11 December 2012

Liberia: Faith Based Media Group Talks Tough On Reconciliation

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George Weah

A Liberian faith based media group, the Christian Media Center(CMC), has termed President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf's recent appointment of soccer legend Ambassador George M. Weah as "peace ambassador" as "devious diversionary tactics" to evade justice.

In a strong worded press release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, the Christian Media Center, which described justice as a key requirement of the reconciliation process, asserted that politicizing reconciliation will not help President Sirleaf and those the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC) classified as allegedly bearing the greatest responsibility for the deaths of over 250,000 Liberians to prevaricate justice.

It can be recalled that last week, President Johnson-Sirleaf while concluding a meeting with political parties' leaders informed them(political leaders) that Amb. Weah had consented to work with the government as "Peace Ambassador," and will assist with the reconciliation efforts.

The Faith based media group noted in the release "the wheels of justice may be slow but sure", adding that the presidential immunity Madam Sirleaf currently enjoys will soon fade away in line with the constitutional limits of a two term presidency.

The Center says why it believes George Weah is one clean Liberian that has no blood stains on his hands; his appointment is just a game by Madam Sirleaf to switch the focus of the Liberia people from the main issues of accountability in the Liberian Civil war.

Christian Media Center says, if the President is serious about reconciliation, the traditional leaders, civil society organizations, the Liberian Media and the faith based groups are the best conduits for such a process if it will be credible.

The Center believes President Sirleaf is fully aware that George Weah cannot effectively handle the national reconciliation process, but prefer to use him to taint his reputation adding that such game is outrageous.

Christian Media Center called on the religious community especially the Liberia Council of Churches, the National Muslim Council, the Inter-religious Council and Civil Society organizations, the Press Union of Liberia to demand the national legislature to ensure that the president make reconciliation a priority by implementing the key provisions in the TRC report.

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