The opposition political party, the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has elevated its National Chairman, Dee Maxwell Saa Kemayah, Sr. to the position of political leader of the party following an emergency Executive Committee held last weekend.
Kemayah who is Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, in a 20 count resolution said, among other things, that because the Convid-19 pandemic has disrupted global and national social, political and economic activities, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of MOVEE resolved to extend the tenure of all elected officers of the party to a period not less than twelve months and not more than more thirty-six months, until such times conditions are favorable for the conduct of the national convention.
According to the constitution of the party, tenure of all elected officials of the party expired on March 22, 2020 and a National Convention was required to institute new corps of officers, which was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amb. Kemayah was elected and inducted on March 22, 2016 as chairman of the party and successfully completed his tenure for four (4) years. The resolution said, “Considering that the National Chairman took government’s assignment to the United Nations in New York, which now makes it difficult for his day to day running of the party,” the resolution reads.
The resolution also separated the office of the chairman from the political leader of the party. “Observing that the positions of National Chairman and Political Leader are two separate roles currently assigned to the Office of the National Chairman thereby making the task cumbersome for single office, the executive committee of the party resolved that Dan Saryee then plays the role as chairman while Amb. Kemeyah ascends as political leader of MOVEE.
The resolution stated in party said, “Now therefore, we the National Executive Committee members of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), having consulted with stakeholders and other key members of the party across the Country, and at a National Executive Committee Meeting hereby resolved on the following:
That the tenure, mandate and authority of all elected officials and National Executive Committee members who are active members and leaders of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE); before the signing of this document, are hereby extended, with immediate effect, for a period not less than one year, but not exceeding thirty six months, until such time when they shall lead the Party for the conduct of National Convention in keeping with Article VII section (g) which states that the NEC shall make decisions in the absence of the National Convention; consistent with the Constitution, Mission, Vision, Core Values, Purposes and Objectives of the party;
That the Vice Chair for Inter-Party, Political and NEC Affairs head a committee of five members, which shall be gender sensitive and constituted by the National Chairman in consultation with the Political Leader, to review (within 45 days), and recommend ways to improve and strengthen MOVEE’s political collaboration or relationship with CDC.
That a Committee of seven (7) members including legal minds, which shall be gender sensitive and constituted by the National Chairman in consultation with the Political Leader, to review (within 120 days) the Constitution of the Party and recommend for amendments, where necessary, to the National Executive Committee for onward consideration and endorsement by the National Convention”.
Meanwhile, a well-placed source closed to Ambassador Kemeyah who prefers anonymity said Amb. Kemayah welcomes the decision to make him Political Leader of MOVEE and looks forward to continuing to work in the best interest of the party. The Source also said Ambassador Kemayah looks forward to working closely with the five-member committee and all other members of the National Executive Committee of MOVEE to further strengthen the party’s collaboration with the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC). According to our source, MOVEE Political Leader further welcomes the setting up of a 7-member committee to review and recommend amendment of the party’s constitution to the Executive Committee of MOVEE. The Source also disclosed that Amb. Kemayah further reaffirmed his unflinching commitment, support and confidence in the leadership of George Mannah Weah as President of the Republic of Liberia.
The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) is one of several political parties that endorsed and collaborated with the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) during the 2017 run-off presidential election. Since then MOVEE remains committed to collaboration with the CDC led government.