Amidst alleged sexual harassment claims, Senate sets date for Amb. Kemayah confirmation hearing

The Liberian Senate has announced the process leading to the confirmation hearings of Liberia’s Foreign Minister Designate-Amb. Dee Maxwell Kemayah amidst sexual harassment claims by an embassy staff at the Liberia’s permanent representative at the United Nations.

Madam Wynee Cummings Wilson, according to documents released to social media, has written separately to the US Mission at the UN, UN authorities and Madam Piso Saydee Tarr, Liberia’s Minister of Gender with Cc to several top Liberian officials over the Ambassador designate alleged sexual harassment.

Said Madam Wilson ‘ Approximately nine months ago on January 8, 2020 ( which happens to be my birthday), the mission staff had a small celebration for me. After the event while I was about to leave and head home, Amb. Kemayah called me to his office and locked the door, and I was sexually harassed by him.’

According to a statement from the Liberian Senate, the process will commence on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 2 PM in the Annex-Chambers of the Senate and will be conducted by the Senate Statutory Committee on Foreign Relations Chair by Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais.

The Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee’s Chairperson, Senator Morais says the Senate takes a serious interest in the Hearings and as such wants it to claim the attention of all stakeholders, Liberia’s international partners, diplomatic Missions near Monrovia, the public, and the media.

The statement quoting the Director of Press at the Liberian Senate-Jarlawah A. Tonpo says the hearing will be conducted publicly and live on both radio and online TV stations to afford Liberians living in and abroad to observe the process. Mr. Tonpo says, in line with legislative confirmation practices, those who have questions and concerns should process them through the Chairperson, or any member of the committee not later than Monday morning, September 21, 2020 before the commencement of the Hearings.

Meanwhile, considering the health protocols that are still in placed in the Country as a result of the COVID-19 and due to space and seating capacities within the Chambers of the Liberian Senate, the Hearings, though it is anticipated to generate huge public attendance, it will be conducted under a seriously restricted atmosphere to abide by all Health Protocols instituted by the Government of Liberia. The release concludes.

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