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George Oppong Weah

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Liberia

4204 Columbus Ave

Anderson, Indiana,46013

United States

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Employment History

Technical Director

Lone Stars


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Congress for Democratic Change

Member


NEC

Member


United Methodist Family

Member


George Weah Foundation

Founder


Education Fund

Founder


Education

Wells Hairston High School


BBA degree

Business administration

DeVry University


Bachelor of Arts degree

Sports Management

Parkwood University


Master of Public Administration Degree ( MPA )

Devry University


Sports Management degree

Parkwood University


college degree

US university


honor student

Devry University


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LiberianForum.Com - Contact

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George Weah won, but are we serious about our politics or the status quo? : The Liberian Dialogue

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George Weah won, but are we serious about our politics or the status quo?
admin | December 24, 2014 | no comments By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh George Manneh Weah George Manneh Oppong Weah finally won a senate seat in Montserrado County. He did not only crush his main rival, presidential son Robert A. Sirleaf, who ran conveniently and unsuccessfully as an independent candidate. Weah won convincingly by a whopping 79.6 percent to Sirleaf's 26.1 percent. Even though I am not a supporter, kudos to Weah for his senate victory and his marathon efforts for political office, which should not be taken lightly because it takes courage and heart-wrenching toughness to run for any political office, let alone running three times and counting for any political office. Now that George Manneh Oppong Weah is "Senator Weah," is he ready for the Liberian senate? I posed this same question in another piece that I wrote close to two years ago. The truth is, I doubt that George Weah is ready for the Liberian senate, or is even ready to be President of Liberia. Why? Weah (not the celebrity and iconic former football player), but Weah the politician hasn't shown any leadership in his increasingly indiscipline, acrimonious and caustic CDC political party. Weah hasn't shown leadership on the national level on any burning national issues, and hasn't shown any decision-making skills, knowledge of politics and the intellectual heft that comes with politics when one is in the middle of competing interests and issues. For Weah, however, winning the Montserrado County senate seat that includes central Monrovia, the nation's capital, Bushrod Island and surrounding areas is just the beginning of the head wind that awaits him. And he must learn quickly and act quickly and decisively to cement his place not as a celebrity (care taker) senator, but as a serious legislator - a visionary legislator who is ready to stamp his mark on jobs creation, education, economic development, law and order, infrastructure development and the environment, etc, to be taken seriously. Weah's success on these critical issues or some of them in the Liberian senate could give him credibility and elevate him and his near-messianic status to the Liberian presidency. However troubling is, with the senate victory in 2014 now out of the way, Oppong is poised to spend just two years in the Liberian senate; that is if his plan or strategy works well for him to run for the Liberian presidency in 2017. This thing about Weah, the transitory Senator to be and President in waiting will be in the senate briefly to learn governance and leadership and then run for president in 2017, says a lot about some Liberians who want this untested man to be waiting in the wing to be President of Liberia, as if the Liberian presidency is an inherited royal throne awaiting a singular individual to grow up. With stratospheric popularity that often mesmerizes political opponents, and also scares would-be rivals that they are willing to abandon their own political party in a heart beat for Weah's Congress for Democratic Change political party, certainly encourages Weah's supporters to believe he is the leader the country has been looking for in over a century of its existence as a sovereign nation. Let's learn to be realistic, folks, for our country's sake and for the next generation. Tags: featured, George Manneh Weah


