“Definitely I Spoke With Charles Taylor”

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Sen Weah: “Definitely I spoke with Charles Taylor during one of our meetings…”

-Sen. Weah tells Legislative reporters after submitting ECOWAS report

 

Senator George Weah has confirmed speaking with jailed former Liberian President Charles Ghnakay Taylor by phone.

Weah told journalists at the Capitol Building on Tuesday that he has indeed spoken with Mr. Taylor.

He made the confirmation minutes after he submitted his long-delayed ECOWAS Parliament Report to the Plenary of the Liberian Senate Tuesday and subsequently read to that body by secretary of Senate J. Nanborlor F. Sengbeh.

“…You [are] asking me if I spoke with him, definitely I spoke with Charles Taylor during one of our meetings…I think someone related to Charles Taylor was on the line with Mr. Taylor and said that Sen. Weah, President Taylor is on the line and will like to say hi to you; and I can tell you, I picked up the phone and say (said), Mr. President how are you…,” Senator Weah disclosed.

He further told reporters that it was his responsibility to respect a former leader and that they could now say whatever they wish to say.

Sen. Weah did not however, elaborate how far his discussion with former President Taylor went, or what areas of national concern were touched during their so-called mobile phone conversation.

Referring to Senator Alphonso Gaye’s letter requesting the two Senate representatives to ECOWAS to submit comprehensive reports to the plenary referencing their activities at the ECOWAS Parliament for the past two years, Sen. Weah told journalists that he is one person that has always brought reports to the Senate whenever he attended the ECOWAS Parliament.

“They have forgotten that since I went to ECOWAS, I was one person that brought report, every time I went to ECOWAS and in line with due diligent, I brought report; because I have to bring report for my colleagues to know what is happening at the ECOWAS Parliament,” Weah said.

It may be recalled that the former chief of investigator of the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone, Dr. Allan W. White, said in a Voice of America (VOA) interview that former President Taylor has been in discussion with Sen. Weah, which culminated into Senator Jewel Howard Taylor (Mr. Taylor’s former wife) becoming vice standard bearer to Sen. Weah in a three-party coalition pact that includes Mr. Taylor’s National Patriotic Party (NPP).

Dr. White in that interview disclosed that Mr. Taylor was interfering with the elections in Liberia, by trying to ensure that there would never be a war crimes court established in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

White also alleged that when he [Taylor] left, there were millions of dollars that were buried and left behind with the hope that whoever is elected seeks to get his sentence reduced and subsequently gets him back in Liberia will benefit from the booty,” White added.

But Professor Wilson Tarpeh, a senior partisan and strategist of the newly formed Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in a recent interview with journalists said his party could neither substantiate nor deny whether Sen. Weah, had been in communication with former President Taylor, as alleged by Dr. White, but was quick to point out that the burden of proof is left with Mr. White.

Meanwhile, the month-long ECOWAS Parliament Report by Sen. Weah, who is Liberia’s Head of Delegation to that body in Abuja, Nigeria, was placed on the agenda for Senate’s 19th day sitting, and was read by the secretary of the Senate.

But unlike the previous report from Nimba County Senator Prince Yornie Johnson which was briefly discussed by plenary, members of the Senate following discussions among themselves, voted unanimously on a motion proffered by Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Naatehn that the report be received, adopted, noted and form part of documents on the Senate Archive.

Interestingly, it was Senator Naatehn’s motion last Thursday that stopped Sen. Weah’s report from being placed on the agenda for deliberation, citing Senatorial procedural error.

“After consultations among my colleagues, I move that the report by Senator George Weah which in our views is comprehensive, be received and noted, and placed on the archives of the Senate,” Naatehn moved.

Among issues highlighted in Sen. Weah’s report was persistent concern about his constant absence from proceedings at the ECOWAS Parliament.

