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‘Baseless and laughable’ 

-Weah's former SG denies UP alignment

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Former Liberian Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus has termed as false, misleading, laughable, and baseless, a social media post claiming that he has joined opposition Unity Party (UP). 

Cephus is one of the three top officials of President George Manneh Weah’s government who resigned from their respective positions after they were sanctioned by the United States government for alleged corruption.

In a statement released Friday, 17 February 2023, Cllr. Cephus said his attention is seriously drawn to a Facebook post by a certain Estrada Duke Jayjay, allegedly quoting an information from a local media house that he (Cephus) had joined the former ruling party, UP.

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According to Cephus, the post alleged that he allegedly held an ‘important meeting’ on 17 February about the next steps.

“The information is not only laughable, and baseless, but it has also shown how insanely desperate the author is to solicit from me a denial about an allegation that is nothing but his own figment of imagination,” said Cllr. Cephus.

He said he has friends across the political divide, and he respects the opposition UP for being a credible participant in the current democratic dispensation, and it is seeking state power through the ballot box.

However, Cephus said his friendship with any Liberian citizen whether in the Unity Party or any other political party has nothing to do with politics.

Speaking further, Cllr. Cephus said he is already a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change and he has no intention now or in the future to join any political party.

He argued that he believes the CDC with all of its challenges, saying it remains the only viable democratic alternative for grassroots participation, and nation-building.

He maintained that he is proud that on two separate and distinct occasions, the CDC-led government afforded him the opportunity to serve his country and people and showcase his professional expertise in both the agro-sector and the criminal justice system of Liberia.

“While I do not wish to claim any credit, and I will leave that to history to judge me fairly, I hereby pledge, as always, that I shall remain supportive of the lofty ideals of the CDC and its national agenda under the dynamic leadership of President George Manneh Weah. Thanks,” said Cllr. Cephus.


The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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