Influx of Ex-rebel Fighters in Monrovia Ahead of June 7?

18
8531
Flashback: Some of the ex-rebel fighters at a recent press conference in Monrovia

Confirmed reports reaching this newspaper suggest that there is an influx of ex-rebel fighters in Monrovia as the clock ticks towards June 7.

According to sources, some of the ex-rebel fighters, include the likes of General Kemoh, aka K-1, Mark Guan, one of Benjamin Yeaten’s bodyguards, Yon Gblorgbay, a once feared rebel commander of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), Yon Goanue, and E-Mehn, alias Idi Amin, etc.

Those reportedly from Nimba and other rural parts are said to be at a location in Paynesville, outside Monrovia and are being well taken care by an unnamed lawmaker from the county.

Further, according to sources, a prominent member of the Legislature has been actively encouraging those ex-rebel fighters in Nimba County to come to Monrovia and stand by for any possible action.

It can be recalled that in last April, a group of ex-rebel generals led by Ofori Diah of the defunct Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), held a press conference during which they threatened to arrest Representative Yekeh Kolubah, and “disciplined him for what they claimed as Kolubah’s incessant attacks on President George Weah.

After much public outcry, the former rebels fighters retracted their statement, but not before storming the Temple of Justice courtyard, which caused a stir and sent people scrambling for safety.

Official reaction to the call by organizers (Council of Patriots) for mass protest on June 7 has been anything but tolerant, and has evinced intense outrage from officials and supporters of the government, which is reflected in the issuance of terroristic threats by top ranked officials against perceived enemies, according to former Montserrado County District #10 Representative Dusty Wolokolie.

Mr. Wolokolie, who appeared on a local radio 50-50 talk show with host T. Max Jlateh, an informant had told him that the Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, on June 1, 2019, had informed the individual that he (McGill) knew his movements, and the places he slept, warning that Wolokolie would be eliminated, because he had declared his support for the June 7 protest.

When asked by the informant if the message could be relayed to Wolokolie, McGill replied, affirming that the informant could do so.

Mr. Wolokolie further explained that he took the decision to support the protest in the wake of President Weah’s recent pre-recorded message to the nation in which he brushed aside calls to reprimand Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor Nathaniel Patray for their role in the failed mop-up exercise.

Both individuals have been linked to the US$25 million infusion and mop-up exercise, but so far, only Patray appears to have taken a hit with President Weah’s declaration that Patray will be retired in 3 months.

However, President Weah’s announcement to retire Patray in a short while has been brushed aside by protest organizers, who are demanding that the president addresses their full gamut of concerns, which range from dismissals of Finance Minister Tweah, State Minister McGill and CBL Governor Patray to include the scrapping of the imposed Cargo Tracking Note (CTN).

In a related development, Mr. Wolokolie has informed this newspaper that he has written the Justice Minister informing that he was placing his safety and security, including those of his friends, associates and relatives in the hands of the government through him as Attorney -General of Liberia.

But, when pressed to reveal his source of information, Mr. Wolokolie replied saying he’s given the viciousness of unsavory criminal elements had at his disposal he could not disclose names, because of well-founded fears and apprehension on the part of the individual involved. He added, “I do not like taking these threats lightly as there have been several reports about Mr. McGill and other die-hards of the Congress for Democratic Change engaging in clandestine activities, including the formation of death squads to pursue perceived “enemies of the state.”

Our investigation continues.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Let this government be ware that sponsoring or hiring mercenaries to do harm to people in society, is a terrible and dangerous precedent. After all, mercenaries are open to the highest bidder. Most importantly, we want to continue building our democracy one administration at a time, and not anymore on blood. Kill any citizen today because of differences of opinions, nothing will stop others from killing government officials as well, including the president. This is no threat at all, rather just the law of Newton, wherein to every motion there is an opposite and equal reaction. Even Charlotte Tolbert taught that, as a reminder and just in case.

  2. Only a foolish President will allow this in modern democracy. If the Liberian president will read history with comprehension, he will rethink the decision of involving former warlords in our democracy.

  3. George Weah is related to the miscreants.Once not charged for a crime one is presumed to be innocent . Innocent Liberians have a right to PROTEST.

    Weah cannot be allowed to have his cake and keep it at the same time!

  4. THIS IS PLAIN “THEY SAY” . ITS NOT FIT FOR NEWS TAKING INTO ACCOUNT DUSTY´S CLAIM “But, when pressed to reveal his source of information, Mr. Wolokolie replied saying he’s given the viciousness of unsavory criminal elements had at his disposal he could not disclose names, because of well-founded fears and apprehension on the part of the individual involved.”

