Uncertainty Hangs Over Prince Johnson’s Planned Visit To Tuzon

L/R: Former Rebel Leader and now Nimba County Senator, Prince Y. Johnson and the late Liberian President, Samuel K. Doe
L/R: Former Rebel Leader and now Nimba County Senator, Prince Y. Johnson and the late Liberian President, Samuel K. Doe

Dozens of Liberians who read a local daily publication that Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson is to shortly embark on a journey to the Tuzon, the home town of the late Liberian leader, Samuel Kanyan Doe who he (Prince Jonson) killed during the Liberian civil war, said the planned journey of the former rebel leader to the man he killed must be a joke.

According to the paper, Senator Prince Johnson’s planned visit to the home of the late Liberian leader is on his agenda as he is reportedly preparing to start his southeastern Liberia county tour in his bid for his presidential campaign for the 2017 general and presidential elections..

According to the paper, Senator Prince Johnson who is political leader of the opposition party Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction or MDR and the planned tour is expected to be largely dominated by politics. Johnson’s dreaded Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia or INPFL rebels captured and subsequently butchered President Doe in September 1990 at the Freeport of Monrovia where the slain President had gone to meet with peacekeeping troops during the peak of the Liberian Civil War.

He told reporters in Ganta, Nimba County over the weekend that before the 2017 elections, he will visit the southeast of the country to talk with voters, specifically the home town of slain President Doe in Grand Gedeh County.

Speaking in Ganta, the MDR leader said the planned visit is in response to recent support he allegedly received from citizens when his photograph entered that region. “I was impressed to hear that citizens in the southeast were fighting over my photo that appeared in the area”, said the ex-Presidential candidate.

The pending visit by the leader of the disbanded INPFL rebels to the southeast will be the first after that eventful moment in 1990 when rebel forces under his command killed all guards that accompanied the President and took him captive before torturing him to death and putting his dead body on public display subsequently at the Island Clinic on Bushrod Island.

Senator Johnson, who was poorly received in Ganta unlike his previous visits, did not specifically state when he plans to visit Tuzon, Grand Gedeh, home of the slain President.

Hundreds of his supporters in Nimba, including members of the business community headed by Mr. PharazeDekpah recently pledged loyalty to the candidacy of Vice President Joseph Boakai in the 2017 elections.

Mr. Dekpah told The NewDawntheir decision to support Boakai is based on the fact that the Vice President is corruption-free and maintains an impeccable public service record in Liberia According to him, they are willing to financially support the candidacy of Vice President Boakai, if the need arises.

The recent crossover of several Johnson’s supporters to the Boakai Movement has sent a big blow to his quest to vie for the nation’s highest office for the second time. He contested in the 2011 polls, coming third after President Sirleaf and Cllr. Winston A. Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change, but gave his support to Madam Sirleaf in the runoff.

Some supporters said the only thing Senator Johnson could brag of toNimbaians is that he killed President Doe under whose regime they suffered ethnic cleansing as a result of countless allegations of involvement in coup plot. According to some Nimba residents, while all other lawmakers have gone to their respective counties to be with their people during the agriculture break, Senator PYJ only spent three days

In Ganta City and left for Monrovia. “Like him go to Monrovia because it is Monrovia that elected him as Senator for Nimba, but 2017 is coming we will see who have the power”, they added.

Source: ND

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.