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Nimba County District#5 Representative Samuel Kogar, says he is
in full support of the pending June 7 protest.
He says citizens have right to converge and protest peacefully if they feel
things are not going right with them in the country.
He explains that the Constitution gives citizens the right and power to
assemble and inform their leaders about their plight.

The Nimba lawmaker laments that since President George Weah was
elected to the Presidency, living condition of Liberians both in
rural and urban areas of the country has worsened rather than improve.
He gave his position on the impending June 7 protest over the weekend in a live
radio talk show relayed on several community radio stations in Nimba

Representative Kogar’s position on the planned protest runs contrary to his mentor Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, who has warned Nimbaians here not to get in the street to protest.
According to Senator PYJ, President George Weah just assumed the Presidency a year ago, so he should be given enough time to develop Liberia.

In reaction to the pending demonstrations, President George Manneh Weah terms opposition and critics’ plan to stage a protest beginning June 7 as “machinations and trickery to divert attention from ongoing national developments.”

According to an Executive Mansion release issued in Monrovia Monday, 20 May, President Weah spoke on Friday, 17 May in New Kru Town at the ruling CDC’s primaries to choose candidates for the pending Montserrado County Senatorial and District #15 Representative By-elections.

The President maintains that the June 7 protest is a ploy shrouded in hypocrisy only to distract Liberians’ attention from many positive interventions his government is making to improve lives and develop the country.

“Yes, there are challenges, but what we are doing here is to cover the dark holes that have been dug,” says the President.

“Today, they are accusing you for the economy that was bad under their leadership,” President Weah continues, in an apparent reference to his predecessor, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

“But let me say that the only reason any Liberian will get into the street is simply because they were defeated and don’t want you to lead”, he informs cheering partisans.

Allegations of corruption, the poor state of the economy and a US$25m mop – up exercise are among several reasons why opposition and critics of the regime are planning to protest to demand reforms here.
By Thomas Domah /Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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