MONROVIA: As controversies and conspiracy theories crop up in wake of the Monday night fatal accident at the headquarters of the Unity Party, President-elect Joseph N. Boakai has promised families of the victims thorough investigation of the matter, and that nothing concerning the situation which others considered an accident will be left untouched.
Since a vehicle ran into a crowd of UP supporters on Monday night, leaving two dead and many injured, interpretations and reportages of the incident have been mixed, some suggesting “domestic terrorism” while others say the accident was a result of a mere human error.
In addition to assurances by the incumbent government to probe the matter to its logical conclusion, President-elect Joseph Boakai has also been calming nerves, stating that investigation has already commenced by the security.
He commended the families of the victims for their concern and cooperation.
Following visits with victims of the Monday accident at the JFK Hospital, the former Vice President and Standard bearer of the Unity Party spoke to the media, stating that he would ensure investigations go the bottom of the incident and that no compromises will be allowed.
The incoming President of Liberia, while visiting at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Health Center in Sinkor to assess the situation of the victims, interacted with members of families who told him that some of the victims were lying at the hospital beds were badly wounded.
“Some people wounded are inside there under critical condition. We will be here with them,” a spokeswoman of the victim’s family indicated, imploring Ambassador Boakai to demonstrate leadership that will bring justice to the victims and their families.
“We voted angrily for you because we never wanted what is coming to happen; we want justice! Our children, our brothers, our aunties, want to know how the car got up there on Broad Street; what opened that car doors and it just ran on people like that. We want to know what happened. We don’t want you to leave it like that.”
They informed the former Vice President whose election as president was being celebrated when an unmarked vehicle ran through the crowd of UP enthusiasts to something quickly and justly.
In response, the President-elect told the families everything will be done serve expeditious justice.
He said he would ensure that the situation is investigated robustly.
“We will investigate the matter. None of these things will be left untouched,” he said. “We will investigate. The security people are already doing investigation. Let me thank you all so much for cooperating.”
He made the victims and their families to know that the act carried out at the Unity Party Headquarters on Monday affects all partisans.
“You know this thing is affecting all of us. You people were jubilating for our victory when it happened. And it was very unfortunate,” he said further.
He promised to work with the medical doctors at the hospital for the health care of the wounded, and noted that he will also work with the family of those dead to administer burial assistance to them.
“We will work with the doctors for those who are wounded. Those that have died, we will work with their families too. I can assure you, the aftermath will be blessing. So I want to say to you never mind,” Ambassador Boakai said.
The President-elect: “Anything we will do to help you, we got the people that will be working with you.”
During a celebration for the victory of the President-elect Joseph Boakai at the Broad Street Headquarters of the Unity Party in Monrovia on Monday evening, the unmarked car ran down the Coleman Hill from the Nelson Street direction through a mammoth crowd, killing two persons and injuring several others, according to party officials.
Although the perpetrator and his intention were not immediately known, police are said to have arrested someone deemed to be the perpetrator with assistance of Unity Party security.
The 78 year-old Boakai, a former vice president, defeated President George Weah in the Nov. 14 presidential run-off, securing 50.64% of the votes cast President George Weah who netted only 49.36%, while the Liberian President conceded defeat to Boakai on Friday prior to announcement the official result.
As was cheers and celebrations echoed through the air, the sudden tragedy hit, casting a dark shadow over the merriment. A scene of horror left back fatalities, critical injuries and even death.