‘Disengage from Tribal Politics’

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Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh

— Gongloe-Weh appeals to Nimbaians

The Special Senatorial election is over, but there seems to be bad blood among Nimbains on tribal lines — so much that senatorial candidate Edith Gongloe-Weh has seen the need to speak out against such tribal division, which she considers bad for the county and its development.

According to Madam Weh, her people need to grow up and do away with tribal conflict, even though there are still mixed feelings from the just-ended election. However, such mixed feelings do not warrant the steps they are taking now; rather, it is time for them to unite and behave as members of the same happy home.

“My heart is truly broken with the amplified tribal division of our county on social media, especially between the Mahn (Mano) and Dan (Gio) people. I sincerely beg everyone to please disengage! We are too closely knit to descend into tribal conflict! Perpetrators of this deadly tribal game are sadly oblivious of its deadly consequences. Only those who do not read history dare to tread this path,” said Edith Gongloe-Weh, who is currently challenging the results of the Nimba County senatorial race, which were announced by the National Elections Commission in favor of Rep. Jeremiah Koung of District # 1.

At the recently held Senate polls, Jeremiah Kpan Koung, a candidate on the ticket of the Movement for Democracy and reconciliation (MDR), achieved more votes and was announced as winner of the election. But Madam Weh took exception to the results and challenged the win of her opponent at the hearing office of the National Elections Commission (NEC), as provided for by law. Hearings have been ongoing and NEC’s hearing office is yet to come down with its findings to accept or reject Madam Weh’s appeal.

Madam Weh, who is the sister of human rights lawyer Tiawan Gongloe, argued that history is replete with accounts of deadly tribal wars. As a result, when seeds of tribal hatred and dislikes are sown, she noted, they eventually culminate into tribal violence, which no one can win.

“Is this really what we Mano and Gio people want? She asked rhetorically. “Absolutely no one can win this war. It’s everyone’s to lose. Our language might be sligtly different, but our culture and geneology are pretty much the same.”

She said there is no way anyone can separate the Mano and the Dan and, as such, those involved in instigating tribal conflict through social media or whatever means should stop, rethink for a moment, and take deep breath and read Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue’s historical account of the origin of both tribes in the Nimba 2010 historical Magazine, which reveals that both tribes are products of two brothers’ children.

Dr. Guanue is one of Liberia’s outstanding historians and hails from Nimba County. Many of his books have been adopted by the Ministry of Education and are currently in use at many grade schools across the country.

Madam Weh added that the tribal division drum beat is getting louder and louder and is a recipe for a massive disaster that no one will benefit from, so the sooner they take control of their emotions, the better it will be to “save our county from self-inflicted destruction.”

Madam Weh told her kinfolk that it is time for all stakeholders in Nimba County to work for the harmonious coexistence of everybody and secure a better future for the children of today and others yet unborn instead of preaching tribal politics which is wrong for the county.

“The world is threatened by [the] Coronavirus, shattered economies, decaying infrastructures and collapsing social structures. Liberia is even worse and on the brink of untold human sufferings,” she said. “Something terrible is happening. It is not just wars with guns. Let’s cease this tribal rhetorics, for Heaven’s sake, and work for a reconciled county and the entire Liberian nation as a whole.”

She added: “While other people from other areas and even in Nimba are jealously pursuing education, our children (Manos and Gio) are busy riding motorcycles. While we need that means of transport, it is unfair for them to ride all through their youthful ages, forgetting they need to learn and acquire skills for tomorrow, when they will no longer have the energy to ride the bikes they are riding today.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Edith, desist from the hypocrisy. This behavior of yours is what our people call crocodile tears or just plain satanic hypocrisy.

    How can you be the main arsonist and yet yelling all over the place that it is not good to burn down a building by you currently challenging the results of the senatorial race, which were announced by the National Elections Commission in favor of Rep. Jeremiah Koung of District # 1?

    Just the other day, Mr. Taa Wongbe was maliciously and abruptly prevented violently and brutally from participating in a primary by you and your supporters Madam Edith Gongloe Weh. And then you are here exposing your duplicity, corrupt mentality, and hypocrisy while at the same time causing the violence and disunity with your Donald Trump mentality. You are a hypocrite.

  2. Mon Petit Frere,
    I understand that you do not want to be entangled in world of politics until 2021. But I would like to raise an issue before the ensuing year.

    Question:
    Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings’ party (the ANC) did not do well in a county he claims to have been born in. Is that embarrassing?

    Second question:
    How can a person be born in a specific county but yet no one in the county takes him seriously?

    Mon Petit Frere, I would like you to think about that! Be prepared to come up with good answers.

    You don’t have to respond to my inquiry at the present time. You can wait until 2021. But by His grace, I will not relent until you provide answers.

    Peace.

  3. Monseiur Defender,
    I just can’t wait! In order for me not to forget, I will book the title of this article on a clean sheet of paper. God willing, come 2023, I will re-visit the issue!

  4. Answer 1
    First, Mr. Cummings is not demanding the suffrage of his home county Maryland but the Liberian people. Your question should rather be directed at how well Mr. Cummings is doing in the Republic of Liberia and not only in Maryland.
    To answer your question, however, know that we have a collaborating political assembly called CPP, and the standard bearer of this assembly won with flying colors. So, we (CPP) won in Maryland bigly!

    Answer 2
    Are you asking why a presidential aspirant will be born in a state and not win the vote of that state during a presidential election in the USA? This should not bother you if it were the case. If I (Petarus Dolo) were to venture into the political arena today in Liberia, I would win more votes in Grand Bassa, Maryland, Bong and Lofa than Nimba. Why? Because I have close ties with many people in those counties who I should not spend 5 minutes convincing of my political ambition. Unlike my people (Nimba) who may judge me based on being a Mano man instead of Gio, I may even find it difficult exploring some villages.
    So, to answer your question again, the people of Maryland have started taking Cummings seriously. It will be proven during the upcoming elections, and it has started being proven during the senatorial election.
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    Grand Frere, we (ANC) are making headways. We will reach our goal come 2023 and put Liberia back on the map of respected countries.
    We (Liberians) are smart people, it will not take us long to have a buttressed economy with the right leadership. We need a true and patriotic leader like Cummings. We will make Liberians proud to once again say to people “I am a Liberian”.

    I feel perniciously hurt when I read and see in the news that our compatriots are in queue to receive daily ration of food from the hands of some dodgy economic operators exploiting our land and resources without paying taxes appropriately to our government.
    I am perniciously hurt to see my government contract $30 million loan to feed lazy and unproductive partisans instead of putting them to work with such sum.
    I am perniciously hurt to see my government pigheadedly murdering some of the few qualified human resources in the country just because of its cupidity, egotistical political and macabre accomplishment.
    I am perniciously hurt, with the many problems facing the country, to see my president take up precious time to compete with local musical artists instead of searching for ways and means to improving the livelihoods of Liberians.

    But I believe there is time for everything. The Liberians who could not listen to us in the past have now started lending us their ears to understand why we did not support the mediocrity at the helm of our power.
    We will all feel the heat, feel bruised during this pregnancy until safe delivery in 2023. May God bless Liberia!

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