigate future violence and put the interest of the people above their political egos.

“I caution all involved, especially my supporters, to remain steadfast to peace and remain calm by avoiding all forms of violence to enjoy our fragile peace,” said Kamara.


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