President Weah Blasts United States Amid Growing Sanctions On His Key Officials.
Amid imposition of growing U.S. sanctions on President Weah’s key officials for massive corruption, and human rights abuses, including his Minister of Finance, the President Pro-Temporal of the e Liberian Senate and others, the Liberian leader, President George Weah has reportedly taken exception of the action, recounting Liberia/United States relations.
In reaction to this, the Liberian leader further prohibited the exportation of unprocessed Rubber from Liberia, stating that the resources of Liberia particularly Rubber has been mismanaged and stolen.
EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 124.
In 1926, the Liberian government granted an American Firestone a 99–year lease for a million acres (to be chosen by the company wherever in Liberia) at a price of 6 cents per acre, Firestone then set about establishing rubber tree plantations of the non–native South American rubber tree.
The US sanctioned Liberian Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and two of the West African nation’s senators for alleged graft. The Treasury designated Tweah along with Senators Albert Chie and Emmanuel Nuquay for their involvement in “significant corruption by abusing their public positions,” according to a statement.
The sanctions come as a response to allegations that the three allegedly abused their public positions by soliciting, accepting, and offering bribes to manipulate legislative processes and public funding. The US also sanctioned Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee over the weekend for human rights abuses and corruption. The new sanctions are an additional headache for the outgoing Weah Government.