Pres. Weah: “Your Palace Does not Represent the Presidency”

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One of the several building (hut) in Fish Town, RiverGee County.

President George Weah has disclosed plans to construct fifteen presidential palaces in all of the political sub-division of the country, as well as, building 200 housing units in Fish Town City, RiverGee County.

President Weah, during a visit to RiverGee County recently, promises to develop RiverGee, which is one of the least developed counties in the country. According to President Weah, his desire to develop RiverGee County is in fulfillment of his campaign promises and the need to better the lives of Liberians.

However, President Weah told the people of RiverGee County that the “Presidential Palace” in the county does not represent the kind of object they were talking about.

“It’s unfortunate for people who claimed to have all the knowledge and requisite degrees in the country to build substandard homes for the presidency. I just saw where we stay, and it is called Presidential Palace. I almost drove from that place because it does not represent the Presidency,” President Weah told RiverGee County citizens on his county tour.

President Weah adds “That cannot be called a Presidential Villa. People of RiverGee, it’s a mockery to our flag for a sitting President to go in that building you call Presidential villa. We need to change that name and erect a new one.”

According to President Weah, there is a need to put a valuable building that will represent the country, especially as Liberia is being the oldest African state. He said that his administration will do everything possible to build Presidential Palaces in the various counties.

“RiverGee’s so-called Presidential Palace cannot be called a Villa if the people have respect and value for the leadership of the country,” he reiterated. “People visiting us must see that you are serious and have respect for the presidency. What if one of my friends were coming with me on this county tour, you know what that building would have told them? We are not serious in this country,” President Weah said.

The Liberian leader further that that will work with lawmakers to build presidential palaces in all 15 counties and completed discussions with the legislative caucus of RiverGee County to break about 200 huts in the county’s capital down to construct 200 modern housing units for the citizens.

“We will design the models of our Presidential palace and build it ourselves so that we will have a place to stay. Our guests who will come will know that Liberian people of prestige. We need to break those huts down in order to give our people a better place to live. RiverGee needs to be built and we all must be responsible to build RiverGee County,” he said.

President Weah added that he has arranged for the provision of 200 solar lights for the cities of the county. President Weah said the provision of electricity to all cities across the country is cardinal and it remains a priority for his administration.

RiverGee County is one of the poorly developed counties to the extent that it does not even have internet coverage.

“We have to go to Maryland in order to send a report to Monrovia. We have to spend good money on transportation,” one of the local officials indicated.

According to students, the situation is leading to their failure, and called on the President to ensure that there is internet in the county to enhance their learning.

21 COMMENTS

  1. where is the photo of the presidential palace in river gee. POOR REPORTING. ALVIN WORZI YOU ARE PATHETIC INCOMPETENT REPORTER.

  2. WHERE IS THE PHOTO OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN RIVER GEE? THIS IS POOR REPORTING. I CANT BELIEVE THAT MR. WORZI , Assistant Secretary General of the Executive Mansion Press Corps. WRITES AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE MANSION BUT NO PHOTOS

  3. The building of governmental dwelling places in the fifteen counties of Liberia is a brilliant idea. First of all, by building such places in the counties, temporary and permanent jobs will be created. More importantly, not just the president, but Ministers and government officials who travel from time to time throughout the country, will have a place to attend or conduct business or spend a night. I hope the president follows through.

    • Did the President asked whether some counties do not have” Presidential Palace”? Some of these older counties have these places: Has he seen the one in Grand Gedeh, Bong, may be Nimba? Perhaps, they just need renovation. As the one in Bong County needed renovation as the county leadership was very reckless and did not renovate it. The one in Grand Gedeh was used as UNMIL head office, so it needs to be renovated and returned to it’s previous status.

  4. So the priority is on the president and not the people? Build a “presidential palace”, but the people live in dirt, dust and squalor. Develop because of the people, not self.

  5. One of the several buildings (huts) in Fish Town, the administrative capital of River Gee. This is a country independent since 1847. Just use google map to look at the village (I mean city, sorry).

