The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the government ministry of Liberia responsible for directing Liberia's external relations and the management of its international diplomatic missions. The ministry is located in Monrovia, Liberia's capital.
The appointment of a new Foreign Minister by President Weah is imminent, as the current Foreign Minister Milton Gbezohngar Findley was recently petitioned by the people of Grand Bassa County, including some key traditional leaders to contest the county slot during the ensuing Special Senatorial Election in the country.
However, Minister Findely told the petitioners that he would officially respond to their petition after he seeks advice from his boss-President Weah. Up to present, it is not clear whether the former Grand Bassa Senator has sought the advice of his boss on what has been described as a “major political decision”.
But it is certain that he (Findley) will throw his weight in the Special Senatorial Election in Grand Bassa County, his home of nativity. The Special Senatorial Election is slated for December 8, 2020. Fifteen (15) senatorial seats are up for grasp, with most, if not all of the 15 senators, whose tenures would have expired few months from now, seeking reelection. The ensuing election is in line with the Liberian Constitution, which is regarded as the organic of the country.
Accordingly, the Liberians, including students, marketers, civil actors and key Liberian foreign policy observers, in a random interview with the Heritage on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, want President Weah appoint what they called seasoned diplomat who can repair the Weah's foreign policy that will attract more world leaders to the country.
According to them, Ambassador Keymayah, who President Weah is said be seriously considering as the replacement of Minister Findlely for the Foreign Ministry post, has done little or nothing to benefit the Liberian nation and people in his current position at the UN, but rather his “personal life and family members” that are enjoying diplomatic status in the United States of America (USA).
“It is a known fact that since the birth of the Weah- led administration, Liberia is yet to make any diplomatic breakthrough with the big players in the world. We are yet to see our president hosting important world leaders here in Liberia , like what we witnessed with his immediate predecessor, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,” averred one Sam Togbah, a senior student at the nation’s highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia(UL) reading Political Science.
“For the president to team-up with the big players in global politics, he will need to have a seasoned foreign policy team leader-Foreign Minister not just anyone. Such character must have a clean record and international contacts. I think Dee Maxwell Kemayah doesn't fit in this category,” Togbah, who wants the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led Government score huge marks internationally for more direct foreign investments in a bid to bring big relief to the dormant private sector, further averred.
Like Togba, a Junior Student at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) in Monrovia, Mr. Moses Weeks, reading Economics, intimated: “ Our President needs to have a seasoned foreign policy team leader-Foreign Minister not just anyone. Such character mustalso have a clean record and international contacts.”
“The President needs to look around for qualified and seasoned diplomat to head the Foreign Ministry and it is my fervent hope that he will listen to the Liberian people who overwhelmingly elected him to serve them. Making the right choice is good for him and the country. This key appointment must be based on merit and nothing else,” one of the key Liberian foreign observers, who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity, urged.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen who the Liberian leader imminent replacement will be for one of the high profile positions in government even though reports suggest that he is said to considering Keymayah for the top post. Keymayah, on the other hand, the reports claim, is said to be lobbying seriously behind the scene with the President’s close confidants, including First Lady Mrs. Clar Marie Weah as the next Liberia’s Foreign Minister. Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Kemayah served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.