Kemayah to Replace Lewis Brown at the UN?

Ambassador Brown being recalled by Pres. Weah.

Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar R. Findley, acting upon the directive of President George Weah, has written Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, recalling him from duty with immediate effect.

In the letter to Ambassador Brown, Minister Findley wrote:  “I present my compliment and have been directed by the President of Liberia, H.E. George Manneh Weah, to have you recalled from the position with immediate effect.”

He went further to imperatively tell Brown to provide names of his family members for the purpose of providing air tickets and shipment of his “Personal effects” to take leave of the Secretary General of the United Nations immediately.

According to the letter, Ambassador Brown was informed that the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs will tell him about his return to Liberia.

The letter, however, did not state who replaces Ambassador Brown, but information has trended on social media that Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Maxwell Saah Kemayah, is being named to replace the articulate diplomat.

Lewis Brown was designated by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2016, after serving for four years as Minister of Information.

Although it is not clear what sparked the decision to change Lewis Brown, Article 56 (a) of the Liberian Constitution states that all appointed officials of government shall serve by the will and pleasure of the President.

Brown has had long service in government, dating back to the days of former President Charles Taylor to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration.

He was a member of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) prior to the conduct of the 2011 presidential and legislative elections that brought Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power for the second term.

Brown crossed over to Sirleaf in that election year, and contested the senatorial post of Montserrado County but was defeated by Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.

President Sirleaf then appointed him as Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism where he served from 2012 to 2016.

Upon turning over to Eugene Nagbe by presidential appointment, Brown was appointed as Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations.

But observers have expressed troubling concerns over news (unconfirmed) that a highly qualified individual is being recalled from the UN at the time when President Weah is making his debut appearance before that world body, only to be replaced by an individual of lesser experience.

According to a well known lawyer (name with held) Brown’s suggested replacement, Dee Maxwell Kemayan, is a most improper fit for the job as compared to the individual he is being named to replace. The lawyer noted that the highly inexperienced Kemayan is being named to serve at a time when the country does not have an accredited representative to Washington D.C.


  1. I’m not a fan of Lewis Brown but everything I’ve heard is he was doing a great job at the UN so why replace him? Like they say in America, “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I heard that the guy who will replace Mr. Brown is an idiot.

  2. Look Joaquim Sendolo, representing one’s own country at the UN is not as one being a medical doctor, legal adviser, or an engineer. Did Lewis serve as permanent Representative prior to Ellen apoointing him to that post? Hell no!!

    You people should desist from misinforming your readers on matters of which your knowledge is minute. You make a clown out of yourself to assert that a Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs – for Administration at that is “inexperienced” for the post of a nation’s permanent representative to the UN. And this simply tells you know absolutely nothing essential about a ministry of foreign affairs and its diplomatic missions, which are within the work-orbit and province of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Administration.

  3. We should be more positive about this than being subjunctive that Kemanya is not qualify and but Lewis Brown is more qualified. Give us performance evidence to support your claim that Kamayan is not equal to the job.I have unlimited admiration and respect for Lewis Brown for his strong will to serve his country and his eloquence. However, it is well to see the President looking in the direction of young qualify people to serve their country since Lweis has been around and is of age. We need generational change. Congratulations to Kamayan and good luck in the US at the UN.


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