Weah: ‘I’m The People’s Choice’

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In the wake of the recent mounting support for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in Gbarnga, Bong County, for his presidential bid in October, ex international footballer, Senator George Manneh Weah (Monsterrado County), has told Radio France International (RFI) in Paris, France that he is the choice of the Liberian people to be president.

Senator Weah told RFI last Tuesday, “I am a winnable candidate—I am the choice of the people.”

He told the radio that he has no qualms about winning the upcoming elections, because he has the support base to do so.

“If you go around Liberia and ask about Senator Weah, the people, the locals will tell you that ‘he’s a good man, he is doing what we are expecting him to do,’” Weah told RFI.

Weah said winning the October Presidential Elections is a matter of time and therefore it is not if but when he becomes president.

He said: “When I become president I will make sure we do everything to invest in agriculture to create employment for our people and for our people to be able to sustain themselves. Through agriculture we can create jobs for the young people.”

He meanwhile dismissed criticism of his poor political track record and told RFI that his opponents are trying to “defame” him.

Weah, representing his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, is gearing up for elections in October, and is the standard bearer of the Coalition of the Democratic Change (CDC) with Senator Jewel Howard Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) as his running mate.

In a triumphant boast, Weah told RFI: “Everything I do, everything I touch is successful,” but did not give further clarification. Weah meanwhile defended his current senatorial position by saying, “I co-sponsor bills and I represent my people well.” He said he has helped promote legislation focused on Liberian youth, although he was not specific.

Meanwhile, local media have criticized what the non-governmental organization Institute for Research and Democratic Empowerment has described as his chronic absenteeism in the legislature. He described as a ‘fallacy’ a local media report that he made a brief appearance at a meeting of the ECOWAS regional bloc, but left early, prompting Rep. Edwin Snowe to make a statement on his behalf.

“It’s fallacy—we’re in a political time. People against my ideology will say what they want to say. If you say I don’t go to ECOWAS – there’s no facts,” Senator Weah said.

Charles Taylor Phone Call

Weah admitted earlier this year to local media that he had spoken to former President Charles Taylor, who was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Weah said that someone nearby was on the phone with Charles Taylor, who had heard his (Weah’s) voice in the background and asked to speak with him.

“I think there’s nothing wrong with that—to speak to a former president. Even though I know the president we’re talking about,” Weah said in a defense. “But again, it’s not a friendly call. Just that I wanted to say hi to him, so I said hi to him. That was it.”

Reconciliation is one of his campaign strategies as the CDC candidate, he said. So would voters believe in his commitment to reconciliation after this phone call? Weah pointed to his time as a former UN peace ambassador that he worked on disarming child soldiers.

“I believe Liberians should be safe and united,” he told the radio station. “We came from an era of misunderstanding—not understanding cultural diversity…without solidarity and reconciliation and peace we cannot grow, we cannot advance,” he added.

Weah said he is also looking out for the needs of rural voters.

29 COMMENTS

  1. bravo the president in waiting….. the Amb. George Weah of the mighty coalition for Democratic change……. you said the right our president in waiting……….. speaking to president (former) Taylor is of no crime to me….it buzz the peace and reconciliation policy of the Mighty congress for Democratic Change. our time is now …………behold

      • Well, like all our current candidates in the campaign to occupy the Executive Mansion, Senator Weah is laying a claim to the presidency. But the tasting is in the eating, which means that voters will decide in October 2017 who should actually live there.

        That’s why these elections must be free, fair, and ethically – conducted. For heaven’s sake, let the will of the electorates prevail in order for them to actually know that they are “sovereign”, and no bull.

  2. George Manneh Weah is the man of the people! His plan for Liberia is fundamentally is to raise the living standards of each and every Liberian while making the country greater at home and admired in the world via inter Alia, from reconciliation to national self reliance through the major sources of the Liberian economy-agriculture, mining, maritime, etc.etc.! Senator Weah shall bring national security and safety and happiness to our people because he himself have suffered poverty and not like Ellen, Boakai, Brumskine, Cummings, who know nothing about poverty! Ambassador Weah shall ensure an energy-electricity independent Liberia, as we mentioned earlier an opportunity for all by building a very strong economy, and strengthening families through a world-Class education for out students, and of Course, a fine, safe, and just healthcare for all Liberians! And not this deplorable mess Ellen and Boakai and their Unity Party got the country Into!

