MONROVIA – In the midst of the controversies generated by the foreign trip embarked upon by President George Manneh Weah which has taken him to Morocco, Qatar and France, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County has written his colleagues through the Pro Temp Albert Chie to launch a probe into the claims and to take appropriate, necessary actions in the premises.
In the letter dated November 30, 2022, copy of which is in possession of The Analyst, the tough talking senator said with the concerns raised in his communication, he was left with the question as to how President Weah’s prolonged stay out of the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia at the 2022 World Cup games in Qatar a “necessity” and beneficial in the best interests of the country and people and at whose expense.
“We wish to call the attention of the Liberian Senate regarding the information by President George M. Weah to this august body relative to his ongoing foreign travels. The records can show that on November 1, 2022, President Weah informed this august body of his planned visit to the State of Qatar from November 15 -23, 2022, to attend the opening of the FIFA World Cup. According to the President’s letter to the Senate, he would attend the 5th Edition of the Paris Peace Forum in Paris from November 9-15, 2022 before traveling to Qatar. Later, on November 18, 2022, President Weah subsequently informed the Senate that he would extend his stay in Qatar by Seven (7) days and depart on the 30th; instead of the 23rd of November.
“Honorable President Pro Tempore & Distinguished Colleagues, the President’s letter furthered that the extension became necessary because the Paris Peace Forum was “extended” from November 15, 2022 to November 18, 2022; thereby causing him to arrive in Qatar at least three (3) days behind schedule. By such justification, President Weah argued that because the “extension” of the Paris Peace Forum caused him to arrive in Qatar at least three (3) days later, he would spend seven (7) days in Qatar to make up for the extra three (3) days he claimed to have spent at the Paris Peace Forum”, he said.
The senator raised an issue which did cast serious doubt on the true information of some aspect of the itinerary to the extent he flagged off a perceived contradiction in the schedules of the trip.
“Honorable. Pro Tempore and Distinguished Colleagues, an official communication from the Paris Peace Forum in our possession (hereto attached for easy reference), shows that the Forum was held on the 11th and 12th of November and was NEVER extended as was contained in Pres. Weah’s information to this body. We have the right to be informed as to the official whereabouts of the President during this period.
“Further, Honorable President Pro Tempore and Distinguished Colleagues, may we refer you to Section 27 of Liberia Travel Ordinance (also hereto attached) that requires public officials, who extend their travel or stay time beyond the seven (7) days period on any particular foreign trip, to finance the costs of their extended stay and submit receipts for reimbursement if such extension was determined needful and necessary”, the letter concluded.