It appears that President Weah might be growing a bit more thick skin since his earlier statement in June 2019, that anyone caught insulting the President would be dealt with accordingly.
When pundits expected the President to heavily chastise the chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, Mulbah Morlu, for utterances released in a recently leaked audio, which Morlu later described as ‘liquor talk’, the President brushed the recording off as a “blackmail attempt by racketeers” and that, “anyone can get angry and talk…”
In the leaked voice recording, CDC chairman Morlu alleged that his party’s standard-bearer, President Weah, diverts funds received from his trips abroad to his personal projects, instead of the general benefit of the country. The recording unearths several other improprieties attributed to the President.
The leaked recording, which became public, in December 2019, claimed the attention of members of the 54th Legislature, who immediately called for an investigation into the veracity of the recording with a threat to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Weah if the utterances attributed to Morlu proved to be true.
Montserrado District #17 Representative, Hanson Kiazolu, told Frontpage Africa in an interview that though it is not yet time to impeach President Weah, substantial evidence gathered from witnesses during a probe into the saga could lead to his impeachment.
However, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the pavement of a 2.6-kilometer community road in Rep. Kiazolu’s constituency, District 17, President Weah told his audience that he was not concerned about being impeached, but simply to do the people’s work. Interestingly, the President’s remarks were preceded by brazen assurances by Rep. Kiazolu to the President that he (Kiazolu) had no hand in any activity that would lead to the President being impeached.
“I also want to use this occasion to inform you that the media speculation that said District #17 Lawmaker wants to impeach the President is not true. I want you to take it to the bank that I, Hanson Kiazolu, [am] not in any support of any impeachment proceeding against you. It is not true today and it will not be true tomorrow,” Rep. Kiazolu said.
He welcomed President Weah’s road connectivity idea and assured him of his own support in his District as the Public Works Ministry begins the cement pavement of some roads within District #17. “When I first knew the President, I was his bag boy in Clara Town. At that time, he was playing for Invincible Eleven (IE),” Kiazolu said.
In his reply to Rep. Kiazolu and the people of the District, President Weah said while there are hard feelings among some Liberians about how he is running the country, he will not fail on his promise to build more roads. “My being here today is to see to it that you get good road. But we need peace first. Whether you are a Representative or not, all of us will use this road,” President Weah said.
He admonished the residents of the District and beyond to show some respect to their leaders, including him, of the country. “Your right is your right. People make mistakes and people misinterpret other people,” he said.
“Hon. Kiazolu is not a stranger to me. When he was a little man, all along he ran behind me everywhere I went and, anything I did, he was my assistant,” President Weah said of Rep. Kiazolu as the crowd cheered.
“He was a young kid that I mentored. Today he is a Lawmaker. I am proud of him. So you can see that we all are Liberians and are family somehow,” he said. “Don’t worry about my impeachment. Anybody wants to impeach me, it is not a problem. While I am here, let me do my work,” Weah said. As what appears to be his own way of appealing to the minds of his people, President Weah again reminded them of the ugly past and the need to avoid a repeat of the gloomy days that reversed the country’s progress and claimed more than 200,000 lives.
“The reason I always remind you of the past is because it was not a good past. Let us remember that we hated each other and that brought the war in this country. We have to give a chance to unite this country and keep it peaceful,” he said. He reminded the audience also that when he was campaigning for the Presidency in 2017, he promised them that in six years’ time he would build as many roads as possible so as to connect communities.
After the ceremony, President Weah and his entourage, including Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, National Port Authority Managing Director, Bill Tweahway and the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Fallo McGill, toured the Duala market and the Unity Conference Center in Virginia. At the dilapidated Unity Conference Center, Weah said he will locate investors to recondition the structure so as to ensure that it is back to use. David S. Menjor/Liberian Observer
Main Photo: Opposition Unity Party Caucus Chair, House of Representative, Montserrado District #17 Representative, Hanson Kiazolu