    • I can’t wait to see the Presidential Debates. When is it? I don’t want to miss it.. K.Z.Z; you can’t blame a substitute player; who didn’t play in the game, for how the game was played. The position of VP, is like that of a substitute player. J.Nyumah Boakai have only been an Observer.

  3. Yes right! You are the people’s choice comes October, 2017! But not you are not in sympathy
    with the Liberian people when you lined with Charles Taylor et company; even to the extent of
    choosing his war wife as your running mate. Your claim of the people’s choice is like when
    something is over sweet it becomes distasteful. In another development that make you choice
    of the people is your selling candidacy positions within your CDC Party; that any one who is
    desirous of becoming a Representative or a Senator must pay US$10,000.00 and 20.000.00
    respectively. This is a country in which high unemployment has reached 85%; a country in
    which parents are finding it so difficult to put bread or food on the family dinner table, you are
    charging your supporters that they can not be a Representative nor a Senator unless each
    pays US10,000.00 OR 20,000.00 a piece. What are the returns or rewards as your appreciation
    for those poor people children who had sacrificed behind you all these years? Zero!

  4. H.F., an analogical comparison with soccer and the governance of national political leadership is only an attempt to WRONGLY EXONERATE Joseph Boakai. Emmanuel Macron the President elect of France served as a minister in the previous government, but because he saw the incompetence and mass failures of that government, he resigned and formed his own Party LAST YEAR (2016) and indeed was embraced by the French people!

    If Boakai, were competent and innocent as you believe and has love for his country he could have resigned and formed his own party or even join another party. But because he IS A SYMBOL OF THEIR CORRUP CABAL, AND BENEFITS FROM THE CORRUPTION AND WICKEDDNESS of the Unity Party government, he decided to stay and continue its selfish policies in which they steal state funds and go and make investments in other countries. You people better wake up and do not get mesmerised by this strategy of Ellen and cheap excuse or elitist crocodile claim of selfish Joseph Boakai!

  5. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr.

    Ours is a constitutional democracy. Election boils down to the choice of the people! The National Patriotic Party (the NPP) is one of THE MAIN CHOICES of the Liberian voters, as evident in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, and would have even been more evident if this Unity Party regime of Ellen and Joe Boakai did not deprive the people of their democratic rights to vote a mayor to power!

    Hence, a popular party as the Mighty CDC choosing the VP from the NPP is politically WISE!!!More so their COALITION HAS the largest grass-root following!! Besides, the stigma of war has no bearing on any politician anymore, since in fact, the financier of the very war has been running the country for twelve years!

    With regards, to your contention about fees of candidates, just as politics is a lucrative business, so is it not a child´s play. If people would go sit as representatives and senators to enrich themselves, it would be a political stupidity to let them get there without financially aiding the process which propels them to get there.

    Or better still, the Constitution allows independent candidacy!

    Again, elections are about winning, and winning only comes via the choice of the people! And the NPP is one of the main choices of Liberian voters as evident in the Legislature, the government, and the Liberian diplomatic missions around the world!

  6. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR PEOPLE AS AN ELECTED SENATOR SO FAR?
    YOUR ANSWER WILL ENCOURAGE US TO VOTE FOR YOU AS A PRESIDENT.

    • Jusuline, forget about Senator Weah, please name one senator throughout Liberia who has done something for their people. George Weah has done a lot for the people of Liberia than most of the senators and will do more. He is a popular guy whom all of you boasted about when he was playing soccer. What has your president, Ellen Sirleaf done for her people in the past 12 years?

      • DW; get real! Surely, Lady Sirleaf is not leaving Liberia in the same state; as when she first took office. As we speak/write, development projects are been carried out in Nimba and other parts of Liberia. It’s happening under the leadership of EJS. How about that? Where due, please give credits. Thanks!