“Since being elected as one of the Senate Representatives, I have attended every session at the ECOWAS Parliament and have contributed immensely in fostering the country’s economic, political and social agenda…”

Weah disclosed in his report that a delocalized meeting of ECOWAS Parliament intended to decentralize the inner working of committees, as well as showcase member countries’ working environment and foster more camaraderie amongst parliamentarians is scheduled to be held in Monrovia this April; it will be under the theme: ECOWAS policy on combating counterfeit products and expired products; role of the Parliament in the implementation and monitoring of this policy.

On the first Extraordinary ECOWAS Parliament Session held in Abuja, Nigeria from February 10-15, 2017, the report said it emphasized the introduction of New Parliamentarians and Consideration and Adoption of Draft Agenda.

“Draft documents adopted as working tools for the Community includes: Work Program of joint, Standing and Ad Committee, draft Report of the September 2016 Ordinary Session, Report of the Committee on Legal and Judicial Affairs on implementation of the Supplementary Act relating to the enhancement of the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament, Reports of the Joint, Standing and Ad hoc Committee and the Program of Activities of Parliament for the year 2017. “

Meanwhile, Sen. Weah has recommended that, to prevent confusion about travel and accommodation during ECOWAS missions, “I urge all members of the Liberian delegation to submit itineraries of their travels to my office before departure for ECOWAS. In union strong, success is sure. In addition, I would also suggest that future presentations of ECOWAS Reports to the Senate plenary by both representatives should be done collectively to help promote teamwork and avoid misunderstanding.”

The two representatives, as a sign of reconciling their differences and forego recent verbal war of words, on Tuesday embraced and shook hands in open plenary.

11 COMMENTS

  1. This is a dangerous national security matter for Liberia for a sitting senator and presidential candidate to be in communication with a jailed war crime criminal for the political future of Liberia I don’t think Liberia and Liberians ready to bring back former criminal empire regime Liberia is making progress and this is not time to slow progress and muddy the water again. Liberians want to return home and help rebuild Liberia! Let’s the senate committee on security conduct immediate hearing!

    • To have u inform,Taylor never committed any crame in Liberia,we know that he’s in jail but we can not deprive him of coming back to his Mother Land,moreover, any body for that matter has his/her right to speak to our former President no case.you have others war law passing all around here why can u stop them?

  2. Political fables and tales about money being buried in Liberia to be used to reduce Taylor’s term in a foreign jurisdiction like Britain seems to suggest that the editor of the Daily Observer and its editor Kenneth Best may be hallucinating when composing his stories and really seems like BED TIME stories for kids and frankly cannot be taken seriously by any sound mind.

    Public Administration and Public Service requires a person to have the requisite sophistication to separate dreams, hallucinations, personal emotions from the act of conducting state craft , reconciling a post war nation, building consensus, conflict resolution, nation building, and governing just to name a few areas within the scope of governance.

    Unfortunately, for most Liberians and quite a number of people who comment on Front Page Africa public spheres, and other online mediums they tend to fudge and mix all tenants of state craft along with their emotions, political interests, and personal feelings and hope to successfully inform or influence governance in a post war society Like Liberia.

    While the Liberian civil war may have resulted in Liberians being victimized and abused those same people who were victims are expected to live in Liberia and be upright citizens whether they committed acts unbecoming to others or whether they were victims. It must be said that Liberia is not the only country which has gone to war and has been required to reconcile belligerent parties after the said conflict.

    A significant failure of the current Unity party regime under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joseph Boikai has been the inability of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her operators of state to effectively reconcile LIBERIA within the post war era (2005 – 2017). It is because of Sirleaf’s Achilles heel at reconciliation and even the United Nations inability to effectively disarm belligerents that Senator George Manneh Weah of Montserrado County has offered his charismatic skills to bring Liberians together irrespective of of their roles during the conflict.