    AND THE DAILY OBSERVER´S OWN CLAIM ON EX-REBELS INFLUX IN MONROVIA – “according to sources, a prominent member of the Legislature has been actively encouraging those ex-rebel fighters in Nimba County to come to Monrovia and stand by for any possible action.”.

  5. A Few Talking Points

    (1) As the countdown narrrows to a few days, it is important for the marchers to insist that the very individuals who planned the June 7 march must and should be in attendance. The planners’ presence at the June 7 march will unquestionably calm the fears and concerns of Liberians who live in and out of the country. Also, the planners’ presence will ensure that the planned march was not strategized as an insurrection against Weah’s government. Lastly, without being present and accounted for at the march, it sends the signal that the poor marchers are being sacrificed to the wolves. Although it is not hoped for, an act of misdemeanor could be committed by a disgruntled marcher. If that happens, all hell will break lose. God forbid!

    (2) It is grossly unfair and downright unconscionable for a protest to be planned for the termination of a cabinet minister without using or employing the proper channels of democracy. It is important to note that the elected legislators are constitutionally charged with the responsibility to demand the ouster of an incompetent cabinet minister.

    (3) Protest marchers must stay focused. Protest marchers must refrain from all forms of violence.
    We Liberians do not need brute force in order to accomplish our aims. We are the 4th poorest country in the world. The 14-year bloody war was not in our best interest. The war has caused many problems for us. For sure, we Liberians don’t need anymore uncivil war. At the table of brotherhood, meaningful discussions can be held. Let’s try to resolve our squabbles peacefully. Mob action solutions are usually counterproductive.

    Peace.

    • Hney – I hope the protest is peaceful and successful because it will drive home a powerful message to the ruling class that the people will not settle for the same old bad governance of the past. For example, during the second term of the Sirleaf administration, the government spent millions of dollars on the GRC to consult the people throughout the counties to get their say in the governance of their country. So far, the legislature hasn’t passed a single bill to make those changes, such as reducing the terms of the President, Legislature, etc. George Weah promised change, but less than two years in office, it’s been nothing but disaster. What are the people supposed to do when their government wouldn’t listen to them? Why should people slowly starve to death while the ruling class live large on their wealth? This is a government by a few, not by the people.

  6. This very good. Let them self identify. By them showing up, Liberians will be reminded of who were and are, and what they did in our dark past. The world is watching keenly, later on the chips will fall in the right places. Beware what you wish for as “what goes around comes around”.

    • “…what goes around comes around”.

      Ben, one wish you were alive to have sounded that warning to CDC few years ago, that is when they were organizing demonstrations left and right, or threatening to make Liberia ungovernable with whatever their demands at the time. Oh yes, I remember people like Acarous Gray flanked by other similar hoodlums dressed in military fatigue at press conferences, demanding “justice,” or “redress” for one political desire or the other. Oh how refreshing about “what goes around comes around,” Ben. You are so darn right.

  7. The War and Economic crimes court is needed now, more then ever. The CDC and former rebel Nathaniel Mcgill are hell bent to retain their status quo.

    • Phil,
      All I try to do is to fine a better way out. In other words, I don’t want to see any bloodshed, fights or the looting of anyone’s property. Throughout my rebuttals, I have argued against lawlessness. Being in this country as much as I have, I will be the last person who opposes a peaceful protest. A protest is a form of expression.

      The key word is “peaceful”. What I am concerned about is violence. Whereas a majority of the protesters may go out to march peacefully, a few disgruntled, unpaid lunatics may do something stupid. The possibility exists for this type of foolish behavior.

      The other issue is the purported duration of the protest. A one-two day protest sounds pretty scary. What happens if Weah refuses to blink within a two-day period? Will the demo continue?

      Lastly, I wish them well, protesters and non-protesters alike. We’ve had too much. Please no bloodshed, no fights or vigilantism and no trouble. If nothing bad happens, all Liberians will become the winners.

      God bless.
      Peace.

  8. Phil,
    It’s been said on this blog and elsewhere in the communities of Liberia worldwide that the hardest of times have hit with a devastating blow. I am aware of the hard times although I am not living there. But although a positive action is needed in order for any meaningful change to manifest itself, I think the protesters must approach the issue of change with maximum caution.

    I don’t mean to suggest that people should sit idly by and smoke a pall of complaints. Indeed, action is needed. However, the manner in which the planners of the June 7 march have strategized is wrongheaded. I suggest a step by step approach.

