Rep. Yekeh Kolubah Denies He Wants to Overthrow the Government

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Montserrado’s tenth district lawmaker, Yekeh Kolubah, has told the Ministry of Justice that he has no intent to incite citizens against the government and undermine the peace of the country.

Kolubah, an independent lawmaker, recently joined ranks with the four collaborating opposition political parties, where he was accused of making comments against President George Weah and his administration.

Officials at the Ministry of Justice invited the lawmaker to clarify comments he made at the rally after he failed to honor a previous invitation from Montserrado’s county attorney, Edward Martin.

A Justice Ministry press statement dated April 22, 2019, and signed by its communications director, Maude M. Somah, said during the ministry’s inquiry, Kolubah disavowed any intent to incite citizens and undermine the peace of the country.

“The lawmaker also told Justice Ministry authorities that his remarks were misinterpreted,” the release read.

Somah also noted in the release that the government acknowledges the public retraction from the ex-generals and a retraction of their statement to arrest the Montserrado representative.

The Ministry of Justice official also clarified that the group of ex-generals does not form part of any security apparatus in the country and are therefore not state actors. She said the government will not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law against any private citizens who will usurp the functions of national security institutions and actors stressing.

“All peaceful citizens are advised to heed to this warning,” she emphasized.

She further encouraged members of the public to go about their normal businesses, assuring them of the government’s firmness in managing the country’s peace and security.

The Montserrado lawmaker was also part of a meeting which President Weah had with members of the independent legislative caucus on Monday. The president had called the meeting with the independent lawmakers to discuss issues they faced with the current leadership of the House of Representatives, under the speakership of Maryland’s Rep. Bhofal Chambers.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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