‘Let’s Stop the Blame Game and Do the People’s Work’

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Mayor Koijee advises colleagues 

Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee has called on government officials to forgo with immediate effect, shifting of blames on former Unity Party-led government for the country’s present economic woes, and focus on resolving the issues at hand to improve the lives of the people and the country infrastructures.

Mayor Koijee, who is currently in the United States of America to hold talks with the City Council of Washington D.C, and its Mayor Muriel Bowser, is the first known high-ranking official of the Weah administration to speak out against the constant habit of his colleagues, who finds pleasure in blaming former government officials for every trouble the CDC-government encounters, instead of finding solutions to them.

Major Koijee in a press statement, said present government officials should stop shifting the blame on the past government, and work harder to achieve the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

“We did not come to the government to shift blame on other people. We came to the 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. 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 the ground,” Mayor Koijee said in the statement.

In another development, Koijee has reaffirmed his support for the establishment of the war and economic crimes court in Liberia.

He said the establishment of the war and economics court will “ensure the prosecution of those accused of perpetrating atrocities” during the 14-year civil war (1989-2003) to ensure lasting peace and social healing.

“As a strong advocate of the war crimes court, especially during my days in the youth and student communities, I will continue to advocate for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes 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’s press statement said.

He however warned against continued protests in the country, something he said taints the image of the country negatively and discourages investors.

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

According to Mayor Koijee, every Liberian, regardless of 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,” he added.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Mayor Koijee has finally said something that makes sense and I applaud him for that. You know, I hope that I am not “praising the white chicken”. After leading several protests during Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s term, for him to now realize protests don’t help the country , could be a sign of political maturity for him. Finally, a CDC Government official has stood up to say what none of the higher ranking officials should have said a long time ago. I’m not a fan of Mayor Koijee, but I am objective enough to give someone his/her props when they speak the truth, no matter who it may hurt. Way to go, Mr. Koijee!

  2. These are comments we expect from our young leaders in government, unity and the betterment of lives for our people is our main interest. Well said honorable Mayor.

  3. Koijee is only utterings because he is in the USA and he has to make himself look good. I can bet my right hand that he will never utter these same words in Liberia. Let him prove me wrong.

    I am sure that he is a nice young man, and hopefully he means well, but at times his actions speaks volumes for him. But, we can only hope for the best for him.

  4. Unfortunately, the blame shifting will continue because President Weah, who should be in the forefront of raising the hopes of the nation during tough times, has become the Blame-Shifter-In-Chief. The president’s talk about a Pro-poor Agenda and democratic change is laughable. And that was the reason he fled from the presidential debate because in the first place, he knew that he was incapable of articulating to the people a true vision for change.

    Consequently, the citizens are lamenting today over the bad choice they have made as Weah has succeeded in cajoling them to believe in his change mantra; thus, they failed to realize in spite of all his grandiose promises, change may sway in any direction.

  5. Image issues? is that the same man that led the violent reactions with thugs? All the threats he has made and the people that have been assaulted.. Liberia is a laughing stock. He is saying that because the pro poor agenda will not work when you make a speech in the USA

    CLEAN UP MONROVIA BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH. MONROVIA IS FILTHY MESS. yOU ARE A LOUSY MAYOR WITH A MOUTH BUT NO LEADERSHIP ABILITIES

  6. liar liar pants on fire. He has spent his entire career blaming other from UL to Ellen to UNity party and now Costa.. A pathological liar. His dedication is to the CDC and not to the citizens of Monrovia. By the way I love your Gucci shoes and your nice big house in Sinkor. Just two years ago you were renting a room. Now that free stealing money got you thinking about your political mortality.

  7. MONROVIA THE DIRTIEST CITY IN WEST AFRICA AND ITS MAYOR IS jEFFERSON KOIJEE.. You need to worry about cleaning up Monrovia rather than delve into the politics of the CDC. You are a mayor for all of Monrovia not just the CDC. Worry about that nasty city with garbage everywhere

  8. I think this is the first ever post from Jefferson koijee that made direct sense, this shown that majurity on a way cumin which is hardly wlcm.

    Bt here is problem, when Mr koijee get to kno that protest scar investors?
    During Ellen regime those guys through protest waz the way forward and now he talking about scaring investors….
    T

  9. Indeed, political gymmick? Please be careful! In Liberia battle cries against the starving people. In Washington battle cries against the lords. Which way forward? Washington, please help make Monrovia clean. We are ashamed to be driving mosquitos and flies away to eat and sleep. Your citizens are here too, though protect ed from the filth they aren’t for the scent. So, please come and clean the city using a service providing entity that is corruption-proof. The rest, forget it.

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