Rep. Kolubah Writes U.S. to Deny Credentials of President Weah’s Appointed Ambassador

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In December 2018, President Weah appointed George Patten as Liberia's Ambassador-designate to the U.S., giving him letters of credence without Senate confirmation. (Photo Credit: Executive Mansion Photo)

-Says President Violates Constitution

Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District #10 says he has written to the United States Government to deny the Letter of Credence of Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to that country, because of constitutional violations committed by President George Weah.

Though the President’s office is yet to react to Kolubah’s letter, in a letter to the United States ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder Rep. Kolubah referred to George Patten’s appointment as Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States as “fake”, and therefore called on the United States government to deny his Letter of Credence.

President George Weah recently appointed and subsequently commissioned George S. W. Patten, Sr., to serve as Liberia’s ambassador to the United States, but the appointee is yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

According to the Liberian Constitution, ambassadorial appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Rep. Kolubah has been a permanent critic of President Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government.

Recently, Kolubah referred to the House’s Ethics Committee, alleging that President Weah has a container of the missing L$16 billion banknotes at his residence, a statement that did not go down well with CDC lawmakers, including House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.

It can be recalled that on Monday, December 31, 2018, President Weah commissioned Mr. Patten as Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America.

While presenting Patten his Letter of Credence, President Weah used the occasion to hail Liberia’s traditional diplomatic relations with the USA, a relationship spanning nearly a century and four scores.

He called on Ambassador Patten to work towards strengthening and sustaining the long cherished relationship between the two countries.

President Weah urged him to uphold the confidence reposed in him by diligently ensuring that Liberia and the United states continue to enjoy their longstanding diplomatic relations.

He also mandated Amb. Patten to use his presence in the U.S. to explore opportunities that would benefit his country and people.

In response, Patten thanked the President for the opportunity afforded him to serve the people of Liberia. He assured President Weah that he would do all in his powers and from his long diplomatic experience to foster good relations with the U.S. while promoting Liberia’s image abroad.

7 COMMENTS

  1. There’s a solution. President Weah should change his choice of word; to “ACTING AMBASSADOR” pending appointment and confirmations by Liberia’s Legislators. For, how ever long it would take… The post in D.C is too important, to remain vacant; for a prolonged period.

  2. To express oneself in a democratic society is okay. Since Liberia is a democratic society, and because Kolubah is an elected lawmaker, Kolubah is on track by disagreeing with. Mr. Weah. On the other hand, Weah is being very democratic by allowing Kolubah’s accusations, whether true or false, to fly without being confronted undemocratically. During the years of the late president William Tubman, a lawmaker like Kolubah would have been locked up or sent to Belle Yalla if Tubman were accused of doing things undemocratically. That was Tubman’s brand of democracy. Indeed, Tubman was one the most undemocratic presidents of Liberia! Times change! Thanks be to God because democracy has reached the shores of a one-time undemocratic nation.

    However, despite the fact that Kolubah, the elected lawmaker has a right to express himself based on the “the likes and wishes” of his constituents, Kolubah is not really on track by telling a foreign government (the USA) not to approve of Weah’s appointee. Why? Because it’s a fact of life that cooler heads prevail in all circumstances! In this latest episode, Kolubah is not cool. He is unashamedly hot!

    Due to the hot steam which Kolubah blows in the sky, one gets the sense that the Kolubah-Weah feud is kind of personal. There’s no reason on earth why this petty stuff cannot be contained locally, possibly in the chambers of Lower House of Liberia. In fact, the rendezvous is the Lower House! That’s because time has changed. Lawmakers must and should solve the nation’s issues legislatively. Writing a letter because of a personal or local disagreement to a foreign government is not being on track. It is wrongheaded and undemocratic!

  3. Weah should not be credited for Kolubah’s right to exercise free speech in a democracy. One would agree that time has changed, and these are no longer the days of President William Tubman. Lest we forget: The pattern of abuses and human right violations and obstruction of free speech under Tubman and his successors laid the premise for the 14 years of uncivil war.

    So, Weah is not doing favor to Kolubah for the latter’s inalienable right to express what is deemed as societal ills festering from the echelon of power. For a society that comes to revere its president to the level of liking him to a demigod, letting him or her to abuse with impunity, such a society ought to come to a rude awakening to see a lone voice in person of Representative Kolubah calling it as it is.

    This new-fangled emperor, suffice to say, is “starkly naked” but it takes courage and bravery to state the obvious. And Kolubah is saying it as he sees it. Weah is not a student of history neither is he willing to learn from the mistakes of his successors and other leaders around the world who have tread the path he is now treading. He is functionally illiterate when it comes to the laws and the constitution. Kolubah, in a true sense, is doing him a favor by reminding him of the legacies of dictatorship—”unmarked and dissembled graves.”

