Weah’s “Failure” to Declare Assets, Prompts Legislators’ Independence Day Boycott

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Representatives Tarwonpeh and Koluba both cite wasteful spending in the Weah administration, when the country is engulfed in economic crisis.

Two Legislators, representing Margibi District#1 and Montserrado District#10 respectively have declared they will not be in attendance at official ceremonies marking the observation of Liberia’s 171st Independence anniversary celebrations.

Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District#10, claiming to have written the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, informing him about his decision to stay away from official functions presided over by President Weah, said the President has failed to declare his assets as provided for by law but is instead moving on with multiple private projects, including the demolition and reconstruction of his property on 9th Street in just five months of his Presidency. Representative Kolubah made these remarks when spoke recently on a local radio talk show.

“Until the President can stop building his houses and establishing other [private] businesses, I will not attend any event he is a part of. In fact if only I get the support, I will stand firm to ensure that he is impeached. He has to be impeached, not an Associate Justice in person of Kabina Ja’neh,” he said.

On why the Weah led government is not taking interest in the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia and subsequently persecuting those alleged to have committed heinous crimes in the country during its dark days, Kolubah said “Weah himself is a war criminal.”

“I have hardcore facts about this. Weah used his money to support Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), a warring faction headed by former transitional government of Liberia (NTGL) Foreign Affairs Minister, Thomas Yayah Nimely,” he said.

According to him, President Weah could not have succeeded in disarming the rebels if he was not a part of them. “He used to send money to Liberia during the war in order to get Charles Taylor out of the Executive Mansion and even the country,” he noted.

He said the term “pro-poor” has been abused by the Weah Presidency. “What pro-poor? For this President to be given US$500 daily for food from our taxpayers’ money?,” he asked rhetorically on the talk-show.

Representative  Kolubah further alleged that Weah’s government appears to be even more wasteful in the use of the country’s money than any other government, although he did not say how.

When contacted for  response to Representative Kolubah’s assertions, the Presidential Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, in a text message, said: “The Executive Mansion has no response to the reckless allegations made by Hon. Kolubah at this time. At an appropriate time, when deemed necessary we will respond.”

For his part, Margibi District #10 Representative Tibelrosa Tarponweh said due to the enormous challenges facing the nation, the pomp and pageantry usually attending such ceremonies are worthless and of no real value to the Liberian people. “I have nothing against President Weah or anyone else, but I think it will not be right for me to go out for an elaborate event when my people are suffering as they are. Those who have been driven out from their homes by the flood the other time are yet to receive care from government,” he said.

According to the CDC Lawmaker, “inasmuch that government is seriously challenged with the lack of money to implement most of its programs, it is still undeniable that there is so much wasteful spending in government”, he concluded.

He said government failed to show any interest in the plight of the people badly hit by the flood. “I will be with my people in my district on that day. We will share with them their sorrow as they strive on their own to get remedy from God. It is so sad,” he said with a deep sigh.

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  1. Representative Yekeh Kolubah is my new hero! The rest of the lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to speak up about Weah’s failure to declare his assets. We all know that the President is NOT above the law, but no lawmaker, except Rep.Yekeh, dared to speak the truth. History will remember Yekeh for not being a presidential puppet!! .

    • Can you help us with Yekeh asset declaration form? Yekeh lacks the moral to speak on this when he has not pick the form to declaring his own assets. He need to be serious in Liberia and stop hypocrisy.

      • James Howard, surely Rep. Yekeh declared his assets, check; otherwise, he wouldn’t have gone this far. It seems you don’t know him at all.

      • Hey James Howard, how do YOU know that Rep. Yekeh hasn’t declared his asset? Where can I go to find out? But look, if Yekeh hasn’t declared his assets, it would be hypocritical for him to call out the President.

  2. The other day, our brother told us things would be alright. Few days ago we saw a little lifeless girl in flood water on Facebook in LIBERIA. Yet, in few hours we will be yelling Happy Independence’s Day, for me this other holiday is bad. We should really look back as a nation and rethink, are we going in front or behind? Is it getting better or worse? Pro Poor, you need to look around and see, all is not well.

  3. Honorable Tarponweh, you are not alone. My heart goes to the flood victims of Margibi. I wish l was home to help as l did with Victims of Hurricane Harvey and other disasters. God blesses you in the continuation of representation.

  4. I’m taken aback by a lawmaker who is boycotting activities because of President Weah’s failure to declare his assets when he himself is yet to declare his assets. Yekeh Kolubah should first and foremost declare his assets before calling on the President to declare his. Kolubah shouldn’t stand out just to be seen by others. He needs to live what he’s preaching if he wants to be taken seriously.
    On the other hand I empathize with our brothers and sister who were recently affected by flood not only in Margibi but throughout the Republic. I don’t think the cancellation of activities marking the 171st independence of Liberia is an option. I expect the lawmaker to prevail on the government of Liberia to reach out to those affected through the relevant disaster management agencies to effectively mitigate the issue.

  5. The president must set the tone if he was truly a leader. Liberian people hold this President responsible. Cdcian may say whatever , the people are watching.

