‘Appalling Moral Deficiencies’, Make Robert Sirleaf Unfit to Run for the Senate

first_imgThe governing Unity Party (UP) has declared the “beloved son” of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert, as a character with moral deficiencies too “appalling” to contest the ensuing senatorial election as a candidate.Robert Sirleaf, the President’s “beloved son” as indicated in her memoirs, has placed his name on the ballot to stand in the upcoming election as a candidate for Montserrado; Liberia’s first and most populous county.Sirleaf has opted to campaign against his mother’s political party that was fielding a candidate, Ali Sylla, who later declined.  Another candidate in the race is former soccer star and Peace Ambassador, George Opong Weah.Addressing a news conference over the weekend, Unity Party Secretary General Wilmot Paye announced that it has not, and will not support Robert Sirleaf because he (Robert) “lacks the moral credentials and credibility to earn our party’s trust.”UP asserted that the party is convinced that while Robert may have become rich overnight, he stills does not deserve the vote of the people.The party further warned members of the Executive Committee, including Robert’s mother, President Johnson Sirleaf, to be fully aware of the consequences in taking the decision to support Robert, adding.  “Pledging her support to him would be done at his or her own risk.”Unity Party said: “Besides, it will be foolhardy for any member and leader of UP to support a man whose conduct and activities have the trademark of an avowed enemy. Moreover, any member seen or caught undermining any of our candidates will be treated like an enemy of the Unity Party-like Robert Sirleaf.“The marauding bands of individuals with appalling moral deficiencies have nothing to offer and will be crushed in their mischief. We cannot allow Liberia to fall prey to their whims and caprices.“We complained that this Sirleaf was an emerging monster determined to impose his abominable will on our society.“We have every reason to believe that this Sirleaf is determined to undermine the UP, this he is pursuing religiously, using privileges and resources that he did not have nine years ago.”Paye on behalf of the party said, making Sirleaf senator at this moment will be the “most horrible crime of the 21st Century.”Explaining the party’s ordeal with the President’s son, Paye lamented; “In the meeting of Tuesday, October 21, 2014, which he had called, Robert Sirleaf hurled insults at the UP and its leadership.“He went as far as describing the assembled youth leaders as being “malnourished.” He threatened that “they will remain poor for the next three years of this administration if they don’t support his senatorial bid.“This is no idle threat, and so we detest it in the strongest possible terms! We must stop this creeping monster once and for all.“Our patience has run out! No longer will we tolerate Robert’s unprovoked actions against us. Although not so privileged, as he is, to reap from where he did not sow, we will yet expose his grand design. Henceforth, we will treat him as an enemy. He was no friend of UP, is no friend even now, and will he be in decades to come,” the UP statement concluded.Meanwhile, when reached for comments, the Robert Sirleaf campaign team agreed to officially respond to the UP’s assertions this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spanish media flay Real Madrid after worst La Liga start in five years

first_imgReal Madrid’s first ever trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Liga holders in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Liga newcomers Girona saw them fall eight points behind arch rivals Barcelona in the standings, the biggest gap they have faced with a league leader since their final turbulent campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2012/13.??? FP: @GironaFC 2-1 #RealMadrid (Stuani 54′, Portu 58′; @isco_alarcon 12′).#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/EImC9lHUtj- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 29, 2017Madrid were also defending champions in the Portuguese’s final campaign but came unstuck at the start of the season, dropping eight points in their first four games while Barcelona raced ahead, eventually finishing 15 clear of Madrid while Mourinho had an acrimonious split with the dressing room.The feeling in the Spanish sports press after Zinedine Zidane’s side threw away a 1-0 lead at halftime was one of resignation about Madrid’s faltering campaign, as the 32-times Liga champions have never managed to win the title after falling eight points behind the leaders.”Madrid vote no to La Liga”, ran a headline on the website of daily newspaper Marca, alluding to the political undertones of Sunday’s game at Girona, Real’s first trip to the troubled region of Catalonia since a banned referendum on independence on Oct. 1 sparked Spain’s worst political crisis in 39 years.Only Madrid’s goalscorer Isco and forward Karim Benzema were exempt from criticism in Marca, which criticised the team’s usual talisman Cristiano Ronaldo for only scoring once this campaign and called out Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and captain Sergio Ramos for unconvincing displays.advertisementPhoto Credit: Reuters “Isco is out on his own”, ran the cover of newspaper AS, while daily ABC described Madrid as “apathetic”, calling the defeat the team’s worst performance since Zidane took over at the club in January 2016 and began a winning cycle that has yielded seven trophies.The French coach said Real had lost the game due to two lapses of concentration in the space of four minutes which lead to Cristhian Stuani’s equaliser and Portu’s winner, but denied there was a problem with the team’s attitude.”What I’m most annoyed about is not killing the game off when we had the chance to do it,” the coach said in a news conference after Girona snapped Real’s record run of 13 consecutive away wins over the course of two seasons.”I’m not worried about a lack of intensity nor enthusiasm, these results can happen in the league but we’ll keep on working hard. I’m not worried. We didn’t expect this after winning four games in a row but we still want to win the league.”last_img read more