    The United Nations under UNICEF named Senator George Weah as Peace Ambassador on April 7, 1997. In this role Senator Weah assisted the UN in the tedious disarmament process. Because of this role Liberians enjoy a relative peaceful environment which enabled elections to be held in 2005 which brought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power. https://www.unicef.org/people/people_george_weah.html

    Later On June 20, 2013 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf having the need for Ambassador George Weah appointed him again as Peace Ambassador to assist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with reconciliation in Liberia a polarized nation under her tutelage.http://www.dw.com/en/liberiathe-slow-path-to-peace-and-reconciliation/a-16898205

    The Daily Observer and other speculative operators must not presume that development , security , and economic progress will occur in LIBERIA without a reconciled nation. Therefore building a post war society in any country will entail dialoguing with all persons across the political divide whether they are in prisons, free, war crimes suspects, victims, war survivors, former leaders, foreign leaders, diplomats, local or foreign organizations.

    Senator George Weah will not presume to be the UNMIL, or a Judge to say you are honorable and I will only speak to you or you are condemned and therefore I cannot speak to you. In fact the very UN and Judges have had the opportunity to sequester people from diverse backgrounds for their alleged crimes and have exonerated them and restored their travel rights , and released their frozen assets within LIBERIA and globally.

    Liberia MUST be reconciled if development will successfully occur. Senator Weah will continue to be a BASTION of Peace , Reconciliation, and Dialogue. This means Senator Weah and other future Leaders will continue to engage a cross section of the Liberian society to arrive at consensus in order to restore and reconstruct LIBERIA and continue where the UN and Sirleaf have ended their tenure in LIBERIA.

    LONG LIVE LIBERIA!

    https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/definitely-i-spoke-with-charles-taylor/#comments

  3. Political fables and tales about money being buried in Liberia to be used to reduce Taylor’s term in a foreign jurisdiction like Britain seems to suggest that the editor of the Daily Observer and its editor Kenneth Best may be hallucinating when composing his stories and really seems like BED TIME stories for kids and frankly cannot be taken seriously by any sound mind.

    Public Administration and Public Service requires a person to have the requisite sophistication to separate dreams, hallucinations, personal emotions from the act of conducting state craft , reconciling a post war nation, building consensus, conflict resolution, nation building, and governing just to name a few areas within the scope of governance.

    Unfortunately, for most Liberians and quite a number of people who comment on Daily Observer public spheres, and other online mediums they tend to fudge and mix all tenants of state craft along with their emotions, political interests, and personal feelings and hope to successfully inform or influence governance in a post war society Like Liberia.

    While the Liberian civil war may have resulted in Liberians being victimized and abused those same people who were victims are expected to live in Liberia and be upright citizens whether they committed acts unbecoming to others or whether they were victims. It must be said that Liberia is not the only country which has gone to war and has been required to reconcile belligerent parties after the said conflict.

    A significant failure of the current Unity party regime under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joseph Boikai has been the inability of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her operators of state to effectively reconcile LIBERIA within the post war era (2005 – 2017). It is because of Sirleaf’s Achilles heel at reconciliation and even the United Nations inability to effectively disarm belligerents that Senator George Manneh Weah of Montserrado County has offered his charismatic skills to bring Liberians together irrespective of of their roles during the conflict.

    The United Nations under UNICEF named Senator George Weah as Peace Ambassador on April 7, 1997. In this role Senator Weah assisted the UN in the tedious disarmament process. Because of this role Liberians enjoy a relative peaceful environment which enabled elections to be held in 2005 which brought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power. https://www.unicef.org/people/people_george_weah.html

    Later On June 20, 2013 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf having the need for Ambassador George Weah appointed him again as Peace Ambassador to assist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with reconciliation in Liberia a polarized nation under her tutelage.http://www.dw.com/en/liberiathe-slow-path-to-peace-and-reconciliation/a-16898205

    The Daily Observer and other speculative operators must not presume that development , security , and economic progress will occur in LIBERIA without a reconciled nation. Therefore building a post war society in any country will entail dialoguing with all persons across the political divide whether they are in prisons, free, war crimes suspects, victims, war survivors, former leaders, foreign leaders, diplomats, local or foreign organizations.

