Following widespread speculations that Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Tamba Koijee has ‘covertly’ purchased a home in central Monrovia (Sinkor region) for a fee of US$250,000, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) boss has rubbish the information.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, September 20, 2018, Mayor Koijee said the speculation has no iota of truth and should not be taken seriously by the public.
He said as a youthful mayor who has an impeccable character, he will in no way get involve into the luxurious lifestyle by using public funds to purchase expensive ‘bungalows’ knowing that the country is faced with serious economic challenges.
He described the information as a complete falsehood which is being propagated by oppositions of the government who are bent on undermining the gains that are being made by the Coalition For Democratic Change (CDC) led Government.
According to Mayor Koijee, oppositions of the government are still suffering from post-election trauma and are finding it difficult to recover from their ‘unfortunate’ situation.
“First they said I bought US$150,000.00 home, now they are saying I have purchased US$250,000 house, just imagine how confuse they are,” the vocal Monrovia City Mayor told a jam-packed press conference at his MCC office.
“I am one person who will not allow this government to be brought to public ridicule. This is why we supported the popular revolution to bring about change in this country and we choose the best person who can emancipate this country from its dungeon of poverty and this person is Amb. George Manneh Weah. If these claims are evidently established, I will resign my post as mayor,” he added.
Touching on other issues, Mayor Koijee said plans are underway by the MCC to permanently get rid of street sellers from Monrovia.
He said the MCC is scheduled to meet with street vendors (Petit-traders) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will guarantee a permanent relocation of street sellers from the city center.
He described as “sad” the influx of street sellers in Monrovia and other surrounding cities, stating that, the signing of the MOU on Monday, September 24, 2018 between MCC and the street sellers will serve as means of amicably resolving the situation.
At the same time, the Monrovia City Mayor has disclosed that World Bank will be donating some pieces of equipment to the MCC to buttress its effort in keeping Monrovia clean, green and save.
“We want to let you know that the MCC through the able leadership of Amb. George Manneh Weah was able to secure 3 double-cabin Toyota pickups which were given to us by the World Bank. Those pickups are now enabling our workers and regional directors who are now actively being involved in making the city clean safe and protected,” he averred.