Rep. Younquoi: ‘PYJ Belongs Where Charles Taylor Is’

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Rep. younquoi (left): "Nobody in Nimba will fight for Prince Johnson when he is arrested for war crimes." Sen. Johnson (right): “If you were to come and arrest me, I will fight you. "

A war of words has ensued between two Nimba County legislators, Representative Larry Younquoi of District #8 and Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ), over several issues, key among them, the call for the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia.

In an interview with journalists recently in Monrovia, Rep. Younquoi said Sen. Johnson should not have been alive and moving freely among civilians, since he has already accused himself of committing heinous crimes against his own people.

“Sen. Johnson must face the court. If he goes and comes back, it will be good news, but if he is culpable let him remain there,” Rep. Younquoi said.

Younquoi added: “The best place Sen. Johnson belongs is where Charles Taylor is. He is not telling us, his kinsmen, that he regrets whatever he did; so he should face justice. He has caused more problems than good.”

He said it should not be construed (interpreted, understood) by anyone that all the people of Nimba are in support of Sen. Johnson’s not facing justice.

“Nimba is not in cahoots with Sen. Johnson in his efforts to threaten the peace of our country. We are not with him when it comes to making our county a war-like county. Nobody in Nimba will fight for Prince Johnson when he is arrested for war crimes,” Younqui said.

According to him, the Mandingos, Gios, Krahns, and Mano people are united, and are no more at war with each other as it was in the past. Younquoi noted that though the sectional or tribal quarrels were a reality back then, at this time, everyone has learned enough and agreed that it is time to forgo past conflict.

He said Sen. Johnson did not disarm since the war ended in 2003, so he remains a killer who should not be taken for granted by anyone.

Sen. Johnson to Yanquoi, others: “Your homes will be the places of visitation when there is crisis.”

“Johnson is not proving anything that he has or is repenting. He cannot live in this country anymore as a civilian. He did not disarm. He was taken to Nigeria as a refugee, and he still has his belligerent force,” Younquoi claimed, noting further that Sen. Johnson has not been refined.

“That is why he talks any kind of way. Johnson has nothing to prove to anyone that he can’t kill. He is the man who killed a democratically elected President. Is there any doubt of his ability not to kill?” Younquoi rhetorically asked.

Younquoi said Prince Johnson lacks good leadership skills. As such, he is always at war with his own actions and people whom he leads.

“Sen. Johnson is divisive. He is responsible for plans to divide Nimba into three parts, but God’s will is always supreme; his plan is only intended for selfish and political gains,” he said.

He called Sen Johnson a coward, who is fond of raising unnecessary alarm and hiding behind a general perception that his actions taken during the war were efforts to defend his kinsmen.

“The war drum he is beating is for him alone. If you say you fought war for your people it is enough. Those people who are coming to investigate will listen. They are not animals. You were just a mere lieutenant in the army. But if you went too far by killing people and mutilated their bodies, definitely you will have to account for the crime,” Rep. Younquoi said.

He raised alarm that his life and those of Sen. Thomas Grupee and Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe have been threatened by Sen. Johnson. As such, there is a need for the government to provide them state security.

“If you are a real leader, you should not be making remarks about knowing the homes of your junior officers unless you have an ulterior motive. He wants to eliminate us. My life is not in his hand, but all I am doing is to expose him. Anything happens to me, the state will be held responsible, because Prince Johnson is threatening people everyday,” Younquoi alleged.

Sen. Johnson, in an interview over a local radio station, said it is good that he is getting to know all those who are talking now. He promised that when there is a crisis, the homes of those currently talking against him will be the sites of visitation.

He said he is not afraid of anyone, and therefore remains determined to challenge anyone who attempts to arrest him.

“If you were to come and arrest me, I will fight you. The same crime you want to arrest me for is the same crime Taylor committed and you awarded him with the presidency. You people sang: “You killed my ma, you killed my pa, I will vote for you,” Sen. Johnson said.

According to him, Liberians paid Charles Taylor and did not stop there, but also rewarded his sponsor, who he claimed was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with 12 years of the presidency.

However, Taylor’s going to jail was not because of Liberia, it was because of his crimes committed in Sierra Leone.

“You voted Ellen, who said, ‘burn the mansion, and I will rebuild it.’ So it is me, a senator looking for a job, you want to arrest and jail? In fact, do you know how Taylor, my boss, got freed from American prison?” he asked.

According to Sen. Johnson, a law was passed by the 51st Legislature granting amnesty to all warlords from 1990 up to 2003. As such, he and the rest of the others, who played key roles in the war, are immune to prosecution.

