George Weah and Prince Y. Johnson Get Low Marks, Performing At Legislature.
Two of Liberia’s popular politicians currently serving as members of the Liberian Senate have been slammed for poor showing at the Legislature in terms of participation in making contributions to legislative debates which is a statutory responsibility of senators, a situation that is likely to cast dark cloud over their abilities to steer the affairs of the state at the level of the presidency.
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“On the contrary, there were five Senators who got the lowest in plenary Participation; those Senators include: Sen. George M. Weah of Montserrado County, Sen. Jim W. Tornnlah of Margibi County, Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, Sen. Henry W. Yallah of Bong County and Sen. Sando D. Johnson of Bomi County”- Institute for Research and Democratic Empowerment
Both George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (Montserrado) and Prince Y. Johnson(Independent, Nimba) are popular in the two most populous counties – Montserrado and Nimba respectively and were key political actors during the 2011 general and presidential elections.
Johnson contested as a presidential candidate in 2011 where he managed third position behind incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Congress for Democratic Change, a party on which Weah also contested as Vice Presidential candidate even though the party came second behind the ruling Unity Party largely based on the popularity of Weah.
During the 2014 special senator election, Weah and Johnson won with huge number of votes in their respective counties, something that has made the two serious political actors in Liberia’s body politics.
For Weah, he is now occupying his first elective post and his supporters say his election to the Senate is a stepping stone to enable Weah showcase his ability to manage a high profile political position such as the presidency.
But Weah’s political aspirations have always been dogged by perceptions that he is not politically mature enough to become President of Liberia. Thus, his supporters have been looking at his Senate performance as a stepping stone in convincing voters that their political leader can perform at any level.
Weah’s supporters say he will contest as presidential candidate in 2017 and a big political program is expected to be held on April 28 where the Montserrado County Senator will respond to a petition from citizens to contest the presidency.
Mulbah Morlu, an official of the CDC Monday said that Weah will be declaring officially that he is contesting the presidency on April 28.
Said Morlu: “Someone from the commission says they are able to ban the CDC for doing what is right, we will say today clearly that we challenge the chairman of the NEC; he does not have the authority to ban the CDC for doing what is right. Boakai declared for President you didn’t comment, people gathered at the ATS to declare support for candidates you didn’t comment, but when Weah says he wants to declare his presidency you issue warning. Let me warn NEC that these elections are not for child play.”