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Weah Refused The VIP Lounge …Gov’t Asserts; Debunks Claims of Denying Ex-President Airport Access

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT), has strongly refuted recent allegations that former President George Weah was denied access to the VIP lounge at Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

During a press briefing held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Information Minister Jerelinmik Piah addressed the issue, dismissing the allegations as far from reality.

Minister Piah described the claims as propaganda against the government.

Minister Piah emphasized that “such propaganda attempts were aimed at garnering sympathy from the Liberian people and were devoid of truth.”

He further clarified that prior to former president Weah’s departure, he was offered the option to utilize the VIP lounge upon his arrival, but he declined and opted for the ordinary lounge instead.

Minister Piah issued a stern warning to former government officials who are engaged in activities aimed at distracting and misinforming the country, urging them to desist from such actions.

The minister’s statement comes amidst reports of members of the House of Representatives summoning relevant government institutions to provide explanations for the alleged denial of ex-president Weah access to the VIP lounge at the RIA.
At the same time, Information Minister Piah has categorically rejected reports that suggested extravagant spending by the Liberian Senate during its recent retreat held in Grand Bassa County.

According to Minister Piah, contrary to claims of US$700,000 expenditure, the Senate Leadership had budgeted US$50,000 for the four-day retreat.

“ This allocation was intended to cover logistics, media coverage, lodging, feeding, and other expenses for a total of 108 individuals, including Senators, staff, facilitators, security personnel, and drivers,” the Minister clarified.

Minister Piah emphasized that reports of US$700,000 expenditure were false and urged the public to disregard such misinformation.

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