    Kolubah may be seen as a societal deviant who is calling out the excesses of this regime despite being shunned by his own colleagues, but tomorrow he will be hailed as a hero. Those of you are seeing this “naked emperor- Weah” and heaping praises on his “emperor new clothing” will be the ones to despise him and say the worse of him. You are not helping Weah by being a fanatic of his malefaction.

  4. Varney retorts, “Weah should not be credited for Kolubah’s right to exercise free speech in a democracy”.

    The real truth of the matter is that I am not crediting Weah because of the use Kolubah’s free speech. What I am actually saying is that because Liberia is a democratic nation, unlike what it was during the years of Tubman, every Liberian, including Kolubah has a constitutional right to free speech. During the turbulent years of Tubman’s presidency, lawmakers were ineligible to challenge any decision that was made by Tubman. I am also suggesting that although Kolubah has a right to stipulate what he agrees or disagrees with, cooler heads can prevail. In other words, writing to the government of a foreign nation (such as in Kolubah’s situation) in order to express his disagreement with Weah is somehow improvident. Kolubah is frustrated! I fully understand. But, there is a better way that he could resolve his internal conflict: In the chambers of the Lower House.

    Again, you fired the foregoing salvo…”And Kolubah is saying it as he sees fit”. Well, yes.. That’s how it should be. Kolubah has a right to express himself. However, the fact that you and I or Kolubah or any Liberian may express ourselves in a constitutional protected society does not mean that what we say is 100% right. In order to resolve the Ambassadorial issue, which is the core of this argument, Kolubah can use his influence in the Lower House. Our internal issues must be handled locally. Am I wrong?

    Quote….”Kolubah may be seen as a societal deviant who is calling out the excesses of this regime…..” Wow Varney. Come on man. Has anyone called Kolubah a “societal deviant”? If that’s how Kolubah is being perceived, that’s a serious problem. As a colleague of yours, you have a moral obligation to work with him professionally. Never have I personally described him as a societal deviant. Never will I.

    Finally, I am a Weah advocate. My advocacy is not based on fanaticism., but rather on democratic ideals. The time is long gone for us as Liberians to use polemics as a way to condemn an opponent. We can be civil. I hope I am not asking too much.

  5. Instead of calling on Weah to stop stealing as was alleged by the political leader of ANC , and the calls by both a Representative and Senator calling on the US government to reject the Liberian Ambassador appointed to that country, the Lawmakers can do more by stopping or defeating him through legislations of some of the proposed violations of the constitution . The lawmakers themselves have to show their constituents and citizens alike , and especially the world or the leaders of the free world that they are calling upon that they too can up hold the constitution instead of the illegal used of the constitution to impeach a sitting Justice of the Supreme Court, and that they are capable of following through on investigations involving wrong doings by Executive. Example of that is the misconduct by which the President is fond of using a private jet perhaps not belonging to the country or purchased by the Republic of Liberia against the violation of the Code of Conduct . The unfinished investigation concerning of both 16 billion in local currency and the unexplained used of the US 25 million dollars. The place to start from is within, before proceeding to ask others what the lawmakers themselves can do. If such violations are so severe and serious, seek a proposed bill of impeachment. It is not enough to call upon the President to just stop the stealing, and calling on a foreign nation to reject an appointment in violation of the constitution. Sure that the legislature can do something. After all , the legislature has the constitutional authority to do something when the constitution is seriously violated. Take the first step within, and perhaps support will come from around the world.

  6. Yekeh kolubah remained the best representative of the year 2018,because of his stand on national issues effecting our beloved country Liberia.

  7. Ansu,
    I hope you have the stats to substantiate your argument that Kolubah was the best lawmaker in the Liberian legislature in 2018. In fact, my argument is not geared towards disparaging the gentleman. Maybe, Kolubah is the best of the best. Just because I think he’s wrong does not mean I hate him. Of course not. My position is as clear as water. I have no malice neither do I fear reprisals because I have done no evil.

    Kolubah needs to use his influence and solve the country’s problems in the Lower House! It is counterproductive to write a letter to the government of the United States of America in order to settle an internal squabble. It is demeaning. Kolubah has a right to disagree with anything Weah says or does. But it makes no sense to write letters overseas in order to solve local issues.
    In America, Trump has a right to demand 5 billion dollars in order to build a racist wall. But, that doesn’t mean that he is right to make such a thuggish request. In Liberia, Kolubah has a right to disagree with Weah’s ambassadorial appointee. But Kolubah is off track by threatening to ask the US government to intervene. I know he’s very intelligent. He must seek to resolve this petty issue amongst his colleagues in the Lower House.

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