Another Nimba Candidate for Representative Dies

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The late Mr. Pozar shown here addressing supporters on the campaign trail, with his wife seated to the right

Cat bites a third candidate, intensifying rumors of ‘juju’

In the space of one week, Nimba County has lost two candidates for the House of Representatives, the latest death being that of John Pozar, whose campaign materials were also being printed for distribution among his supporters.

The late Pozar, a son of Beo-Blemieplay, Twah River near the Liberian-Ivoirian border, was contesting for the Nimba County District # 4 seat on the ticket of the opposition United People’s Party (UPP) of MacDonald Wento. The deceased’s estranged wife, Marie D. Pozar, is also contesting for the same seat.

Reports monitored from the county yesterday via social media comments shortly after the news of Pozar’s death broke, speak of fear gripping candidates for Representative, especially those vying against the incumbents. Eight of the nine incumbents are seeking re-election.

Mr. Pozar’s death follows that of the candidate of Electoral District #7, Morris K. Sanoe last week. Sanoe has already been buried, but his supporters, despite a medical report that said he died of ‘cardiac respiratory arrest,’ still believe he died from ‘African Science.’

A close relative of the late Pozar told the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday that the candidate took ill recently after he reportedly shook hands with his main political opponent  (not named).

After coming down with the ‘common flu,’ the family said his condition worsened to the extent that he developed a bloated stomach which led the family to take him to a herbalist in Gbor Gwelay, a town north of Bahn, Zoe-Geh provincial city. Pozar was reportedly being treated in a ‘sick bush’ where he died early yesterday.

While the cause of Pozar’s death is yet to be established, some point to ‘juju’ (African science), which some members of his family and supporters are claiming was sent from a political rival.

Garrison D. Yealue is the incumbent Representative of District #4.

In a related development, another candidate for Representative of Electoral District #7 (name withheld) is reportedly undergoing treatment after being bitten by a stray cat during recent political discussions with his constituents. The incident has fueled rumors of African science at play in the political arena in Nimba County.

The candidate is said to be responding well to traditional treatment.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Stop bring war talk here. Stop putting foot ball with politics. Do not bring your politics in my sports. Take one Side: the Church or the State. Juju cannot come in the Temple of God. It is time to vote and not time to fight. After the smooth election you will see the holy matrimony of the Liberian Nation’s governance and the Church of the living God.
    Gone in silence. Let our people Liberian know.

    c

    • Da Nimba alone? Because this position pays so much, people are probably destroying each other for it. We shouldn’t underestimate what these people are saying about juju. May souls of those victims Rest In Peace. If anyone killed them, the Lord will pay them back right before our eyes.

  2. Our tendency of linking all tragedies to “juju” will get us nowhere. We need to seek knowledge and understanding.
    There’s something called election stress Disorder.
    Generally, the most common symptoms are uncertainty and generalized anxiety which involves worry about the outcome, restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, fatigue, concentration difficulties , sleep difficulty etc.

    Election campaign drains ppl financially, mentally and physically. It’s men moving men dropping.
    Notice Dr Mill Jones of Movee appearance during the debate. He was on point but his voice and physical appearance were depleted. My personal opinion. You draw the conclusion.

    • Gehmie, or whatsoever they call you, if you do not have anything to say, you better just keep quiet with your ignorance and inferiority complex which are prompting you to believe today and yesterday are the same, or the West and the rest are the same.

  3. KUKUJUMUKU…YOU NA INSIDE YOU NA KNOW! Politics is another form of war! And in a war not fought with guns but with WALKING STICKS or COW TAILS, a candidate has to ensure that he is cooked in a great pot by the gods of MANAWULU or similar shrines, or at most:

    (1) as it is written: “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power, by putting on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devilś schemes: For

    (2) the struggle is not necessarily against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms!!!”

  4. JUST A WORD FOR “TD” AS IT RELATES TO GOD, THE BIBLE AND WITCHCRAFT. IF YOU ARE A TRUE BELIEVER AND IS ONE WHO READS THE BIBLE WITH CLARITY AND UNDERSTANDING, YOU WILL KNOW THAT THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF, “PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS, WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES, WITCHCRAFT, AND SORCERY.” NOW, IF YOU HOLD THE BIBLE AS TRUTH, THEN WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY DOES EXIST AND THE BIBLE SPELLS IT OUT. PLEASE READ EPHESIANS 6:12, ACTS 26:18.
    BUT, AT THE END OF THE DAY JEHOVAH GOD THE MOST HIGH TRIUMPHS OVER ALL EVIL.