  7. Jusuline, what has other senators before and after Senator Weah became senator done for their people. Or what has Joseph Boakai´s and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf´s presidency done for their people. Your answer shall answer your question: But while you are at that ask yourself why is the below the reality under this Unity Party Regime of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joseph Boakai after twelve years:

    “Liberia is the 8th unhappiest and most miserable nation in the world (United Nations World Happiness Report, March 2017)
    2.Liberia is the 4th poorest country in the world after 170 years of independence (Global Finance Report, February 2017)
    3.81.86% of Liberia’s population is poor while 83.76% live on US$1.25 (UNDP 2015 Human Development Report)
    4.Liberia was ranked as the most corrupt country on planet earth (Transparency International GCB Report, 2013)
    5.Liberia only has 298 doctors. This means that Liberia has 1 doctor to 15,100 patients in contrast to WHO’s doctor-patient ratio of 1 doctor to 5,000 patients (Ministry of Health, 2017 Report).
    6.Liberia has a teenage pregnancy rate of 38% (UNFPA Report, 2012)
    7.Liberia has a National Budget of US$600.2 and a Direct Foreign Investment of over US$16.9 billion, but youth unemployment is as high as 85% (UNDAF Report, 2013-2017)
    8.Liberia had 554 rape cases just in a period of 12 months (Ministry of Gender Report, January 2015)
    9.Liberia spent US$55.3 million between 2006 and 2013 just to purchase expensive cars for public officials (LIPI 2013 Report)
    10.Monrovia is the least capital city with a City Prosperity Index (CPI) of -0.313 (United Nations HABITAT Report, 2015)
    11.Only 25% of Liberia’s 4 million people have access to clean, safe drinking water (Water Aid International 2016 Report)
    12.Over 80% of Liberia’s population lack access to a decent toilet while 3.7 million people lack access to adequate sanitation (Water Aid International Report, 2016)
    13.Over 500 children die every year in Liberia from diarrhea due to unsafe water and poor sanitation (Water Aid International Report, 2016)
    14.Six (6) public offices are receiving over US$10.2 million in Liberia in a period of just 12 months while infant mortality rate is 65.8 deaths to 1,000 live births according (CIA World Factbook)
    15.Update to date, no one is yet to be held accountable for signing 66 bogus concession agreements. No one is yet to give account for NOCAL’s bankruptcy, EU’s US$14 million to reduce maternal mortality, over US$14.9 million meant to renovate the Executive Mansion and AG John Morlu’s dozens of audit reports.
    16.Education is a mess and food insecurity is increasing.” culled from Martin Kollie´s perspective in the Perspective online magazine.

    So Jusuline, this is why we need to see what the people´s choice Geore Weah can do for them; at least after he is inaugurated in JANUARY 2018 AS President of The Republic of Liberia.

    • G.G; most of what you’ve written are common occurances all over the developing world; or for that matter Africa. You seem to be saying that Lady Sirleaf is responsible for these problems all over the World. How wrong! You’ve not taken into account; all the external factors, beyond anyone’s control; that are causing the problems you have listed. J.Nyumah Boakai has overwhelming supports at home and abroad; to pull Liberia out of the current ECONOMIC RUINS; for the most part, caused by EXTERNAL ECONOMIC FORCES/FACTORS.

  8. “I can inarguably assure you that what some of them boast of today as achievements or development projects in their respective counties are the result of “Legislative Projects” we proposed a few years ago – an initiative that suffered a fierce battle with the President, Vice President and some of the very Senators on the opposing side for fear of the Executive Branch and we on the other” he said. Former Speaker Alex Tyler culled from Frontpageafricaonline MAY 19, 2017

    Mr. Henry Freeman and those wanting others to believe Joseph Boakai is innocent in the running of the government and state, do you “hear” what he has been doing against the Liberian people?

    • G.G; show me any promenent group or any News media at home or abroad; that have endorse the Senator, G.W as their choice for the Presidency of Liberia. Doesn’t that tell you anything? Anyway, let’s hear the views from each of the Presidential Candidates. ‘Can’t wait the Presidential Debates.

  9. HOW SHOW ARE YOU MR.AFRICIAN BEST,EUROPEAN BEST AND WORLD BEST THAT YOU ARE THE CHOICE OF THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE? WHEN THE VOTERS HAVEN SPOOKEN.LET WAIT AND SEE,OCTOBER
    IS JUST FEW MONTHS FROM NOW.FROM YOUR INTERVIEW WITH RADIO FRANCE SEEMS THAT LIB
    ERIA IS OUT FOR ANOTHER TROUBLE.YOU ARE TOO SHOW OF WINNING THE ELECTION WHEN THE
    POOL IS FIVE MONTHS AWAY.WHEN YOU VERY WELL KNOW THAT AN ELECTION IS THE SAME AS FO
    OTBALL GAME BUT PLAYED IN BALLOT BOX.WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT WIN? YOU HAVE CONTRI
    DATED YOURSELF BY TELLING THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE NOT LOOKING FOR JOB OR WORK ON MANY PREVIOUS INTERVIEW ON BBC.PLS DO NOT GAVE THE RESULT OF ELECTION BEFORE THE ELECTION.THE LIBERIAN VOTERS WILL DETERMINE THE RESULT BUT NOT YOU THE PLAYER.
    LIBERIA NEEDS PEACE FOREVER.YOU CAN NOT BE A PLAYER AND BE A REFEREE.OH GOD BLESS LIBERIAN FOR THE COMING ELECTION.

