— Says Mayor Koijee, back door diplomatic engagement with congressman Smith
Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee, has termed the recent statement made by US Congressman, Chris Smith, that president George Weah has led a kleptocratic government since his inauguration, is a result of misinformation and lies by critics of the Weah led- administration.
According to the Monrovia Mayor who presents himself most often as the government’s spokesperson, when people fail to lay their hands on the truth, they resolve in falsehood, thereby painting others with lies and misinformation. “Congressman Smith is a victim of misinformation and lies,” he said.
“I am not angry with the Congressman because you have people who go and mislead people when they are unable to lay their hands on the facts.”
Congressman Smith accused President Weah of leading a “Kleptocratic” government that is engaged in political corruption since the day of his ascendency, depleting the government’s coffers for personal use while the Liberian people are left to suffer.
Appearing on the Spoon Talk 107.5 FM radio program, Mayor Koijee stressed that Congressman Smith has been misled by “career liers; by hateful people who do not wish well for this Administration.”
When asked whether he concurs with the congressman’s accusations, Mayor Koijee said, “No, absolutely not. I don’t believe that.” However, he admitted that the government has some challenges. “We have administrative, institutional and individual challenges, but to outrightly state that the entire government is falling short is unfair.”
Mayor Koijee’s statement comes just days after Information Minister, Ledgerhood Rennie, and Edwin Snowe, Senator of Bomi County, came out to speak against the congressman’s allegation.
Most importantly, the statement from the mayor, chairperson of the CDC youth wing, is a clear indication that the government is deeply worried by the congressman’s statement.
“If I come and say to you here that everything is rosy for this government, I will be guilty and feel charged. I will be lying to you, but to say the entire government failed, you will be unfair to us and to the Liberian people because even the Liberian people know fully well that with the difficulties and challenges they are going through, they know that there is progress being made.”
Koijee said the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will document all of the misinformation that congressman Smith is fed with and, by that, the truth will prevail.
“We are going to document all of the misfacts that they have fed Congressman Smith with, and the facts will manifest themselves.”
He noted that, “We have a bilateral relationship with the US government. They are our traditional friends and I think the best we ought to do is to have some back door diplomatic engagement with them,” said Koijee.