By Kruah Thompson
Liberia’s Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah says the atmosphere was not really right for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) – led government to engage Washington in the early years of the CDC administration because it had to first deal with “certain lies from the public.”
Addressing the media at the Ministry of Information Friday, 8 October 2021 upon returning with a high-level government delegation to Monrovia from Washington, Mr. Tweah said all of their previous engagements with Washington were about problems that the country was dealing with.
“The atmosphere was not really right to engage Washington at that time,” Minister Tweah said, adding that the government here has also been engaged with a microeconomic storm that was buffeted by Covid-19.
The government delegation’s visit to Washington last month followed years of skepticism by some members of the public who held fears that Liberia under the CDC – led government, was experiencing a declining relationship with one of its most important traditional allies, the United States of America.
The Liberian officials’ visit came at a crucial time when Liberia is preparing for the 2023 presidential and general elections in which both the administration and the opposition forces are battling for recognition in Washington.
However, Minister Tweah indicated that the government delegation’s recent visit was to engage Washington in a strategic way where a new content for Liberia – United States relationship can be set.
He disclosed that the logic behind their engagement with Washington was to tell America that in the last 174 years of the US – Liberia relationship, it has gone through different periods.
“You cannot characterize the current US – Liberia relationship to the same when President Roosevelt sat down with President Barclay to plan World War II,” Tweah argued.
Mr. Tweah dismissed it as a blinded lie, suggesting that the government here is not communicating well and therefore it must improve its communication.
Instead, Tweah insisted that no government has ever communicated more than the current Weah administration.
He blamed the opposition and the media for spreading magnified and amplified miss information to the public, arguing that the government is today operating in a different media landscape where miss information is magnified and amplified often more than it used to be.
Minister narrated that during former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s administration, the media landscape was different and the opposition CDC at the time was not using social media, but the physical space to protest.
He explained that the protests led by Jefferson Koijee, now Monrovia City Mayor, on the Angel Togba and Harris Greaves deaths were allegedly never seen by either the White House or the European Union in Brussels or Washington.
“If Jefferson Koijee was to post pictures of Angel Togba on Facebook and it starts to go viral, President Biden would’ve seen it,” he said
Meanwhile, Minister Tweah cautioned citizens to retrospect and be careful about what to believe, noting that within the last three years the administration has been engaged in milestones of battles.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/influential-u-s-congressman-to-rally-support-for-liberia-second-mcc-bid/—Edited by Winston W. Parley