“Go grab Alhaji Kromah, all the Mandingo people will rise up; go grab George Boley, all the Krahn people will go against you. Going to catch me in Nimba? You won’t catch me, because the maximum resistance you will receive from young guys will be uncontrollable and ungovernable,” he said.

He said he fought because Nimba was under siege by the leadership of slain President Samuel Kanyon Doe.

“I am a hero for my people, because I fought for them. Our county was threatened, and my people could have been completely wiped out from the face of Liberia, had my men and I not accepted the challenge to face the bullets of Doe and his men,” he said.

PYJ: “Representatives Samuel Kogar, Larry Younquoi and Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe and a host other Nimbaians who are in support of the war crimes court should be ashamed of themselves, because I fought to save their lives.”

“Tiawan Gongloe and others could not use their Nimba names they are using today when there was the heat. They could have been killed at any time. So they are right to say everything they are saying now, but let them be aware that I am marking them, and looking forward to that day when their dream of seeing me arrested shall come. They all will feel the full weight of my camp,” Sen. Johnson said.

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  1. An elected Liberian Official should be impeached if there is a crime to present to the Liberian court. Present your case to the Liberian jurisprudence first and see the outcome; Than you can bring the Freetown diamond international Court in the picture. The senator was elected under Liberian election laws. His people elected him. Until a Liberian court can find him guilty of such crime or until he is impeached under the constitution, only his people of his county can vote him out. Pay respect to the Liberian Constitutional provisions if you say you are a Liberian. There are also more ex-rebels floating around the Liberian nation. Some now officials preaching; some not preaching. Present impeachment proceedings to the Liberian house of Representative or send a criminal case to the Supreme court and see the post war Liberian Justice test. Every rebel did not play the ass to leave his country to go fight for gold and diamond in other nations as some rebels did. A dog cannot born a cat. Every Liberian was impacted. We all feel the pain of the past civil war. But we must fix our own shit. Let the Liberian people know. Do not reply me.
    I am in silence paining with the silent majority too.

  2. Rep. Younquoi, you sounding like one of the council of European who sat in Berlin, and divided Africa and it’s people in 1884. The cosequence of that division, is what we all are suffering today in Africa. We cannot make decision for ourselves, we are unable to prosecute our criminals. Eventhogh, we claim to have a legal systems. Final decisions coming out of foreign capitals are what we respect to put an end to our conflicts.
    Most of our conflicts do not end on our agreement. They end at the satisfaction of foreign nigotiators, leaving one party aggrieved. The result, for example, is what took place in Rwanda, between the Tutsi and Hutus. The manority Hutus were empowered by the Catholic Church, more of whom were controlled by their colonial head( Belgium and France). Before these two Europeans groups left, they transfered political power to the manority. Something, they knew would bring problem. There was no election held in Rwanda in 1958 for transfere of power.

    The Tutsi became embolden as a minority fragment to controll a nation that has a majority ethnic (Hutus), not in controll. This hike up their pride and they became disfranchising the Hutus.

    The problem was rightly created by the Belgien Colonial power. Like all polotical conflicts: the perpetrators sit in hidden view. Scapegoating the ORCHESTRATORS, who carry on the acts. It happened in Iraq between the majority Shite and minority Sunnis, by the British in the early 1930s. In Indian Sub-Continent between the minorty Muslim and Majority Hindus, by the British, which led to the split that created Parkistan and India.

    In conclusion, if our law maker, Rep. Younquoi do not know that Taylor was release from prison to come and remove Doe, by people who put Doe on our back, he is dreaming. Those are the same people going around calling for war crime court. If Taylor had listen to them, he go ahead with what they wanted him do, as planned, the 250,000 plus Liberians who was killed, is nothing.
    But since Taylor stood to them and said no, any symbol of Taylor idea, makes them angry. For example: vice president Jewel Howard Taylor in the CDC Government. Let’s think for ourselves…..

  3. I think Hon. Larry Younquoi has gone too far in his condemnation and or disagreement with Senator Johnson. First of all Rep. Younquoi might be out of his mind to suggest that senator Johnson should not be alive moving around among civilians. Why shouldn’t he? He is a civilian is he not? Besides, with all the noise of so-called “war crime court” I do not hear of arresting Alhaji Kromah, George Boley, “General Butt Nake” and others who committed heinous crime against the Liberian people. So what is so special about Prince Johnson facing a war crime court? Second of all, to suggest that Prince Johnson did not disarm is Ludacris. If Larry Younquoi has any prove that Prince Johnson did not disarm, he needs to bring that to the public both in his power as a representative and a aw abiding citizen.
    Third of all, Larry Younquoi should be ashamed of himself by suggesting that Samuel Doe was a “democratically elected” president. Perhaps the honorable has short term memory, but Samuel was never democratically elected. while I do not agree with senator Johnson on many, many issues, he does not deserve to be singled out for persecution by the so-called war crime court advocates.

