Heritage (Monrovia)

27 December 2013

Liberia: Benoni Urey Off UN Travel Ban - Vows to Contest 2017 Presidential Race

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Benoni Urey, a staunch ally of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, campaigns for the opposition Congress for Democratic Change.

A prominent Liberian businessman, Mr. Benoni Urey, has commended the United Nations (UN) for removing him on the UN travel ban list.

Mr. Urey, who is one of the wealthiest citizens of Liberia, also commended the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the Liberian people for their moral support which culminated into his removal from the UN travel ban list.

The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia decided on 23 December 2013 to de-list Mr. Urey from the list of individuals subject to the travel restrictions imposed by paragraph 4 (a) of resolution 1521 (2003) (the travel ban list). The measure no longer apply to him.

Urey currently serves as the Chair of Lonestar Communications Corporation, which is one of the largest taxpayers in Liberia. Urey has also invested in residential housing, hotels, a car rental company, radio and television stations and newspaper. In addition, he operates a farm which produces eggs, chickens juices etc. and has several Liberians in his employ.

In an interview with newsmen after the UN-world body lifted the travel ban on him, the former Mayor of Careysburg also broke silence on his presidential ambition.

He broke the silence when he responded to a questioned posed to him by newsman.

The newsman had quizzed him as to whether he has an intention to contest the 2017 presidential race, as there were reports in some quarters of Monrovia suggesting that he has ambition for the presidency.

Mr. Urey, who openly vowed to contest the presidency come 2017, said it is now time for the "indigenous Liberians" to take over the country from the "Americo-Liberians", whose objectives he said, are to take away the country's resources without investing in the country.

He said it is now time to redeem the Liberian nation and people from the hardship and other dehumanized conditions.

However, he said he needs the support of all Liberians in order for him to succeed.

He encouraged his fellow Liberians to hold together, adding that unity and peace is critical to the rebuilding of Liberia following years of war.

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