While it is truth that too many things done in too many bad, lawless, way and manner continue to send a nasty signal out there that hurt the image of this nation pitifully in the global lens, the immediate freeze put on the confirmation of Foreign Minister-designate by the Senate Foreign Committee headed by Maryland County Senator Dan Marias until the sexual harassment allegation pinned on the Presidential nominee is amicably settled, deserves a pat on the back and also depicts that the country is not totally bankrupt morally.
Again, despite report, that President George M. Weah has pointed out that he will not withdraw his appointment of embattled Foreign Minister-designate, Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah who has been accused by a lady of sexual harassment, should and must do the right thing as being done internationally, by exonerating himself from the allegation in a court of competent jurisdiction and a void hiding behind Presidential shield and sycophantic praise-singers with dollars-sign engraved in their eyes.
The radical move by Sen. Morias and his Foreign Affairs Committee at the Legislature by putting an immediate halt to the confirmation hearing as the looming alleged sexual harassment coming on the heel of a just-ended massive protest by Liberians and many well-wishers against the alarming rate of sexual violence with rape going under roll against women, little children including babies thereby forcing the hands of the government to declare rape an act of emergency indeed shows the gravity of people’s power that cannot be taken for a short ride.
If the former Liberia’s Ambassador and head of mission at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, United States of America, kemayah is convinced of no wrong doing and that the lady cooked up such smear campaign against his character and all the good things and values he has ever lived for, then the best and only way out of the quagmire is to come clean in the public glare (court) and get off the very embarrassing hook, something no amount of purchased sentiments and extended force can redeemed him from; because it takes him and him alone to set the record straight.
The tireless sycophantic praise-singers whose prime objective for cash is to muddy the water by taking on the radio stations to debunk the allegation; advance it to the streets with some ill-nourished placards wailing the innocence before thorough investigation of Kemayah and his accuser in a court of competent jurisdiction. This sycophantic tactics and showcase must stop; people must be given their day in court to clear their names and exonerate themselves from whatsoever allegations levied against them for whatever reason it may be.
In whatever we as a people may find ourselves into; of which for some of us have got no regard for the constitution and the rules of law; in fact abusing and breaking the constitution and other laws of the land has been apportioned to us with total impunity; that if we are not out there butchering the latter, then it is tantamount to committing mortal sin.
In times like these, Kemayah is man enough; he knows his way around, give him a break and a chance let him exonerate himself, and avoid playing the heart of his accuser by quizzing: why now, and well, to put it another way with determined bearing, better said now than ever being said at all until the truth is finally known openly and publicly.
It can be recalled that less than two weeks ago Liberia’s Foreign Minister-designate, Ambassador Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., has refuted a recent social media post linking him to sexual harassment involving Whynee Cummings Wilson, a female employee of Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
A five-page document response from New York said: “This is an official response from the Tilem & Associates … a Law Firm representing Ambassador Kemayah, with respect to the false, baseless and unfounded allegations being spread on the social media, especially in Liberia in relation to Ms. Whynee Cummings Wilson.”
Ms. Wilson, in a dispatch from New York, released by journalist Charles Yates on social media, reminds the US Mission, UN authorities and Minister Williametta Piso Saydee-Tarr, Liberia’s Minister of Gender with Cc to several top Liberian officials how Ambassador Kemayah allegedly molested and sexually harassed her on January 8, 2020. Wilson remembers that day in part because it was her birthday.
According to her, Ambassador Kemayah on one occasion called her to his office and locked the door, and was allegedly harassed. She said further, “Amb. Kemayah asked me several times to kiss him, stating, You know what [to] do, just give me a kiss, we are all adults here.”
According to Madam Wilson, the action of Kemayah, who she considers as a ‘father’, left her in a devastating state.
She narrated that the action made her stay away from office for a whole month, raising concerns amongst her colleagues.
The law firm representing Kemayah 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 Saah Kemayah, 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,” the firm said.
They further said that “What we have discovered is clear, Ms. Wilson and other state actors are attempting to harm Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah,” said the law firm.
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