President Weah Summersaults on Establishment of War Crimes Court

President Weah Summersaults on Establishment of War Crimes Court

DWEH WILSON WRITES

When President George Manneh Weah took the responsibility in 2004 to serve as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, establishing a war crimes court for the prosecution of those who financed the 14 years civil uprising in Liberia and the notorious warlords was a paramount concern to him.

The trend, however, has drifted now that he is the President. In that capacity, Weah, the soccer star then, campaigned massively especially at the International level for justice for the poor victims of the war and at the same time stressed that child soldiers were recruited by all warlords.

In April of 2004, Weah was invited by UNICEF to participate in the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration processes that could move our country to another level in terms of tangible development and total stability. Weah said further that, those who armed children and committed heinous crimes against the people of Liberia were to be brought to book.

President Weah was passionate about seeking justice for war victims at the time, saying ‘the tribunal, when established should be given the authority to identify, locate, arrest and prosecute all those who committed crimes during the devastating and bloody war in Liberia’.

Analysts argue that now that Weah is the President of the Republic of Liberia, he needs to make his dream come true by implementing the TRC’s Recommendations, which have been languishing since 2009. It can be recalled that the ruling establishment of (CDC) prided itself as having clean hands as its ‘leaders were never associated with the war’. However, the CDC found its strange bedfellows when it collaborated with the NPP, an offspring of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia. Later, Mr. Prince Johnson joined the CDC ranks and file further tainting the image of the original Congress for Democratic Change. Elements including current CDC Chairman, Mulbah Morlu, have long been agitating for the establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia,

Surprisingly, in the President’s summersault mood, the Chairman of CDC, Mulbah Morlu, says it is untimely to prosecute both warlords and war sponsors; hence the establishment of a Crimes Court should be postponed. Mr. Morlu’s statements were in response to a recent call made by the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed who visited Liberia to witness the official and final departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

This new stance by the CDC contradicts its previous campaign for the unhindered implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s recommendations.

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