The President of the Republic Liberia, Dr. George Manneh, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, joined his Kru kinsmen to celebrate the 104th Anniversary of the founding of the Borough of Kru Town, and urged them to lead the promotion of Liberia’s peace and stability.
The Liberian Legislature in January 1916 enacted into law the “Borough of Kru Town” following Government’s dislocation of the Old Kru Town from around the Johansen area in Waterside to present-day “New Kru Town” on the Bushrod Island.
“I want to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do in the pursuit of lasting peace in our country,” President Weah told a jubilant audience at the jam-packed famous D. Twe Football pitch.
President Weah said he was pleased with the level of solidarity his people have shown over the years and implored them to continue to do so.
“I am glad to be here,” he told them. “I want you to know that you have a duty to take the lead in ensuring that peace prevails in this country.”
He said without peace, “we cannot make progress; and without peace, there would be no development.”
The Borough’s century-and-four anniversary ceremonies were characterized by traditional dance led by expert Kru dancers whom the President joined to demonstrate his share of traditional dancing skills.
Enveloped by throngs of onlookers, including traditional dancers, President Weah swiveled erratically on his feet, gazing deliberately at the cool sunset over the Atlantic Occasion as he brandished with a traditional white cow tail from one side to another—panting with energy and emotions—all depicting the audacious nature of the Krus.
The Kru ethnic group originates form Liberia’s South East, particularly Sinoe and Maryland counties and the former territories of Sasstown and Grandcess from which present-day Grand Kru County was drawn.
The Act creating the Borough of Kru Town lays out the meets and bounds that edge on the Mesurado River, Stockton Creek, St Paul River and the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, it extends to the Bong Mine Bridge in Logan Town, the St. Paul Bridge and the Atlantic Ocean.
It is probably the only parcel of Liberia’s land created by law to be called a Borough with its local Administrator designated as a “Governor”.