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Peace Ambassador Weahs political interest questioned

By mylbsonline Staff
Peace Ambassador, George Weah
Peace Ambassador, George Weah

(lbsonline/Liberia)-A stalwart of the ruling Unity Party (UP), is calling for the replacement of Mr. George Weah, as National Peace Ambassador to help reconcile the nation.

Mr. Weah was recently appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as Peace Ambassador to foster peace and reconciliation in Liberia.

Lofa County Representative, Clarence Massaquoi, however, said: “The appointment of Mr. Weah to serve on the NRC and, at the same time, having political ambition, represents conflict of interest”.

“He will not be effective in reconciling the county, because he has presidential ambition and will be running his personal campaign”, Representative Massaquoi said.

“Ambassador Weah, I believe, will not be effective, because he has ambition to contest the 2017 presidential election”.

”He does not have the moral grounds to reconcile the various political parties since all of them have diverse political interests and agenda”, he said.

Representative Massaquoi told mylbsonline Thursday 10th January, 2013 in an interview in Monrovia that he wants President Johnson-Sirleaf reconsider her decision to appoint Mr. Weah to the position.

“I want President Sirleaf to withdraw her decision and consider the appointment of a neutral Liberian to assume the responsibility of reconciling the country”.

In reaction, the former Secretary-General of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Accarous Grey, rejected the call for Weah’s withdrawl as Peace Ambassador.

The Montserrado County Representative said:”My colleague lawmaker, Massaquoi, needs to carefully study the track records of Ambassador Weah during the country’s disarmament process and other peace initiatives that he undertook before making such statement”.

“He must know that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has confidence in Ambassador Weah’s ability, as evidenced by the Ambassador’s appointment”, Representative Grey said.

Prior to Ambassador Weah’s appointment to serve as National Peace Ambassador by President Johnson-Sirleaf, the CDC had a foregone conclusion that Mr. Weah will run on the party’s ticket in the 2017-Presidential and General Elections.

 


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