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Koijee's suspension confirms CDC's problems, and George Weah's lack of leadership
Firstly, we must commend you for taking the courage to voice your opinion on many issues that others would shy away from. Let me , however quickly aver that while your courage is admirable, your inability to stay away from falsehoods, half-truths, slandering remarks, casting of aspersions, anecdotes and unfounded allegations have captured my attention. Of specific interest is the ferocity with which you have engaged issues appertaining to the CDC and its charismatic first partisan, Ambassador George Manneh Weah. Your determination to malign the character and image of the Party and its leader is becoming a pattern thus meriting a response. Note though that, not that your position really matters since it is clearly the barking and ranting of a desperado wanting of recognition and a spot on the pedestal where greats of the likes of Ambassador rests comfortably pondering on how to achieve genuine reconciliation and peace in Liberia, such reckless behavior, if unchecked , could be misunderstood. Now let us return to the arguments in your last misguided criticisms of Ambassador Weah and the CDC. Ambassador Weah sees the President of the country as the leader chosen by the people. As one who supports democracy he is to respect the office of the Presidency no matter how much he disagrees with the policy of the government. Additionally, the CDC has vested interest in the future of Liberia. Let's move to your allegation that Ambassador Weah did not consult with his "party". What is your source? Though you are correct that the issue of peace is not about "Weah", you are equally wrong to say it is about the CDC. No, peace is not just about the CDC- it is about Liberia and the people of Liberia. Yet another paradox in your vain attempt to bad-mouth the CDC is the fact that you would think that an individual can own a "party". Just look at the following lines from your diatribe: "if I had a political party", I will restructure my political party", I will push my legislative members". Here you are accusing Ambassador Weah of being autocratic and self-centered but yet you are claiming that as the leader one can own "legislative members". Is that "due process"? Is that how "educated people" do it? Is that what the "policy papers" will be about? Is that how you will "frame compelling messages "? Is that how you will repudiate "questionable alliances"? Good thing that our people have gone beyond hearing "policy speeches" to demanding genuine patriotism , actionable commitment as evidenced by the willingness of Ambassador Weah to abandon his career to partake in disarmament efforts in Liberia and the generosity he has shown to many. Concluding let me say that the other allegations about how"most people" see Ambassador Weah are more of a therapy for you than a fact. If that sooths you then I am happy for you. You, however, have failed on every occasion to provide any evidence of the allegations you heaped. To the contrary, Ambassador has scored victories in the first round of every election he has participated in as a candidate. It seems that you choose to be on George Weah's case like "white on rice". Mr. Sungbeh, George Weah is NOT the President of the Republic of Liberia. From your writings it seems obvious that you did not vote for George Weah in 2005 nor did you vote for his party's ticket for president in 2011. According to the constitution and laws of Liberia, George Weah is a private citizen in Liberia. He holds no official position in the government, but you decide to criticize him and take him to task every day you wake up from sleep as if he were the president you helped to put into office by your vote. Yes, if you vote for a man or woman and that individual wins the political office for which you voted, then you have the right to take him or her to task if you feel that he or she is not carrying out the mandate for which you voted him or her into office. It seems that you are misdirecting your anger, time, and energy fruitlessly against someone who has no direct power in the governing of the country today. Since you prefer to be silent on issues concerning the performance of the president who was indeed elected into office for two (2) consecutive terms (a president whose actions and/or inactions directly affect Liberia and Liberians), I will put this simple question to you(only one question and a follow-up): where were you when President Johnson-Sirleaf summarily suspended her entire cabinet without due process and without cause? Where were you when she got over her antics and reinstated all but ended up firing only those who questioned her action on the suspension? The Cabinet Ministers were officially appointed by the president-elect of the Republic and confirmed by the Legislative Branch of government according to the constitution and laws of the nation. You do not know if Mr. George Weah is a member of the NEC. Even if he is a member of the NEC, he has no authority to interfere with a constitutional process in the party before all the facts are known: the complete case put forward by the NEC and Mr. Koijee's own defense. These facts will only come out during the investigation. As I can recall, the time of the investigation was also made known in the NEC's release. Mr. Sungbeh, Mr. Weah, the CDC Party, and others have fought hard to guarantee the freedom of speech of all Liberians and legal residents of Liberia. To put it in simple English: George Weah is not president of Liberia, give him a break! Yes, I have been defending Ambassador Weah and the CDC Party when I feel that the Ambassador and the party are only being criticized and maligned by a Liberian Press which should be critical but also balanced and truly objective for all to see. If you were privileged to visit the CDC's "Zoe Bush" you would realize that I leave no stone unturned in pointing out any weaknesses or shortcomings of anyone in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah! On the other hand, I waste no time in giving praises to whom praise is due while expressing words of encouragement in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah. T.W. please tell me how many times the Liberian Press and the so called intelligentsia and so called civilized people ever publicly thanked George Weah for spending his own money to train the Liberian Lone Star Team, and not only train them but also paid for their jerseys (including boots), charter planes to take them for advanced training in foreign countries or for international tournaments while also footing their bills for food, hotels, and transportation at home and abroad? He did this sparing the Liberian tax payers for footing these hefty sums of money. How many of our "educated" politicians spend their own hard earned money to buy back deadly weapons from the hands of child soldiers (weapons given to them by these same "educated" politicians to kill their own grandparents, parents, siblings, and other closed relatives including other peaceful people) during the senseless war that killed over two hundred and fifty thousands (250,000+) Liberians and eight (8) American Catholic Nuns while destroying our dear country? Instead, the one who confessed that she helped fund the war and gave moral support to Charles Taylor was awarded the post-war presidency of the country. The only other one to be awarded the presidency of Liberia after the war was none other than Taylor himself!! To some Liberians these individuals are better than George Weah to become President of Liberia because they are "educated" and "civilized". They are also viewed as "experienced" politicians. How many times have our Liberian Press openly reminded the Liberian people that George Weah got out of his way while he was the only Liberian star shining on the international scene in the 1990's to come back to his native Liberia in order to beg and convince the child soldiers to put the guns down, come out of the bushes to put stop to the killings and wanton destructions in our country? Do you remember how many political parties and political leaders we have had from J. J. Roberts government since 1847 to that of Charles Gyude Bryant in 2004 before George Weah decided to join with others to form the CDC Party? Most of the people that formed the CDC Party were not politicians, including George Weah. Most of them never dreamed of becoming politicians, left alone to become president of the land! They were not even soldiers, like the PRC Government, but after nearly one hundred and sixty (157) years of misrule by the "educated" and "civilized" people (including the soldiers) and Liberia was sent back to the middle ages, most of them decided that enough was enough of the "educated" and "civilized"! That group included the incumbent president (remember now, she too is a Krao from Sinoe even though she never mingled with the Krao People!!). Now, Mr. Sungbeh, pray tell me as a writer, when last did you write a balanced story about the man George Weah. It is good to take your favorite politician to task (in this case, it is George Weah) but also leave no stone unturned and tell his true story,objectively. Come on, if people are to take you seriously about your objectivity, do your research, as a writer, and tell the George Weah story from the time, as a little kid, when he went to Slipway in Monrovia in order to live with his paternal Grand Mother, Ma Krohn Jlaleh, a praying woman, who hails from Sasstown, Grand Kru County. Follow the George Weah trail all the way to Europe and how he got to where he is now and how he became the man he is today. 'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian senate? First of all, I do not speak for Ambassador George M. Weah, neither do I speak for the CDC Party, but as a stake holder (a citizen of Liberia), I must respond to your editorial which is captioned "'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian Senate?". n that editorial you directly targeted Ambassador Weah and a bona fide political party of the Republic of Liberia, the CDC Party, its partisans and supporters indiscriminately who are also citizens of Liberia. This fact debunks your assertion implying that Ambassador Weah did not win the presidency because of "...his inability to grasp the intricacies of 'modern day' Liberian politics....". Speaking of leadership and developing one's potentials to the fullest on the national, continental, and international scenes, George Manneh Weah has no equal in Liberia, past and present! He has proven, time and again, that he can succeed in whatever he puts his mind to. He was not just "a soccer star" who later turned to be a politician. He far surpassed just being a soccer star. He is indeed one of the top fifty (50) superstars in soccer of the twentieth (20th) century in the world! It does not take just talent and natural skills to attain such a fete on the world stage. To attain that level of prominence requires self discipline, self control, dedication, consistency, endurance, self sacrifice, self reliance, and vision, yes, vision! My friend, those are exquisite qualities and attributes that we look for in a true leader. Probably you may have not heard that he also obtained his college degree last year. During the civil war, George Manneh Weah was the only Liberian among your potential candidates for the presidency for 2017 who spent his hard earned money to buy guns from the young Liberians who were used as child soldiers by unscrupulous politicians to fight against their own blood and kin. He beckoned and convinced a lot of them to put down their weapons and stop the killings and destructions in our country. He distributed food and money to the needy, hungry, and homeless in the streets of Monrovia. He also preached non-violence in the streets of the cities of Liberia. What is the proof of his benevolence and stewardship as a good Samaritan? You may ask. For your information he was appointed and still remains the only Liberian to hold the title Ambassador of UNICEF! George Manneh Weah has traveled the globe as Ambassador of peace through sports. He has been sports analyst on a cross section of international televisions and radio stations. He is a well sought after international personality for his personal intuition, wisdom, and as a role model to many persons around the globe including present-day superstars of sports world-wide. It is stated in the Bible that a prophet is not appreciated nor welcomed in his own hometown, but George Manneh Weah is revered and respected around the globe not only as a soccer superstar of the twentieth (20th) century but also because of his demeanor, leadership characteristic, and as a role model to many. Is George Weah perfect? Whether you or others may like it or not, George Weah plays a substantial role in this process. The latter, Weah is not. It is true that Weah's name is a household name, which made it possible for him to form and fund his own political party. However, what you failed to mention is the known fact that Weah, as a party leader and former presidential candidate, has failed miserably over the years to clearly articulate his vision for the country. 'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian senate?


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Koijee's suspension confirms CDC's problems, and George Weah's lack of leadership
Firstly, we must commend you for taking the courage to voice your opinion on many issues that others would shy away from. Let me , however quickly aver that while your courage is admirable, your inability to stay away from falsehoods, half-truths, slandering remarks, casting of aspersions, anecdotes and unfounded allegations have captured my attention. Of specific interest is the ferocity with which you have engaged issues appertaining to the CDC and its charismatic first partisan, Ambassador George Manneh Weah. Your determination to malign the character and image of the Party and its leader is becoming a pattern thus meriting a response. Note though that, not that your position really matters since it is clearly the barking and ranting of a desperado wanting of recognition and a spot on the pedestal where greats of the likes of Ambassador rests comfortably pondering on how to achieve genuine reconciliation and peace in Liberia, such reckless behavior, if unchecked , could be misunderstood. Now let us return to the arguments in your last misguided criticisms of Ambassador Weah and the CDC. Ambassador Weah sees the President of the country as the leader chosen by the people. As one who supports democracy he is to respect the office of the Presidency no matter how much he disagrees with the policy of the government. Additionally, the CDC has vested interest in the future of Liberia. Let's move to your allegation that Ambassador Weah did not consult with his "party". What is your source? Though you are correct that the issue of peace is not about "Weah", you are equally wrong to say it is about the CDC. No, peace is not just about the CDC- it is about Liberia and the people of Liberia. Yet another paradox in your vain attempt to bad-mouth the CDC is the fact that you would think that an individual can own a "party". Just look at the following lines from your diatribe: "if I had a political party", I will restructure my political party", I will push my legislative members". Here you are accusing Ambassador Weah of being autocratic and self-centered but yet you are claiming that as the leader one can own "legislative members". Is that "due process"? Is that how "educated people" do it? Is that what the "policy papers" will be about? Is that how you will "frame compelling messages "? Is that how you will repudiate "questionable alliances"? Good thing that our people have gone beyond hearing "policy speeches" to demanding genuine patriotism , actionable commitment as evidenced by the willingness of Ambassador Weah to abandon his career to partake in disarmament efforts in Liberia and the generosity he has shown to many. Concluding let me say that the other allegations about how"most people" see Ambassador Weah are more of a therapy for you than a fact. If that sooths you then I am happy for you. You, however, have failed on every occasion to provide any evidence of the allegations you heaped. To the contrary, Ambassador has scored victories in the first round of every election he has participated in as a candidate. It seems that you choose to be on George Weah's case like "white on rice". Mr. Sungbeh, George Weah is NOT the President of the Republic of Liberia. From your writings it seems obvious that you did not vote for George Weah in 2005 nor did you vote for his party's ticket for president in 2011. According to the constitution and laws of Liberia, George Weah is a private citizen in Liberia. He holds no official position in the government, but you decide to criticize him and take him to task every day you wake up from sleep as if he were the president you helped to put into office by your vote. Yes, if you vote for a man or woman and that individual wins the political office for which you voted, then you have the right to take him or her to task if you feel that he or she is not carrying out the mandate for which you voted him or her into office. It seems that you are misdirecting your anger, time, and energy fruitlessly against someone who has no direct power in the governing of the country today. Since you prefer to be silent on issues concerning the performance of the president who was indeed elected into office for two (2) consecutive terms (a president whose actions and/or inactions directly affect Liberia and Liberians), I will put this simple question to you(only one question and a follow-up): where were you when President Johnson-Sirleaf summarily suspended her entire cabinet without due process and without cause? Where were you when she got over her antics and reinstated all but ended up firing only those who questioned her action on the suspension? The Cabinet Ministers were officially appointed by the president-elect of the Republic and confirmed by the Legislative Branch of government according to the constitution and laws of the nation. You do not know if Mr. George Weah is a member of the NEC. Even if he is a member of the NEC, he has no authority to interfere with a constitutional process in the party before all the facts are known: the complete case put forward by the NEC and Mr. Koijee's own defense. These facts will only come out during the investigation. As I can recall, the time of the investigation was also made known in the NEC's release. Mr. Sungbeh, Mr. Weah, the CDC Party, and others have fought hard to guarantee the freedom of speech of all Liberians and legal residents of Liberia. To put it in simple English: George Weah is not president of Liberia, give him a break! Yes, I have been defending Ambassador Weah and the CDC Party when I feel that the Ambassador and the party are only being criticized and maligned by a Liberian Press which should be critical but also balanced and truly objective for all to see. If you were privileged to visit the CDC's "Zoe Bush" you would realize that I leave no stone unturned in pointing out any weaknesses or shortcomings of anyone in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah! On the other hand, I waste no time in giving praises to whom praise is due while expressing words of encouragement in leadership and floor membership, including George Weah. T.W. please tell me how many times the Liberian Press and the so called intelligentsia and so called civilized people ever publicly thanked George Weah for spending his own money to train the Liberian Lone Star Team, and not only train them but also paid