    • J. Howard, I think you are one off those educated morons, your don’t want to see what Weah led government is doing to the present and future of the country, this man is lateraly distorying our country, with thesr fake contracts, and corruptions, according to your who worship him, he was a millionaire didn’t built 3 homes at one time, where is the money coming from now, for the sake of arguments maybe, just maybe he had it saving, so let him declare it, so we will know and clare all doubts, he refused, and morons like your backing him,

  6. A leader should be the one to the lead the way. The failure for the president to declare his assets and liabilities up to this time is a clear indication that this government will be corrupt than any previous government and doesn’t even have the ability to fight corruption. In less than 7 months this president has acquired millions of dollars worth of properties something he was unable to acquire when his net worth was somewhere 90 millions. I strongly believed that this year Independence Day should be mourned instead of celebration with the present conditions the country is faced with.

  7. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”, McBeth, William Shakespeare
    “All is not well in the State of Denmark”, Hamlet, William Shakespeare.

  8. Why can’t Weah lead in examplary fashion by declaring his assets ? What is so difficult about doing that ? I don’t understand….

  9. War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Economic Crimes, are certainly grave and highly serious crimes. When alleged and announced to the public, the burden of proof, rests on the accuser. Absolutely, it is not enough and shall never be enough to merely write and state that President George Mannah Weah, himself, is a warlord and war criminal. According to Representative Yekeh Kolubah, President George M. Weah, is a warlord and war criminal because he allegedly sponsored Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). Also, Representative Kolubah, states that President Weah contributed money to eject President Charles G. Taylor out of the Presidency and Liberia. Certainly, these are grave and highly stated allegations. So Representative Yekeh Kolubah, bears the burden to prove by facts that President Weah sponsored MODEL.
    Liberians will appreciate if Representative Yekeh Kolubah will produce the hard facts he alleged and referenced. No Liberian, is above the Law, but all allegations, must be clearly established by proof.

  10. Yekeh Kolubah, the Margibi county lawman makes news headlines by saying that he’ll boycott the Independence Day activities if Weah does not disclose his assets. The question that follows is this: What will be gained by the country of Liberia if Weah discloses his assets? A follow up question: If Weah undeclares his assets, will Liberia experience a social, political, or an economic turbulence?

    Let’s be realistic. Rep. Kolubah has a right to boycott the Independence Day celebration when he feels the spirit. But there is another question that follows: Why aren’t the constituents of his county protesting with him? Why is he going solo? Did Kolubah’s constituents urge him to fight this fight?

    The real truth of the matter is that Liberia’s got all kinds of negative distinctions:
    1. Liberia is rated as one of the poorest countries in the world.
    On this one, you can become an expert fact checker by consulting with your google machine.

    2. Liberia’s military is rated as the second weakest in Africa.
    On this one, let your fingers do the walking by surfing the internet.

    3. Liberia does not use coins. Liberians have not used coins for well over 20 years. Fact!

    4. Unemployment in Liberia is at an all time high. Fact!

    If you take a pause and weigh the issue of Weah’s assets against the four-numbered points above, the scale will weigh against Weah’s assets. Why? Because without Weah disclosing his assets, Liberians continue to go about their everyday business. Second, Liberia needs to be credited with prestigious distinctions, not negative distinctions. I think that Kolubah will be better served if his concentration focus is placed on issues that restore Liberia’s dignity nationally and internationally.

  11. Daily Observer,
    Next time, please say, Weah’s “FAILURE” to Declare Assets, Prompts two (2) out of 73 members of the House of Representatives, and 30 Senators to Boycott Independence Day.

  12. How much does a native feel when it comes to the independence day ceremonies of this nation? Some still want to remain in slavery; others trying to sell slaves, most have refused to accept the freedom that our forefathers obtained from many tribal, ethnic and civil upheavals. It is not in the interest of all when a lawmaker refuses to observe the nation’s independence just because a sitting President’s personal gains or obstruction of a resent law or decree ignited as amended into the 1847 constitution. Was declaring assets a part of the original laws of this land? Liberians do not care about the President’s personal matter as long as his platform implements what the people of Liberia put him there to serve. More than that, the lawmakers should sifter some of the decrees imposed into laws during the civil war by assemblies established during tyranny by dictators,interim governments and military junta. The independent day is for the Liberian people and not one or two persons. In as much as it is the house or Representative that has the right to impeach, it is the same legislature that has the power within their jurisdiction to remove reactionary legislative officials. Impeachment is not just a pronouncement. It is a serious legislation and there must be a reason with sense to impeach. Otherwise the Liberian majority from counties they say they or call their people will soon vote them out. There may be some Lawmakers placed in during past tyrant activities that were not even voted for. We must as a people feel the importance of our independent day celebration otherwise the generation of tomorrow, children too, will force parents to give their 26. (speaking Liberian).
    If you answer my box, you must have my 26 ready. Tell the Liberian people. Gone to silent majority.

  13. All that is going on here is freedom of speech, but one thing I have problem with is all these government officials are the same. Very self and unpatriotic to the country. What’s the difference in terms of salary when Rep. get between $us 10,000 -15,000 monthly when the country and the ordinary people are in poverty.This is ridiculous and has to stop!.

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