Ahead of the official pronouncement of campaign activities for the ensuing Special Senatorial Election, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader George Weah has started reaching out to potential voters in Montserrado County.
Amb. Weah recently announced his desire to replace fellow partisan Joyce Musu Sumo whose tenure expires January 2015.
Since the CDC flag-bearer declared his intention of contesting, he (Weah) has been consistent in visiting public places and at the same time holding discussions with both electorates and stakeholders.
In an apparent move to sell his candidacy to Monrovians, Weah donated LR$100,000 to a gathering of Paynesville District residents over the weekend, where CDC secretary general Nathaniel McGill made the donation on behalf of Amb. Weah at the Paynesville City Hall.
Addressing the audience, McGill noted that the gesture was made to show his boss’ commitment to helping the Thomas Fallah Educational Foundation.
The Foundation is an initiative of Montserrado County Representative Thomas Fallah established in the suburb of Paynesville, which aims to provide assistance to young people allowing them to enroll in vocational and technical schools and train less fortunate youth for a better future.
The Paynesville Town Hall occasion was also used by Rep. Fallah to present his Annual Legislative Constituency Report on the 2nd Sitting of the 53rd National Legislature.
McGill dispelled claims by other locals at the town hall gathering that Amb. Weah’s donation was intended to campaign ahead of the official pronouncement by the National Elections Commission. “Amb. Weah is committed to educational empowerment and has always associated himself with building the human capacity of Liberians,” McGill told the cheering crowd.
Though the National Elections Commission (NEC) maintains that August 12 to October 12, 2014 are the official dates for political campaigning across the country, Amb. Weah has been criticized by his political opponents, including former youth activist Benjamin Sanvee, for being inconsistent in his quest to serve in public office.
Sanvee’s supporters and associates of the Peace Ambassador have had repeated intellectual clashes on radio talk shows relative to Weah’s senatorial bid, but the CDC strongman is frequently in the media expressing his willingness to serve in the Senate.