Police authorities in Monrovia have confirmed that several persons were injured on Saturday November 17, during a violent clash between partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led by its youth league chair and Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee and supporters of opposition Unity Party (UP) Montserrado representative candidate Mrs. Cornelia Kruah – Togba.
Initial reports said at least one person was killed when Mr. Koijee and his group wearing machetes along with fire arms, fired several shots during the process.But police say no one got kill and that the young lady in question who was supposedly killed is among others receiving treatment at the government run John F. Kennedy Medical Center.
The violent clash between the two parties comes just days to the representative by-election in District #13 outside Monrovia, a seat once occupied by the ruling party, but left vacant after the incumbent Rep. Saah Joseph won the Montserrado Senatorial by-election in July of this year.
In an earlier live Facebook post on Saturday, 17 November, Mrs. Kruah – Togba narrated how she was informed about the alleged death of one of her female supporters that was stabbed in the stomach by men allegedly led by Koijee “all because she wants to see democracy works.”
“Jefferson Koijee and his thugs came on our supporters because we were practicing our constitutional right to assemble and to affiliate politically and they have killed someone’s child,” Cornelia alleges in tears.Cornelia particularly expresses regret that President George Manneh Weah was still campaigning for his candidate John J. Weah in the district, in spite of allegedly hearing that his party had killed a citizen.
“After he has heard that his people came after us and they [have] killed someone, he is currently on the Iron Factory Field, giving support to John Weah,” Cornelia explains further.Cornelia’s disappointment is that the opposition was conducting its political rally at the Nigeria Shop Field in New Georgia, very far from Iron Factory where the ruling CDC was having its rally for its district candidate.
In spite of all of these claims, she alarms that the CDC government was at Iron Factory Field, led by President Weah who was allegedly lifting the hands of candidate John J. Weah.
For her part, in her Facebook post, LP political leader Sen. Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence explains that while at the campaign rally of Cornelia on Saturday, 17 November in District 13 Montserrado County, she “watched Jefferson Kojee the City Mayor of Monrovia and a group of uniformed men walking through the crowd with cutlasses, and severely wounded many people.”Sen. Lawrence explains that they also destroyed campaign equipment and disrupted the entire rally.
“I was rescued by community dwellers, and placed in a home for two hours, with all the iron bars locked,” the Grand Bassa County Senator narrates her ordeal.She says her vehicle and that of her team was escorted by men of the community on a back road to Diggsville to get away.
“This was a very shocking and ugly scene! We condemn this act of brutality, and will fight for justice to be done,” Sen. Lawrence adds.She notes her prayers for all those who got wounded, wishing them all speedy recovery.“And My appreciation to the community dwellers who rescued me and others today. To God be the Glory! So many lives depend on what we do. -Will return to the community on Monday,” she concludes.
But in a Facebook post, CDC Chair Mulbah Morlu says the UP candidate lies, challenging her to show proof of the alleged killing and those wounded.“No decent woman lies like UP’s Cornelia Krua-Togbah! Hope she’s ready to show proof of her lying statements, alleging a girl was killed & people wounded with cutlasses! 24 hrs should be enough or we drag you in court! What a liar!” says Morlu.
He adds, “I expect the LNP to invite Madam Cornelia Kruah-Togbah to give details of her false claims on video. Where’s the ‘Dead Girl’s body or name? Where’s proof of CDCeans with cutlasses chasing people? She better start finding lawyers…”
The CDC is battling against opposition candidates to secure the district seat, after its representative Saah Joseph was elected to the Liberian Senate this years.
President Weah and a number of CDC party officials including Morlu, Rep. Solomon George and others were said to have attended the campaign rally in District #13.The Ministry of Information says in a statement issued Sunday, 18 November that the Liberia National Police (LNP) is looking into report of electoral violence that caused several injuries in the district.
By Winston W. Parley