In the wake of allegations that Foreign Minister-designate Ambassador Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah sexually harassed a staffer of the Embassy in the United States of America, the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) National Women League has strongly condemned the allegations, stating that it is smear campaign launched against Ambassador Kemayah by his enemies who are opposed to his nomination as Foreign Minister of Liberia.
According to a September 16, 2020 press release, the MOVEE Women League said they noticed with grave concern unprovoked and unnecessary attacks waged on the character of their political leader Ambassador Kemayah by people who are opposed to his nomination as foreign Minister of Liberia.
“Regrettably, some of the people who are behind this smear campaign are a group of selfish people who in their thinking expected His Excellency President Weah to appoint them. On the contrary, the President appointed Amb. Kemayah. On this account, all what we are reading and hearing from the media is a backlash from President Weah’s rightful decision to nominate Ambassador Kemayah. On this note, the leadership of the National Women League of the Movement for Economic (MOVEE) wishes to sincerely express thanks and appreciation to His Excellency President George Manneh Weah for nominating Ambassador Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. as his next Foreign Minister,” the MOVEE Women League stated.
Meanwhile, the MOVEE National Women League is calling on all Liberians to support Ambassador Kemayah, because he is a patriotic and dedicated national leader who has worked and continues to work for the good of this country.
“We are convinced, when confirmed, Ambassador Kemayah will unconditionally discharge and effectively champion the shared foreign policy vision of His Excellency President Weah for the benefit of mama Liberia. On the other hand, we take serious exception to a new trend in politics of maligning people’s character only because the person is preferred for a public position that another person thought they could get. We believe that such a practice is not only dangerous to our democracy but also seriously undermines the presidency. When the President makes a decision through nomination and a handful of people for selfish reasons impugn on the person’s character and reputation, it is unfortunate and it needs to stop immediately,” the release stated.
The MOVEE Women League further claimed to be aware that long before his nomination as Liberia’s Foreign Minister designate, when it was speculated that President George Weah was considering Ambassador Kemayah for the top job of Minister of Foreign Affairs, a few detractors unleashed storms of failed attacks to hunt him down into disfavor with the President.
“Ms. Wilson’s allegation that approximately nine months ago on the evening of January 8, 2020, Ambassador Kemayah sexually harassed her, leaves rational people wondering why she kept quiet until the very day when Ambassador Kemayah was nominated as Foreign Minister designate before emailing him on her purported sexual harassment,” the MOVEE Women League wondered.
“She said Ambassador Kemayah asked her several times for a kiss that she refused, but suffered shock and emotional trauma that caused her to have a seizure which left her unconscious for three days. She said the incident kept her away from work for almost a month due to physical, emotional and psychological trauma. Her allegation appears mischievous and a strategy of a syndicate formatted purposely to besmear Amb. Kemayah’s character because this is not in the nature of our political leader. We know him as a family man and statesman who has worked in the private, public and International arena with distinction and credibility. For more than 28 years wealth of professional experience, Ambassador Kemayah has never done this; as it is absolutely not his nature and character,” MOVEE claimed, further calling on those behind the smear campaign to desist, “or else we will soon begin naming and shaming so that President Weah and the Liberian people will know those in the habit of questioning his judgment.”