    And then the people who have ruled such country will have their offspring chest thumbing “ooh, my father or mother was once a minister, a president, a director, etc. NONSENSE!
    How can you be this wicked to yourself?
    Had it been for the white guys, we were going to yell above all rooftops, oh, they are keeping us undeveloped. But the children of Liberia did this to themselves, pocketed the cash to be transferred to the USA, “we don’t care if the people back home live or die. All we care about is our wellbeing”, egotistical bastards!

    Sometimes I sit and ask myself about what would have become of Liberia if concession companies and missionaries had not come to the country.
    Fortunately, the war came, and we were practically all dispersed to other countries in one way or the other, yet we continue to vote a president like Weah, what is wrong with us my people? Do we find pleasure living in complete destitution or abject poverty within a country of opulence?

    We must come to ourselves in 2023!

  6. I am not in a state of disbelief to see the mud house and thatched roof presidential mansion of Weah in River Gee County in this day and time of Liberia’s 173 years national existence. Why? Because it is symbolic of how our government sets its priorities. Many events which Liberians often characterize as fundamental challenges are really not. What do I mean about this? The ways and means are there to plan and implement many projects that could bring monumental developments to the people, but this is nearly impossible as progress is being hijacked by vicious and selfish leaders.

    The first question that comes to mind when I see this antediluvian and primitive presidential palace is where and what projects have the county development funds been spent on over the years? If government was to truly allocate these funds to the various counties as they fell due, the county authorities could have carried on developments within their respective political subdivisions simultaneously. However, I doubt whether the Weah administration has been following through with the implementation of this all-important policy.

    An old saying always holds truth and it is: “One cannot have his/her cake and eat it too.” In other words, our leaders cannot talk about national development and at the same time divert monies from the national treasury to their personal ventures. Eventually, the consequences from such profligacy will surely haunt the nation as it is doing now.

    I read an article just the other day that Guinea has started rolling out its Ebola vaccine plan. Now, this is what one calls a president putting the nation’s money where the people’s mouths are. If the question was raised about when Liberia will start hers, I bet the authorities will cite the lack of finance to undertake the procurement of the Ebola vaccines, and is therefore waiting on outside help.

    I do not intend to downplay the fact pandemics know no barriers and that the stronger and industrialized nations are in better positions to combat the plagues than the poorer ones; however, being poor cannot be a justification for wastefully spending the nation’s resources, while expecting other countries to bankroll its national projects.

    The rich nations must first see the good examples in us, and then they will decide to reach out to us quite readily. A good example is Ghana. Quite recently, it was announced on international news that it has been the first country in West Africa to begin receiving a consignment of Astra Zeneca vaccines. This is not happening because Ghana is rich and powerful comparable to the industrialized powers. This development is simply an attestation to the legacy of good leadership.

    Consequently, a nation that chooses to be a beggar one, will always dance to the tone and drumbeat of the stronger nations.

  7. “It’s unfortunate for people who claimed to have all the knowledge and requisite degrees in the country to build substandard homes for the presidency. I just saw where we stay, and it is called Presidential Palace. I almost drove from that place because it does not represent the Presidency,” President Weah told RiverGee County citizens on his county
    tour.”
    What arrogance ! So Weah thinks the presidency can’t taste what the common people experience on a daily basis? He should be talking to former President “Pepe” and humble himself! That is not the spirit of a so called “pro poor” President!

  8. Did the President asked whether some counties do not have” Presidential Palace”? Some of these older counties have these places: Has he seen the one in Grand Gedeh, Bong, may be Nimba? Perhaps, they just need renovation. As the one in Bong County needed renovation as the county leadership was very reckless and did not renovate it. The one in Grand Gedeh was used as UNMIL head office, so it needs to be renovated and returned to it’s previous status.

  9. Liberia’s sordid state is a function of the thinking of its leaders. Oops, I should say the thinking of its people! Unless we place the most forward-looking, the most progressive, the most competent, the most disciplined, the most public spirited of our countrymen in public offices, we will lament till the cows come home. The problems we face today are not new; they are as old as the nation-state itself. Go back in time and read the writings of Albert Porte, Thomas J.R. Faulkner, Edward Wilmot Blyden and other men of foresight. Real progress will begin when we learn from our past mistakes and change course.

