Pres. Weah May Intervene
-To Reconcile Sinoe Lawmakers
As we went to press yesterday, the raging war of words waged by some prominent Sinoe Citizens in the corruption allegations pointed at Sinoe County senior senator J. Milton Teahjay was seemingly unabated.
It is the view of many prominent citizens of the County that one of the options on the table if all other means fail will be to garner the involvement of President George Manneh Weah, himself a Kru, hailing from Grand Kru County may be called upon to intervene in bringing peace and reconciliation among the parties concerned.It can be recalled that conflicting interpretations are emerging from the Courts verdict as while Senator J. Milton Teahjay is interpreting it in one way, his opponents are looking at it in a different perspectives.
It can be recalled that during the administration of ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Senator was at loggerheads with Mobutu Nyepan both of Sinoe over allegations that Sen. Teahjay has converted the county’s development funds to construct his personal Guest House in Greenville city the County’s capital, a charge that Teahjay had always denied.
Some observers view that it is pathetic that when President George Manneh Weah, is unfolding his pro-poor agenda designed to fast-track the development of the whole county, there can be distractions occurring such as the infighting that is among Sinoe lawmakers.
“No cause can justify such actions and conduct, so perpetrators should be held to account for their respective actions. l therefore urge the legislators and their surrogates to exercise restraint in dealing with each other and, above all, ensure that the conflict does not engulf the entire county,” Klahn-Gboloh Jarbah, Chairman of the Sinoe Project Management team warns.
Speaking at a press conference in Monrovia recently, Mr. Klahn–Gboloh Jarbah, he has ordered the County political actors to ‘cease fire’ amidst the ongoing political infighting, as progress intended to benefit the local population of the County will be impacted, as it is an act that does not augur well for the development of the County.
Political infighting among the County’s lawmakers is nothing new. However the recent power struggle was triggered weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in the LACC VS Senator J. Milton Teahjay corruption case, in which the Court mandated the senator to restitute US$50,000 to Government within a 9-month period.
Chairman Jarbah noted that the scale and gravity of the infighting among Sinoe County’s legislators mark a worrying escalation of the conflict, which has the propensity to slow down progress intended to benefit the local population of the County.
“No cause can justify such action and conduct, so perpetrators should be held to account for their respective actions. l therefore urge the legislators and their surrogates to exercise restraint in dealing with each other and, above all, ensure that the conflict does not engulf the entire county,” Jarbah said.
At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Mr. Jarbah repeatedly called on his kinsmen to stop the power struggle and work together to develop the County, adding: “This is why I’m urging all parties and groups to reject conflict by ceasing fire, because after years of pushing and pulling among themselves—the county remains underdeveloped.
“This shows that political violence is not the solution to the challenges facing the County. Unity is what is needed to tackle the County’s backwardness. Right now, the peace of the County, security, and prosperity are at stake; therefore all measures must be taken to reassure the residents that peace is possible and that they should work together for the good of the County.
Meanwhile, Klahn Jarbah has condemned the disrespect shown of the Court’s ruling. He wants all to accept the ruling and move ahead, rather than fussing with each other.
According to a reliable source if all mediation efforts fail including the one being engaged by the PMC of Mr. Klahn Jarbah, the people of Sinoe County will have no other option but to appeal to President Weah for his intervention in his capacity as the Father of the nation.
“we must accept the ruling, but not to condemn it because of our own interest. Equally, I condemn all forms of speech and utterances emanating from Sen. Teahjay and his surrogates relative to the Court’s ruling,” Jarbah said.
He wants Teahjay to see himself as one of the prominent sons of the County and do the right thing by reconciling with his colleagues (lawmakers). He also wants Teahjay to apologize to the locals for his actions, as well as all matters relating to the social–economic and political development of the County.
“The senator must show genuine contrition for whatever went wrong during his tenure as superintendent of the County, because we all make mistakes, but when that happens, the honorable thing to do next is to be remorseful and humble,” the PMC chair noted.
In a related development, the County’s Legislative Caucus has in the wake of the ongoing political conflict, formally written President George Weah to appoint Lee Nagbe Chea as superintendent instead of Prosper Browne. Mr. Chea is the County’s chair of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The secretary general of Sinoe County’s Legislative Caucus, Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh, said that the Caucus wrote preferring Mr. Chea as a “compromised choice” for the job.
Meanwhile, the Sinoe Caucus has accepted an appeal from the County’s elders, women and youth residing in Monrovia to suspend the expulsion of Representative Matthew Zarzar and Senator Joseph Nagbe pending the outcome of a peace meeting in Greenville, the County’s capital, later this month.
The Caucus reached the decision to suspend Rep. Zarzar yesterday at its 3rd meeting held in the office of Rep. Sloh.