Koijee Breaks Out of ‘Political’ Bondage

The City Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee has finally broken silence over recent social media reports that he championed a battalion of armed (cutlasses) men who carry out a gruesome attack against peaceful citizens during a by-election rally in District #13 Montserrado County.

Addressing a press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Mayor Koijee disclosed that at no time did he guarded supporters of the ruling Coalition For Democratic Change (CDC) to carry out a violent action against opposition supporters.

He said those propagating such information are bent on making him look ugly in the public glare and to also paint a dark picture of the George Weah led government to the international community.

The Monrovia City mayor condemned the violence in its entirety and called on the Ministry of Justice to investigate the matter.

“I’m seriously baffled by all that people say concerning what happened in District # 13 violence saga, though I condemned this situation, many people have used this situation to spill lies to the public. Can you imagine some people said I had a gun in my hands during the violence….others even lied that people were killed during the process…where are the bodies? No one person has come up to say, their relative die as a result of this violence… so you see how people are eager to bring other down by spilling all the lies they have at their disposal,” he averred.

According to the Mayor, the Ministry of Justice should have taken charge of the incident immediately after its occurrence by launching an investigation into the situation.

He blamed the ministry for not carry out its mandate properly, stating that, it is not too late to do the right thing by inviting everyone (including himself) that was heavily involved into the by-election violence.

Commenting on Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrance recent communication to summon him before the Senate Plenary, Mayor Koijee said he expected the Grand Bassa Lawmaker to earlier on confront him on a friendly note before writing the Senate, but still respect her decision to go public on her communication.

He said he stands ready to appear before the Senate Plenary to explain his ordeal as to what led to the violence during the campaign process of the just ended by-election.

Senator Karnga-Lawrance in a 6-page letter recently addressed to Senate Protempore, Albert T. Chie accused Mayor Koijee of aiding and abetting violence by ordering some supporters of the CDC, whom she claimed were dressed in militia clothing, to brutalize opposition supporters who were also campaigning the same day for their candidate Cornelia Kraul.

“I know Senator Karnga-Lawrance very well. I supported her when she decided to run as Senator in Grand Bassa, why is it she will have this problem with me and will not at least confront as a small brother to know what really transpired,” he wondered.

At the same time, Mayor Koijee has also responded to another accusation of his pending graduation from the University of Liberia which is taking social media by storm.

“How will I be graduating from the University of Liberia when I’m not informed myself?” he asked.

He furthered “When I appeared before the Senate Committee prior to my confirmation, I told them that I will go back to school, that promised I have upheld till date. I first enter the University of Liberia in 2009, I had to drop because I was so much into national politics and how we could revolutionize the governance of this country, something which came to fulfillment in 2017. Now, I have sought readmission at the University of Liberia and have started attending classes.”

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