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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. 

Thank you.


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. 

Thank you.

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