  10. President George Manneh Weah,

    Constructing a so-called Presidential Palace that meets modern-day Presidential expectation and comfort, is not development and progress. No matter what comes next, as the current President of Liberia and anyone else elected in Liberia, whether Representatives, Senators, and/or President of Liberia today and in the future, they need to enact into law National Budgets that put Liberia and our People First. You, the current President of Liberia, have yourself to blame and Presidents elected after you, if you, should continue to neglect and fail to swiftly indict, arrest, and prosecute Financial and Economic Crimes in Liberia, irrespective of status.

    Put LIBERIA FIRST, and start with the countless Reports of Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC) sitting on your desk and taking deep look at you and your Presidency. Prior to Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her UP-led Government leaving office, we wrote you and published a 15-page letter addressed to you and imbedded therein, a clear and distinct list of people you and your Government could investigate, indict and prosecute for allegedly committing Financial and Economic Crimes, with impunity. Come what may, Financial and Economic Crimes committed in Liberia, are the crimes that are responsible for no development and progress in Liberia.

    So we maintain, electing and re-electing one committed group of professional thieves after one committed group of professional thieves, will NEVER develop Liberia and cause our people to make progress. Liberia, has no roads, light, school, hospitals, no safe drinking water, and the list could go on for Liberians can rely on. Why is Liberia not developed since our country, the Republic of Liberia, declared its independence on July 26, 1847?

    Because Liberia and its people have been run by one committed group of professional thieves, after one committed group of professional thieves.

    Mr. Weah, as the President of Liberia, put Liberia First and you and all Liberians, will see, feel, appreciate, and know development and progress.

    Truly, the Republic of Liberia, after 174 years of her independence, is a SHAME!

    Appoint a new committed Minister of Justice, Solicitor General, and County Attorney to review our GAC’s Reports. Your current Justice Minister, Solicitor General, and Attorney, are deeply conflicted. They, were retained Counsels to many of those named and charged in the General Auditing Commission Reports.

    Given all the powers that be and up to Thy Kingdom Come, your Minister, Solicitor General, and County Attorney, cannot and will not indict and prosecute Economic and Financial Crimes in Liberia. Alternatively, appoint, name and commit this prosecutorial authority to independent Counsels for do the job within 3 years.

  11. President George Manneh Weah,

    Constructing a so-called Presidential Palace that meets modern-day Presidential expectation and comfort, is not development and progress. No matter what comes next, as the current President of Liberia and anyone else elected in Liberia, whether Representatives, Senators, and/or President of Liberia today and in the future, they need to enact into law National Budgets that put Liberia and our People First. You, the current President of Liberia, shall have yourself to blame and Presidents elected after you, if you, should continue to neglect and fail to swiftly indict, arrest, and prosecute Financial and Economic Crimes in Liberia, irrespective of status.

    Put LIBERIA FIRST, and start with the countless Reports of Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC) sitting on your desk and taking deep look at you and your Presidency. Prior to Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her UP-led Government leaving office, we wrote you and published a 15-page letter addressed to you and imbedded therein, a clear and distinct list of people you and your Government could investigate, indict and prosecute for allegedly committing Financial and Economic Crimes, with impunity. Come what may, Financial and Economic Crimes committed in Liberia, are the crimes that are responsible for no development and no progress in Liberia.

    So we maintain, electing and re-electing one committed group of professional thieves after one committed group of professional thieves, will NEVER develop Liberia and cause our people to make progress. Liberia, has no roads, light, school, hospitals, no safe drinking water, and the list could go on for Liberians to rely on. Why is Liberia not developed since our country, the Republic of Liberia, declared her independence on July 26, 1847?

    Because Liberia and its people have been run by one committed group of professional thieves, after one committed group of professional thieves.

    Mr. Weah, as the President of Liberia, put Liberia First and you and all Liberians, will see, feel, appreciate, and know actual development and progress.

    Truly, the Republic of Liberia, after 174 years of her independence, is a SHAME!

    Appoint a new and committed Minister of Justice, Solicitor General, and County Attorney to review our GAC’s Reports. Your current Justice Minister, Solicitor General, and County Attorney, are deeply conflicted. They were retained Counsels to many of those named and charged in the General Auditing Commission Reports.

