The spirits are starting to warm up in Liberia ahead of the second round of presidential elections on 7 November. A radio presenter said he was assaulted on Wednesday (October 25th) in Monrovia by an angry crowd who criticized him for criticizing George Weah on the air. Henry Costa, who was jostled, filed a complaint. He accuses the former footballer of having engineered everything.
The case goes back to Tuesday night. Henry Costa, a well-known radio host in Monrovia, is approached by an angry mob. He is accused of trying to harm George Weah, the candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), who came first in the first round. The journalist tries to reason with them, but the tone goes up. The accusations are raining. He gets a blow to the chest.
“I was not hurt, but psychologically it was terrifying, it was terrifying,” he repeats. It reminded me of what happened to me in 2012, again in the hands of the Coalition for Democratic Change.”
At the time, the host was a member of Weah’s party but he supported a dissident faction. That’s why he says, he’s beaten. Henry Costa accuses the former footballer of being behind the attack and complains to the police the first time.
Five years later, the host is now a member of a small formation, the All Liberian Party, whose candidate Benoni Urey obtained less than 2% in the first round. George Weah still calls him last week to ask him to support him. Henry Costa, who records the conversation, refuses. In the interview, which he broadcasts on his show, he treats the ex-footballer as a “dictator“.
It’s a dictator. He does everything to stifle dissident voices within his party. Me, I am very independent of mind, very critical, so George Weah and I, we could not be friends very long.
That’s why, according to the host, he was jostled by an angry mob. He once again complained to the police.
In a statement, George Weah condemned the attack, which he described as “undemocratic” and “despicable“.