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The Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) is warning here against the remobilization of all ex-combatants, including “generals” and ordinary fighters of former warring factions so as not to create fear in Liberia.

“…[Any] action taken directly or indirectly to call ex-combatants to action in any manner, shape or form will definitely create fear and undermine the ongoing efforts of peacebuilding and national development,” MOJA says in a recent statement issued in Monrovia.

The warning comes in wake of ex-generals’ threat issued in a press conference to arrest sitting Montserrado County District #10 Rep. Yekeh Kolubah for allegedly asserting that President George Manneh Weah is unable to govern and would soon flee Liberia under protest.

The ex-generals, comprising ex-fighters from the disbanded Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and numerous defunct warring factions that waged terror against Liberians during the civil crisis here, last week demanded Rep. Kolubah’s appearance to an inquiry ordered by Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Edwin Martin.

In spite of the existence of an active police force and other national security agencies here, the ex-rebel generals shockingly planned to move in to arrest Rep. Kolubah upon his failure to appear, forcing loyalists of the lawmaker to shield his home from the ex-generals.

“Finally, MOJA calls on all state and non-state actors to stop the remobilization of all ex-combatants, including “generals” and ordinary fighters of former warring factions, who were demobilized by the international community through the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2003,” MOJA says in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Movement says it implores President George Manneh Weah to tame the disruptive forces within his ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and promote the rule of law so as to engender public confidence and interest in his proposed national dialogue.

It notes that the level of intolerance has intensified in the country and the threat of the use of violence against perceived political opponents of government continues unabated.

“MOJA is the latest victim of such attacks as her anniversary program was disrupted by thugs on Saturday, 23 March, 2019.”

MOJA warns that it is now widely feared that the country is gradually reverting to the era of impunity that facilitated the catastrophic civil war in Liberia.

“These sad developments” it notes,” have reinforced MOJA’s support for the full implementation of the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, with emphasis on the establishment of the extraordinary court for war and economic crimes.”

The Movement calls on all peace-loving Liberians to support the establishment of this court as the best way to end impunity here.–Press release

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