17 December 2012

Liberia: Job Rush for 2017 Cabinet - Public Job Maniacs Seeks Weah's Favor

Most Government officials often brag they are professionals and experts in multiple fields and don't depend on Government job to survive. But practical evidence proves that this is just a big bluff, because many shamefully parade from one regime to another despite professed divergent ideological disparities between regimes. Some are at times seen becoming indigent as government job elude them. In the expected transition from President Sirleaf to the supposed George Weah regime, politicians are moving both nocturnally and visibly "burning their wires" to get a placement at the expiry of the current administration. Our Reporter Nathaniel Rogers Walker watched the scenario taking place at the recently concluded Vision 2030 adoption ceremonies, reports.

Ahead of his widely speculated ascendancy to the Liberian Presidency by 2017, Weah Manneh Weah is playing host to amusing refrains of "remember me in your Kingdom" by throngs of politicians and job seekers who have begun lobbying with Congress for Democratic Change for appointments.

At the final vetting and adoption of the National Visioning process held in Gbarnga December 10 to 12, Weah caused stir on stage when a cross section of politicians, including well known former and present top officials of Government, whispering what amounts to "don't forget me when your kingdom comes".

It has been widely claimed that President Sirleaf most likely successor will be Weah. Sirleaf herself, according to insiders, have admitted to the transition of power to Weah.

But the claims or conjectures about Weah's ascendency to the Presidency in 2017 got more fuel when the traditional chiefs of Liberia remarked during the well-attended National Conference on Vision 2030 that the CDC political leader, as possible successor of Sirleaf, needed to get the     President's blessing and counsel if he was to be successful during his regime.

Besides nighttime contacts swarms of politicians made to reach Weah in lobby for job, some were seen walking to him in broad day light and before the huge audience at the Conference to ask him to remember him when he become President of Liberia in 2017.

The likes of Governance Commission (GC) Chairman Dr. Amos Sawyer and former Grand Kru Senator now Internal affairs Minister Blamo Nelson and a host of others were audible reminding Ambassador Weah of a job in his government.

"Don't forget the name Blamo Nelson when you are listing your cabinet ministers for an administration we are grooming for 2017," Minister Nelson told the CDC icon last Wednesday in Gbarnga.

Dr. Amos Sawyer said: "My man, you know I made you all time Sports Ambassador for this country when I was Interim President in the 90s. We will still be around to tie the loose ends for you; so, don't forget me. Remember the old hands when you shall have ascended to the helm of state power in 2017."

Weah, Liberia's Peace Ambassador had gone to attend the closing ceremony of a three day national conference on Liberia Rising 2030, otherwise known as Vision 2030 when he was publicly embarrassed by comments emanating from individuals who should be affording young people an opportunity to public service, owing to the fact that they have a record of long public service.

National Vision 2030 is an 18 year development plan which seeks to men the fence around Liberia's socio-economic and political fabrics for sustained growth and development.

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