By Alex Yomah
President George Weah has threatened to suspend officials of government that are in the constant habit of making incendiary comments that have the tendency to derail the existing peace and stability under his leadership. Addressing Executive Mansion regular press briefing yesterday, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, informed news conference that the President will not tolerate any form of violence in Liberia- citing the counter protest as indicated by Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee.
President George Weah condemned the July 31, 2019 violence that ensued between the supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the supporters of the four collaborating opposition political parties at the Liberty Party’s headquarters.
The Liberian leader, in the strongest term, condemned recent counter protest statements spewed out by Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, a statement which reportedly propelled the Wednesday violence that led to the inhumane flogging of Police 102 and other uniform officers at the CDC’s headquarters.
Adding, “The President condemned any counter protest in the strongest term, and warned any officials of government making statements that have the inclination to derail the peace, will be suspended indefinitely or dismissed,” Toby disclosed.
Toby also informed that the Ministry of Justice has been instructed to launch what he called hasty probe into the reported flogging of Police 102 and all uniform police officers as well as the violence-stating that government will act on any report therein.
“Any official appointed and serving in this government is not allowed to speak on behalf of the CDC; those caught doing so will be suspended. Officials of government whose comments have the tendency to undermine this government will also be suspended,” Toby said.
It can be recalled; Mr. Koijee told press conference that he was going to deploy men to counter any would-be protesters in the country.
Mr. Toby indicated that the Liberian leader is infuriated with the increasing waves of lawlessness-assuring Liberians to take strong measures to curb the ongoing act of disorderly conduct by some Liberians.
Mr. Toby explained that President Weah has also instructed all of officials of government to desist from serving as spokespersons of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC.
According to him, the CDC is an independent institution that has qualified management team – which he thinks can ably represent the CDC in the public.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has frowned on negative comments against the country. The Liberian leader said negatives used against the country- especially on social media are undermining the progress of the country.