The slogan, what men can do, women can do it even better, vibrated across Zontou Town, Nimba County Electoral District #7 over the weekend when residents petitioned a progressive businesswoman of the district to contest for the lone representative seat in 2017.
Spencer Gbliwon, who read the petition on behalf of the residents, recounted a number of development initiatives which Madam Kuku W. Yansine has undertaken in the district as clear manifestations of what she will do in the national legislature should the district elect her at the 2017 poll.
The citizens recalled how Mrs. Yansine’s late husband, Horace, who contested for the district representative seat in 2011 but lost, was so instrumental in the development agenda of the district and beyond.
For that reason, the citizens have resolved to mobilize support for Mrs. Yansine so that she would fulfill the legacy of her late husband.
They recalled the numerous contributions her husband made and her own subsequent contributions to every development-related organization in the district, while her husband was alive and even after his death.
In her response, Kuku as she is called, invoked the spirit of her deceased husband, to empower her as she embarks on the journey to keep his legacy alive.
This left everyone present in tears. She promised to lead the citizens by continuously engaging them constructively, adding, “Together, we will build an economically vibrant district wherein everyone would be touched as we go along.”
Kuku, a Mano from Zoe Luapa Town which comprises Gio and Dan, was happily married to the late Horace Y. Yansine. The union was blessed with five children.
She is described as a social reformer, a farmer who befriends many other farmers in the district, and a practical community developer, who the citizens believe can bring freedom to their “dormant political district.”
Those who have now organized themselves as “Friends of Kuku” believe also that she is an agent of change, who understands the common people’s problems. As a results-oriented and dedicated business executive, she is known to be willing to leverage skills and provide opportunities for those that may stand in need.
Nimba County District #7 is represented in the National Legislature by Worlea Saywah Dunah, who by the end of 2017 would have completed two terms in the post.