10 January 2013

West Africa: Who's Behind 'Miss Liberia' At ECOWAS Contest?

Montserrado County District # 10 Representative, Munah Pelham has challenged the Government of Liberia by leading a delegation of Liberian imposters to participate in the ECOWAS peace pageant. Pelham was selected as one of the judges at the controversial pageant and has also contested the race before but defeated.

Media report says Rep. Pelham single handedly took Miss Meyatta Metzger and Miss Briggitte Rouhana, who both contested in the disputed 2011-2012 Miss Liberia Beauty Pageant held at the Executive Pavilion on April 14, 2012 to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

There are speculations in some quarters that the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker took the decision because she wants to show supremacy over CT Com Liberia Inc., the organization which bid along with the lawmaker to host the pageant.

It was reported that CT Com Liberia won the bid through a Nigerian, Christopher, a decision which did not go down well with Rep. Pelham.

But Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, told radio audience yesterday on Truth FM 96.1 that the government was totally unaware of a Liberian in the Miss ECOWAS pageant.

Minister Jackson in a telephone call on the "Talk Show" said the government has the sole responsibility of sponsoring a Liberian to partake in an international contest and not a single person. He said the lawmaker perhaps took the decision because she has money and wanted to be with her girlfriends on a relaxation trip.

Minister Jackson described the action of the lawmaker as laughable for Liberia to be represented in Miss ECOWAS because the government has already written a communication to the organizers of Miss World that Liberia will not partake in any pageant due to a controversy surrounding the results of the April 14, 2012 pageant.

When the INQUIRER contacted Rep. Pelham via cell mobile phone, her phone was switched off and her office at the Capitol Building was closed when this reporter decided to contact her.

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