As the young administration of President George Weah struggles to address the increasing economic hardship here, a cross-section of United States based Liberians are pushing for sanction against the young regime.
Our U.S contributor told this paper on Monday that Liberians from Minnesota, Georgia and Rhode Island visited the U.S Congress recently asking that body to impose sanction on the Weah government.
Our contributor said the marchers demanded a sanction to force the Weah administration to submit to the request for the establishment of a war crimes court here. About 250,000 Liberians were killed during the brutal civil conflict here.
This news follows similar request for a sanction in September 2018, just before President Weah could attend the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York.
“The most recent info is that some Librarians from Minnesota Georgia and Rhode Island visited congress asking them to impose sanction on the Weah government if he doesn’t request the establishment of a war crime court in Liberia,” our contributor said.
Already, Weah is saddled with the issue of inflation which is at its all-time high. As at July 16, this year, Mr. Weah announced that inflation here was at 21 percent, with the exchange rate between the United States dollar and the Liberian bank note now 1USD for 156 LRD.
Added to this is the ongoing investigation into the “missing 16 billion” Liberian bank notes, an impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, the war crimes court quest and the struggle to secure the 1 billion loan from EBOMA and Eton, while the country fall short of the Millennium Challenge Goals, something that could prevent the government from pocketing USD500 million development aid from the United States Aid for International Development or USAID.
Mr. Weah recently told journalists here upon arrival from France that the decision to establish a war crimes court here rest with Liberians. He did not say whether he intends to put it through a referendum vote or not. But the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission or TRC in its final recommendation called for the establishment of a war crimes court to prosecute those who committed hideous crimes here during the civil war.