During the 2017 general elections, we warned Liberians against voting for George Weah, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf preferred candidate, the chief mastermind of the destruction of Liberia but Liberians refused to listen. Today, our country is in the state of social, political and economic turmoil. As it written “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces” (Matthew. 7:6).
Throughout his more than thirteen years political career up to his so-called election as President, the name George Weah has consistently proven to be dangerously ignorant of the historical, social, psychological, philosophical and economic complexities of Liberia. Weah’s gross ignorance is also compounded by his irresistible appetite for money, woman, luxury and general susceptibility to corrupt influence. By the end of his football career, George Weah had gone broke and he turned to politics for financial rescue.
The Money Container
One cannot comprehend how a container of over 100 million United States dollars equivalents in Liberian dollars would walk from the free port of Liberia without the knowledge of the government of Liberia. In an increasingly disorganized and corrupt patronage system, it is easy for one to pillage the national wealth of Liberia and deceive the public. Such is the case in Liberia. For many of us, the case of the missing money container is a vindication of our long-held opinion that without confronting the painful history of Liberia, our beloved country will continue to be governed by economic criminals and political demagogues like George Weah and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Walking down memory lane, why did Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appoint more than seventeen members of her immediate families and cronies into her government? Why Ellen did grossly refuse to execute the outcome of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Accord and the recommendations of the 2009 Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Report? Why Ellen did betray her lifelong friend, Honorable Joseph Boakai who honorably served as her Vice President for twelve unbroken years? The corrupt record of George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) government is helping Liberians and the world to understand the reasons behind Ellen’s disrespect and disdain towards Liberia and the people of Liberia.
We demand a War Crimes and Economic Crimes Court now!
Liberians have demanded justice for years was denied by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and now George Weah. The Liberian people want the War Crimes and Economic Crimes Courts established now. Justice delayed is justice denied and the people are yearning for justice. We lost our friends and family members who were killed, raped and our villages pillaged and ravaged. Now we face an economic pillaging and the country is on the brink of disaster. We demand retributive, restorative justice and economic justice now! The stakes for the country have never been higher. Killing our people and killing our future is no longer acceptable!
The case of the missing money container must not be a surprise to Liberians but a continuation of the inherent culture of impunity masked in the veneered of rampant corruption and kleptocracy which has ruled Liberia from the beginning of time. George Weah is only a scapegoat of this notorious political and social culture confronting Liberia. One cannot fully discuss the missing money container without exposing the characters of the power behind the George Weah election and his CDC government.
Who are the powers behind George Weah?
In an attempt to invade justice and maintain the status quo of impunity, during the 2017 general and presidential elections, Ellen met with the leading political players in the search for someone who is susceptible to manipulation with a natural inclination to corruption. Eventually, Ellen found in George Weah a perfect match. She disreputably betrayed her vice president and supported George Weah, a naturally corruptible politician. Using state resources, she manipulated the electoral process given George Weah victory over her former Vice President.
Undoubtedly, the victory of George Weah meant the continuation of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf policy of abuse, rampant corruption, and the total disregard for the rule of law. Evidently, at the behest of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah went into political marriage with the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and by joining forces with the NPFL, Ellen created the pseudo sense of security and international protection for George Weah thus, giving corruptible Weah the courage and political ammunition to economically and socially exploit Liberia like his political godmother, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. An Attempt to Deceive Liberians
It is difficult to understand how a container of one hundred million United States dollars equivalent of Liberian dollar can be removed from the port of Liberia without accountability. A deep examination of the circumstances surrounding the missing money container makes it more difficult to explain to anyone without being challenged with a barrage of questions:
- Who ordered the printing of the said money?
- How much money was printed?
- Where was the money printed?
- Which entity printed the money?
- Who orders the removal of the money from the port?
- Under whose administration was the money printed?
- When did the money arrive in the country?
An analysis of the media report shows that the money was printed during the Sirleaf administration in multiple countries. Verifiable documents contained in the Front-Page Africa September 19, 2018, online edition also show that the officials of the Weah CDC government took delivery of the money at different time intervals. The accusation and counter-accusations between the Sirleaf and Weah government demonstrate the highest form of disrespect for Liberia and the rule of law.
- Do you know how many children lives that could be saved with that amount of money?
- Do you know how many schools that could be built and fully supported over 10 years with such money?
- Do you know how many roads that could be repaired or build with such amount of money?
- Do you know how many hospitals that could be fully supported with such amount of money?
The accusation and counter-accusations are a political maneuver by the Sirleaf and Weah administrations with the intent and purpose of deceiving Liberians and the world. Therefore, Liberians must demand a full account of the missing money before any officials of Weah
government and former President Sirleaf depart the country. Moreover, Liberians must seek the support of our international partners to execute an international arrest warrant for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all those linked to the money container scandal.
Exclusive image of President George Weah’s private mansion under construction obtained from a confidential source. The building is estimated at several million United States dollars. The construction started immediately after his inauguration in early January 2018. In violation of Liberia’s code of conduct, Weah and his government officials have failed to disclose their asset to press time.
Any government that steals money from its people is not a legitimate government but a criminal regime. Therefore, we urge all responsible governments of the world working in the interests of their citizens to cut off all diplomatic relationship with the Weah government immediately. Ellen and her surrogates waged war on Liberia and the sub-region, sent us into exile and transformed our children into killing machines, parents into baggers and sisters and mothers into prostitutes while they enjoy the fruit of their crimes with impunity. We are tired of the abuse! Liberians can no longer tolerate this inhuman treatment. If Liberians allow this open assault on the intelligence and dignity of our people, history will not forgive us.
The election of George Manneh Weah to the presidency of Liberia was political, social and economic suicide for Liberia.
Jacob D. Massaquoi and Mohammed Kamara
On behalf of Liberian Victims