Snakes force President George Weah out of office


Liberia’s president George Weah worked from his Monrovia home – and not his official workplace – this week because at least two snakes were spotted in his office.

The country’s press secretary Smith Toby told the BBC that two black snakes were found in the Head of State’s foreign affairs ministry building.

All staff have been told to stay away until 22 April, the BBC says.

“It’s just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building,” Mr Toby said.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office of the president, so it did an internal memo asking the staff to stay home while they do the fumigation,” he said.

The office of the president has been based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since a fire in 2006 gutted the nearby presidential mansion.

“The snakes were never killed,” Mr Toby said. “There was a little hole somewhere [through which] they made their way back.”

President Weah will return to his office on Monday, April 22, said Mr Toby.

The press secretary says it doesn’t matter whether the snakes would still be in the president’s office.

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