A newly constructed social movement named and styled “Concern Citizens United To Bring Our Money Back or COCUBOMB” has promised to carry out a mass protest in Monrovia and its environs on Monday, September 24, 2018.
According to the campaigners, their action is in protest to the recent media discovery of the missing money containers at the Freeport of Monrovia and the Robert’s International Airport (RIA).
Recently, the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Justice and Information confirmed media reports that there were some stockpiled money containers missing (amounting to US$16 billion) in two major entry points of the country.
The government has since called on the public to exercise patience as efforts are being made to investigate the matter and prosecute those behind the missing money containers.
But addressing a major news conference at the University of Liberia main Campus in Monrovia Thursday, September 20, 2018, COCUBMOM Chairman Martin K. N. Kollie said the newly constructed social movement will go all-out Monday to demand the government of President George Manneh Weah to urgently respond to the citizens as to what happens to the missing money containers.
The protest which he claimed will be peaceful is meant to send a clarion call to the international community to immediately take full charge of the investigation and prevail upon the CDC-led government to account for the missing billions.
“CONCUBOMB calls on all students, teachers, motorcyclists, pen-pen riders petit traders, and slum-dwellers to come out in mass on Monday as we together call on those who took our money to bring it back,” CONCUBOM Chairman Kollie asserts.
“The suffering is enough for our people in West Point, Clara Town, Soniwen, Doe Community, New Kru Town and Chicken Soup Factory. The humiliation is enough for our people in rural settlements as a result of greed. It is enough for young people of this country to have no future simply because a few groups of egoistic elites and a newborn cartel of state mafias have chosen to amass illicit wealth and milk on public resources,” he added.
The COCUBOMB chairman described the disappearance of the money containers as “horrific mystery and a national tragedy that is too difficult to explain and justify by functionaries of government.”
COCUBOMB further explains: “In our opinion, we think it is completely insensitive and inhumane for President Weah to even attend the UN General Assembly in New York when we have a national emergency situation in the country. When the country was confronted with Ebola crisis former President Sirleaf sent Vice President Boakai to attend the UN General Assembly. COCUBOM is calling on all Liberians to peacefully assemble at the US Embassy on Monday, September 24, 2018, as we petition the International Community through (the US Government, European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, Chinese Embassy, MRU, etc. Such action is in line with Article 17 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.”