It appears that the 46 years old Movement for Justice in Africa or MOJA, a leftist pan-African political organization founded by veteran Liberian economist and politician, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh has lost its relevance, as a group of protestors, believed to be students, forcibly disrupted its 14th anniversary here over the weekend, sending its founders and members running for their lives.
MOJA was founded in 1973 as a leftist Pan-African movement dedicated to the struggle for social justice and democracy in Liberia with chapters in Ghana and The Gambia.
Some of its pioneering members include Henry Boimah Fahnbulleh, Dew Tuan-Wreh Mason, River Gee County Senator, Conmany B. Wesseh, and former interim president Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, among others.
However, celebration marking its 14th anniversary was abruptly disrupted to disbelief of Dr. Tipoteh himself, Senator Wesseh, the President of the Liberia National Bar Association Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe and a host of guests, who had turned out in the auditorium of the G.W. Gibson High School in Monrovia Saturday.
It all started as a member of the progressive community, John H. T. Stewart, was giving the history of MOJA when over 75 thugs dressed in T-shirts with inscription Liberia National Student Union, LINSU, invaded the auditorium and completely took hold of the podium, compelling Mr. Stewart to quitely leave the stage, as the hooligans sang anti-democratic songs, branding the gathering as a disservice to the student community for selecting University of Liberia student leaders Martin K.N. Kollie and Carlos Edison to serve as discussants.
Student Carlos Edison is currently fighting for his life, after he was involved in a road accident along with the late Montserrado County District #15, Representative Adolph Lawrence early Monday, 25 March on the Robertsfield highway enroute to Monrovia from Grand Bassa County.
However, the purported LINSU members described the MOJA leader, Dr. Tipoteh and other officials as old fashion and failed politicians with nothing new to offer to the current generation. Story by Jonathan Browne