Dethroned officials of the Liberia Scout Association (LSA) are threatening to gather loyalists to “go on the rampage” against whoever claiming to be LSA leader ahead of an assembly due in June.
“It’s a serious crisis ... , we are going to put our men together, whosoever that claim … [to be] leaders over me until the AGM, my dear brother, we are going to go on the rampage,” outgoing LSA Chief Commissioner Windell Weah protested Wednesday, 18 April outside the Ministry of Justice in Sinkor.
He was speaking with journalists against an ongoing LSA general assembly being attended by international guests including World Scout Bureau Regional Director for Africa Mr. Frederick Tutu Kama - Kama and Africa Scout Committee Chairman Dr. W.A. Davis from Kenya.
“The international guest did not tell us that they were going to have assembly, so that is the reason everybody said okay, since … June is the assembly, we’re not going to make any noise,” he says further.
The LSA has been rocked in crisis after failing to conduct general assembly to elect new officers to end Mr. Weah’s four years of rule that began 2014.
A communication purportedly authorized by the international guests Dr. Davis and Mr. Kama - Kama dated 10 April claims that during a statutory meeting on 8 to 9 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, it was resolved to endorse the deadline of end of June for LSA to put its house in order or be recommended for suspension from World Scout movement.
Given the situation here, African Scout Committee Chair Dr. Davis was mandate, according to the communication, to do a field visit to Liberia to review the situation with all the stakeholders of LSA and to advise them accordingly.
But Mr. Weah says it is surprising that LSA was taken to Justice Ministry to elect an alleged “unconstitutional leadership” when the guests had come for an assessment.
He also accuses Mr. Walter Skinner of allegedly using his power as official at Justice Ministry to intimidate the LSA leadership, claiming that Mr. Skinner is trying to “bring chaos in Liberia.”
Mr. Weah claims to have written Justice Minister Musa Dean, the Liberia National Police, Ministry of Youth and Sports and other stakeholders, alleging that police stopped the conduct of the general assembly at the academy before it was taken to the Justice Ministry.
When contacted, newly elected LSA treasure and former councilman Mr. Walter Skinners claims that “the people who are protesting have disgraced Liberia and the association cannot take this disgrace anymore.”
He says LSA had international guests in December when a general assembly should have been conducted, but the protesters allegedly caused confusion and the guests returned to Kenya without anything to show.
He alleges that all the councilmen from 14 counties have met and decided that the current general assembly be conducted this month. He says the international guests’ visit here coincided with the general assembly, accusing Mr. Weah and his supporters of being the ones causing chaos for the organization. “These people can protest … this program today has been approved by the World Scout Bureau,” Mr. Skinners says.
By Winston W. Parley