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Probe into Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs – sexually harassed multiple women & Rape – violated federal and state law in NY

Following a news item published in one of India’s biggest news outlets, we have confirmed that there is an investigation into Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., was exposed last year in a series of sexual harassment cases, and according to our sources even rape, of his staff, both official and at his official residence. The allegations asserted that during his tenure as Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, he used his powerful position to sexually harass female underlings less than half his age — including by touching their “intimate body parts” without consent, and trying to force himself unto them, while allegedly stating “You know you want this”. This incident reportedly occurred between the then Ambassador Kemayah, and his employee Wynee Cummings, while celebrating Cummings’s birthday at the offices of the Liberian Mission. Ambassador Kemaya invited Ms Cummings to his office, to personally congratulate her, and then while alone n the room made his move. The shocked Ms Cummings left, suffering from trauma several seizures, which have resulted in the loss of wages. 

Furthermore, according to sources in Washington D.C who are involved in the issue, the U.S Mission to the United Nations has initiated a formal investigation into Minister Kemayah behaviour, which have yet to conclude or to result in an official questioning/arrest warrant. However, some sources have mentioned that one of the harassed employees have filed an official complaint through the NYPD, rather than the U.S State Department, resulting in a prompt arrest warrant, hanging against Minister Kemayah in the district of Manhattan, NY. Following an inquiry we have conducted, we can assert that since the allegations came forward, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kemayah did not visit the United States, although several other members of the Liberian Government have visited. These circumstances give weight to the assumption that indeed there is an arrest warrant hanging above Minister Kemayah’s head upon his landing in the United States. 

As a reminder, New York has a stellar track record of dealing with sexual abuse involving powerful individuals. On May 15th 2011, the NYPD has arrested Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the then Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund), after sexual harassment and rape allegations. Strauss-Kahn have asserted that due to his position and his Diplomatic Immunity he should not be arrested by the NYPD but to no avail. Strauss-Kahn was arraigned and eventually settled the case outside of the court. One could see the similarity between the cases, and might wonder, will Minister Kemayah fair better if he would visit the United States? 

Gleaner News will continue to follow this story, as we are investigating further with our international partners.

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