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The Executive Mansion here announces that President George Manneh Weah is due to return to his temporary office today, Thursday, 25 April, roughly a week after discovery of two snakes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs compelled him to work from his private residence.

Announcing President Weah’s return Wednesday, 24 April, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby explains that the snakes were not discovered in the president’s office, but on the ground floor of the Ministry that hosts the presidency.

The snake incident brings to memory a shocking fire incident that drove former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf out of the Executive Mansion in 2006, occasioning prolonged renovation works that continue beyond her 12 years rule on the official presidential home.

Throughout her presidency after the fire incident, Mrs. Sirleaf operated from her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until she transferred power to her successor, President Weah in January 2018 after the 2017 election.

Upon discovery of the snakes, Toby says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did a memo, ordering all its staff to stay away while the building was being fumigated.

According to him, President Weah took note of the Ministry’s move and decided to work from his private residence in the Rehab Community, outside Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Toby says President Weah remains focused on his plans for development in Liberia, as he continues to hold talks with partners aimed at bringing in investments here.

He announces more works being done here, specifically on roads and constructions of markets, some of which are the president’s personal projects in fulfilment of promises he made while he was not yet president.By Winston W. Parley

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