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Yekeh Frowns On Gathering At City Hall —Wants Koijee, Endee Quarantined

By Bill W. Cooper
Representative Yekeh Kolubah has frowned on the gathering of over 700 men by Cultural Ambassador, Juli Endee and Mayor Jefferson Koijee at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) recently in Monrovia.
Rep. Kolubah said the decision by both Mayor Koijee and Ambassador Endee to gather said number of people in the wake of the coronavirus is a complete contradiction and undermining of the stringent measure setup the Ministry of Health (MoH) regarding social distancing.
Recently, Culture Ambassador

Endee presented to Mayor Koijee over 700 men who have already been deployed around the city to carry out awareness about the coronavirus in the 17 electoral districts of Montserrado County which have been declared as one of the affected counties of the virus by the Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah.
According to the District #10 representative, the attitude by Mayor Koijee and Ambassador Endee as witnessed by several Liberians in recent times has the propensity to spread the virus throughout the country and as such, both of them need to be arrested and quarantined to be observed for the next 14 days.
The tough-talking representative noted that the government has “politicized” the coronavirus scenario due to their failure to arrest both Mayor Koijee and Ambassador went against the President’s mandate by avoiding public gatherings, but is targeting one peaceful citizen, Alexander Cummings.
He added, “If the government can put worshipers out of churches to avoid public gatherings as mandated by the MoH, why the government has not arrested Ambassador Endee and Mayor Koijee who breached the MoH measures by gathering over 700 men in Monrovia? The manner and form in which this government is behaving makes me to have doubts that the coronavirus is in the country because the government cannot be saying one thing, while you have other government officials believe to be confident of the president doing the contrary.”
Since the program that brought several citizens together at the MCC in Monrovia, citizens from all quarter including social media had been expressing their disappointment towards Mayor Koijee and Ambassador Endee for their decision in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some said that the action by people believe to be in government is somehow undermining the precautionary measures put in place by health authorities in order to curtail the spread of the virus to other parts of the country.
Some said that in order for citizens to follow the government’s measures, officials of government should take the lead by abiding by their own rules and regulations or else the various measures put in place by the health authorities will not be abided to by the citizenry.

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