The Government of Liberia, through the Information Ministry has frown at Wednesday’s bloody incident that occurred in the PHP community, down town Monrovia, involving supporters of two rival senatorial candidates of Montserrado county- Ambassador George Weah of the congress for Democratic or CDC and Mr. Robert Sirleaf.
The riot, which took place on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, left several persons wounded, including a female not identified. Mr. Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Mr. Weah, are both forerunners for the Montserrado County Senatorial seat ahead of at least ten others.
Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism during its regular press briefing, Minister Lewis Brown cautioned Liberians against engaging themselves in “things that will undermine the peace process.”
According to Minister Brown, democracy is about “people putting themselves in order to vote in their choice,” noting that as such, campaign Leaders must be held responsible for Wednesday’s riot that took place between the senatorial candidates Weah and Sirleaf.
He added that they should have found a better way to handle their supporters and partisans to avoid calamity, saying it was violence that made many innocent people to lost their lives in Liberia. ”And this time around, we don’t want any of those things to come back to our people,” he said.
Minister Brown further noted that if Liberians were supportive of the forward movement of their country, they must do away with “things that will separate this country from peace, because we have had enough of war in this country; Liberia is our common and only denominator- there is no way that anyone can separate this country from the peace.”
He, however, pointed out that the government had a duty to perform, and that is to protect the peace of Liberia, saying it was because of this peace that many innocent Liberians sacrificed their lives during years of civil conflict.
“People must show value and respect to those innocent citizens who gave up their lives in return of the peace we are enjoying,” further admonishing all senatorial contestants that election was all about exchanging ideas and not to create hatred for their fellow colleagues.