Senator George Weah will travel to the United States despite a child abandonment warrant out for his arrest, a spokesman for the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) said in Monrovia on Tuesday.
The warrant, filed in the U.S. state of Georgia, alleges that Senator Weah failed to pay child support, a crime punishable by up to 12 months in prison.
CDC spokesman Sam Manna said the warrant was withdrawn after Weah’s lawyers spoke to court officials, and noted that a hearing is scheduled for May 11 at the Newton County Court in Georgia.
“This is a calculated propaganda to diminish our political momentum,” Manna said of the arrest warrant.
Senator Weah last week accepted a petition from his supporters at the party’s headquarters to represent the party as its presidential candidate for the 2017 presidential elections, for which they say there is no candidate to stand in his way. There, he told CDC members that he would invest in education, rebuild the health system and create employment for the youths, if he is elected President of Liberia.
As a Senator, Weah has been criticized for not doing enough to represent his constituents with regard to substantive issues coming out of Capitol Hill.
“This is troubling,” said a critic, “for a man with a huge following not to take command of national issues.”
While his supporters are of the belief that he will be active when he takes over the presidency, Weah continues to have a hard time articulating national issues, which has critics questioning his ability to deal with more complex matters if he becomes president.
“Why has he not been able to defend himself on the radio and in the print media? Why have others been defending him in what happened in the United States, and not himself?” another critic asked.
News of the warrant was not well received by Weah’s supporters.
Speaking to the Daily Observer, many of them believe that “Weah’s enemies are coming back again to hurt him.”
One of his admirers said, “I don’t care what they say about Senator Weah, it is his time to be elected President of Liberia in the next election.”
Many of his admirers say Weah’s failures to be elected President of Liberia resulted from claims by his opponents that he is not sufficiently educated, a criterion his supporters claim he has overcome.
“We don’t care about using education as a yardstick to determine who should become president,” said another admirer in New Kru Town. “Since the highly educated have failed to develop our country, I think Weah can use his knowledge and love for the country to do what others could not do, despite acquiring higher education.”