Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) political leader George Weah has quit his post as Liberia’s Peace Ambassador for “personal reasons.”
According to information gathered by the Daily Observer, Weah turned in his resignation yesterday to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, explaining that his political ambition to contest the upcoming senatorial election was the main factor behind his decision to resign.
He praised President Sirleaf for the opportunity given him to serve, but maintained that he needs to focus his attention on the current political challenges.
Contacted yesterday by the Daily Observer for further insight on his latest decision, Weah declined to comment. He confirmed tendering his resignation, but said that it was not the right time to discuss his resignation since it was before Madam Sirleaf.
Weah’s party, CDC, however, announced that it welcomes his decision to quit, adding that their political leader needed to focus his attention on his senatorial bid.
The party through its vice chairman for operations, Mulbah Morlu, noted that the party is pleased with Weah’s move.
Asked whether Mr. Weah, who is regarded in most quarters as a football legend, presented financial records to President Sirleaf at his separation from the post he has held for about two years, Morlu declared that not a single dollar was provided to Weah by government to execute his duties as Peace Ambassador.
“I wonder how he will make financial report when in fact no money was provided to fund the Peace Ambassador’s office? He never had a budget nor office space to work from and nothing. The government never had interest in the position created and it is important that he leaves,” Morlu stated.
Even though CDC claims Weah did not receive support from government to run his office and unite Liberians, critics want him to account for US$179,000 reportedly disbursed to him for the purpose of conducting a series of peace initiatives between the contentious ethnic groups of Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties.
It was announced that three conferences were to be held, but instead only one event took place at the RLJ Hotel in Monrovia. The remaining two conferences that should have been hosted in Nimba and Grand Gedeh, respectively, never took place.
After accepting his appointment, Weah was criticized for not having any concept paper or blueprint on how he intended to achieve peace.
In an apparent reaction to his critics, Weah managed to organize an elaborate “peace festival” last year and persuaded many international football stars to converge in Monrovia for the event.
“Technically,” a political commentator said, “Weah’s political career is about to face serious scrutiny as Liberians conduct the senatorial election in December.”
Meanwhile, it has been hinted by insiders that CDC wants a monument erected in Weah’s honor “for his many achievements as Peace Ambassador”.