  10. DG Brooks,

    The Ambassador Senator Weah (or anyone) should be sure he or she is the choice of the people after winning the election in 2005 and would have even won the election in 2011 had the election not been rigged by ECOWAS, the AU, and Washington, and the Election Commission as it’s Chairman James Fromoyan confessed via AN ACT OF GOD, not to talk about his Senator George Sarah’s tsunami victory during the recent legislative elections!

    Secondly, it does not have to take a scientist or a prophet to confirm that with such a political leader leading the largest coalitive following , the Senator or former Africa Best, Europe Best, and World Best is th
    e Choice of the majority of Liberian voters!

    Hence, it is scientificly and even celestially accurate for such a political leader to see that he is the choice of the people!

  11. TAT; I’ve got yet to see any Liberian News Media or Promenent group; to ENDORSE the Senators, G.W as their choice for the Presidency of Liberia. Show me one… J.Nyumah Boakai is the leading Candidate. No Doubt!

  12. My people, I am not a member of any party but I am a Liberian who shuttle between Liberia and New York and work with one of the world´s leading Think Tanks here in the USA. Even if that charade some call “endorsement” could be seen as endorsement, taking into account THE INTENSITY OF COLLECTIVE NATIONWIDE HATRED AGAINST JOSEPH BOAKAI, ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF AND THE UNITY PARTY, AND THE POPULARITY OF GRASSROOTS COALITIONS AS THOSE OF CDC AND THAT OF PRINCE JOHNSON AND BENONI UREY, the charade called “endorsement” DOES NOT HAVE the potency to change anything!

    Not to talk about the fact that neither endorsements nor debates has any impact on the choice of voters anywhere in the world. Not to talk about in Africa where such dictions as endorsements and debates are not in the “dictionary” of voters.

    Hilary Clinton had endorsements from world leaders, and she won all debates between she and Trump, but Trump beat her with a very wide margin. Boakai will not even reach the second round. George Weah will win this election just as Israel won the Six Days War in June of 1967 the very year he was born; for the eventuality and the reality of THE POWER to be taken from the elite and given to the people has been decided by God!!!

    • G.G; You are so wrong. By the popular vote count, Hillary Clinton actually won; by a very wide margin. You bet! If we had the same system in Liberia, as the U.S, J.Nyumah Boakai would win by a landslide.

  13. Mr. Freeman, when discussing presidential election results of the United States of America, the so called “popular vote” IS NOT CONSIDERED. What is considered is the ELECTORAL VOTES!

    Donald Trump got 306 votes while Hilary Clinton got 232 votes! This is a very wide margin! What is required TO WIN THE US PRESIDENCY is 270 electoral votes. So you see!!!

    In these discussions, one expects commenters, discussants or debaters (EG. Henry Freeman etc. etc) to be well prepared. In other words, premises as “substitute player”, argument based on “popular votes” in U.S. presidential election, or endorsements by group of senators, are too elementary and below standard for any serious discussion of this nature.

    Don´t forget that even more than half of legislators from the Republican Party (Donald Trump´s party) together with the national Security and foreign policy establishment in America endorsed Hilary Clinton, but Donald Trump won the very presidential election with a whooping 306 votes over Hilary Clinton´s 232 peanut votes. That is a wide margin. Hence, you are wrong, and we are right!!!

    • G.G; You call that a Democracy? That’s your opinion. Tell that to the GREEKS. However, Liberia’s system is one man one vote. For now that’s what matters. We shall see… With Liberia’s North Western Territories in JNB’S corner, there’s no way he won’t be Liberia’s next President. If only we had a Parliamentary system; it’d be over by now. JNB IS OUR MAN.

    • G.G; by the way,the odd is against DJT. He just might be IMPEACHED. This time, electoral votes won’t help. For DT to pass any bills he needs the popular votes how’s that?

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