  4. Before the mention of {,“ Sen. Johnson must face the court. If he goes and comes back, it will be good news, but if he is culpable let him remain there,” Rep. Younquoi said.}, we need to read the TRC report section V. FINDINGS and subsections:
    iii. Statehood and The Evolution of Socio-political Inequalities: 1847-2003, where,
    D. Accountability of Groups The Commissioners of the Liberian TRC determine that the following armed groups, rebel groups or warring factions and the financiers, leaders, commanders, combatants, and advisors etc. associated with them are responsible for committing ‘egregious’ domestic crimes, ‘gross’ violations of human rights and ‘serious’ humanitarian law violations including economic crime in Liberia between January 1979 and October 14, 2003. The TRC has divided these groups into the following two categories; however, their culpability is the same: (1) Significant Violator Groups; and (2) Less Significant Violator Groups.
    The distinction between them relates to the number of reported violations against them. The specific crimes and total reported violations committed by these armed groups, rebel groups or warring factions and the financiers, leaders, commanders, combatants, and advisors etc. associated with them will be detailed in the Final Consolidated Report (Volume II). The Commissioners of the TRC reserve the right to and will make additional determinations on these groups or factions for domestic and international crimes throughout
    the duration of its mandate, which expires on June 22, 2009.

    Significant Violator Groups
    i. National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
    ii. Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD)
    iii. Liberian Peace Council (LPC)
    iv. Militia
    v. Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL)
    vi. United Liberation Movement (ULIMO)
    vii. Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)
    viii. Unknown
    ix. United Liberation Movement-K (ULIMO K)
    x. Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
    xi. United Liberation Movement-J (ULIMO J)
    xii. Anti-Terrorist Unity (ATU)

    Senator can never be freed!

    Less Significant Violator Groups
    i. Vigilantes
    ii. Lofa Defense Force (LDF)
    iii. Liberian National Police
    iv. Special Operation Division of the Liberian National Police
    (SOD)
    v. Revolutionary United Front (RUF)
    vi. Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SATU)
    vii. Special Security Unit (SSU)
    viii. Special Security Service (SSS)
    ix. National Security Agency (NSA)
    x. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
    xi. Criminal Investment Division (CID)
    xii. Rapid Response Unit (RRU)

  5. Imagine waking up this morning with the sounds of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ upbeat hit song “Stir It Up” and being confronted by yet another dystopian headline, “Rep. Youngquoi: ‘PYJ Belongs Where Charles Taylor Is’”. What we should be asking ourselves comes down to this: Are we as a people going to be perennially preoccupied with stirring and spreading self-destructive confusion while postwar landlocked Rwanda, bereft of reservoirs of natural natural resources such as ous, is developing at record pace?

    Believe it or not, folks, we cannot empower the marginalized vast majority Country-Congo poor or move forward with any significant development in the midst of widening polarization shepherded by a dedicated partisan media space. And we are poorer mentally and spiritually should we believe that under the circumstances a blanket of silence is the best solution. Those who think that poor Liberia can survive the 24/7 polarizing rhetoric of American Cable News are rooting for chaos; and even at the risk of intense smear campaign, we cannot get tired driving home that truth.

  6. Gentlemen, I really don’t know why people are making issue of the establishment of the war crime court. Those who know that they can come clean should not make any issue.

    Another fact that needs to put in place is that Prince Johnson should stop the BULLCRAP of calling himself liberator of Nimba County because the county was never under siege as he’s false stating until the NPFL initiated a battle in that county. Nimba county was a peaceful and beautiful place to be, owning to the friendly Nimbians that inhabited that land. The conflict between Samuel Doe and Thomas Quiwonkpa created that conflict in that land and it was acerbated by the NPFL during both campaigns in 1985 and 1990.

    In 1983 Samuel Dokie led the Nimba raid. He initiated a conflict that necessitated the intervention of the Army (AFL). Secondly the 1985 abortive invasion led to another round of conflict that required the intervention of the AFL. Lastly, the 1990 rebel incursion by the NPFL began in Nimba and the AFL had to intervene. It was Prince Johnson the initiated the war in Nimba by attacking innocent AFL soldiers killing them. Prior to that there was no war in Nimba, so Prince Johnson should stop lying that Nimba was under siege because he initiated a war that resulted into the deaths of innocent Nimba citizens, in his bid to oust Samuel Doe from power, seated in Monrovia.

