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FeJAL Welcomes Probe Into“Sexual Harassment” Allegation

MONROVIA,LIBERIA - The Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FeJAL) says its attention has been drawn to the grave allegation of sexual harassment levied against the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah.

The Association says it is glad that President Dr. George Weah has launched an investigation to that effect. “President Weah, who is the Feminist-in-Chief, needs to convince Liberians that he has a zero tolerance for sexual violence in any form as he proclaimed when he addressed the two-day anti-rape conference recently in Monrovia.We crave the indulgence of President Weah to prove his commitment to ending rape by withdrawing the appointment of Amb. Kemayah until he is purged off this grave allegation that has the propensity of throwing a monkey wrench into the validity of the anti-rape document; if it is anything serious to go by,” FeJAL asserted in a press release issued in Monrovia.

In a recent dispatch from New York, Madam Wynee Cummings Wilson, in separate communications to the US Mission, UN authorities and Hon. Williametta Piso SaydeeTarr, Liberia’s Minister of Gender complained of alleged sexual molestation and harassment by Amb. Kemayah. According to Madam Wilson, on January 8, 2020 (which happens to be her birthday), the mission staff had a small celebration for her. “After the event while I was about to leave and head home, Amb. Kemayah called me to his office and locked the door, and I was sexually harassed by him. Kemayah asked me several times to kiss him, stating, ‘You know what do, just give me a kiss, we are all adults here,” She narrated.

It can be recalled that Mr. Gbehzohngar Milton Findley then Minister of Foreign Affairs resigned and is contesting the senatorial seat in Grand Bassa; a vacancy Amb. Kemayah was nominated to serve. However, the Tilem& Associates, a US based law firm representing the legal interest of Amb. Kemayah, Sr., has described the sexual harassment allegation against their client as “Lies and False.” In a dispatch from New York, the United States of America, the law firm said:“We initiated an investigation based on our principle of avoiding prolonged and wasteful litigation. We do not want to have to pursue costly litigation against her or the news media publishing knowingly false statements.  Ambassador Dee-Maxwell SaahKemayah, Sr. has advised us that he wants to continue the great work he has been doing and will not let this clearly false allegation stop him.”  “What we have discovered is clear, Ms. Wilson and other state actors are attempting to harm Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah. This attack on the Ambassadoris not just on him, but also is an attack on his beautiful and loving wife, Rev. Mrs. DialokaiGolanyon-Kemayah,”said the law firm.

Tilem& Associates indicated that the Ambassador has over the many decades built a strong reputation of integrity, both domestically and abroad. The firm further defended Kemayah’s reputation and sincerity especially as a diplomat, stating that it was on the basis of his reputation that the President nominated him as Foreign Minister. “We are aware that long before his nomination as Liberia’s Foreign Minister, a handful of detractors unleashed an avalanche of failed attacks to hunt him down into disfavor with the President.President Weah saw through these baseless attacks before, and the people of Liberia will see once again the great work that Ambassador Kemayah has done,” said the legal group. 
The firm said Liberia is quite familiar with the work of Ambassador Kemayah, and as a new Foreign Minister, he will continue to represent Liberia throughout the world.

Kemayah’s legal team questioned why would Ms. Wilson wasted too much time without reporting the event to the police until he (Kemayah) was nominated for the Foreign Minister position “This lie of hers is so outlandish. This is not in the Ambassador’s nature.Throughout his more than 28 years of experience in the private, public, and international arena, this is the only allegation ever,” the legal group, among other things, added.  Ambassador Kemayah, who was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations and all its organs, when confirmed will represent Liberia globally.

FeJAL behooves the Legislature, Ministries of State, Foreign Affairs and Justice to now show proactive accountability by advising the President to withdraw the appointment until a full-scale report into the investigation is released. By this Liberians will be convinced that the collective efforts as requested by President Weah is now well on its way to a broader collaboration and coordination among the stakeholders in the fight to end rape and all forms of sexual and gender based violence against women and girls in Liberia,” FeJAL added in the press release.


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