President Weah’s ‘Private Visit’, To Three Countries Props Concern Amongst Liberians Wondering Over Its Cost, With 18-Man Delegation

President George Manneh Weah delivering his inaugural address at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex – January 22, 2018; See full text

The Liberian leader, President George Manneh today, February 15, 2018 departed the country for a private visit to Senegal, Morocco and France with some Liberians questioning the nature of the visit and further wondered as to who is paying for his private visit with an 18-man delegation.

The Executive Mansion in a press release said, the Liberian leader will be away from Wednesday, February 14, to Friday, February 23, 2018. On the first leg of President Weah’s visit; he will pay an official visit to Senegal from Wednesday, February 14, to Friday, February 16. The second leg will take him to Morocco on a private visit from February 16, to February 20, 2018.

The release further noted that President Weah will also pay an official visit to France where he is expected to meet his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron from February 21, to February 23, 2018.

Meanwhile, while the Liberian leader is away, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nathaniel Farlo McGill will Chair the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in telephone conversation with the President.

Several Liberians who called on a local radio stations to react to the Liberian leader’s three nations visit, expressed disappointment and questioned why a private visit when he has not stay in office for a month, and further questioned as to who will shoulder the huge expensive that will be accrued as a result for the president’s  ‘Private visit’.

“Why a private trip Mr. President when the country is struggling to regain its economic crisis? Why a private trip Mr. President?” one of the callers in a rather emotional state questioned the nature of the private visit of Liberia’s newly elected President.

Responding to critics on a local radio station, the Press Secretary to the Liberian leader, Sam Manneh said because the President will not meet the President of Morocco, his visit to that country is not official.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.