The Analyst (Monrovia)

9 January 2013

Liberia: Suspended CDC Youth Leader Succumbs - "See Wisdom, Reconsider Decision," He Cries to Executive Committee

Jefferson T. Koijee, a tough-talking former youth wing Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change, has now beaten his swords into ploughshare, praying to the Executive Committee of the Party to reverse his expulsion from the prominent job.

When Koijee was suspended several weeks ago for acts incompatible with the virtues of the CDC, he put up a stern fight, amongst other things, calling for an open, transparent and credible trial for his imminent condemnation. The party been superstructure gave Koijee his day and finally visited the reprimand he's praying against upon him.

It now seems the former youth leader is grounding belligerence and seeking conciliation with his bosses, as indicative of his communication to the National Executive Committee.

"Mr. Chairman and members of the Executive committee; in the spirit of peace, togetherness, stability, reconciliation, institutional values, and in the name of our fallen martyrs and compatriots who have sacrificed their lives and to keep the touch burning in the interest of our country, party and its people, please allow me to seize this moment and opportunity to officially and publicly extend to the Executive Committee, Standard Bearer Amb. George M Weah and the entire membership my sincere apology for the lack of due consultation before my statement at the 2030 Vision program."

Koijee says he takes full responsibility as a person and deeply regrets any embarrassment caused the party, the Executive Committee and its leaders.

"As a [former] national youth and student leader turned politician, I will appreciate were we to fight together as family in the struggle of emancipating our people from the dungeon of economic captivity," he said, maintaining that, "There can be no question that I still remain convinced that Madam Sirleaf remains a grandmother who is untrustworthy by our generation and by extension the Liberian people always."

In the spirit of genuine reconciliation and the forward march or our party, he said, "humbly call on the Executive Committee to see wisdom and reconsider its decision."

He presented himself to the Grievance and Ethics Committee to allow justice, transparency and democracy to take their course, stating further that the work of the Committee having been completed and their verdict announce, he's under obligation to perform his part consistent with the wishes of the party.

Moreover, some little known pressure groups, have also frowned on the comments of the Dumoe and Costas, saying both men had been unprofessional and unruly in their utterances.

The groups Movement for Justice in Liberia (MOJIL), the Defender of Democracy, and the New Democratic Values of Liberia (DEMVOL) have called for public boycott of the show and the censure of its host.

In a jointly signed statement the groups accused show host Henry Costas and his guest, Menipakei Dumoe, of "openly abusing the free speech that is being enjoyed by all Liberians by making unsubstantiated and derogatory comments with potential to undermine the peace and development of the country".

They nonetheless described the action of Mr. Costa and his guest as "unprofessionalism" typical of "mercenary media tactics as a tool of blackmail" of which the group said they were noted. They gave no examples of such previous actions.

The groups called on Liberians not to treat with any degree of seriousness the statement attributed to both Costas and Dumoe "since both men are driven by sheer mercenarism (their selfish desire to make money at the expense of other people's hard-earned character)".

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