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Sanction Weah and his officials

Shiekh Kouyateh calls on the international community

By Lincoln G. Peters

Former ruling CDC member and ex-senatorial candidate Shiekh Al-Moustapha Kouyateh, has urged the International Community to immediately sanction President George Manneh Weah and his officials for alleged corruption, human rights violations and abuse of state power.

According to him, President Weah has now become Liberia’s principal architect of corruption but did not provide documentation to substantiate his claim.

Mr. Kouyateh said the President and his officials continue to steal from the country, thereby inflicting more suffering and hardship on the Liberian people, something, he stressed that they should pay for, as it contrary to Mr. Weah’s expressed commitments to tackle corruption.

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Addressing a press conference Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at his office in Monrovia, Mr. Kouyateh noted since President Weah and his officials took power, they have been acquiring unexplained wealth at the detriment of ordinary citizens, a situation he claimed has left the Liberian populace in complete hopelessness.  

The Liberian politician, who parted company with President Weah’s ruling Congress for \Democratic Change about two years ago, said nobody seems to give attention to fighting corruption because the President himself, who should champion the call for corruption, is badly corrupt.

“President Weah, unfortunately, has become Liberia principal architect of corruption. However, when President Weah was a legislator in Montserrado County and faced a child support issue, he claimed that he could only afford to pay $US160 since he had two other children to maintain and his salary was not much to sustain him and his family.  Since he made that pronouncement and looking at what he has acquired from the Liberian people as President, it shows that he is corrupt and needs to be sanctioned’’, Mr. Kuoyateh stressed.

According to him, Mr. Weah had less than US$ 50, 000 in his bank account during the 2017 Presidential election, but he erected duplexes in less than a year after taking office and now lives and dreams in luxury, while majority of Liberians suffers in abject poverty.

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He continued that people in government have been accused of corruption and nothing is being done by the President only because he (Mr. Weah) too is corrupt.

“Liberia was listed among the worst performing nations in the fight against corruption in Transparency International Corruption Perception index (CPI) for 2021. Liberia was also placed 136th out of 180 nations with a score of 29. We want the President to take action against corruption and if he continued to fail to do so, we want the international community to sanction him and his officials that are damaging our country. There is a need for transparency and accountability.

Shiekh Kuoyateh’s against widespread corruption the Weah administration is not the first, as there has been outcry in the international community particularly from the Government of the United States to fight in Liberia. The U.S. stressed that only Liberians can redeem their country from pillage. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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