State Silent on Gen. Power Threats

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Rep. Koffa: "I condemn my kinsman's statement by forming a so-called Kru Defense Force."

Rep. Koffa, others condemn Formation of “Kru Defense Force”

Grand Kru County District #2 Lawmaker Fonati Koffa has out-rightly condemned in strongest terms statement made by former rebel general Augustine Nagbe, aka General Power, last week that he will form a tribal force comprising Krus to defend and protect President George Weah.

Rep. Koffa is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the committee on Governance and Government Reform Committee and Election and Inauguration.

“I feel compelled in no uncertain terms to condemn my kinsman, whose nom de guerre (whose war name), is General Power, and urge him to desist from talks of urban militarism. Similarly, I condemn all those engaged in incendiary rhetoric in the name of free speech,” Rep Koffa said.

He added, “The Liberian state and people have endured much; our common challenges must be faced with clasped of hands one to another, not clutched fists.”

Rep. Koffa is the first and only high profile official from the Kru ethnic group to issue a statement condemning the threatening statement the former rebel general made. General Power is on record for forcing a woman at gunpoint to eat human feces in West Point, a suburb of Monrovia, during the civil war.

Alfred Chea, a Liberian journalist, added that the statement by General Power is such a “stupid” one that the President has to distance himself from it “because it has the propensity not only to threaten the country’s peace but to demoralize him (the President).

Emmanuel K. Urey, founder of One Life Liberia, also said that because justice has not been brought against those who committed heinous crimes in the country to account for their actions, former rebel leaders like Power and others will continue to flaunt their freedom with intimidation tactics.

“We do not have to dignify these people by giving them a position, and it is because of giving them a position in government that is making that other ‘stupid’ man to make that statement.  Do you know what tribalism has done in this country?  Tribalism caused people to be slaughtered for no reason, but only because they belonged to certain tribes,” Urey said.

The statement by the ex-general does not only pose threat to the country’s existing peace but also adds ingredients to the tribal sentiments that continue to divide Liberians, which the Liberian Constitution frowns on and obliges the state to take steps in abolishing.

In Article 5c of the Liberian Constitution, it is stated: “The Republic shall take steps, by appropriate legislation and executive orders to eliminate sectionalism and tribalism, and such abuses of power as the misuse of government, nepotism, and all other corrupt practices.”

The Constitution, though, has a clause as part of the national government’s obligation, division on the basis of tribe remains an impediment to the unity of the Liberian people, and conflicts related to ethnicity are in most parts of the country.

In Sinoe County where the Krus and the Sapos find themselves living together, the Sapos have made numerous complaints through their Representative, Matthew Zarzar, of social marginalization by the Krus.

In Nimba, the Mandingos accuse the Gio and Mano people of denying them of their land, and have, therefore, taken the government to the ECOWAS Court for not doing much so that they can regain their land after the civil war.

Similar tribal discrimination exists between the Mandingos and other tribes of Lofa and Bong counties.

Although the Liberian Constitution gives the appointing power to the President, and the Senate confirms where applicable, it is widely known that most of the top officials of the George Weah Administration are from the South-east and of the Kru and Krahn ethnic groups, something that critics view as an act of tribal and social discrimination.

Since the former rebel general made the threatening statement, there has been no word from the Executive Mansion as to whether the President condones such sentiments or not. Neither has the Ministry of Justice spoken out on the statements made by ‘General Power’, which are no doubt a threat to public safety.

While the public is yet to hear what the President’s view is about the ex-rebel general’s statement, many eyewitnesses have attested that an exclusive training aimed at protecting President Weah outside of state security protection is ongoing at his newly built 46-unit condominium opposite the Baptist Seminary along the ELWA-RIA Highway.

Although government is yet to respond to the “secret training,” a reliable source informed this newspaper on Monday, November 25, that General Power is always at the so-called base directing the trainees —all dressed in T-Shirts bearing President Weah’s portrait, learning to shoot weapons and with the advice that they are preparing to counter a planned protest on December 30 led by the Council of Patriots.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I think Rep. Koffa is speaking in the capacity of Kru Lawmaker. If he is sincere in his statement and advocacy, his condemnation would have started from Henry Costa who threatened the country since six month plus.

  2. “Level Monrovia and the rest of Liberia”! Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    “If anyone attempts to arrest me for war crimes, my Gio fighters and Nimba County will wage war.” Senator Prince Yormie Johnson

    “In three months, we shall remove George Weah and his Government”. Joseph Boakai, Benoni Urey, Alex Cummings, Charles Brumskine, and Yekeh Kolubah, at their CPP program quite on the eve of their June 7 Protest.

