MCC Boss Mr. Jefferson Tamba Koijee MCC Boss Mr. Jefferson Tamba Koijee

Koijee Wants War Crimes Court Established, Warns Gov’t Officials

The Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Mr. Jefferson T. Koijee, has broken silence on the long-standing debate regarding the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia and at the same time warned officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led-Government to stop shifting blame on the past administration for the economic difficult today.

Speaking via mobile phone on the Truth Breakfast Show from Washington DC, United States of America (USA) at the weekend, Koijee expressed overwhelming support for the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in the Country.

The MCC Boss, who is also the Chairman of the Youth League of the Congress for Democratic Change(CDC), pointed out that the establishment of the court will ensure the prosecution of people who perpetrated atrocity during the 14-year bloody civil war for lasting peace and social healing.

“Mine view is that the establishment ofa War and Economic Crimes Court is very necessary for our country. Those who committed mayhem in Liberia should be made to account for their actions through the court,” he stated.

“As a strong advocate of a War Crimes Court, especially during my days in the youth and student communities, I will continue to advocate for the establishment of a War and Economics Crimes Court,” he pointed out.

According to him, his advocacy for a War and Economics Crimes Court can’t in no way be undermined by the position he holds in government. Koijee is of the strong conviction that the ultimate means to sustaining peace, genuine reconciliation and development in Liberia is through the establishment of the court.

"We must seek to end the scourge of impunity in Liberia by using the law and holding people accountable for their wrongdoings," Mayor Koijee asserted.

Hethen lauded President George Manneh Weah for making moves that may lead to the establishment of the court. Although the Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC) recommended the establishment of a special court in 2009, that call was never heeded to by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

He indicated that establishing the extraordinary court for Liberia is necessary for justice and for the people of Liberia to heal. The Monrovia City Mayor also warned against continue protestation in the country, something he said, taints the image of the country negatively and discourages investors.

“We understand that things are difficult as the result of the economic situation in our country, but we cannot use the situation to score political points by continuously staging protest at the detriment of the people we claim to love,” he intimated.

According to Mayor Koijee, every Liberian, regardless of their political affiliation, needs to play a patriotic role by joining hands with the government to address the current economic situation in the best interest of the citizenry.

“Young people of Liberia, we have an opportunity today under this President that we might not have years to come, we have an opportunity to serve in government and make the necessary changes Liberia and Liberians deserve. Please don’t allow people use you to undermine this opportunity,” he intoned.

Commenting on the dying economic situation, the youthful mayor also called on officials of government to stop shifting blame on the past government and work harder to achieve the pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development.

“We didn’t come to government to shift blame on other people. We came to government on the slogan of change. The past government has served and gone. Whether they created the messy state of our country’s economy or not, it is time we rise to the occasion to work in the interest of the people who give us the popular mandate to serve,” he continued.

“It is time that government officials regain the trust and confidence of their communities by sharing with them; engaging them with sincerity and explaining the actual realities on ground,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Mayor Koijee is currently in Washington D.C. to establish a sister-city relationship, which will promote economic development and exchange of ideas and programs between Monrovia and Washington D.C.

He is expected to hold talks with the City Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser, the City Council amongst others.

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