Former ruling Unity Party (UP) assistant secretary for public affairs, Mo Ali, has said his political party was quite aware that a day would come when the alleged political marriage between former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and President George Weah would collapse and, sadly, on a terrible note.
In a mobile interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, October 2, Ali said Sirleaf’s downfall, though gradually coming after her two “honeymoon” terms of six years each, is testimonial of the fact that no individual is better or bigger than an institution or a political establishment.
“Even though former President Sirleaf’s current life is not our focus, we knew that she and Weah were not going to remain good friends, because we knew that their friendship was not meant to succeed,” he said.
Ali said Madam Sirleaf is no longer a point of focus for the party. Rather, the party is concerned with its own rebranding and playing the role of a responsible opposition political party that is set to retake state power through the ballot box in future elections.
It can be recalled that prior to President Weah’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly’s 73rd Session Summit, former President Sirleaf, in a BBC interview, expressed disappointment with the Weah Administration for impugning the reputation of former government officials.
She then expressed how shocked she was when Information Minister Lenn Eugen Nagbe informed the public that L$15 to L$16 billion went missing from the Free Port of Monrovia while being transported in containers to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).
“Do they know the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of this country?” she asked rhetorically, questioning the credibility of the Weah Administration’s investigation, which had earlier welcomed the allegation that billions of Liberian dollars were missing.
But in reaction to Madam Sirleaf’s remarks, President Weah ignored all she had done over the 12 years by not mentioning even a word about her contribution to the country’s peace she had previously boasted of at the UNGA. Rather, he rained praises on the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG,) Farid Zarif.
Back home, Weah said at a church intercessory service that those who claimed to know the GDP of the country could not pave Doe Community’s main street in 12 years, let alone to talk about providing the inhabitants electricity.
He challenged the view that he lacks the ability to lead the country and said such is a contradiction to his life experiences, claiming that failure has never been his portion.
About the recent street protests staged by civil society groups demanding the return of the missing L$16 billions, Weah said their action was a contradiction of their professions of love for the country.
“They went out to protest and police guided them. When we were in opposition, police shot at us; we lost some of our strong supporters to bullet wounds,” he said.
Weah declared that those who went out to protest were “heartless and unpatriotic” for calling the international community to put sanction, particularly economic sanction, on Liberia well before investigation into the alleged missing billions Liberian dollars is completed and those responsible brought to book and dealt with according to law.