    “I will buy arms, destroy and kill at the RIA and in Monrovia”. Henry Costa.

    “I will protect the President of my country. He is the Commander in Chief.” General Power

    WHICH OF THE STATEMENTS CARRIES THE SPIRIT AND LETTER OF TREASON AND SEDITION? AND WHICH ONE IS CONSTITUTIONAL AND PATRIOTIC.

  3. “Level Monrovia and the rest of Liberia”! Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    “If anyone attempts to arrest me for war crimes, my Gio fighters and Nimba County will wage war.” Senator Prince Yormie Johnson

    “In three months, we shall remove George Weah and his Government”. Joseph Boakai, Benoni Urey, Alex Cummings, Charles Brumskine, and Yekeh Kolubah, at their CPP program quite on the eve of their June 7 Protest.

    “I will buy arms, destroy and kill at the RIA and in Monrovia”. Henry Costa.

    “I will protect the President of my country. He is the Commander in Chief.” General Power

    WHICH OF THE STATEMENTS CARRIES THE SPIRIT AND LETTER OF TREASON AND SEDITION? AND WHICH ONE IS CONSTITUTIONAL AND PATRIOTIC?

  4. NONE, Kou.

    Peace unto you my sister!
    They all said those things out of anger and childishness. Please, come down and forgive them.

    By the way, Cummings was NEVER a party to such declaration. He even publicly disassociated himself from that comment and disavow it in a declaration.
    He (Cummings) has never been and will never support any armed struggle against the people of Liberia.

  5. But if Cummings didn’t call for Monrovia to be burned or leveled into smithereens, Cummings sold snake oil during his run for the presidency. To say that 100,000 can be created in three months is equal to saying “I Alexander Cummings can sell Nimba mountain to a beautiful Gio girl for $100,000”. Of course we know it’s unrealistic. But, his surrogates will persuade us to believe that as long as Cummings says it, it is doable. No questions asked.

    The campaign for 2023 has begun in earnest. Sparks will fly. We will swim with the sharks from the West coast of America in order to get to Liberia in 2023, God willing. No one will takeover Liberia by giving speeches, giving out checks and setting up disguised uncharitable organizations as genuine charitable organizations. Why didn’t those organizations exist before?
    Answer: Buying the Liberian people through manipulative means.

    Kou Gontee will not let me down. Kou Gontee for President. Go Kou.

  6. Urey your analysis is mostly wrong. When it comes to conflict between tribes in Liberia. Who should give back the land to whom? Is the land in Bong for Tubman? Is the land in Bong for Tolbert? Is the land in Bong for Charles Taylor, etc. Infact Mandingoes are not originating from anywhere in Liberia but they may individually become citizen.
    Note:
    Mandingoes = (Fula, Menekia, Koiyankia, susu, all malian tribes, all upper Guinean Tribes, all peoples from northern Africa) as our people saw them those days. Are any of those tribes native to Liberia? Is Ebo, Hausa, Yoruba, etc native to Liberia?
    They are not indigenous to Liberian places you have mentioned. Infact in Kpelle, Arabs are called White Malian; you do not know.
    The native have been pushed from their land by people who have/had power? The first problem is always not knowing one’s history. By having the history wrong you will ofcourse start to push others, which eventually leads to conflicts.
    Why are the Fanti and the Ashantis not Liberian Tribes. The Krus, Bassa or the coastal Liberian are the ones qualify to educate us on that not someone like me from Lofa?
    Please do your research and stop talking about something you do not have any idea about. In fact wrong information always starts the conflict.

    We should become educated to protect our people; JUST SAY the Truth.

  7. Please excuse my errors; am in hurry.

  8. The State of Liberia controlled by his kinsman, Kruman Weah is silent on Gen. Powers’ threats, simply because he’s sanctioned and emboldened by the Weah’s Government. Gen. Power serves as the head of the CDC’s para-military secret elite group. This group operates and receives salaries under the sponsorship of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs. As regards to Kou Gonntee.’s comparison, I think she’s dead wrong on many fronts. I’m not even sure if there’s a Kou Gontee or someone else using this name as an alias. Traditionally, Nimba women are not known for making such sweeping political comments on social media. Besides, comments attributed the CPP is factually inaccurate and comments attributed to Gen. Power went beyond protecting his Kru President.

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