President Weah Reinstates Eugene Fahngon

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President George M. Weah has lifted the suspension on Eugene Fahngon and reinstated him as Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism

President George Manneh Weah has with immediate effect reinstated Eugene Fahngon, the Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT). The Executive Mansion posted the announcement on its website in the middle of the afternoon, as the massive “Save The State” protest was in progress at the Capitol.

Deputy Minister Fahngon was suspended by the President on May 6, 2019, after the United States Embassy in Monrovia in a statement called out the Deputy Minister and other government officials for “making derogatory statements that could undermine peace and progress in the country.” The other officials mentioned in the US Embassy statement were legislators, Montserrado County Senator Prince Y. Johnson and Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah.

Fahngon had become known for his video postings on Facebook in defense of the President. However, when the June 7 “Save The State” protest was announced, Fahngon responded by referring to the protest organizers with what was described as divisive speech.

Lifting the suspension, the Liberian Leader warned Minister Fahngon and all Government officials to take their work very seriously and operate within the confines of their respective duties.

In September 2018, Fahngon raised the ire of the House of Representatives following a complaint from Bomi County District #1 Representative, Edwin M. Snowe, that the Deputy Minister insulted him, a sitting lawmaker. Snowe added that such conduct should be considered an act of disrespect to the entire House of Representatives. The House recommended to President George Weah not to allow Fahngon to hold any key government position, because he was “unqualified.”

Besides branding him unfit to serve in government, the lawmakers also ordered Fahngon to serve a three-day imprisonment, which he served beginning September 12, 2018, at the police cell on Capitol Hill, until he was transferred to the Monrovia Central Prison where he spent the remaining two days.

As part of his punishment for being disrespectful to the lawmakers, Fahngon was also fined the amount of 4,999 Liberian cents, which he is to deposit into government coffers for his contempt charge.

The lawmakers’ action resulted from Fahngon’s defiant posture, refusing to make any comment to the lawmakers when he appeared before that august body for the hearing of his contempt charge.

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  1. YOU SEE WITHOUT WAITING FOR THE PROTEST TO END, OH MY GOD “WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THIS EUGENE IS NOT MINISTRY OR IF HIS ASSIGNMENT CHANGE? WELL, I HOPE THIS WILL NOT ENCOURAGE ANY OTHER MINISTER OR GOVRNMENT OFFICER TO DO THE SAME OR MORE WITH HOPE THAT WEAH WILL SUSPEND THEM FOR A WEEK OT A MONTH AND REINSTATE THEM. THIS IS MAKING FUN OUT OF THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE. I PRAY THAT THE PROTEST STOP OR GOES WELL WITHOUT ANYONE GETTING HURT. BUT THE TRUTH IS NEVER COVER, IT WILL ONE DAY COME TO LIGHT. I HOPE WEAH BE ABLE TO UNIT THE COUNTRY. IF HE WILL DO SO, HE WILL NEED TO ALLOW THE LAW TAKE IT EFFECT OR HELP IMPLEMENT THE LAW. IF HE DON’T KNOW IT, LET HIM ASK THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE. WHEN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER IS PUT IN PLACE, IT IS IMPLEMENTED BY THE IMPLEMENTING BODY OR THE PUBLIC IF NOT THERE RESULT WILL BE JAIL TERM OR FINE TO BE DECIDED BY THE COURT. HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE ABOVE LAWS AND ORDERS IN LIBERIA MAINLY THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN ELECTIONS. WE SEE THIS EVERYDAY. IN LIBERIA, PEOPLE ARE NOT HARM WHEN THEY SPEAK GOOD ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. SO TO SAVE MY LIFE AND THAT OF MY FAMILY, ALL HAIL WEAH !!! ALL HAIL !!! NO MONEY LOST, EVERYONE LOVE YOU, NO WAR FOUGHT IN LIBERIA SO THE TRC REPORT IS A FALSE DOCUMENT, YOU ARE ALWAYS RIGHT, LIBERIANS ARE ENJOYING THE BEST PRESIDENT AND LEADERSHIP SINCE 1847, NO OTHER PRESIDENT HAS EVER BEEN INSULTED IN Liberia LIKE THE WAY YOU HAVE BEEN INSULTED, YOU HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER MAKE MISTAKES, THE WORLD BANK AND PARTNERS LIE ON YOUR GOVERNMENT YOU USE THE MONEY GIVEN FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSE DIG HOLE COVER HOLE THAT’S THE WHOLE HUSTLE, YOU LIVE LIKE A COMMON PRESIDDENT AND EVERY OTHER LIBERIAN LIVING AS MILLIONIARES, USE RATE IS 19.1 US TO 1 LD. MAJOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS USE NEW AND USED BUSES TO TAKE THE KIDS TO AND FROM SCHOOL WHILE YOU RIDING TAXI TO GO TO WORK AND BUYING TICKET TO FLY PLACES, YOU STAY LIVE IN YOUR HUT OR YOUR OLD HOUSE WHILE YOU BUILD MISSION FOR LIBERIANS AND THOSE THAT CAN’T AFFORD NOT LIVE VERY HAPPILY THEN EVER BEFORE. BRAVO !! ON YOUR 1 1/2 YRS ACHIEVEMENT. YOU ARE THE BEST PRESIDENT Liberia HAVE AND WILL EVER HAVE. ONEDAY SOON THE TRUTH WILL SHOW ITSELF AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW THAT LIBERIA HAS BECOME THE BEST COUNTRY IN WEST Africa UNDER YOUR WATCH. = WORLD BEST + European BEST + Africa BEST FOOTBALLER + LIBERIA BEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY !!!!!! INSTEAD OF W-E-A-H IT IS NOW W-E-A-L-H. BRAVO SIR.

