A resident of Bomi County has begun a “one man” protest action calling on the George Weah Administration to commit to the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia and to make every effort in retrieving the L$16 billion that is said to be missing .
David J.R. Moore, who participated in the recent demonstration held on September 24, told this newspaper on October 1 at the ELWA Junction that failure of the Weah Administration to account for the “missing” money and to bring justice for war victims will lead to the collapse of his government.
He said there are many people in the government who are maneuvering to bring the government to failure by engaging in clandestine deals to exploit the country, but Weah is not taking note of such an undermining strategy.
“Most of those people making conflicting statements about the money have some connection with the saga, but they are devising plans that will hook President Weah so that Liberians will blame all on him,” he said.
Standing in the street with his placard bearing “Bring back our money; we want our money back,” Moore said, “I will continue this protest as long as the young people continue to take to the streets in protest of the missing money.”
He added that he will come to town every month to stage his protest, and whenever others are protesting, he will make sure to join.
Continuing, Moore said: “There will be no reconciliation or peace here if there is no justice.” According to him, his brothers were killed and sisters raped during the war as was done to many others, and those who perpetrated the crimes are still moving around here boasting.
“If President Weah turns his back on justice, there will be no peace here. True reconciliation can only take place when those who killed my relatives face me and confess what they did and I forgive them. The only way Liberia will develop is to bring justice to set the foundation for fairness,” Moore said.
Moore emphasized that he knows many of the people who committed heinous crimes during the war, and if the court is established, he can identify them.
The one-man protester’s call coincides with public calls that have mounted in recent days about accountability for the L$16 billion reported last month to have allegedly gone missing. There has also been a consistent call for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court to prosecute alleged war criminals in the country.
The call for accountability for the missing money has also been reflected in music locally produced by Liberian artists. Two Liberian HipCo rappers, MC Caro and A4doe, have produced songs (respectively), calling on President George Weah and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to bring back the L$16 billion reportedly missing.
The controversial L$16 billion was reportedly printed during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and brought into the country in March of 2018 when George Weah had taken office.
MC Caro told the BBC on September 30 that her piece was her way of demonstrating patriotism in solidarity with Liberians who are calling on the Weah Administration to account for the money.