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Weah is not a leader

–Says Amb. Lewis Brown

By Lincoln G. Peters

Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United Nations and former Foreign Minister Amb. Lewis G. Brown says if offered, he would refuse to serve in President George Manneh Weah’s cabinet because the latter is not a leader.

“No, I will refuse … because he is not a leader. That’s the difference,” Amb. Brown told the OK Conversation Wednesday afternoon, 14 September 2022.

Amb. Brown, a former Information Minister of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s administration recalled that Mrs. Sirleaf offered him the cabinet job without demanding him to join her former ruling Unity Party.

He claimed that this is unlike President Weah and his ruling establishment of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

“President Sirleaf wanted the country rebuilt; I saw that. I saw that leadership. She provided me with the space, and as a member of her cabinet, I took my fight inside. I won some, and I lost some,” he said.

He said President Sirleaf needed in her cabinet characters like him who would be able to say the truth to their leader.  

But talking about President Weah, Amb. Brown claimed that if he cannot change in six years of his leadership, Liberians would be deceiving themselves to think he would change if he gets re-elected.

“If like I said in my statement, this president had shown that he cannot change in six years, we deceive ourselves into believing he will change in 12,” Amb. Brown said of President Weah.

This week Amb. Brown endorsed the presidential bid of opposition leader Alexander B. Cummings.

Mr. Cummings heads the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the relaunched Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) after two constituent parties pulled out of the once formidable opposition bloc.

Amb. Brown, a founding member of imprisoned former President Charles Ghankay Taylor’s National Patriotic Party (NPP), says he prefers Cummings for the presidency to incumbent President Weah and Liberia’s former Vice President Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Unity Party’s political leader.

The NPP now headed by incumbent Liberian Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor is a constituent party of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Amb. Brown told a press conference Monday, 12 September 2022 in Monrovia that his decision to endorse Mr. Cummings is because of his ability, competence and integrity to transform Liberia with real change.

During the talk show Wednesday, Amb. Brown contended that his team, led by Mr. Cummings will win the 2023 presidential election, citing alleged too much disaffection in the country under President Weah’s rule.

“We will win this election. There’s too [much] disaffection in this country; people just need to believe and I have joined this fight to help to offer that belief,” said Amb. Brown.

He described President Weah as ‘singer-in-chief of Liberia, claiming that no serious investor will invest in Liberia because the country’s international reputation is under the microscope.

He said this is due to the cloud of suspicion [that] is allegedly over the presidency of the country.

“The reputation of the Republic is under the microscope. No serious investor will look to Liberia with a cloud of suspicion over the presidency,” Amb. Brown claimed. 

According to Amb. Brown, President Weah has failed the Liberian people and become a singer-in-chief of the country.

He said this is an abuse to the office of the presidency of the country.  

Brown alleged that President Weah has disappointed and failed the Liberian people and the country at large.

Based on these allegations, Amb. Brown said he cannot endorse President Weah for a second term bid even if his party, NPP, does so.


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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