City of Monrovia, specifically the Sinkor, 12th Street route heading to Congo Town suffered a complete shutdown Friday, 28 November when main opposition leader George Weah, launched his official campaign for the senatorial seat of Montserrado County in the special senatorial elections, causing citizens to trek long distances due to huge traffic congestion.
Partisans of Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change on Friday proved that they have the numbers in Montserrado County. The CDC pulled tens of thousands of supporters from all walks of life to launch its campaign for Weah’s senatorial bid.
CDCIANS paraded the streets of Monrovia from various localities, chanting pro George Weah slogans as they marched to their party headquarters in Congo Town. Due to the CDC campaign launch, Monrovia came to a standstill as citizens struggled to make their way home in huge traffic. All parts of Monrovia suffered traffic jam for several hours in the late evening.
There were huge traffic from the commercial district of Red-Light through the Freeport of Monrovia to Broad Street and then to Sinkor. About 14 candidates are in the Montserrado County senatorial race, including Independent candidate Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Mr. Sirleaf is the main rival of Weah, but if Friday’s turnout is anything to read from, Bob Sirleaf should be having a second thought by now as to who really owns Montserrado, a county that the CDC has maintained a strong grip on since 2005.
However the bad blood between the two showed up recently when bloody clashes erupted between rival supporters during a visit by George Weah to the PHP community behind the Barclay Training Center where Mr. Sirleaf has his political office, resulting to stone throwing and serious injuries.
Said Weah recently of Mr. Robert Sirleaf: “Robert Sirleaf has bad training; what his mother did not achieve, he cannot achieve it…. They judge you from the home you come from; when you come from a good home and you go out and exemplify those attributes, people say the boy is a good kid. The person they go to is your parents, who brought you up. When you are bad children with bad attributes they will say the house the man come from his parents did not train him.”
Though Mr. Sirleaf was not immediately present when the clashes began, he made his way there upon a tip off that his supporters were in intense exchanges with CDCians , who had accompanied their leader, and senatorial candidate, George Weah.
CDCians chanted anti-Sirleaf slogans, saying, “We don’t want Sodom and Gommoroh,” something that appeared to have angered the Robert Sirleaf camp. Mr. Sirleaf, who runs a football club here BYC, also has his political office in the PHP Community, where his supporters and those of Mr. Weah’s severely clashed, unleashing agitating comments against one another.
Speaking upon arrival, Mr. Sirleaf told the CDCians they could do whatever they wanted, including damaging his vehicle, but warned his supporters not to react.
“I will take the rocks. Let them throw the rocks at me; I’m your leader. I’m the one you will vote for. If that’s what they want, I will bleed for you,” said Sirleaf, whose coming into the race has generated huge controversy, bordering on his personal life.