Monrovia, Liberia- The City Mayor of Monrovia and Youth Chair of the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change Jefferson T. Koijee has urged partisans of opposition political parties to turn out in their thousands on Monday to carry out their planned protest as it relates to the L$15 billion banknotes.
Speaking late Saturday at the headquarters of the CDC, Mayor Koijee said, the ruling party was subjected to all kinds of abuses as opposition, and enduring those abuses for twelve years, has paved the way for the opposition to exercise their democratic rights.
The Monrovia City Mayor also informed partisans gathered, that he has instructed the Liberia National Police to provide maximum security, as well as water for the protesters on Monday, and that the CDC will be providing three cows at various political parties headquarters to feed protesters.
“We want to say to you, do not allow no one to scare you. We will support your action. We believe you are well intended. Come out. As the Mayor of this city, I am under most serious obligation to ensure that your rights are duly protected”, Mayor Koijee said.
Mayor Koijee said, President Weah has the heart and will to change the situation of the Liberian people, and that the government is in support of the protesters action.
“Even-though I was not provided such as opportunity, but I can assure you, that you are different, we have paid the price for them, we have been to jail for them, we have fought for them so that on Monday, you can be peacefully assembled so that your voices can be heard”, Mr. Koijee added.
In the meantime, Mayor Koijee criticized the opposition for spreading lies, and pointed out that CDC only intention for Liberia is the betterment of its citizens. The Mayor said, the CDC fought for a participatory democracy, and wants the opposition to enjoy what they fought for but also clarified, that they will not by any means get the government distracted from its purpose.
The statement by Mayor Koijee refutes rumors and allay fears that the Youth Wing of the Coalition for Democratic Change was planning a counter-protest on the same Monday as planned by the opposition.
Meanwhile, reports reaching The Liberian Billboard says, members of the opposition and protest planners are in high gear for the planned Monday protest. Our correspondents in Monrovia says, coordination and consultations are currently ongoing, while T-Shirts for the march are being printed and distributed. Some members of the organizing committee who spoke to The Liberian Billboard said, they are fired up and Liberians will turn out in their thousands to voice their concerns on Monday.