  5. He was probably ill from high blood pressure , diabetes or a 100 other silent killers. No juju, no sumu, no voodoo. Please try and come out into the 21st century.

  6. First of all, may the souls of these departed Liberians rest in peace!

    What caused these Liberian deaths shows that our country lacks the mere capacity to do a simple autopsy to determine the actual cause of death of these fallen individuals?

    In this technological age, our print media fails to realize that people around the world are also reading these primitive traditional beliefs of death by “African Science” “juju” or witchcraft.

    These mysterious deaths of political candidates, as well as early deaths of many Liberians, followed by the large among of infant mortality, are urgent reasons for Liberia to develop a robust health care system to alleviate these stereotypical attitudes about unknown deaths caused by “African Science”.

    The degree of high illiteracy, coupled with vast poverty, and the lack of adequate health care, as well as lack of health professionals, are contributing factors to the high mortality rate in Liberia.

    Many Liberians, mostly the uneducated, who are deeply entrenched in their African traditional beliefs of witchcraft, juju or so-called “African Science”, make it very difficult to embrace the values of modern medical technology which has the propensity to prolong their lives.

    It takes health experts who are schooled in the field of cultural competence as it relates to administering health care in Liberia. Most Liberians are traditionists when it comes to administering medicine. These traditionalists would quickly seek a traditional healer than see a medical doctor. After wasting life-saving time seeing a traditional healer to no avail, it is sometimes too late when these individuals finally decide to see a medical doctor.

    By cultural competence in health care, I mean foreign doctors in Liberia have to take into consideration Liberians cultural beliefs and traditional healing practices that form the basis for blaming these mysterious deaths on the results of “juju” “voodoo” or African Science.

    The advances in science and technology have radically changed medicine to prolong lives. Not until Liberia reduces its high illiteracy rate, eliminates poverty, improves its deplorable health system, suspicion of deaths by “cat bite”, deaths from “handshake”, and other forms of African signs and wonders will continue unabated.

  7. This box is not a chat room. Tell the public how you feel. Pallet chickens not invited. Find the biblical scripture in the old testament that says, “Whether it be good or bad, we should listen to the words of God.” Reference being made also to Revelation: 22:21. It is time to vote or abstain(exercise you freedom of choice) in Liberia. It is not time to fight yourself.
    Gone to silence. Let the Liberian people know.

  8. Beliefs and practices that have gotten the Africans nowhere, and will continue to get them nowhere, continue to dominate every facet of their lives. They scare themselves and drive away development, thus languishing in abject poverty and perishing out of ignorance

  9. I wish to suggest that the next in coming must drastically reduce the salaries of lawmakers. $17.000.00 United States Dollars monthly for a representative is too much. What part of the national budget remains for development? This is the main reason that people who are contesting against the incumbent are dying mysteriously. Why should a least developed country like Liberia with no major exports pays its lawmakers $17,000.00 monthly? The least that a lawmaker should be paid monthly is $5,000.00. The remain $12,000.00 should go towards development. Where are the so-called progressive like Dr. Sawyer, Dr. Fahnbulleh, Senator Cumminy

  10. I am so surprised that with all the huge corruptions and mismanagement in government, none of them has said anything like what they did against past regimes like Doe and Charles Taylor. Almost all of them are serving in the present Unity Party government. Most surprisingly, where is LINSU, SUP, who in the past were very vocal in speaking against past governments for corruption and mismanagement in government? So you people were just fighting for your own chopping time to come? Okay I see now!! The president has closed your mouths by giving your big salaries and benefits.

  11. African science, juju or witchcraft. I shake my head in wonderment just reading this stuff. Some of the responders are seemingly educated but some of the responses are simply coconuts. The candidate(s) died because they were either poisoned or fell truly ill. Until Liberia gets its act together and develops its internal capacity to deal with even the simplest of problems (autopsy, investigation), it will remain as it is, a back water pit which relies an outside help to provide whatever pittance they can. It clearly is not improving life for the average Liberian while everyone with any semblance of power is on the dole. $12000 a month salary is outrageous. The corruption is out of control and the rest of you talk about juju and witchcraft. No wonder.

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