The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says its attention has been drawn to media reports regarding the fast pace at which Liberia’s President, George Manneh Weah, is accumulating material wealth, mainly real estates in the country since his ascendency to the nation’s presidency nearly a year ago.
ALJA says in a country where majority of the citizens barely survive on less than one US dollar a day coupled with the lack of social services as a result of economic hardship, it is deeply troubled by the speed at which President Weah and some members of his inner circle are amassing costly real estates.
ALJA’s press release issued on 15 January relied on media reports and cited 46-unit building complex being constructed on the Robertsfield Highway in Margibi County by President Weah and his alleged US$150,000 dollars house, which is being rebuilt in Sinkor, Montserrado County.
The Liberian journalists list these projects as some of the properties that are raising doubts among Liberians at home and abroad about Mr. Weah’s overnight material wealth.The President demolished his 9th Street house early last year after winning the presidency and reconstruction has been speeding on that house.
In addition to the cited real estates, ALJA says the Liberian leader is brazenly engaged in other private construction projects in the country while information about his wealth prior to ascending to the presidency remains a secret.
The Association says it acknowledges that President Weah, as former senator of Montserrado County, earned thousands of US dollars; and as ex-soccer celebrity, he also, reportedly made millions of US dollars while playing football abroad.
But the Association argues that it is apprehensive about the timing of the costly projects he is now undertaking in the country. ALJA maintains that when President Weah played football and served as senator, he neither build a village nor amass real estates at the pace at which he is now doing.
The Association notes that he is the only Liberian leader in recent history of the country, who is reported to have built a housing complex in less than one year following his inauguration.
ALJA says the President and his cronies in government have the moral and legal obligations to provide an explanation to Liberians and the international community as to how their massive real estate projects are being financed in the wake of the missing 16 billion Liberian dollars scandal and the unaccounted for US$25 million dollars, which the Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) led government claimed to have infused into the Liberian economy to mop-up excess Liberian dollars from the market in 2018. –Press release