    Additionally, Prince Johnson formed the INPFL that fought the NPFL on their path to Monrovia. Who were the majority of the combatants that Prince Johnson’s INPFL fought in combat against the NPFL? Were they not young Nimba boys and girls that Prince Johnson and Charles Taylor pitch against one another? Prince Johnson murdered so many citizens from Nimba county on his path to Monrovia, so who the hell was he defending in Nimba county. He should stop lying to the innocent and good people of Nimba county. The blood thirsty killing machine would go to jail where he belong. His boss lady Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, George Boley, Alhaji Kromah would all follow eventually. The deceitful former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark would also be called to testify how Charles Taylor broke jail. Every cold blooded murdered belong in jail.

  7. After the Christmas and New Year, I think the Minister of Defense should tell Liberian civilians the news from the Liberian Army about the reconciliation aspect of the tribunal that already exist in the Army camp. (CM). I am not interested in what the Chief of Staff has to say right now because he only seeks what the Commander in Chief, his commander and his soldiers got to say for his soldiers. Look at the Free port. Why should American goods to come in the port, for Liberians, be cash before delivery? This is not the agreement. I will not pay one cent at the port until I see the delivery by the company linked in the United States in Liberia. Whether I pay in the U.S. or Liberia means that my children must tell me they got the goods and services delivered to their door before I pay. You will no more use Liberian people money to pay for your goods anywhere they are before you deliver the goods. Because we had a civil war does not mean that assignment is no more greater than rank. No physical touching to fight. You can curse all you want or talk all the stuff you want to, or speak all the languages or ethnics and dialects you can. No violence here again. The peace digger is standing by for touching fighting persons. Fix the army and the country again ourselves is all the Christmas and New year we want and need from our children. Do not answer my great great grandpa box. The Liberian people waiting to see the public food of thought you have for answer.
    Gone to cook my private collar greens, smoke fish gravy or okra in silence. Not invited. My cassava already cooked. Only cassava those born in Monrovia can have some but come with your own soups with caps. Speaking Liberian. Do not reply. Wait until after the new year day for you own. Merry X-mas and a Happy New year.
    Sign: DO NOT DISTURB!

  8. Rep. Younquoi should know “BETTER”. Charles Taylor was not charged for CRIMES committed against his fellow Liberians. Charges against Charles Taylor, were for criminal activities against The People of Sierra Leone. It appears, Sen. Prince Y. Johnson is not wanted by The International Community. Perhaps, some Liberians do not understand “The Psychological Impacts” a civil conflict; as The Liberian Civil War may have on the humans’ mind. Hon. Younquoi needs to have a better understanding of “The Root Cause(s) of Liberia’s Civil War; before jumping to conclusions. The BEST we can do, in honors of those who lost their lives during Liberia’s Civil Conflict, is to advoid another Civil War. Our primary concerns should be about building a BETTER Liberia.

  9. Tribal Liberians didn’t build the first Liberia. How can they build a better Liberia? Maybe the Chinese will do it for them for free eh lol The founders were hard workers and educated and the tribes conspired against them. It back fired on you. Nobody respects you, too primitive

  10. Sell some natural resources from the ground to buy the nation’s five airplanes to start with, you Liberian Billions. The price of flying is to high for the poor Liberian people air transport. All these international flights must bring prices down if they need to come in the right way to the Liberian airports we getting ready to fix. All the airports around the country still need to be paved after resurveying. What the hell are we waiting for to put the Liberian experts to work? All the Liberian pilots should take brooms and clear the airfields. We need money and infrastructural development and some talking about finding ways and means to lie on each international reboe courts? No more money coming from the Central Bank’s vault again to buy anything unless for the market to sell or buy for the Liberian people. Find the money people. DO NOT touch any Liberian leafs again until you got something good to buy or sell on in the Liberian market. Park all my own of seven corners. I am not stopping you from using yours but I think you should use your numbers wisely. Answer the Liberian people. It cost you one LB, if you reply me. Talk you Liberian, Liberians, until the books start writing. Merry X-mas. New year will come when it is ready.
    See silent majority.

  11. larry Younquoi is a disgrace from Nimba county. God blessings will always be with senator Johnson because he fought and save our people from Samuel Doe. All Larry Younquoi want is be representative of Nimba county.
    With his False degree from Ghana, so he said has a Master degree from Ghana.
    In Larry Younquoi mind Alhaji Kromah, George Boley, “General Butt Nake” these people never committed any crime against the Liberian people only PYJ did. For larry Younquoi when PYJ is arrested he will be sentor, what a greedy and selfish man.

  12. Hon. Younquoi,
    Keep speaking against the killer, Prince Y. Johnson. He killed my brother in cold blood and asked for him. If he remains free in Liberia, definitely Nimba will experience internal conflict.

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