The outgoing President of the Sports Writers Associations of Liberia (SWAL), Fombah Lasana Kanneh, has announced the formation of a four-man Ad hoc Elections Commission for the pending SWAL elections, which are expected to be held in 15 days.
The Commission is chaired by former SWAL President Momolu Sirleaf and co-chaired by Zoegar Jaynes, with Eddie Harmon and Ikosa Ike as members.
“The Commission has 15 days to organize the elections and I want to explicitly reiterate that I will not contest the elections, purposely to give others the chance,” Mr. Kanneh said.
The SWAL boss made the announcement yesterday in a press conference at the Press Union of Liberia’s headquarters, on Clay Street, Monrovia.
Mr. Kanneh, the Sports Editor at Power FM/Radio Station, outlined his successes and failures, and said under his leadership, 27 sports reporters (journalists) had the opportunity to travel with various national teams.
The soft-spoken journalist stated that his leadership collaborated with the National Legislature for the smooth passage of the Liberia Sports Academy Bill last year.
Kanneh also bragged of holding seminars for sports journalists and also the initiated a program, named ‘Helping Today Kids to Become Tomorrow’s Stars.’
Mr. Kanneh reflected on his encounter against his former employer, Musa Bility, which led to his dismissal from Truth FM/Real TV but said his last days, his presidency did not show much progress.
The shut-down of SWAL’s website, the discontinuation of the Herbert Grisgby Lecture Forum, SWAL’s Award Night, amongst others were contributed factors.
Meanwhile, the outgoing President clarified that SWAL’s Vice President Martina Brooks, “does not owe the association any amount as it has been speculated amongst members.” His clarification stemmed from rumors that Ms. Brooks credited US$600 from the Association’s account and is yet to make the refund.
Kanneh, who did not state whether Martina credited money from the association, told newsmen that Ms. Brooks, “does not owe any financial debt.”
However, Secretary General Roland Mulbah told the Daily Observer that Ms. Brooks had credited the said amount and had paid her last debt of US$450 on the 2nd of January, a story that Mr. Kanneh confirmed.