Addressing Executive Mansion reporters on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Toby further disclosed that the focus of the visit is, to among other things, hold consultations for the possible establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia.
His pending visit came following the Liberian leader recent interaction, including sideline discussions with ICC’s President Osuji in Nigeria.
According to Toby, the final decision whether to establish a war and economic crimes court in Liberia is not with President Weah alone, but rather the entire country, especially the people’s direct representatives, the lawmakers.
It can be recalled that on Monday, the traditional leaders added their voices to the many to callon President Weah to see the need for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in the country.
Moreover, stakeholders at the just ended National Economic Dialogue (NED) included in their many recommendations to President Weah the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in the country.
The conference brought together over 350 participants drawn from government, political parties, youth groups, women, development partners, civil society organizations, and institutions of higher learning, who were all engaged in different discussions aimed at revitalizing the economy.
Accordingly, among the recommendations presented to President Weah at the end of the forum on Friday, September 6, 2019 by Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, Head of the Secretariat of NED, was the establishment of the court, as one of the means that will bring economic relief to the country.
The stakeholders maintained that the implementation of the proposals should be tied to cabinet’s performance contracts with ministers, deputies, and assistants to sign and the President should immediately inform them about their marching orders.
The stakeholders reminded the Liberian leader that the establishment of this court is in line with the implementation of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Recommendations.
Reading the document, Dr. McIntosh also called on the President to strengthen his capacity to monitor the implementation and outcome of the just ended dialogue.
Meanwhile, President Weah has vowed to immediately act upon those recommendations.
At the same time, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Toby has branded social media reports linking the Liberian leader to a claim of six- month medical leave as “false, misleading and unfortunate”.
Contrary to the social media reports, Toby clarified that President Weah is strong, very healthy, sound and is working hard in the general interest of the Liberian people.
Toby described the allegation as s baseless, saying it is intended to serve as a distraction, something he noted, the Government of Liberia(GoL) will not give credence to.
He emphasized that as part of the President’s healthy nature, he is expected to attend a special regional security meeting in Burkinafaso on Saturday and will later on officially open the ECOWAS Extraordinary Session in Monrovia scheduled for September 16, 2019.
Toby mentioned that the Liberian leader will also later this month attend the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York, the United States of America.