10 January 2013

Liberia: Weah's Belated Senate Run Is Rightful Direction Toward the Drawing Board


Affirmation by the secretary general of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) that the party's political leader, Mr. George Weah, would contest the mid-term senatorial election for Montserrado County scheduled 2014 is a corrective decision, though not expressed, to revisit the drawing board in his newfound career--politics--after receiving accolades and retirement from international football.

Having failed presidential and vice presidential bids in 2005 and 2011 respectively, Mr. Weah, should anticipate unprecedented public scrutiny in case the CDC gets elected into leadership of our country where stinging critics no longer have respite in their prodigious appetite to reproach leaders for their failings and omissions, but regrettably remain short of equally crediting them for their successes.

As Mr. Weah's presidential ambitions remain undiminished following two consecutive defeats his party suffered at the hands of the Unity Party, wee believe his practical insider experience of diverse mechanisms that confront those involved in the day-to-day running of government is necessary for personal political grooming.

Being conversant with the intricate routine of vertical workings of government from employees in any ministry or agency through their directors or junior ministers before reaching the attention of the minister proper and vice versa is a necessary tool for those who desire getting at the topmost rung of the leadership ladder. This is similarly necessary when government operations entail horizontal coordination and appreciation.

Though critics have described Mr. Weah's decision to run for the senate as belated, we believe it is better late than never for him to gain sufficient orientation involved in the intricate running of government before gunning for the topmost position of the land.

Without prejudice, we believe that exercise would prepare the senatorial candidate for the multiple shocks that jolt the presidential seat that he could occupy if elected president in the future.

Mr. Weah must consider the orientation in the first branch of government as necessary especially if he is keen to recall the avalanche of criticisms from professional footballing colleagues accusing him as having dismal leadership attitude.

We believe Mr. Weah's proposed candidacy for the senate is a return to the drawing board as that was reportedly the original advice given him by some political gurus who, perhaps, felt that beginning his political career below the ambition of the presidency would prepare him for future leadership. But the advice was rebuffed when party zealots pressured him to gun for the presidency, which he miserably missed while freshly entering retirement from international soccer. Now, after years of university studies and sober reflection, Weah is rightly returning to the drawing board, the proper route taken by thinkers who find themselves in missteps.

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