CDC Endorses Wie, Kamara, for Senatorial, District #15 Representative By-Elections

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With barely 45 days to the pending Montserrado County Senatorial and District #15 Representative By-elections, officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) have endorsed Ms. Paulita Wie and Abu Kamara respectively.

The pending senatorial and representative by-elections are being held due to the deaths of Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif and Rep. Adolf Lawrence of District #15.

At the party’s primaries held Friday in the Borough of New Kru Town, on the Bushrod Island, CDC chairman Mulbah K. Morlu, Jr. expressed gratitude to everyone for participating in “Liberia’s most free, fair and transparency democratic primaries.”

The CDC’s primaries brought together President George M. Weah, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie, District#8 Representative and CDC’s vice chair for political affairs Moses A. Gray, District #5 representative Thomas Fallah and hundreds of other partisans and government officials.

“With the internal competition now over, it’s time to come together as one party in support of Mr. Kamara & Ms. Wie and ensure that they become victorious. We invite everyone to attend their official presentation ceremony on Monday May 20, at the party’s headquarters,” chairman Morlu said.

Those vying for the senatorial post in party’s primary were Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Paulita Wie, Deputy Labor Minister Phil T. Dixon, Liberia’s inspector general Josephine Davies, Sabah Jomah, and market woman Nancy Yollah.

For the District #15 post, Abu Kamara won the party’s primary on white-ballot after days of consultations with die-hard partisan and deputy director for finance at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Sensee J. Morris.

Abu Kamara wins CDC endorsement as candidate for the Montserrado County District #15 by-election.

According to Daily Observer’s sources, Mr. Morris is expected to be rewarded with top position in government due to his loyalty to the party.

“I have decided to withdraw from the party’s primary and allow my brother and friend Abu Kamara to represent the CDC in upcoming by-election in District #15. I’m prepared to form part of the campaign team to ensure that Abu is elected as the next representative of District #15,” Mr. Morris told the audience in an excited mood while hugging Mr. Kamara.

In related development, President Pro-Tempore Albert Tugbeh Chie, who also represents the citizens/people of Grand Kru County and David Kortie, popularly known as the President’s friend joined the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

Pro-Tempore Chie, who also donated a brand new pickup to the party, said it was time for him to join the CDC. He said while Liberia is facing some economic challenges, protesting would not solve the problem.

“The withdrawal of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers/activities is also responsible for some our problems. But the government is working to fix the enormous problems and we want to assure that things will definitely get better,” Pro-Tempore Chie told partisans and government officials at the CDC’s primaries.

President George M. Weah, who is also the political leader of the CDC said everyone is aware of the sacrifices made over the years and the position of the party today.

Vice President Howard-Taylor converses with President Pro-Tempore Chie, while President Weah, Speaker Chambers and Minister McGill discuss, as the CDC primaries intensify.

“We won the struggle and today, we have an overwhelming mandate to lead our people from poverty and onward [to] prosperity. We are the ruling party of Liberia. Montserrado County is our stronghold, and our sacred grounds,” President Weah said.

According to him, Montserrado County belongs to the CDC and the party will not allow any non-CDC candidate to fill the vacancies in the pending by-elections.

“I want everyone you to put your hearts and minds together and let’s support our candidates that go out and compete against other candidates/parties and get a resounding and convincing victory to prove that Montserrado County belongs to the CDC,”

Deputy Minister Dixon (middle) flanked by of Paulita Wie (right) and candidate Sabah Jomah.

Deputy Labor Minister Phil T. Dixon, according to sources, was told to withdraw from the party primary and give room to a female candidate. In a statement following the primary, he said he remains loyal to the party.

“14 years ago, I joined politics to make Weah the President of Liberia. The party I joined for that purpose is the CDC. In this time, I never once opted to contest a national office while the purpose was not yet done, but rather served internal roles,” Mr. Dixon, a key contender, posted on his Facebook page.

Mr. Dixon further said: “I opted, after consultation, to make myself available to our political party to fill the seat left vacant by the demise of late Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif. The party prefers to fill the vacancy with a female, repeating the three previous occasions when the party was represented in the Senate by a female from Montserrado County on that seat. However, I remain loyal to my party; this decision is also mine to defend, and I commit to doing so.”

He expressed gratitude to Ms. Wie, indicating that “I have known Madam Wie since 2012, when she provided leadership to a CDC Professionals network. I wish her well and urge all my supporters who are CDCians to give her their full support as we go into this vital by-election.”

Mr. Dixon also called on other participants in the primaries to work along with Wie in the spirit of love for the party and the common good.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It seems like almost 80% of government appointees, especially in key positions of the central government under George Weah’s administration are all from the South Eastern region, mainly the Kru ethnic group. This is the same nepotistic national employment scheme, characterized by ethnic/tribal bigotry-practiced under the rulership of Samuel Doe, that also contributed to our Nation’s uncivil war. This divisive national government employment scheme has only contributed to envy and disunity amongst the Liberian people. We must learn from our tragic experiences and do the right thing.

