Liberia: 'I Am Bringing Integrated Approach'

-Amb. Kemayah Tells Senators

Although his confirmation hearing was halted by the Foreign Relations Committee of the Liberian Senate on Monday September 21, 2020, Foreign Minister Designate, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah has assured Liberians that he is bringing an integrated approach to the Liberian Foreign Service.

Ambassador Kemayah was nominated by President George Weah as Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 3, 2020 after spending two consecutive years as Liberia's Permanent Representative and Plenipotentiary to the United Nations.

Immediately following his nomination by the Liberian leader, sexual harassment allegation was levied against him by Madam Whynee Cummings Wilson.

However, the government and other stakeholders are yet to establish any fact linking Ambassador Kemayah to the sexual harassment allegation levied against him recently by an employee of the Liberian Permanent Mission to the United Nation

Since the news of the sex allegations, some Liberians at home and abroad have called for the withdrawal of his nomination by President Weah until he is investigated properly as he will be carrying the seal of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Kemayah appeared on Monday September 21, 2020 and took an oath on the witness stand, but his confirmation was later halted due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Prior to the halting of the confirmation by the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Liberian Senate, Ambassador assured Liberians of his expertise and exuberance he was bringing to the foreign service of the country.

In two years, Ambassador Kemayah outlined series of achievements that raised Liberia's image high at the international level.

"We served diligently in all of the sectors yielding maximum productivity. This is my third appearance before this honorable body and we are quite cognizant that this is not common. We take this nomination and the tasks very serious. We were once confirmed by you for the position of Deputy Minister and we performed with effectiveness and efficiency," he said.

He further said "At the UN, we embarked on a progress to add value to the image of Liberia outside there. To ensure the flag of Liberia flies higher than we met it, we overcome lots of hurdles at the UN."

"We have come to provide support to the chief architect of the foreign service as Minister of Foreign Affairs. We have come with years of international and integrated approach, ranging from CSO, NGO, private and public sectors," he added.

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