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Liberia: Boakai’s Speech You Didn’t Hear on Inauguration Day

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Heat exhaustion curtailed President Joseph Boakai’s inaugural speech on Jan. 22 at the Capitol in Monrovia.

The President could not continue with the delivery as such many people could not get first hand some of the issues the new leader outlined to say as Liberians and the world listen.

Below is part of the Speech that was left out that you need to know. It’s on war crimes accountability. This aspect annoys the President’s main ally Senator Prince Johnson to the extent he could hold on no longer but mocked before his Sunday worshipers how Boakai collapsed on the stage when he reached these lines of the inaugural speech.

The President said:

“We have decided to set up an office to explore the feasibility for the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court (WECC) to provide an opportunity for those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity to account for their actions in court. An estimated quarter of a million of our people perished in the war. We cannot forever remain unmoved by this searing national tragedy without closure.

“We shall seek advice and assistance from the Office of the United Nations Secretary General to ensure that the court, if found feasible, will be in compliance with highest standards of similar courts everywhere. The Legislature will have its say appropriately in this matter in order to avoid any appearance of vendetta or witch-hunt. “


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