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.