MONROVIA: After breaking silence that he will be supporting the re-election bid for his cousin President George Manneh Weah, Liberia’s most celebrated soccer star, James Salinsa Debbah formalized his decision by joining the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), a constituent party of the Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) and has also joined ranks with the political leader and standard bearer of MOVEE, Ambassador Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Foreign Minister of Liberia to launch a community outreach door to door campaign activities towards the re-election bid of President Weah.
MOVEE organized an elaborate program to welcome Mr. Debbah and other party cadres on Saturday, September 2, 2023 which was also used to launch its community outreach held at the party’s national headquarters. The program saw in attendance executives, chairpersons, district coordinators, auxiliaries as well as well-wishers and supporters of the party.
According to our reporter who covered the program, Debbah, in his brief statement at the program, said that on October 10, 2023 Liberians will go to crucial elections to elect 73 representatives, 15 senators and a president, at which time he used the occasion to reaffirm his commitment to the reelection bid of President George Manneh Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor.
“We will also build a stronger tie with the people of the same value and common interest. Along the way we have stood by our conviction and worked towards achieving our target. In this regard, to achieve the goal of the reelection of President Weah, we are collaborating with a group of people that are thinking like us”, he said.
Mr. Debbah, who is a former partisan of the Liberty Party, said he believes that Amb. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, whom he described as a friend he had known over a decade and with the able leadership of the MOVEE, they can work together to achieve the collective goal of the reelection of President Weah.
Besides working together for the reelection of President Weah, according to Mr. Debbah, he is contemplating on a permanent transition to move to the Movement for Economic Empowerment as his new political home, saying “I stand here today I want to make it emphatically clear that I, James Salinas Debbah along with H. E. Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah is on the same path for the reelection bid of President Weah”, he told the audience.
He encouraged partisans and supporters of the party to galvanized strength and move from door to door to ensure President Weah is reelected in a one round victory in the upcoming October 10 polls, stressing that the message about President Weah reelection comes from the backdrop of tangible development in a relatively short period of time.
“Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with all her experience and accomplishments did not finish the job in 12 years, but look at what Weah has accomplished in just six years. I admonish you, Liberians, to be steadfast and resolute to the end, come out on October 10 and give President Weah a second term”, the soccer legend added.
In his welcome remarks to the new entrants, MOVEE National Chairman, Robert Sammie emphasized that the reelection of President Weah is a matter of must. He said they see Mr. Weah as a role model who has helped many Liberians to achieve their dreams, as he explained his humble beginning as a former motorcyclist who has risen to the helm of politics in Liberia.
Further laying his premise, Mr. Sammie said President Weah had not finished with the job, therefore, he deserves another term to have it done. The MOVEE Chairman told the gathering that while Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai and others opposition leaders could not hold in the Collaborating Political PartiesCPP), but President Weah who started the Coalition with just three parties was able to step it up to nine constituent parties which shows that he is a stronger leader, asserting that the former Vice President lacks leadership ability because he failed to hold three parties together.
“They lack leadership ability and are lying to the Liberian people about rescue mission. You cannot send 80 years old man on any rescue mission. Rescue mission is for the young people and so if you want a rescue mission join Weah and the CDC”, he said, explaining that rescue is about energy and capability and that President Weah is the right man.
According to Mr. Sammie, on the backdrop James Salinsa Debbah and Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah have acknowledged that President Weah is the right leader with the truth vision for the country, as result; both, Debbah and Kemayah will collaborate in a door to door outreach across the Montserrado to ensure President Weah gets resounding one round victory on October 10.