Mayor Koijee Renews Calls For The Establishment Of The War And Economic Crimes Court
-Wants Government Officials To Stop Blame Game
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee has reaffirmed his support for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia.
Mayor Koijee said the establishment of the War and Economics Court will ensure the prosecution of those accused of perpetrating atrocity during the 14 years of bloody civil war , to ensure lasting peace and social healing.The Monrovia City Mayor who is also the Youth League Chair of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change pointed out that people who created mayhem in Liberia should be made to account for their actions through the Court of competent jurisdiction.
Mayor Koijee speaking in a Radio Interview live from Washington D.C early Friday morning said “ As a strong advocate of the War Crimes Court , especially during my days in the youth and student communities , I will continue to advocate for the establishment of the War and Economics Crimes
He noted that his advocacy for the War and Economics Crimes Court can’t in no way be undermined by the position he holds in government .
Koijee is of the strong conviction that the ultimate means to sustaining peace, genuine reconciliation and development inLiberia is through the establishment of the court.
“We must seek to end the scourge of impunity in Liberia by using the law and holding people accountable for their wrongdoings,” Mayor Koijee told Journalists in a live phone interview from Washington .
He lauded Liberia’s President George Weahfor making movesthat may lead to the establishment of an economic and war crimes court.
President Weah submitted recommendations to the Legislature and sought advice on addressing human rights violations, war and economic crimes committed during the 14-year-long Liberian civil wars which ended in 2003.
Although the Liberian truth and reconciliation commission recommended the establishment of a special court in 2009, that call was never heeded to by the former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf .
Thousands of people were killed, maimed or raped, and children were used as soldiers in the war. Yet over 100 rebel fighters are free and have never been tried in the country. Key actors in the war such as Charles Taylor and rebel leader Kunti K have been indicted or tried outside Liberia.
Mayor Koijee further said Establishing the Extraordinary Court for Liberia is necessary for justice and for the people of Liberia to heal.
The Monrovia City Mayor also warns against continue protestation in the Liberia, something he said tints the image of the country negatively and discourages investors.
“ We understand that things are difficult as the result of the economic situation in our country but we can not use the situation to score political points by continuously staging protest at the detriment of the people we claim to love “ he lamented”.
According to Mayor Koijee every Liberian regardless of your political affiliation needs to play a patriotic role by joining hands with the government to address the current economic situation in the best interest of the citizenry.
He cautioned young people of Liberia to avoid being use as tools for violence .
“ Young people of Liberia , we have an opportunity today under this President that we might not have years to come , we have an opportunity to serve in government and make the necessary changes Liberia and Liberians deserve . Please don’t allow people use you to undermine this opportunity “ He explained .
The Youthful Mayor calls on officials of government to stop shifting blame on the past government and work harder to achieve the pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development .
“ We didn’t come to government to shift blame on other people . We came to government on the slogan of change . The past government has served and gone . Whether they created the messy state of our country economic or not, it is time we rise to the occasion to work in the interest of the people who give us the popular mandate to serve”.
“ It is time that government officials regain the trust and confidence of their communities by sharing with them , engaging them with sincerity and explaining the actual realities on ground”. He concluded .
Mayor Koijee is currently in Washington D.C to establish a sister-city relationship which will promote economic development and exchange of ideas and programs between Monrovia and Washington D.C .
He is expected to hold talks with the City Mayor of Washington D.C Muriel Bowser, the City Council amongst others .