Montserrado County Senator George Weah snubbed members of the press on Tuesday when reporters assigned at the Legislature posted for interview with him. Senator Weah swiftly avoided and narrowly sneaked into the office of Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga in an attempt to avoid Legislative reporters on Capitol Hill following his return from abroad.
According to our reporter, while in the office of his colleague, Weah sent one of the office staff to inform journalists that he would address the media at the appropriate time. George Weah, the political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, spent about two months out of the people’s job at the Legislature without any excuse.
Weah- considered as the most popular senator in the Liberian Senate, paraded the Capitol Building under heavy security escort to deter journalists from approaching him.
Since the election of a onetime Peace and Reconciliation Ambassador in January of this year, he has not written any communication reflecting the views and aspirations of the county he represents; instead, Weah has been on a regular safari in the United States and Europe, despite his huge and regular salaries, allowances and benefits paid by tax payers’.
Many Legislative commentators believe that Legislative politics is a learning curve that requires time and thoughtful engagements- something to which Senator Weah must avail himself.
The footballer-turned politician won as Montserrado County Senator with over 99,000 votes.
Liberian Lawmakers are known for making frequent foreign travels, with many spending their agriculture breaks out of the country- either in the United States of America or Europe and not their constituencies.
As per law, members of the Legislature only spend six months on the job, with the remaining half of the year on their usual agriculture break.
But with six months set aside by law for these lawmakers to interact with their constituents and engage in other activities, many of them still misuse a large portion of the six months intended for deliberations on national issues with their constituents to merry-make abroad without any remorse since they receive salaries, allowances and benefits no matter how long they stay out of the country.
On last Thursday, the Liberian Senate could not convene in its regular session to discuss issues of national concern due to the absence of many of the senators.
To meet a quorum, the senate needs 15 senators out of 30, but in recent time the body has not been able to meet such Constitutional requirement before plenary discussions.
With major bills pending before the body, including the Decent Work Bill and others, the senators are on holidays, while they continue to get fabulous salaries and other incentives at the expense of Liberian tax payers.
Lawmakers are not paid per the number of sessions they attend; so this paves the way for abuse of trust and time. Senator George Weah sent many Liberians wide recently when he was seen on relevision watching a European Champions League match between his former team Paris Saint-Germain or PSG and Spanish Giants FC Barcelona.
Before ascending to the Liberian Senate, Weah had spent the best of his times out of Liberia, and only came around when the political season was up.
Since February, the Montserrado County Senator has been in the United States, leaving his constituency in total darkness relative to the purpose of his trip.
Now public concerns are being expressed in Monrovia about the senator’s prolonged and conspicuous absence, which has created a vacuum for the Montserrado seat.
Reports filtering here indicate that Weah and his Congress for Democratic Change were in the United States, meeting with some U.S. officials on the party’s dream for Liberia.
But callers to a phone-in radio talk show Monday expressed serious disgust about his absence from the country, particularly so after the people of Montserrado County overwhelmingly voted him last October to the senate to represent their interest.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor