26 October 2017

Liberia: CDC Reacts to Attacks

The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has reacted and condemned recent strain of attacks on peaceful citizens in the country. Controversial talkshow host Henry Costa was allegedly attacked by some Liberians on Mechlin Street after reportedly raining invectives at the political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Senator George Weah.

The action followed the play of a recorded phone conversation between him and Senator Weah. He claimed Weah begged him (Costa) to join the CDC ahead of the runoff elections slated for November 7, 2017.

Costa said he refused such decision, but decided to castigate the CDC in a way that reportedly angered several Liberians, some of whom said to be followers of the CDC and Senator Weah.

Before the alleged attack on Costa, men yet to be identified attempted burning the home of the station manager of OK FM, Smith Toby. His house located on the Robertsfield Highway suffered minor burn. Journalist James Karimu of Prime FM sometimes ago suffered similar attack on Capitol Bypass.

There are reports a man of God was attacked in Gbarnga, Bong County while on a radio station castigating a political leader.

On behalf of the CDC, Youth League Chair Jefferson Koijee took exception to these ugly actions and said Liberians should have respect for each other when they expressed their views.

As claimed in some quarters that CDCians were the masterminds of the attacks, Koijee fell short blaming CDCians for the attack on Henry Costa, but warned that Liberians shouldn't engage in such acts which have the propensity to undermine the peace of the country.

Koijee recounted how supporters and partisans of the CDC have been branded in the country, but maintained that the supporters and partisans of the party are peaceful as evidenced by the maintenance of peace for past 12 years despite the party being at the disadvantage of political maneuverings. "We condemn the act. Whether Costa stage-managed it or not, we condemn it. Liberia is bigger than our differences. Weah doesn't support recklessness or lawlessness. We want to call on the Liberian people that these are difficult periods and we know the UP continues to malign the CDC. Liberians should not get involve in lawlessness. When Costa was in problem with the government, we advocated for him," Koijee said.

Costa latest rigmaroles with the CDC have made many Liberians to think that the CDC wanted him most for the runoff elections in the country. But Koijee said Liberians should be aware that Costa has never been a member of the CDC, but the party has stood with him during difficult periods in his life in the country.

He said supporters of the party see no reason attacking Costa for his views about the party. "Costa has not been member of the CDC and he voted for Urey. We don't fight him. If we start running behind people as alleged, Liberia will be heading for trouble. We need to unite as a country. We condemn that act and we know it is not CDCians, but as Liberians, we don't need such actions. They should stop creating fear in the minds of the people. Our people were killed on this same ground and we remained peaceful. Weah has been a peaceful man for the past twelve years," he added.

The CDC's youth leader further stressed that people who are preaching divisive politics should stop and think how they can unite the Liberian people, saying librarians need unifiers.

"If you have problems with anybody, go to the court. We should not be fighting each other; we must be looking for unity in this country. As a responsible institution, we know this was stage-managed, but we condemn this act as this has the propensity to undermine our peace. For us, we love Liberia and we know the price we paid for this peace. We don't need these kinds of things. Our focus is the consciousness of Liberians," he indicated.

Koijee called on Liberians to do away with such behaviors, saying those behaviors are condemnable and we are calling on people who are aggrieved to seek the legal means.

'As Liberians, we should disengage in such act. We must continue to remain peaceful," he concluded. Earlier, Deputy Secretary Samora Wolokollie, on behalf of the party condemned the attacks, and said the party did not condone such.

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