The newly formed political party, Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) on Tuesday, March 22, elected a new corps of officers to lead the party for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The chairman elected at the party’s just ended first annual convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, is Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., winning by white ballot. Mr. Kemayah is also the president of Liberia Business Association (LIBA).
Other elected officials include William Montgomery, vice chairman for Administration; Samuel F. McGill, vice chairman for mobilization, recruitment and membership; Nematu Kamara Richardson, vice chairman for resources, mobilization and investment, Richard S. Panton, secretary general, and Roberts T. G. Sammie, vice chairman for communication and media relations.
The Gbarnga Convention was held under the theme, ‘Economic empowerment of Liberians is an idea whose time has come,’ with the slogan, ‘Poverty is not our Destiny.’
Shortly after the election, James E. Brooks, MOVEE former national chairman, urged all partisans and elected officials to put the interest of the party first, irrespective of their differences.
He said ushering the party’s newly elected officials clearly demonstrates their maturity to fostering democracy in the country.
Mr. Brooks also expressed confidence that with the election of the officials, the party has the ability to move mountains at the 2017 polls.
Earlier in his acceptance speech, Mr. Kemayah expressed gratitude to the partisans; particularly the former leadership, who he believed worked so tirelessly to keep the party’s machinery in motion until the convention.
“These are men and women led by partisan James E. Brooks, who sincerely believe in the cause for which we are committed to and, come 2017, we are ready to liberate Liberians from abject poverty,” declared Kemayah.
He said as a party with contemporary mindset, their aim is to promote balanced economic growth and development within the framework of a free enterprise system; with special emphasis on Liberian-owned entrepreneurship; the encouragement of employment generation and value added foreign investment with Liberian participation as equity holders.
Kemayah, a businessman turned politician, observed that the political landscape in the country is evolving; and has become more robust, competitive and technically complex.
Therefore, he said MOVEE evolves not as a regular or conventional political party, but as an innovative and creative movement with higher standards of integrity and focus on the much needed economic and social transformation in the country.
According to Mr. Kemayah, Liberia faces an unprecedented uncertainty due to hash economic realities reflective of the existing weak and unstable economy.
“For many decades, administrations, including but not limited to the current Unity Party-led government, have failed to appropriately address the appalling economic and social conditions of Liberians,” Mr. Kemayah said.
Absolutely, he said the time is now that “we must begin anew with inauguration of a trustworthy leadership that will initiate and lead an honest national conversation to appropriately address these economic and social challenges that have beset our beloved country. Indisputably, we now face a wearied, angry and disillusioned population awaiting tangible results to change their conditions for the best.
“Certainly,” he continued, “the process has to begin now as this cannot be deferred to tomorrow for the Liberian people will absolutely not take no for an answer,” he said.
The country, Mr. Kemayah said, finds itself at a cross-roads, and by providence, the party has the utmost alternative in the irreversible journey that propels Liberians to depart from the unbearable economic situation.
He then assured the National Elections Commission (NEC), other political parties, the international community and Liberians in general that MOVEE, in its quest for the country’s highest seat, remains open and ready at all times for constructive engagement.
The MOVEE first national convention brought together delegates from the country’s 15 political sub-divisions.