11 January 2013

Liberia: Weah Haunted

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Opposition leader George Weah and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Vision 2030 conference

Lofa County Rep. Clarence Massaquoi has called for the immediate revocation of the peace ambassador position of George Manneh Weah, leader of the Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) on grounds that he (Weah) lacks the moral virtue for the post.

"He has lost the neutrality to reconcile this country already. How can he reconcile us as a country and at the same time vie for a senatorial seat under a political party?

I am of the strong conviction that it is expedient for the President to reverse that decision by revoking his appointment.

"We are talking about the happiness of the country. Mr. Weah has already made his mind clear for the 2014 senatorial elections. So where is he going to focus? Reconciling our people or politics? Is he going to reconcile the country in his party T-shirt? " Rep. Massaquoi wondered Thursday

during an exclusive interview with this paper at the Capitol.

President Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf appointed Mr. Weah last year as peace ambassador to head the commission

to reconcile the country after Nobel laureate, Leymah Gbowee resigned over policy differences with the President.

Rep. Massaquoi said "peace and reconciliation are the single most

deliverable that no one should overlook, arguing that Mr. Weah who has already declared his intention to run for the Montserrado County senatorial seat on the ticket of the CDC, cannot reconcile Liberians."

"Peace and Reconciliation should not be, and cannot be treated as a second option by any politician. It is very important to us as a nation; that is why we at the national legislature unanimously agreed to allot the sum of US$5 million for the process," he said.

Rep. Massaquoi said retaining Mr. Weah as Peace Ambassador would be a "conflict of interest while he is running to be senator."

"He (Weah) is not only going to reconcile people here. We are not only talking about Montserrado, we are talking about the people out there in the villages who are not part of the CDC but need to be reconcile. What will he tell them as a peace ambassador? He has lost his neutrality already.

Peace is needed now and our President must act now by removing him from the post," Massaquoi stressed.

Therefore, he called on the President to appoint a qualified neutral person as Peace Ambassador.

This is not the first time that the CDC leader has come under criticism since he accepted the job of 'reconciling the country.'

Recently, in an interview with this paper, J. Amos Swaray, a funding member of the CDC but now an statute member of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), raised a similar argument against Mr. Weah terming him a "non reconciler."

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