By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
The executive committee of the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has elected Mr. Robert Sammie as chairman, replacing Mr. Dan Saryee, who tendered his resignation recently.
Also, former secretary general of MOVEE, Mr. Sammie was selected Saturday, 17 September in votes cast at the party’s Special Convention held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
“It’s just a great blessing to be a part of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE),” the youthful chairman said after his election. “I want to thank the delegates and the entire party for reposing confidence in me”, he added.
He called for unity and diversity in the party, moving forward, saying “If we want to be a revised democratic party, we got to be diverse, hold together as a stronger political body.”
He reminded partisans of the party that the world is watching, so they should keep focus.
He said MOVEE should be a party that will provide a way forward for the country rather than engaging in negativity, urging partisans to come together to help provide direction for the State.
“Let’s focus on the foundation on which our party was established in order to achieve our goal”, he emphasized.
Chairman Sammie called on partisans to be part of a process that will bring about transformation for Liberia.
“When we go back to our respective counties and homes, let’s think about how we can become a part of a process that will take the country to another level”, he continued.
At the same time, delegates at the convention overwhelmingly elected Foreign Minister, Ambassador Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., in absentia as Political Leader of MOVEE because of his outstanding work in the party over the years.
It is not known if Minister Kemayah would resign from government to take up the standard bearer post to vie for the presidency in 2023.
The weekend’s convention of the party brought together delegates from all fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia with the sole purpose of electing corps of leaders to take the party to election next year.
The Movement for Economic Empowerment is the brainwork of former executive governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mills Jones, who contested for the presidency in 2017 but lost to the now ruling Congress for Democratic Change of President George Weah. Editing by Jonathan Browne