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11 August 2014

Liberia: Ebola Beyond Politics - Amb. Weah Donates Preventive Materials

Monrovia — The political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, George Weah during the weekend donated buckets, gallons, chlorine, clorax and other materials to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in District #5 in Montserrado County, while at the same time promising to comment on the ongoing crisis in the CDC soon.

The CDC political leader also says he believes the state of emergency declared by President Sirleaf is intended to fight the Ebola virus. Weah donated the materials at a well attended program by dominantly youth and community leaders in district number five cautioning the gathering that Ebola is real and all should heed to advice from health workers.

The CDC political leader said the Ebola epidemic needs beyond politics and all Liberians to put together to fight the deadly virus. He promised to go into other communities to create the necessary awareness about the virus to help communities prevent further spread.

"We will like to tell our people that Ebola is real and it can catch anybody. It could hit me or anybody, so how we deal with it should be everybody's concern. We should heed to the health workers advice, they have the knowledge about the disease", he said. He cautioned that Liberia should do all it can so as not lose anymore health workers because they are the ones the country rely on in times of crisis such as the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola not a curse

Weah in what seems a different view from some Liberian prelates who are saying that the Ebola epidemic is a curse on the country said the virus is not a curse on the country but a disease.

"Ebola is not a curse, it is a disease, so why will I be ashamed when I have the disease and need help. It is not a curse so we need to get that clear. When we are infested with this disease, we must come out and tell health workers and we can be helped", said Weah. According to Weah, he believes the state of emergency was declared to help fight the virus and he does not think it is intended to target any individual or group.

"I don't think the intention of the state of emergency is to limit people from talking, it is intended to create awareness for this disease to be controlled. For example, the issue of closing the borders, we know this recent outbreak came from Guinea and today it is in our society. We need to put in place measures that will curtail the spread of the disease, to screen people that are coming in and out of the country" he indicated. He disclosed that he was subjected to such screening before traveling and it is a good measure to help the country fight the virus.

Political statement on Solo

Weah has meanwhile, told FrontPageAfrica that he will make a 'political statement' on the ongoing suspension saga of George Solo who prior to his suspension by the National Executive Committee of the CDC served as Chairman of the party.

"As I told you, I repeat myself, what is going on in the CDC, as a leader, in the next two weeks, I will be talking politics, but for now I am focusing on Ebola, after Ebola issue, I will make a political statement when the time comes".

Solo was recently suspended by the Executive Committee of the CDC for what the party termed as Mr. George G. Solo being a promoter, expediter, and lobbyist for the Robert Sirleaf-for-Senate campaigns, against the people-voted candidacy of Mr. George M. Weah by settling down for financial rewards ill-disposed to his functions with the executive committee claiming that it has provable and unarguable voice audios and other records testifying to Solo's willful, criminal, and unconstitutional resolve to prevent the CDC's electoral participation in Montserrado County.

The CDC Executive Committee stated "We, members of the National executive committee of the Congress for Democratic Change, meeting under a full quorum at its headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia-Liberia, hereby vote to declare a vote-of-no-confidence in the Chairmanship of George G. Solo, thereby relieving him of his position with immediate effect", Congress for Democratic Change". But Mr. Solo reacting to the action said the individuals who took the action are bringing shame to the party.

"I don't think that those individuals who took that decision are aware of the CDC constitution, they are just naïve and caught in their own little web of hate, some members do not represent the competence and character of people who are to make decisions for this party", said Solo. Mr. Solo termed the action of some members of the CDC Executive Committee as a plot to cause "harm and embarrassment" to the party.

He said "What these individuals have done is shameful to the party quite frankly, for individuals to plot a scam at this time, who just want to result to gang violence it is sad that those individuals are associated with the CDC."

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