Liberia: Mayor Koijee Denounces Violence Against Former Information Minister Lewis Brown
Monrovia – Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has strongly condemned Monday’s evening violent attack against former Information Minister Lewis Brown at the local radio station in Monrovia.
Former Minister Brown is the Head of Team Cummings, and he is part of the group, Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) that is planning to stage a protest against the Weah-led administration on December 17, 2022.
By: J.H. Webster Clayeh
The Mayor of Monrovia and the former Information boss in recent days had been in a war of words with each other.
Despite the many exchanges with Mr. Brown, Mayor Koijee in a press conference says no amount of resentment from anyone should lead to a violent scene.
After the incident at Voice of Liberia radio station, fingers from the opposition especially from the Collaborating Political Parties were pointed at the Monrovia City Mayor for orchestrating the Monday evening standoff at a local radio station in Liberia something Mayor Koijee denied.
The Monrovia City Mayor says the violence against Mr. Brown has the proclivity to create an unnecessary panic amongst the citizens in the lead-up to the 2023 elections.
The Chief Administrator of the City of Monrovia added: “I beg Liberians to engage more in the competition of ideas, not militarism which might put the state and its people in harm’s way or subvert the gains made in maintaining the country’s peace.”
He warned: “Politicians should stop playing on the intelligence of the citizens by taking advantage of their conditions, thus using them as sources of violence.”
Also at the conference, the Monrovia City Mayor Pledges his commitment to the fight against corruption to ensure a corruption-free society which is a catalyst of good governance.
Mayor Koijee making his unrelenting pledge to the fight against corruption said the vice is an eminent menace that serves as a potential threat to any nation-state which undermines growth.
According to Mayor Koijee, if Liberia, an underprivileged society, is to upsurge more rapidly in growth, every citizen will need to detest, denounce, and always reject corruption.
The arrow- head of the city of Monrovia averred that as a stakeholder who is concerned about the futuristic prospect of the state and its people, he has joined the fight to always uphold the standards of honesty and integrity.
Besides, the Mayor also called on every official of government and citizens to support the ideal work of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission as well as other state-graph institutions clothed with the authority to contrive programs all gear towards combating corruption.
Mayor Koijee called on public officials to declare their assets and at the same time called for the Monrovia City Government to be audited.
He vowed: “I leave public space if anyone provides a modicum of documents that links him to corruption.”
“My pledge is an integrity pledge, a citizen-centric document that serves as a key framework in the fight against corruption as well as efforts to promote and institutionalize integrity and good ideals in Liberia.”
The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), a non-state actor that ensures checks and balances within the governance architecture of the state is the lead executor of this citizen-driven initiative.
For her part, CENTAL Legal Officer, Atty. Bendu Kpoto extolled Mayor Koijee for his timely consent to voluntarily affix his signature to a citizen-driven document that is meant for every responsible citizen to sign a commitment to honing Liberia’s democracy grounded by integrity, accountability, and transparency.
Atty. Kpoto noted that the City Mayor of Monrovia’s timely responsiveness to pledge his support to the fight against corruption in Liberia manifests sound leadership and depicts that he is a responsible citizen.