    Step 1. Lobby the legislators.

    Step 2. If there’s no success on the first try, lobby them again and again.

    3 Step 3. Be extremely careful. In the past, protesters have been kill and maimed.

    None of the foregoing steps above has been considered in the real sense of the word.

    The bottom line for me is simple. Be careful. So many lives have been lost in the name of protest. But nothing much has been achieved.

    • What makes demonstration now an omen of evil, chaos, or death and destruction? Demonstrations after all, just happen to be another form of expression of a people’s disenchantment, disgust, dissatisfaction, disagreement, etc., with whatever the bone of contention. So what sense does it make for the aggrieved and enraged people to firstly have to pander the blessings or go-ahead from the very miscreants, the source of their drudgery before revolting against the mistreatment and abuse? Only people born feet first could ever entertain such lunacy. Disenchanted Liberian people in this case just happen to know better.

      History teaches us that it has been the obstructive provocation of power-drunk lunatics, displaying overreactions to demonstrations that often set the tone for the ambience of the protest, whether it ends peacefully or in chaos.

      The advisory by one like Sylvester Moses, admonishing the LNP to be fully prepared and armed with live ammunitions as opposed to the plan by the IG to disarm the police, is an example of such provocation.

      In a charged atmosphere as surrounds most demonstrations, tolerance, compromise and restraints are the attributes one would wish would be employed by the contending parties, not advising government to shoot-to-kill armless protesters as a lesson in discipline, the Sylvester Moses approach. Shoot any demonstrator and the others will smash and burn anything in sight in retaliation. Plain and simple.

    • Hney – Fear of the unknown is not the answer. These people running the government are responsible for the protest because they are creating hardship for the Liberian people. The Legislature has basically abdicated its oversight responsibility of the Executive branch. So your suggestions of lobbying are a moot argument. Consequently, the system of checks and balance is not working as a result. The President violates the laws and constitution of the country willy-nilly. Weah has become a very wealthy man overnight when everyone knows he was broke as a Senator. He refuses to make his asset public as required by law, creating suspicion of of ill-gotten wealth. These are some of the many reasons people need to protest the government. If the Police start shooting people, I believe the military will not stand for that because they and their families are suffering from this economic meltdown. The military has no loyalty to Weah because they don’t even get paid for months, same with the Police. The government needs not provoke violence or George Weah will be held accountable.

  9. Compatriot Peter Gboyo

    I want to say thanks. I am a voracious reader of your comments, and I do enjoy your writings in term of the brilliant insights and the enlightenment that you often interject into the dialogue.

    The latest one caused me to back trekked in time and pondered over the episodes which precipitated the 1979 bloody riots.

    Many historical narratives concerning that era point out that if only the late Dr. William R. Tolbert had not listened to the ill-advice of some of the members of his close circles, he would have avoided that bloody confrontation – a confrontation that commenced the changing of the course in the history of Liberia.

    Nevertheless, and as fate would have it, his Justice Minister gave a shoot-to-kill order and what initially started as a peaceful demonstration morphed into a bloody carnage.

    Yes, you are correct. Violence will eventually beget violence. I wish that this government is not contemplating unleashing terror on the peaceful protesters.

  10. Peace Will Come, if We are Sincere.

    If a War Crime Court is to be established in Liberia, as it is one of the mandate of the CoP, the first person to be arrested should be Ellen Johnson Sirlef.
    We cannot put the cart before the horse, and expect a smooth beginning.

    All’s well that ends well, if it begins well. The Liberian people do not want to accept the fact that wrong doers are cherry picked, to be sent to prosecutors, and we ( the Liberian people), remain silent. Since we agreed to falsehood, therefore peace is ELUSIVE.

    Once there are some untoachable criminals in our MIDST, and continue to have free pass, other will see it as a means of gaining NOTORIETY……everyone will want to try.
    Let’s us start counting from “1”, not from “100”.

    • Brother Bah,
      You’re right on all points. This is exactly what I have been advocating. If a war crimes court should ever be brought to Liberia, all those involved in bringing war and destruction to our Nation, killing thousands of our fellow citizens and destroying the fabric of our society must be arrested and prosecuted without fear or favor. Any attempt to cherry pick for political expediency will be resisted by the people. The cherry picking is what has rendered the TRC Report irrelevant. Those who were charged with the responsibility of the TRC cleverly decided deceptively omit and leave out names of their friends and cronies who were major participants of the war and destruction of our Nation. Unless these wrongs are corrected, the Report is still incomplete.

Leave a Reply