President George Weah yesterday, September 12, commissioned outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, its organs as well as to the island of Cuba, an Executive Mansion release said.
According to the release, President Weah performed the commissioning ceremony yesterday, with a call on Amb. Kemayah to justify the confidence reposed in him.
President Weah said that Kemayah’s preferment to represent Liberia at the United Nations was not on the basis of the bond of amity subsisting between them; rather, it is for the value and due diligence he demonstrated over a very short period of time in government.
Weah reminded him of the glee that greeted his preferment from partners, and expressed the hope that he would represent the country “very well.”
“We want to urge you to do your best, because only your best is required. Remember, we have allies and the friends of our allies are our friends,” President Weah cautioned Mr. Kemayah as an apparent reminder to him and as to how he conducts his activities at the UN on behalf of Liberia.
In his response, Amb. Kemayah thanked President Weah for his preferment, which he said is indicative of the values and principles the President brings to the country’s Presidency.
Kemayah then committed himself to representing the interest of the country through “our skills of consultations and coordination before making decisions.”
He then promised to leave no stone unturned in representing the interest of Liberia as well as President Weah, who he directly represents.
Mr. Kemayah also used the occasion to laud President Weah for appointing citizens of Lofa County, from which he hails, into his government, in spite of the less-encouraging votes he obtained during the 2017 elections.
“History will judge me if I don’t recognize your preferment of the people of Lofa, including me, to positions of trust into your government,” he said.
Mr. Kemayah headed the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), a party that supported the CDC during the runoff elections in 2017.
He said that his appointment as well as others from opposition parties demonstrates that President Weah is a leader of the people.
President Weah recently appointed Kemayah to replace Ambassador Lewis G. Brown, who served in said capacity for a little over two years. Brown was appointed to the post by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.