Liberia: Rep. Cole Resigns from Bong Legislative Caucus

Bong County District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole 

— Describes Senator Moye as ‘Confusionist’

Bong County Electoral District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole has announced his resignation from the Bong County Legislative Caucus, citing various concerns as reasons for his departure.

Rep. Cole specifically pointed to the Chairman of the caucus, Senator Prince Moye, whom he referred to as a ‘Confusionist’, alleging that the Senator has been involved in political conflicts targeting notable individuals from the county.

Cole noted, at a press conference held on Tuesday, February 27, that Moye’s action against eminent sons and daughters of Bong, including himself, has over the years hindered their contributions toward county development. Accusations were made by Rep. Cole against Senator Moye regarding his alleged encouragement of Bong County Technical College students to protest against the college’s administration, particularly targeting Dr. Roland Massaquoi, the president of the college.

Rep. Cole expressed his frustration over what he perceives as Senator Moye’s hindrance to the progress of county residents, emphasizing his inability to collaborate with such actions.

Regarding the handling of the BCTC situation, Rep. Cole criticized Senator Moye, the Caucus Chair, for reportedly not engaging with the college administration following a student petition, despite the allocation of US$900,000 to the college.

Rep. Cole also raised concerns about the delayed completion of the college, questioning Senator Moye’s lack of direct oversight of the college facilities.

Following public protests by BCTC students demanding Dr. Massaquoi’s resignation due to alleged corruption, the Legislative Caucus under Senator Moye’s leadership intervened by receiving the student petition for further action.

Members of the caucus’s leadership, including Senators Moye and Johnny K. Kpehe Sr., as well as District #7 Representative Foday Fahnbulleh, received the students’ petition with a promise of delivering it to President Joseph Boakai for prompt redress. 

However, Cole expressed discontent with Senator Moye’s role in handling the student petition without his approval, suggesting the Senator’s possible involvement in orchestrating the protests. Rep. Cole further accused Senator Moye of personal grievances, including alleged mistreatment by the staff of Senator Moye’s radio station in Gbarnga and an incident involving Madam Martha Morris during the 2023 election campaign in Bong County.

Rep. Cole affirmed his stance on reconciliation, stating that he would only reconsider his membership in the Caucus if Senator Moye is no longer part of it.

In response to Rep. Cole’s allegations, Senator Moye’s Political Affairs Officer, Martin Lawor, refuted the claims as baseless and unsubstantiated, emphasizing Senator Moye’s disinterest in the accusations made by Cole. He said his boss had no hands in the BCTC protests, noting that those were purely orchestrated by the students, attributing their actions to concerns regarding ongoing challenges at the college.

Martin told a local radio station in the County that Senator Moye is not interested in “falsehoods” spread by Rep. Cole.