for their jerseys (including boots), charter planes to take them for advanced training in foreign countries or for international tournaments while also footing their bills for food, hotels, and transportation at home and abroad? To some Liberians these individuals are better than George Weah to become President of Liberia because they are "educated" and "civilized". They are also viewed as "experienced" politicians. How many times have our Liberian Press openly reminded the Liberian people that George Weah got out of his way while he was the only Liberian star shining on the international scene in the 1990's to come back to his native Liberia in order to beg and convince the child soldiers to put the guns down, come out of the bushes to put stop to the killings and wanton destructions in our country? Do you remember how many political parties and political leaders we have had from J. J. Roberts government since 1847 to that of Charles Gyude Bryant in 2004 before George Weah decided to join with others to form the CDC Party? Most of the people that formed the CDC Party were not politicians, including George Weah. Most of them never dreamed of becoming politicians, left alone to become president of the land! They were not even soldiers, like the PRC Government, but after nearly one hundred and sixty (157) years of misrule by the "educated" and "civilized" people (including the soldiers) and Liberia was sent back to the middle ages, most of them decided that enough was enough of the "educated" and "civilized"! That group included the incumbent president (remember now, she too is a Krao from Sinoe even though she never mingled with the Krao People!!). Now, Mr. Sungbeh, pray tell me as a writer, when last did you write a balanced story about the man George Weah. It is good to take your favorite politician to task (in this case, it is George Weah) but also leave no stone unturned and tell his true story,objectively. Come on, if people are to take you seriously about your objectivity, do your research, as a writer, and tell the George Weah story from the time, as a little kid, when he went to Slipway in Monrovia in order to live with his paternal Grand Mother, Ma Krohn Jlaleh, a praying woman, who hails from Sasstown, Grand Kru County. Follow the George Weah trail all the way to Europe and how he got to where he is now and how he became the man he is today. 'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian senate? First of all, I do not speak for Ambassador George M. Weah, neither do I speak for the CDC Party, but as a stake holder (a citizen of Liberia), I must respond to your editorial which is captioned "'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian Senate?". n that editorial you directly targeted Ambassador Weah and a bona fide political party of the Republic of Liberia, the CDC Party, its partisans and supporters indiscriminately who are also citizens of Liberia. This fact debunks your assertion implying that Ambassador Weah did not win the presidency because of "...his inability to grasp the intricacies of 'modern day' Liberian politics....". Think about that!Speaking of leadership and developing one's potentials to the fullest on the national, continental, and international scenes, George Manneh Weah has no equal in Liberia, past and present! He has proven, time and again, that he can succeed in whatever he puts his mind to. He was not just "a soccer star" who later turned to be a politician. He far surpassed just being a soccer star. He is indeed one of the top fifty (50) superstars in soccer of the twentieth (20th) century in the world! It does not take just talent and natural skills to attain such a fete on the world stage. To attain that level of prominence requires self discipline, self control, dedication, consistency, endurance, self sacrifice, self reliance, and vision, yes, vision! My friend, those are exquisite qualities and attributes that we look for in a true leader. Probably you may have not heard that he also obtained his college degree last year. During the civil war, George Manneh Weah was the only Liberian among your potential candidates for the presidency for 2017 who spent his hard earned money to buy guns from the young Liberians who were used as child soldiers by unscrupulous politicians to fight against their own blood and kin. He beckoned and convinced a lot of them to put down their weapons and stop the killings and destructions in our country. He distributed food and money to the needy, hungry, and homeless in the streets of Monrovia. He also preached non-violence in the streets of the cities of Liberia. What is the proof of his benevolence and stewardship as a good Samaritan? You may ask. For your information he was appointed and still remains the only Liberian to hold the title Ambassador of UNICEF! George Manneh Weah has traveled the globe as Ambassador of peace through sports. He has been sports analyst on a cross section of international televisions and radio stations. He is a well sought after international personality for his personal intuition, wisdom, and as a role model to many persons around the globe including present-day superstars of sports world-wide. It is stated in the Bible that a prophet is not appreciated nor welcomed in his own hometown, but George Manneh Weah is revered and respected around the globe not only as a soccer superstar of the twentieth (20th) century but also because of his demeanor, leadership characteristic, and as a role model to many. Is George Weah perfect? Whether you or others may like it or not, George Weah plays a substantial role in this process. The latter, Weah is not. It is true that Weah's name is a household name, which made it possible for him to form and fund his own political party. However, what you failed to mention is the known fact that Weah, as a party leader and former presidential candidate, has failed miserably over the years to clearly articulate his vision for the country. 'Senator' George Weah? Can he deliver in the Liberian senate? For his part, Weah ran in the last elections and lost and if he doe not head the ticket again you start calling him names? For the first time in Liberia, a political party held a convention and the standard bearer from the previous elections lost. Instead of breaking away to form a new party, Weah graciously accepted to go as number two to the winner!


Charles D.B. King

www.liberiapastandpresent.org [cached]

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