By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Liberians at home and abroad went into oblivion as the outgoing President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Montserrado County Senator and standard-bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), George Manneh Weah jointly broke ground for the Gbarnga-Medicoma Road.
The Liberian leader has been heavily accused by members of her governing Unity Party (UP) and the public of supporting Senator Weah in the 2017 elections leaving her long-time friend and Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai who is now the standard-bearer of the party in the wilderness.
What remains shocking to many Liberians and other partners to the country is that Senator Weah who is a sitting Senator in Montserrado County was seen breaking the ground with the Liberian chief executive.
Besides being a Senator of Montserrado County, Liberians wondered why Weah who is not even member of the local government of both Lofa and Bong Counties jointly broke ground with the President.
They further recounted that Vice President Joseph Boakai and standard-bearer of Unity Party is from Lofa, Both caucuses of Lofa and Bong were absent among others. On social media Thursday went viral when photos of the ceremony surfaced on facebook.
Some are calling on the office of Madam President to explain why VP Boakai was left out of the ground-breaking ceremony despite his advocacy and diligent service to the Unity Party.
Others also wondered why the caucuses of Bong and Lofa counties did not found part of the ground breaking.
Some citizens also believed that the action by Madam President is a sign of what they referred to as disunity.
According to them, it was important for VP Boakai to attend the program due to the fact that he comes from Lofa instead of Senator George Weah of Montserrado County.
Here are the comments from Liberians on social media (facebook): Riscks Kollie: “where Lofa county senator. ONLY GEORGE WEAH CAN BRAKE GROUND FOR LOFA COUNTY?” Jackson Keleko: “The incoming president Mr. Weah”, Riscks Kollie: “this can’t help George Weah at all, Riscks Kollie you take Boakia Project And Turn It Over To George Weah. Jnb All The Way. James Welsh Why Lofa county law makers are not present?” Varfee Karvah: ‘This is clear that president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sopping George Weah, But this will not happen”.
Mohammed Rogers: “This will not save you wicky oldma”, Joseph Hina Farkollie Craziness is coming small small ooo. God’stime Peter T. James: “With all of what the President is doing that can’t change the choice of we the Liberians”.
It’s JNB project folk, Justine N K Kowo: “JUST THE BEGINNING OOOO,” Muhammed B Sombai Boakai: “was asleep they called him but he did not answer his phone so the people go at head with the ceremony OK,” Abas Bestman: “Why are we taking this as a mixed reactions. We should know that this project is not about personality and who come from somewhere.
It is about Liberia and not anyone else or who is to be invited to do the ground-breaking ceremony. I believed she had do”… Hassan Fofana: “The secret is openly open, where is VP Boakai n the Lofa Legislatures?” Varfee F. Jabie: “No level of hypocrisy by this evil lady will help this dummy! Our people re wise”.
Daniel T. Kollie: “this really show that Weah has been endorsed by Madam president as president of Liberia which clearly demonstrate to us that; the future of the country made not be in the interest of the poor people as we see what is happening. she is seeking for protection”, Musa Kamara: “JNB will still beat them… Jerome Korvah The outgoing President, Ellen wants to continue ruling through an empty vessel”. Jeff JJ F: “We will vote JNB against CCD. Ellen will die with disgrace… Weah will not become President!!!” Jeff JJ F: “Ellen want to remote control and has already started doing so”.
Daniel A. Mulbah: “This is not Ground-Breaking Program. Ellen is Campaigning for George Weah. The People of Liberia are looking”. Abdullai Kamara: “A few questions: were there opportunities to seek clarification from the president? Have you found out from lawmakers why they were absent? Can you find out from Senator Weah how he arrived there? What is the position of the Public Works Minister? How” … Vee Jay: “That’s why you remain a mentor to many” Emmanuel Quoiquoi: “The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place at January 30, 2018, after the inauguration of President Joseph N Boakai in office.
Where all official of both counties will be there in grand style and also our traditional leaders and our mother with dance with their sasa, and drum. Thanks, as u await patiently to see that day”
Those were some of the mixed reactions from Liberians as the photos of the ceremony appeared on facebooks.
Meanwhile, the 1st phase of the road which is 81 kilometers will start from Gbarnga in Bong County to Salayea in
Lofa County and is being implemented by CHICO, a Chinese Company.
The cost of the project is USD$ 40,858,212.49 and is expected to start in February 2018.