The New Dawn (Monrovia)

29 January 2014

Liberia: Weah Snubs Ellen's Message

Liberia's Peace and Reconciliation Ambassador George Mannah Weah snubbed the 8th Annual Message of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf delivered Monday, January 27, 2014 to the Liberian Legislature.

Ambassador Weah, also the political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change, nor any of his senior party officials, did not attend the event required by the Liberian Constitution.

Before members of 53rd Legislature, members of the diplomatic mission, heads of political parties, civil society groups, the media and citizenry at large, the President's message gave a comprehensive overview of the affairs of the state, including achievements, challenges and prospects.

The Annual Message is in fulfillment of Article 58 of the Liberian Constitution which clearly states that "the President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration's legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic the report shall cover expenditure as well as income."

When contacted, the Acting National Chairman, Mr. Mulbah Morlu attributed Weah's conspicuous absence from the event to the huge tensions which preceded and awaited the message from students of the University of Liberia.

Morlu indicated that Weah, as Peace Ambassador deemed it not necessary to attend such national gathering because he would be greatly blamed, if anything had gone wrong.

"With mounting tensions from students of the University of Liberia, Ambassador Weah, who the country look up to in term of reuniting the people and making reconciliation a reality, thought it not appropriate to attend that national event; instead, he dedicated his time to talk to several parties who felt offended due to the perpetual closure of the UL; and I think his discussion with those individuals and groups helped to save the day," he told the New Dawn at the headquarters of the CDC in Monrovia Tuesday.

Mr. Morlu also explained that with the mounting tensions, there could have been outbreak of violence, and so their political leader decided not to be part of such violence.

Despite the massive deployment of police officers and soldiers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Morlu claimed that said grounds of the Capitol Building were not safe enough in case of violence. Commenting on the failure of the party itself to be represented, Morlu also claimed that the CDC did not receive an invitation, also suggesting that it would have been a waste of time for him as Acing Chairman of the CDC to spend his time at the Capitol because the President's Message is always characterized by great deceptions and unnecessary display of intellectualism.

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