    Given all the powers that be and up to Thy Kingdom Come, your Minister, Solicitor General, and County Attorney, cannot and will not indict and prosecute Economic and Financial Crimes in Liberia.

    Alternatively, appoint, name and commit this prosecutorial authority to an independent Counsel. Charge this group to do the job within 2 years.

  12. In a persuasion-centric field such as politics, messaging happens to be the meat. And the phrase “presidential palaces” is a misnomer for what GMW meant – government guest houses. For nowhere in the MRU basin does a head of state have a residence in each county, or province for his soul use.

    Not surprisingly, therefore, a President says and does right – most of the time – if immediate aides are dedicated, competent, confident, and candid. But when they fight to flatter and tell frivolous lies, then, truth, presidential effectiveness, and the nation suffer. Folks, for example, ask former American President Trump…

  13. Unless otherwise understood, but the Ivory Coast is part of the MRU.
    In the Ivory Coast, in every regional capital (Danane, Man, Daloa, Dimbokro, Daoukro, Bouake, etc.), there is a presidential palace for the sole use of the president of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.
    Other government ministers and dignitaries are usually lodged at the Sous Prefecture or Prefecture or in hotels with costs underwritten by the government.

  14. Petarus Dolo

    Well, I didn’t know Ivory Coast in the MRU, and am sorry for the mistake. The point though is that the implicit extravaganza of “presidential palaces” in a Liberia reportedly fifth poorest of the world, speaks volumes of cognitive dissonance. For instance, Germany, with the highest economy in Europe, had Mrs Merkel for 18 years as PM, and she lived in an adjoining apartment with her husband throughout the premiership.

  15. Defender,
    I would prefer that you do not hide yourself behind the skirts of beautiful women when you say something that’s in the best interest of the country. Just say what you want to say and be courageous. If your contention is that the “Ivory coast is part of the MRU”, then you are in essence saying that it’s okay for Weah to build residential dwelling places for visiting government officials and for Weah throughout the counties, excluding the nation’s capitol. For obvious reasons, the Executive Mansion sits in Monrovia. It would be childish for the Weah government to contemplate on building housing projects for government officials in or just outside of Monrovia. Defender, this is my observation about you. Once in a blue moon, you go the extra mile to heap praise on the good things Weah does. I cannot say more. Thanks for letting your readers know that you’re supportive of Weah’s efforts in this special regard.

    Until then, peace!

  16. Mr. Moses,

    Cote d’Ivoire joined the Mano River Union in 2008, when GBAGBO was president. So, we now have 4 member countries.

    As an economist and financier, I will frankly tell you it is not an extravaganza of “presidential palaces” to have a decent infrastructure in every county for the President of the Republic of Liberia.
    You have served in government at the highest level in Liberia, and so you should know the costs, mainly incurred on lodging and catering, on a given state visit. And every Liberian president will undertake many state visits (at least 10) in different parts of the country during her/his tenure. Such exorbitant costs could be drastically curbed per state visit if there were well furnished presidential palaces in each county. Not only that, the president will always be closer to his people at any time they need his attentive ears.

    Good morning Grand Frere,

    I don’t hide behind the skirts of beautiful women. I support the idea of every county having a beautifully constructed presidential residence or palace with a permanent staff for maintenance. In so doing, you provide more jobs, reduce costs of state visits and make the president to always be near his people when they need him. In so doing, some visits would not even need to be announced.
    In the Ivory Coast, you hardly know which part of the country a “real” Ivorian president is. He can work from Abidjan, Yamousoukro, Dimbokro, Bouake, Abengourou, Aboisso, etc. The infrastructure is there with the basic security and technological requirements.

    If the Liberian people give us (ANC) their suffrage in 2023, we will copy some beautiful things from the sub region.
    I will love to see Cummings work from Sanniquellie or Voinjama or Harper. I will love to see him sit in the hamlets and villages with the old people to hear their stories and find palliative or sustainable solutions to the many plagues and underdevelopment in Liberia.

    So, yes, I support Weah on this move!
    And I am happy to see him go down and touch the people as he did in Grand Kru. It should have done the same in Nimba, Bong, Grand Gedeh.
    Let Weah become the president of all Liberians!

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