President George Manneh Weah has commissioned outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, its Organs as well as Cuba.
The Liberian leader performed the commissioning ceremony on Wednesday and called on Ambassador Kemayah to justify the confidence reposed in him.
President Weah indicated that Mr. Kemayah’s preferment to represent Liberia at the United Nations was not on the basis of the bond subsisting between them; rather it is for the value and due diligence he demonstrated over a very short period of time in government.
Dr. Weah reminded the newly-commissioned Representative to the United Nations of the glee that greeted his preferment from partners, and hoped that he would represent the country very well.
“We want to urge you to do your best because only your best is required. Remember we have allies and the friends of our allies are our friends,” President Weah cautioned the new UN Ambassador, as an apparent reminder to Mr. Kemayah as to how he conducts his activities at the UN on behalf of the country.
In response, Ambassador Kemayah thanked President Weah for his preferment which, he said, is indicative of the values and principles the Liberian leader brings to the Presidency.
He then committed himself to representing the interest of the country through “our skills of consultations and coordination before decisions are made.”
According to Ambassador Kemayah, he will leave no stone unturned in representing the interest of the country as well as President Weah whose direct representative he is.
The new UN Ambassador also lauded President Weah for appointing citizens of Lofa County, where he (Kemayah) hails, into his government in spite of the less-encouraging votes he obtained during the 2017 elections.
“History will judge me if I don’t recognize your preferment of the people of Lofa, including me, to positions of trust into your government,” he noted.
Kemayah, who heads the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), an opposition party that supported the CDC during the runoff elections, said his appointment as well as others from opposition parties, demonstrates that President Weah is a leader of the people.
President Weah recently appointed Kemayah to replace Ambassador Lewis G. Brown who served in said capacity for a little over two years, after his appointment by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.