The Inquirer (Monrovia)

West Africa: 'I Broke No Law'

A former Liberian super model now Montserrado County Representative, Munah Pelham has sounded strongly that she broke no law by taking the disputed winner of the Miss Liberia 2012 contestant to the ECOWAS peace pageant recently.

Speaking at ceremony marking the formal opening of the second sitting of the 53rd National Legislature, Rep. Pelham said, "I broke no law at all; I'm here to educate." Rep. Pelham then admitted taking Miss Mayatta Metzger and Miss Briggitte Rouhana who both contested in the controversial Miss Liberia 2012 Pageant to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

She strongly sounded out that taking the ladies to Nigeria does not constitute any crime and had no reason to inform the Ministry of Information before going to Nigeria or any other country. Madam Pelham said the ECOWAS Peace Pageant is for former models and does not call for any recommendation from MICAT or any other group.

Among other things, she said the two contestants went to represent Liberia as ECOWAS citizens and need no authorization from the Ministry before going to represent their country at the ECOWAS Peace Pageant. "What matters is that you must be a national title holder to participate," she further clarified.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information has issued a strong statement threatening that anyone who took the two contestants to Nigeria without the consent and input of the Ministry will be investigated and turned over for prosecution.

Information Minister, Lewis Brown on a recent talk show said government is not aware of the travel of the contestants terming the action of those involved as illegal and needs thorough investigation.

Rep. Pelham was selected as one of the judges at the controversial Miss Liberia pageant. Recent report disclosed that Madam Pelham single-handedly took Miss Mayatta Metzger and Miss Briggitte Rouhana to Nigeria for the ECOWAS Pageant.

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