PYJ Promises ‘Democratic Coup d’état’

first_imgPYJ: “I will support Boakai because he is like me, a ‘kontry man’ from the majority bloc”To unseat the minority; Supports Boakai’s presidency on majority basisBy David S. MenjorThe political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR), Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, has promised to stage what he called a ‘democratic coup d’état’ at the ballot box this year to bring an end to minority rule in the country.The Nimba Senator, who emerged third in the 2011 presidential elections, said he is prepared to ‘dance’ with Vice President Joseph Boakai, the standard bearer of the Unity Party, to ensure that a ‘Kountryman’ (non Americo-Liberian) takes the nation’s presidency.“I visited my spiritual friend, brother and father, Prophet T. B. Joshua and he told me, as he did in 2011, that I am a potential winner. But knowing that Joe Boakai, who is from the majority class (non Americo-Liberian) as I am, is in the race and most suited for the post than any of us, I will work with him,” Sen. Johnson said Tuesday at a press conference held at his party headquarters in Congo Town.“Boakai is not the Unity Party. He is in the Unity Party,” Johnson said, adding that the VP is his ‘elder’ and as such he is not prepared to disturb the electoral process by standing for the presidency, while the UP standard bearer is also in the same competition.Recently a war of words ensued between the standard bearer of Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, and supporters of the UP standard bearer, VP Joe N. Boakai, over the ‘congau-kountryman’ rule in the country. This divisive political campaign which is again creeping into Liberia’s political discourse as the country struggles to see the transition of an elected president to another in over 40 years is a dilemma that needs to be tackled.Some pundits have argued that Sen. Johnson’s decision to abandon his political ambition to become the next president of the country is to get protection from the UP should the VP win.The Congress of Democratic Change (now in a coalition called Coalition for Democratic Change) of Sen. George M. Weah, has vowed to turn over all accused war crimes perpetrators to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to face prosecution, should they win the presidency in October.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson said political leaders and their followers who think that purchasing luxurious vehicles for their political campaigns will guarantee them victory are seriously mistaken.“Cars will not vote for them; so they are wasting their own time and dreaming the wrong dreams,” he noted.Concerning the failed coalition between his political party (MDR) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman turned politician Benoni Urey, he said Urey’s refusal to serve as his vice standard bearer brought an end to the proposed coalition.“I have been tested at two main elections in this country but Urey has not been tested at any elections, not even for a city mayor position,” he pointed out.Speaking further, Sen. Johnson accused Mr. Urey of a plot to kill him and his counterparts when Urey surreptitiously planned a coalition meeting with him in Accra, Ghana a few months ago.“A few months ago, I received a communication from the ALP through one Alex Whapoe asking me and a few of my party executives to honor an invitation to Ghana for some political discussion. When we accepted, Mr. Whapoe, who was at that time in the United States, sent us our plane tickets. But in short, there came more than three changes in the plane tickets,” he said, noting that after Birdview, the last ticket that came for him and his three counterparts, Moses Ziah, Cllr. Cocker and Moses Bangura, were from Air Maroc, which always depart late in the evening.The lawmaker said while in Ghana, he and his colleagues were not lodged at a hotel as expected but at a house surrounded by gangsters.“After following all security measures, mainly with our information at the Kotoka Airport that Airport West is our place of lodging, but now found ourselves in a strange place, we called the driver who dropped us earlier in a small vehicle and he thinking we may have left something in the vehicle, returned and I ordered him to take us to a hotel I know in Accra. Alex Whapoe denied booking the previous place for us but I demanded that he pay for our lodging since it was he who invited us,” he said.Sen. Johnson said a meeting which he and his fellow delegates attended was also attended by former BBC reporter Robin White and a colleague only identified as Jeff.“It shocked me to see not Urey or Alex but the two white guys only, even though we were told that Urey’s business partners were there to meet with us to discuss political matters,” he said.Johnson added that Urey was present the following day for the next meeting; and at that meeting, Robin White told him (PYJ) that Washington (USA) wants Urey for president in Liberia because Donald Trump is a businessman, as Urey is.“White was forcing us to sign papers in an agreement to be sent to Urey on a merger but we refused and told him that anything considering coalition discussions should be done in Liberia,” he said.Of late Sen. Johnson said he got to know that the car that picked them up from the Kotoka Airport to the strange location in Accra was one of Mr. Urey’s daughter’s vehicles, when Senator Sando Johnson introduced him “to a young girl.”Speaking on the speculation that there are officials of the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the country to arrest him for allegedly killing somebody (unnamed) during the 1990 war, he said it is completely untrue.“If the FBI wants to extradite anyone for investigation and subsequent prosecution, they liaise with the government of the country of the person who might have committed a crime. In fact, their work is never in the news until it is accomplished,” he said, adding that he is a statesman and as such, no one can just walk in and take him away for any reason.