    Senator George Weah will not presume to be the UNMIL, or a Judge to say you are honorable and I will only speak to you or you are condemned and therefore I cannot speak to you. In fact the very UN and Judges have had the opportunity to sequester people from diverse backgrounds for their alleged crimes and have exonerated them and restored their travel rights , and released their frozen assets within LIBERIA and globally.

    Liberia MUST be reconciled if development will successfully occur. Senator Weah will continue to be a BASTION of Peace , Reconciliation, and Dialogue. This means Senator Weah and other future Leaders will continue to engage a cross section of the Liberian society to arrive at consensus in order to restore and reconstruct LIBERIA and continue where the UN and Sirleaf have ended their tenure in LIBERIA.

    LONG LIVE LIBERIA!

    https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/definitely-i-spoke-with-charles-taylor/#comments

  4. One of the major security concerns to me is the abandonment of the youths in Liberia. Lack of job opportunities and skill developments are some of the issues that are undermining security in Liberia. It is not unlawful to speak with or to a convicted criminal. In the context of your assertion, what may be unlawful or a crime, would be planning and executing covert/sinister activities to tear down the fabric of a nation. If your argument about Senator Weah is taken seriously, Liberians may not speak to most prominent Liberians because of their clear support and involvement in the civil conflict and killings. From a public opinion standpoint, some prominent Liberians and politicians are guilty of war crimes but are insulated by selective justice system. I hope we broaden the conversation next time and not to cherry pick.

  5. Is Charles Taylor, a convicted war criminal, trying to meddle in Liberia’s Election? Only George Weah knows what transpired in his telephone conversation with Charles Taylor.

    Liberians should be very careful not to allow people (whether in or out of Liberia) with ulterior motives to negatively influence our election. Liberia is at a crossroad. This election can make or break Liberia. The peace that we are enjoying should not be taken for granted. Too many people (Liberians and the world community) have sacrificed tremendously to maintain the peace in Liberia. Liberians cannot allow an ex-president who is serving 50 years in prison to derail our peace process.

    The peaceful democratic process we are preparing to embark upon in electing a new president will be a testament to all the hard work of maintaining the peace since the war ended. If Liberians work together, we can make Liberia a model of how a war torn country can transition from conflict to peace. Our country may not be economically well off at this time, but the peace we are enjoying today is far better than those terrible years of death and horror.

    May advice to George Weah is don’t be used!!!!

  6. Mr. Weah has the rite like any other Liberian do ve to speak & talk with our former president Charles Taylor & there is nothing wrong with that. what. What matter is the nature or topic of their discussion. Charles Taylor is not the only war law. there re others here living a free life here in Liberia and it surrounding. let us be proud to ve at- least a former president of Liberia since we have succeeded in killing all of our Ex-president. Liberia is only Country that does not have ex-president & with Taylor, we re proud to have him as our ex-president. therefore we ve to encourage him to feel at home though he’s away from home but our consistent communication in good faith will make him feel okay wherever he is.

  7. Samuel Reeves:Liberia, is our country.Our sweet land will continued to remained our home to every Liberians, until the end of the entire world.We must love our country,with our whole hearts.My fellow Liberians, are we still sleeping? If so please weak-up,because it is time to re-double our prayers to God, to give us a good president,who will love Liberia, and its’ citizens. We do not want to go to war.The true is no body with good thinking will speak and talk to a bad man,or a war hero,who killed his friends,brothers and sisters What do you want to prove? Do you want to go to war for the second time? If so I am sorry. You will not become president for the Republic Of Liberia.The true is killing all of our ex-president,was a big mistake.Which means,an error or fault as well as,a misconception or misunderstanding.We must strongly love our country.We must not be proud to under or salute men, who killed our friends,brothers and sisters. We must not be proud to have him as our ex-president or encourage him to feel at home.Remember war is not good.My fellow Liberians, we must not elect leaders, who will take us back to war.This is common sense We must stand up for our rights. We must remember,oppressed people can not remain oppressed for ever.The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the Liberians People.Something within has reminded him of his birthright freedom,and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.

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