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Weah risks rejection in Western Liberia

-As citizens demand Western Cluster US$5 million

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Bomi County Senator Edwin M. Snowe has flagged President George Manneh Weah’s possible rejection by residents in Western Liberian in his quest for re-election.

“I am appealing to the Minister of Finance in this public manner, please pay the people of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, and Gbarpolu Counties their money that Western Cluster gave you. This money is causing problems for the re-election bid of the President in the counties,” said Mr. Snowe.

Speaking Tuesday, 14 February 2023 on a local radio talk show in Monrovia, the Bomi County lawmaker said Western Cluster allegedly provided US$5m to the Government of Liberia for Bomi County.

Bomi Sen. Edwin Melvin Snowe

The Bomi Senator claimed that President Weah and his entire Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) could be rejected in Bomi County due to the government’s alleged failure to pay the money belonging to the county.

He said the money was provided after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the counties which give the company the space to operate.

According to Senator Snow, in July of last year, Western Cluster, an Iron Ore mining company operating in Western Liberia ( Bomi, Gbarpolu, and Grand Cape Mount Counties) – paid US$5 million to the government for the affected counties.

He noted that this money is causing major embarrassment for him and the President. 

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“This money was paid directly to the government for those counties. It’s causing problems for me, this government and it’s not fair to our people,’’ Senator Snowe continued.

He explained that on Monday, he visited the county and institutions, including the Government Hospital and College, and that citizens were raising serious concerns about their money.

He stated that citizens were threatening to reject the re-election bid of President Weah and his CDC government.

According to Senator Snowe, they have discussed the issues several times on the floor of the Senate.

He added that Senator Morris G. Saytumah has also been threatened with rejection for his re-election if they bring the budget for passage without including the money in question.

“I have asked the Minister of Finance, we talked to people in private to talk with him and even wrote him, but yet the money has not been paid,” he said

“And this is causing me major embarrassment in Bomi. People are saying to me the President is your friend and it’s the government that you are supporting. They have our money, let them pay,” said Mr. Snowe.

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