Bomi County Electoral District #2 candidates for representative, Reverend Bai J. Anderson and S. Gayah Karmo, over the weekend joined forces to ensure that Edwin Snowe, the incumbent for Montserrado District #2 does not take ownership of the county’s decision making at the 54th Legislature.
Marching hand in hand with Rep. Karmo ahead of over one thousand supporters, Anderson graced Karmo’s official campaign launch in an effort to boost their traditional ownership of the Gola land.
“This is not just about Karmo; it concerns me and my supporters, who collectively believe that Snowe’s contesting into our county has a sinister undertone. We will not sit idly and see Karmo fight alone,” Anderson said.
He called on residents of Senjeh, which is one of Bomi’s political hot spots, to protect their land. “Protect yourselves by protecting Karmo, who is fighting to secure something good for not only all of us, but the unborn generations of this county,” he admonished, terming Senjeh as an experimental case for politicians across the country.
“If you let the golden opportunities be taken away from you in the name of unreliable change, you will forever regret it,” Anderson cautioned the gathering at the hall adjacent to the government hospital in the town.
“We can settle our differences in the absence of outside influence if only we unite. I am saying this to mean that if we allow Snowe to become the next representative of this district, it will clearly send a message to people across the country, and even the world in general that we, the citizens of Bomi do not know who we are; what we are and where we are from and to where we are headed,” Anderson declared.
He further admonished that Karmo should not be the lone sacrifice in an effort to thwart Snowe’s representative bid in the district.
“It is quite true that I have my own campaign to run in District #2, but I am not worried because I am confident that the people of my district have resolved to allow me to represent them at the 54th Legislature,” Anderson said.
Rep. Karmo said there is no need for the people of Senjeh to think that trust and confidence in him can be eroded. He referred to himself as a knowledgeable administrator, reliable manager and an ordained leader.
“The time for you to end my contract in serving you is not now, even if you should do so. Trust and believe in God that giving me additional time will not be in vain. I will work hard as ever before in leading you to ensure that we are at peace with each other first through consistent interactions, and working together in the best interest of our district and the county,” Karmo told his supporters, who responded with rounds of applause.
He outlined the construction of a home for the blind and other disabled persons, lobbying to raise funds to pay West Africa Senior Certificate Exam (WASCE) fees for all students graduating from grades 9 and 12 and the construction of a new police headquarters for the district among his achievements over the years.
He further pledged to work hard and build recreation and research centers for students; ensuring to complete projects he earlier initiated.
“I am #4 on the ballot paper, while Snowe is #5. Therefore, you will vote for me first because I am very certain to continue serving you. Vote me back into office so I may continue to stand and fight for you,” Karmo told his supporters.
The head of the 19 Tubmanburg community leaders, Obola Kollie, said he has met with his community leaders, and that they have resolved to vote Karmo into office so he will continue serving them.
“There may be differences among us, but I am confident that my fellow leaders have understood the dangers ahead if we vote in a new person. The dangers range from our lack of control over what we called our own to being outplayed in the major decision-making processes over our resources,” Mr. Kollie said.
He expressed gratitude for the turnout by the residents to show that Karmo is still their choice, and that there is no need for a new face.