  2. Every project needs people who are believers in it if the leader wishes the project to succeed. Such is the case with the reinstatement of Eugene Fahngon by President Weah.

    President Weah’s reinstatement of Mr. Fahngon is a clear manifestation of the values which he (President Weah) espouses.

    Mr. Fahngon’s ideological dictums are tasty to the president’s palate; his rhetoric is the kind that has the potential of psychologically re-sequencing the minds of our gullible youths towards self-destruction. Here are examples culled from Weah’s political campaign some of which are by others and some by Weah himself:
    “Elect George Weah because he is the true son of the soil and nobody loves the country more than he does.”
    “One of George Weah’s favorite quotes is, “Education does not build a country.”
    “All of Liberia’s problems are caused by the so-called Congo people.”
    “We will destroy your villages and towns down to the last chicken.”

    Mr. Fahngon is good at reigniting some deep, fundamental animosities that may lie dormant but yet very explosive. His rhetoric often cuts at the core of the primitive spirit of the Liberians, who during this day and time are still subscribing to tribalism. It dichotomizes society, causes tribal animus, and impels ethnic groups to be willing to wage genocidal wars against each other.

    A case in point: What caused Hitler to kill six million Jews? It all began with a vitriolic and acrimonious rhetoric against the Jewish minority who lived in Germany. The world ignored at first the ethnic pogroms and vicious propaganda that Hitler’s Nazis were waging against the peaceful Jews and before it could come to grip with the realities that were happening inside of the German society, it was already late.

    A cross-section of the population is saying that President Weah is a divisive leader because his policies engender the hiring of people whose core beliefs and practices are highly tribal-centric; but, yet some of his followers regard this statement as an unfair attack on his character.

    Time will tell.

  3. One common fallacy about “pit-bull dog” owners is that they will often come in defense of their dogs telling the passerby or innocent bystander not to be afraid because the dogs are not dangerous.

    And even in spite of scientific studies and findings that prove that the dogs are feral, very unpredictable and will even attack their owners, the owners still maintain a defiant stance that pit-bull dogs do not pose danger to public safety.

    Such is the case with the segment of the Liberian population that is still obsessed with “identity politics” (nativism). And so if I may make this analogy: Tribalism (identity politics) is dangerous to the unity of Liberia as “pit-bull politicians” are to the public safety of a society.

    As soon as the topic of tribalism is mentioned in our daily conversations, the practitioners of this antiquated belief are quick to dismiss it and say in a terse manner, “Oh, no, those days are gone, and Liberians do not believe in tribalism anymore.” Nevertheless, the practice is still deeply embedded hook and sinker into the moral fabric of the society. And often times they suppressed it even though they know that it exists, and they can see and feel its effects.

    One harmful effect of tribalism is that it keeps a country underdeveloped and backward; this is so because the leader becomes tunnel vision to the extent that he is incapable to see the vast talent and potentials that exists across the full spectrum of the nation’s ethnic mosaic. And because this limitation makes him incapable of seeing beyond the scope of his tribal lens, he bases his appointments and selections of individuals to key positions on tribal affinity; and, thus disregarding the credentials of true, qualified Liberians.

    This practice robs the nation of the true men and women who are willing to serve and to genuinely contribute to nation building, but they cannot because they are not part of the leader’s “vital few”.

    Tribalism is real and alive. It causes people to preclude the humanity of others. If a person’s tribe should matter, let it be used as a demographic classification only, but it should not be used as a basis for the equitable and hierarchical distribution of wealth.

    If Liberians are sincerely willing to move the country forward, then they will have to take the “tribal pit-bull politicians” head-on. Mr. Eugene Fahngon’s pronouncements have not been helping in this regard. They only exacerbate the flames of hatred and ethnic discord.

    This issue should be brought to the forefront and made a part of our national conversation and public discourse.

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