Traditional Chiefs Back President Weah’s Private Jet Bid

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Upon the reading of the resolution, the chiefs passed it over to Chief Karwor, before it was presented to the Minister of Internal Affairs

“The President suppose to get his own jet plane so it can make his movement easy…”

At the just ended National Tradition Leaders Conference held in Ganta , Chief Zanzah Karwor, speaking for the chiefs, gave their backing to President George Weah for obtaining a presidential jet to facilitate his travel.

Presenting their 11 count resolution to Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, Chief  Karwor said the bid to purchase the jet was a good idea and it will cut down unnecessary spending on air travel.

“The President suppose to get his own jet plane so it can make his movement easy because chartering plane on every trip will be too expensive for the government,” he claimed.

The chiefs believe that Pro Poor government will not be effective if it is not mobile to lobby around for funding to carry on developments.

About 200 chiefs and elders were invited to the conference in Ganta by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the Carter Center and supported by USAID and Sweden to discuss the meaning of “Pro Poor”.

There were presentations from various ministries and government agencies about their roles in the CDC led “Pro Poor government.

Getting to know the meaning of Pro Poor and knowing that the government is for the poor people, the chiefs were excited, expressing gratitude to President Weah for bringing the government to them.

They stressed that the Pro Poor Government needs to improve the agriculture sector  by providing early support to chiefs, so they can engage in communal farming in every chiefdom in order to minimize the huge cost of the importation of rice.

“The chiefs and traditional leaders agreed to undertake communal farming under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with coordination and provision of technical and material support from the Ministry of Agriculture, taking into consideration the farming calendar,” they said in the resolution.

Chief Karwor signing the 11 point resolution presented by the Traditional Chiefs and Elders

The chiefs also support the government’s proposal to conduct chieftaincy elections to ensure harmony in boundary disputes.

They also advised the government that any disciplinary action against any of the chiefs for misbehaving should originate from the office of the Minister of Internal Affairs, not from the county superintendent.

In order to remain informed of government activities, the chiefs recommended that the president should organize simi – annual meetings to keep them abreast so they can give their input.

The USAID Director of Democracy and Governance, Ms. Emily Krunic, praised the conference and said the traditional leaders and chiefs are an important pillar for upholding the rule of law and good governance.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Here we go! A bunch of chief with no clue whatsoever (well they might really have clue, but just decided to turn a blin eye to gain favor ). The President having a private jet is not the issue, the question here is , under what conditions he obtain it. Does it belong to GOL such that future presidents could use it ? What is really the true story behind this jet story? Have the costs vs benefits been assessed ? Or is it just to boost the President’s morale like he put it ?

    • CORRECTION

      Here we go! A bunch of chiefs with no clue whatsoever (well they might really have clue, but just decided to turn a blind eye to gain favor ). The President having a private jet is not the issue, the question here is , under what conditions he obtain it. Does it belong to GOL such that future presidents could use it ? What is the true story behind this jet story? Have the costs vs benefits been assessed ? Or is it just to boost the President’s morale like he put it ?

  2. The country of Liberia needs a Presidential Jet Plane, not a private jet plane for the president. In America, there is a Presidential Jet Plane that’s referred to as Airforce One. The British, Canadians, French and others have jet planes that are used by their presidents.

    For sure, Weah needs to be flown to many places in order to do good business for the Liberian people. It makes no sense whatsoever for Weah to fly to places in a commercial airliner like British airways, Delta or KLM. So definitely, it would be in the best interest of the Liberian people to purchase a Presidential Jet, but not a private jet. A Presidential Jet will be used by all presidents. The use of the words “private jet” should be erased off the charts. To use the words “private jet” sends a different kind of insensitive message. Let’s keep it down and simple.

    Mr. Weah needs a Presidential Jet Plane, not a private jet plane.

  3. Private; adjective, meaning: (of a person) having no official or public role or position (Dictionary online). Private jet for public purpose? Sounds dangerous. There is no way they should use public funds to purchase a private jet for the president. President Weah have the right to have a private jet provided he is spending his own money.

  4. Many Liberians are calling for war crimes court because according to them, the war was bad, it destroyed lives and properties. Here we go –the war has its origin from Burkina Faso. The same Burkina Faso is where the plane and the loans coming from with some unconfirmed reports of terrorist organization attachments. The businessman in question has link with terrorists. Where do we go from here? We are paradoxical in our views as Liberians

  5. To fool the unfortunate majority who can’t differentiate between propaganda and good informative media the brethren on the other end of reality preferred words like private jet to mean President Weah is using public funds for self pleasure. They know that’s not true but they lie, mislead, and deceive anyway because that makes them gain relevant as self-proclaim concern Liberians who want the best for the country. Unfortunately, those of who know who they really are and what they intend to achieve, know that they want to make the CDC led government unpopular. But how long will they ride on this horseback before the saddle is no longer useful? Not too long. The Liberian people are learning quickly and sooner than later our friends won’t have an audience to feed with their garbage. And we all will be forced to live with the reality of life, that change is inevitable whether or not we want to accept it.

  6. To fool the unfortunate majority who can’t differentiate between propaganda and good informative media the brethren on the other end of reality preferred words like private jet to mean President Weah is using public funds for self pleasure. They know that’s not true but they lie, mislead, and deceive anyway because that makes them gain relevant as self-proclaim concern Liberians who want the best for the country. Unfortunately, those of us who know who they really are and what they intend to achieve, know that they want to make the CDC led government unpopular. But how long will they ride on this horseback before the saddle is no longer useful? Not too long. The Liberian people are learning quickly and sooner than later our friends won’t have an audience to feed with their garbage. And we all will be forced to live with the reality of life, that change is inevitable whether or not we want to accept it.

  7. An aeroplane requires: highly experienced pilots to fly it, engineers to keep it operational, cabin crew to provide safety & service in the cabin, ground staff to look after it, an operations department to file flight plans and get diplomatic over-flight & landing permits / track the flights / etc, an inventory of spare parts, regular trips to a maintenance facility for heavy maintenance (such as ‘B’ checks and ‘C’ checks and ‘D’ checks).

    The true cost is not just of buying such a jet, but of running and maintaining it… and it is not ever going to be cheap!

  8. I bet this is NOT what the USAID and other int’l sponsors of this gathering bargained for. They had to be biting their nails at the Statement!

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