Liberia: Faulty sound-system stops Weah’s victory speech



George Weah won election but was stopped by faulty sound-system
George Weah gained election however was stopped by defective sound-system

By Harrison Arubu

An overwhelming crowd of supporters and sound-system malfunctioning compelled President-elect, of Liberia, George Weah, to postpone his victory speech on Friday evening.

Weah was billed to formally settle for his election at his Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) headquarters in Monrovia at 6.30 p.m., an hour after his declaration as President-elect.

Immediately after the National Elections Commission (NEC) introduced the ultimate outcomes of the presidential runoff polls and pronounced him elected, town erupted in jubilation once more.

Thousands of younger individuals poured out from totally different elements of Monrovia and adjoining cities, and headed to the CDC headquarters situated on the one highway linking the capital.

Soon, a mammoth crowd of ecstatic supporters crammed the expansive premises the place they sang and danced to music provided by a disc jockey.

It was a carnival of type exterior as an overspill of supporters sang and danced alongside the highway, leading to a heavy gridlock on each side.

Similar scenes performed out in different elements of town. Monrovia, was actually on standstill for Weah, a person of the individuals.

When the president-elect lastly arrived at eight.42 p.m. in firm together with his spouse, Clar, and the Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the group went uncontrolled.

Efforts by the CDC youth chief, Jefferson Koijee, and safety males to handle the scenario proved abortive as the ocean of heads pressed in the direction of the stage the place the dignitaries sat.

Two ladies fainted on account of suffocation, and had been lifted on to the stage the place they later bought revived.

“We are thirsty, we would like water,’’ a piece of the group chorused, interrupting the National Chairman of CDC Campaign, Mr Toga McIntosh, who was delivering his speech.

The sound system was not serving to issues both, because it saved malfunctioning most likely on account of suffocation too.

When the president-elect rose from his seat to calm the scenario, the group went wilder in euphoria, chanting “George Weah, George Weah’’.

At this stage, Weah made a hand gesture to announce the postponement of the occasion until Saturday.

“What you’re witnessing right here right now is an illustration of the love and hope that the long-suffering individuals of Liberia have in Ambassador Weah.

“We can’t assist celebrating like this,’’ stated Peter Konty, a supporter, who returned house on foot like this reporter following the gridlock.