    No Nation can prosper by selectively picking and choosing only those related to or shared the same ethnicity as the President of that Nation. In our particular case, Liberia’s growth and development depends on the employment of qualified and competent Liberians who are prepared to serve our nation. We must strive to put forth our best and brightest not only to improve the image of our Nation but to attract investments in all sectors of our national economy.

    Given our unique history of nepotism and ethnic/tribal bigotry under previous administrations, one would expect that nepotism and ethnic/tribal bigotry and all of its ugly forms of discrimination against majority of Liberians would have been a thing of the past, but the CDC Government of George Weah has resuscitated nepotism, ethnic/tribal bigotry and corruption, which have largely served as divisive tools for disunity in the Nation.

    What’s even more concerning is the lack of just and equitable representations in central government from key political subdivisions such as Lofa, Magibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, and Bong Counties. It’s also disturbing to note that key officials of the Weah’s leadership were openly engaged in selling key government positions for monetary gains. This behavior leaves me to wonder whether the CDC Government came to power simply as a “get rich quick” scheme to make fast money without regard for the suffering of our people.

    • Tony Leewaye. Good writeups. But there are obvious misrepresentation of facts on the composition of president Samuel Kanyon Doe’s cabinets.

      Can you kindly inform your reading audience which one of these ministres were occupied by Krahn people? The only person I noticed is John P Beh ( ministry of Youth and Sport). The rest are individuals from all the 12 counties of Liberia when Doe was president. They came from the Krus Gios, Grebos, Kpellehs, Lomas, Mandingos, Bassas, Golas, Kissis, Americo Liberians ethnic groups.. President Doe cabinet was the most diversified cabinets over the almost 200 hundrebd years of Liberia’s history. The like of Emmuel Gbalazeh, Emmuel Bower,
      a Chea Cheapoo, Emmanuel Shaw, Sam Sumo, Jerkin Scott, Charles Cecil Dennis, Grey D Allison, Henry. Boima Fahnbulleh; Moses Duopu; Harry Yuan; Thomas Kamara; Tonie King; Archie Williams just to name a few.

      This is a list of the government ministries of the Republic of Liberia in the period 1980–1990

      Ministry of Agriculture,
      Ministry of Commerce and Industry
      Ministry of Education
      Ministry of Finance and Development Planning
      Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
      Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection,and Development,
      Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
      Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism,
      Ministry of Internal Affairs,
      Ministry of Justice,
      Ministry of Labor,
      Liberia Mines and Minerals Regulatory Authority,
      Ministry of National Defense,
      Ministry of National Security,
      Ministry of Post and Telecommunications,
      Ministry of Public Works,
      Ministry of State,
      Ministry of Transport,
      Ministry of Youth and Sports

      • The Minister of Presidential Affairs was Krahn
        The Minister of Information was Krahn
        Then Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia was Krahn
        The Commissioner of Immigration was Krahn
        The managing Director of Oil Refinery was Krahn
        The Managing Director of Forestry was Krahn
        The Commanding Officer of the Executive Mansion Guard was Krahn
        The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Chie Chiepoo) had some Krahn lineage, Just to name a few.

        But some of the Krahn men around President Doe, but not for long, were honorable men. Few of these were Ambassador Martinus Johnson, Dr. Benson Barh, MD and to certain degree, Dr. Harry F. Nayou, PhD. These last three did not stay long in the good company of Doe. He dumped them because he and certain other Krahns in his inner circles did not like the advice they were giving him.

        • The Ambassador to Abidjan, The Ivory Coast, Harold Tarr, was Krahn. Emmanuel Bower, then Minister of Information, was identified as Krahn. C. Cecil Dennis, Jr, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Tolbert administration was one of the government officials sadly executed at the poles on the South Beach. Cecil was never a member of the Doe cabinet.

          If Doe had really known C. Cecil Dennis and people like David Franklin Neal, and several others, they would have not been executed.

  2. Tonyleewaye I’m sorry to say that you are academically under the age to discuss on this site because you don’t know the officials of the Liberian government which a grade 6th student can tell at most all…. I’m responding to your statement 80% of the appointees in this government are southwesterners …..haha you are also a good comedian…..

  3. Well, Bill, I challenged you to provide a list of officials of the government, their academic backgrounds, and their origins. I’m not even sure what you referenced as “academically underage.” I do not think you clearly understood the contents of my comments. I suggest that you go back, put your emotions aside and re-read my comments for better understanding.

    I’m sure you will agree that there are lots of incompetent people in positions of national responsibility they cannot adequately function as expected. This is what has exacerbated the leadership deficit in the Nation. What is the criterion for the selection of key officials of this government other than monetary gains by appointing officials and party affiliations?

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