Pres. Weah Will Not Be Compelled
-To Declare Assets
Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has said that President George Manneh Weah will not be compelled to declare his assets, but in accordance with the required laws, the President will declare his assets, adding that there is no need for any form of strike action to compel the President to do so.
Recently, a local activist, Archie Ponpon, staged a “hunger strike” at the front of the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia to “compel” President Weah to declare his assets.The strike by Ponpon was interrupted after the activist collapsed during the second day into the strike.
The emaciated activist was rushed to hospital in an ambulance where he was attended to by medical personnel.
Appearing on State radio Monday, the MICAT boss said there is no need for anyone to go on hunger strike to make President Weah to declare his assets.
“There is however a law that compels the President to declare his assets,” Nagbe said, noting that the President has sworn by oath of affirmation to do several things and as such he must be given the chance.
“There is no need for a hunger strike to get the president to do what he swore to do when he took the oath of office as President of the Republic of Liberia,” Nagbe stressed.
Alluding to the activist’s ordeal, Nagbe noted that no citizen should kill himself in a hunger strike in the name of calling on the President to declare his assets.
According to Nagbe, the President is still within the time-frame for assets declaration, noting that the time will elapse on July 30.
He informed the public that President Weah declared his assets in 2005 when he contested the presidency, in 2011 when he was seeking the vice presidency, and in 2014 when he vied for the Senatorial seat, as well as in 2017, when he contested the Presidency.
Nagbe assured that President Weah will again declare his assets before the July 30 deadline.
He said if anyone feels that the President has violated any law he should not kill himself, but should instead seek recourse through the legal means.