Bloody Clashes At Montserrado County By-Election Campaign With One Death Reported, Several Wounded

Clashes between supporters of John Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Cornelia Kruah Togba of the Unity Part (UP) took away two lives with several sustaining serious injuries reportedly led by its Youth League Chairman, Jefferson Koijee, who is also the Mayor of the City of Monrovia.

Both Kruah and Weah are contesting for Montserrado County District 13 Representative seat in the upcoming by-election schedule for November 20, 2018 on the Cornelia is contesting the District 13 electoral seat on the Liberty Party ticket.

According to report, Koijee, Representative Solomon George and a team of militants who were to launch the campaign of the CDC candidate, John J. Weah, in Iron Factory, invaded the camp of Cornelia in Gardnersville where she was also having her campaign activities ongoing, thereby causing commotion.

Gboko Stewart, a member of Cornelia’s media team told journalists that the CDC militants attacked the convoy of Cornelia which escalated the clashes.

“They’re not having their campaigns at the same place; I don’t understand why Koijee as the Mayor of Monrovia would try to do this thing; why would he lead his men to do this kind of thing… It’s really disheartening,” said Gboko Stewart, a member of Cornelia’s campaign media team.

Speaking on the incident in an interview, Cornelia expressed disappointment in President George Weah for continuing with the campaign of his party’s candidate despite the death of a citizen ‘caused’ by members of his party.

“By the time he heard that there was violence, he should have stopped at the site of the violence, not to go and stand on the field and give support to somebody or she should have stayed away,” she said.

She alleged that Koijee is using his position to harass and intimidate peaceful citizens.

It can be recalled that the CDC Youth League this week held a press conference accusing Minister Kruah and Public Workds Manbutu Nyepan of using their ministerial positions to sponsor candidates in the upcoming elections in Montserrdo County District 13 and Sinoe County, respectively.

“The youth league has information available through its intelligence bureau suggesting that Mr. Kruah has his daughter in the race in District 13, Montserrado County on the ticket of the Unity Party and is using his position and affiliation with government to undermine the mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate, John J. Weah,” Emmanuel T. Swen Secretary General of the CDC said in a during a press conference on Monday.

“Furthermore, our attention has been drawn to Mr. Nyepan, who is supporting an opposition candidate Romeo Quiah against the party’s candidate in Sinoe County.”

According to Swen, these acts being carried out by the two stewards of government are ‘disingenuous’ and contravenes the agenda of the CDC-led government.

He said it is unwarranted for the two to serve two key governmental positions in the CDC leadership and engage in political battle with the party.

The Youth League through its Secretary General wants Mr. Kruah and Nyepan to disembark from their alleged plot against the CDC in the pending by-elections.

“We want to remind these two individuals that the positions they occupied as ministers came on the basis of sweat and blood shared by supporters of CDC. These people cannot be victims for ensuring the popular people’s victory,” Swen added.

Liberty Party Political Leader Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Abe Darius Dillon were also there to support the UP Candidate. They were bodily taken out of their cars by supporters and residents of New Georgia Estate into safety from the chaos. RallyIn Montserrado By-election, President Weah Endorses John Weah, As Clashes Between CDC ,UP  Partisans Resulted To Two Deaths

As candidates for the November 20, 2018 Montserrado County District # 13 by-election conclude their campaign today at various points, one of the candidates, John Weah (Not related to George Weah) who is running on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for democratic Change (CDC) today received the support of the Liberian leader as a possible replacement of Saah Joseph who was elected to the Senate early this year.

https://www.facebook.com/cornelia.w.kruah/videos/10215184510500110/?t=4Prior to the arrival of the Liberian leader who is also the political leader of the ruling party, supporters of two of the candidates in the race, Cornelia Kruah Togba of the Unity Party (UP) and John Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) clashed with each throwing stones at each other despite the presence of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police.

This situation drew huge bystanders many of whom who were waiting to see the arrival of their President on the grounds of the ‘John Weah for Montserrado County District # 14 Representative’ rally.

According to our source, officials from the CDC including the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee, Representatives Solomon George and Moses Acarous Gray of Montserrado County were present during the clashes along with a group, the Sabu Unit that reportedly led the clashes.

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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, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.