“To say a few words, Dr. Robin White told me in Ghana at our failed meeting that if I accepted to work with Urey as his deputy the war crimes court to be established will only look into cases that occurred from 1995 to 2003 but I told him that there should be no need to exclude unless I am the only one who committed atrocities in this country,” he said.PYJ said his decision to support Boakai’s presidency is not for financial gain, as Urey did by trying to lure him into a “dubious deal,” to which he disagreed.“Now it is about the future of our country. We need to decide for ourselves how we will manage our own resources rather than mortgaging them as this regime and others did. We are conscious that our people are suffering and there must come a permanent change beginning with the October elections,” he said.He emphasized that the country’s leadership, the Presidency, must not continue with those he called “the very few.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High flying Bandari hit Sofapaka in Machakos

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC forward Hassan Abdallahis chased down by Sofapaka players during their league match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 16 – High flying Bandari came from a goal down to beat Sofapaka FC 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos and pick their second three points of the season after beating holders Gor Mahia 2-1 last weekend.Wycliffe Ochomo came off the bench to score the winner in the second half after Yema Mwana had drawn the dockers level. Kepha Aswani had put Sofapaka ahead scoring the second quickest goal hitting the back of the net after just 35 seconds.In other results, Western Stima continued with their fine run picking their second consecutive win with a 1-0 result over 11-time champions Tusker FC while Posta Rangers bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Mount Kenya United in Nakuru.Military side Ulinzi Stars also bounced back after losing their season opener with a 3-1 result over KCB.But it was at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos that the game of the week was, the high flying Bandari taking on Melis Medo’s new look Sofapaka.Bandari FC skipper Felly Mulumba goes in for a tackle against Sofapaka forward John Avire during a Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari came into the tie with confidence oozing from their veins having started their season with a 2-1 win at home against champions Gor Mahia while Sofapaka were coming in off a similar result over Mount Kenya.And, the 2009 champions got into the thick of things within the opening minute, Aswani tapping home at the back post from a well measured Cliff Kasuti cross off the right.Bandari should have made an immediate response on the other end, but Richard Aimo in between the sticks for Sofapaka made a brilliant point blank save with the Congolese having gone through on goal.The game was off to a pacy start and in the ninth minute, Faruk Shikhalo made a brilliant finger tip save to deny Sofapaka from their second after Michael Oduor had seen him off his line ands gone for a scorching shot from distance.As the game progressed, so did Bandari grow into the game.In the 26th minute they had another chance when Abdallah Hassan picked the ball from range and gone for a shot, but Aimo once again adjusted himself well to go low and save after the ball took a slight deflection.Bandari FC winger Abdallah Hassan vies for the ball with Sofapaka forward Kepha Aswani during a Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTen minutes later, Abdallah had another chance when a cross from Fred Nkata on the left landed on his path at the backpost but his connecting header was once again well collected by Aimo.At the start of the second half, Sofapaka almost two up when Aswani rose in to head a cross from Kasuti but the effort went inches wide.Medo then made changes which would prove to be costly. Elli Asieche who had done well on the right flank was withdrawn for new boy Faina Jacobs.With the change, Kasuti who was playing at wingback was pushed upfront while Faina moved into the right side of defense.Bandari sought to capitalize on the new man there and then and they made it 1-1 in the 57th minute when Mwana finished off calmly inside the box from a swiftly executed counter attack.With the equalizer, Bandari grew in confidence and threw more bodies forward as they looked to get the game over and done with.They were almost caught for their confidence when Sofapaka launched a ball upfield, Shikhalo failing in his bid to punch it away off his line and the ball landing to Kasuti. However, the winger could not lift the ball beyond the keeper, Shikalo managing to stick a foot out and block the shot.From the miss, Sofapaka were made to pay immediately.Bandari FC winger Abdallah Hassan tries to dribble past Sofapaka midfielder Michael Oduor during a Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKasuti lost the ball deep in the Bandari half and the ball was launched into a counter attack by Yema Mwana who beat both Jacobs and Mousa Omar for speed before cutting back for substitute Ochomo to tap home with Aimo off his line.Batoto ba Mungu should have made an immediate response after going down when substitute Piston Mutamba did well to shield a long ball on his chest before teeing up Oduor through on goal but somehow the midfielder could not hit the target with a gaping goalmouth.Having thrown away a 1-0 lead, Sofapaka pushed for an equalizer and should have had at least a goal with Mutamba bearing the chances.First his effort with a freekick from good scoring range was acres over the bar while his second attempt was with a shot inside the box which was an easy catch for Shikalo.Three minutes to time, Sofapaka had another chance off a counter when John Avire rushed in from the left but one on one with Shikalo, the keeper came off tops with a save.The ball was cut back to the edge of the box and met by Dennis Odhiambo whose powerful shot was deflected for a corner.Despite the late efforts, Sofapaka couldn’t get their act together in finishing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more