‘Bad Blood’ Between UP Gov’t, Weah Deepens?

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Information Minister Jerolinmick Matthew Piah has blasted former President George Manneh Weah over recent comments that incumbent President Joseph Boakai is a ‘sleepy old man. Minister Piah described the comments by former president Weah as disrespectful and uncalled for. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing, Information Minister Piah said such statement by the CDC political leader does not represent a former leader. Minister Piah’s comment comes less than 24hrs after his Deputy Minister for Public Affairs launch an infrequent attack on former President  Weah, terming his attribution of President Joseph Boakai as ‘childish’. Deputy Minister Daniel O. Sando, criticized former President Weah’s statements regarding President  Boakai’s alleged memory issues. Former President  Weah was quoted as saying that President Boakai “has a problem, and the problem is to remember.” These remarks were perceived by many as a jab at Boakai’s cognitive abilities. Deputy Minister  Sando reacting to these comments, stated, “It is unfortunate that a former head of state would resort to such childish remarks. Personal attacks have no place in our political discourse, especially from someone who has held the highest office in the country.” The Deputy Minister further emphasized the importance of respectful and dignified dialogue among leaders, urging for discussions that focus on substantive issues rather than personal critiques. Weah’s statement has sparked mixed reactions among the public and political commentators, with some condemning it as disrespectful towards President Boakai, while others see it as typical political banter. President Boakai’s administration has not officially responded to the remarks made by Weah at the time of this report. However, sources close to the presidency indicate that the matter is being internally discussed. This incident highlights the ongoing tensions and political rivalry between figures within Liberian politics, particularly in the lead-up to the next elections. Sando concluded by urging all political stakeholders to maintain decorum and focus on addressing the nation’s challenges constructively. The Ministry of Information has not issued any further comments on the matter, indicating that they are monitoring the situation closely. Source:www.independentprobe.com

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