Although his sentence was reduced, former cabinet director Vital Kamerhe has been found guilty of “misappropriation” of public funds. His ... party, the "Union pour la Nation Congolaise" (UNC), has denounced this “political trial” and threatened to “no longer participate in [state] institutions.” This could cause further upheaval within the ruling “Union Sacrée” alliance
There is an increasing atmosphere of fear in Liberia, with growing unease about George Weah’s harsh rule, and the consequences of speaking out against him.
Now is his fourth year, people no longer talk about Weah’s winning platform of ‘pro-poor change’ , but rather about the growing atmosphere of fear. Some even refer to the dark days of President Samuel Kanyon Doe’s regime just before Liberia collapsed into civil war in the late 1980s.
Melvin Earley, an Executive Protective Services agent and one of Weah’s closest bodyguards reportedly committed suicide on 19 February behind the house Weah was staying in on a trip to Tappita, Nimba County. Earley was under suspicion for disloyalty within the presidential circle.
- The government stated his death as suicide, without carrying out a post-mortem. However his family, upon seeing his body, rejects this claim, saying he appeared to have been shot in the abdomen, the chest, and the head.