George Weah Arrest Warrant For Child Support Opens Debate In Monrovia

3d4417dea4b5985d283b0a7dfa9861de_XLThe news of an arrest warrant for the political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator George Manneh Weah in the United States for child abandonment in the United States has opened serious public debates in Monrovia and its environs with many questioning the ability of the accused to rule Africa’s oldest Republic, Liberia come 2017.

The Montserrado County Senator who last week announced his bid for the second time to contest the nation’s presidency at a ceremony which drew huge multitude of partisans of the CDC may be in serious trouble either by imprisonment upon his arrival in the United States to answers to charges of child.

This latest breaking news has opened debate with callers on local radio and TV stations expressing their disappointment in this development, while supporters and non-supporters gathered at streets corners expressing their emotions disappointingly about the action of the man who many considered as a man of integrity, and a man who they said could be the right person to rule Liberia after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf shall have handover power in 2018.

Several Liberians who called in on most local radio and TV stations publicly condemned the action of the political leaders of the CDC for his failure to shoulder his child’s responsibility as a father, wondering about his ability to rule Liberia when elected as being perceived by his numerous of the CDC.

“My family and I are disappointed this morning to hear that the man that we cherished so much and believed in to rule Liberia has failed to support his child, and being wanted for child abandonment in the United States. It is a serious blow to us a members of the CDC,” John Tamba, a man who claimed that he is a full member of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), and will die for that party said during a phone in call on a local radio station in Monrovia.

Opponents of the CDC who also spoke on the phone in program on air called on Liberians, especially members of the CDC to be watchfulness in their bid for the presidency, stressing, “Cedecians should watch out, and be very careful as who they should vote in for the nation’s highest seat, the Liberian presidency,” Amos Tarpeh, one of the phone in callers noted.

Our reporter who visited several local entertainment and social gathering said the arrest warrant of Senator Weah by a U.S. Court for Child Support was the main issue of discussion with many expressing their disappointment, while others cautioned the accused not to enter the U.S. in the face of this warrant.

“We are afraid that that any attempt by Mr. Weah to enter the U.S. he will be arrested, because this is a serious crime in the United States; Child abandonment. You know women and children have more rights in that Country, so I will advise Mr. Weah not to make any attempt to appear,” Emma Weah (No relation to George Weah), a petty trader speaking further on the issue with our reporter warned.

This debate of the arrest of Liberia’s main opposition political party leader, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) continues

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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.