Citizens of Lower Bong County, central Liberia, have unanimously elected Dr. Andrew S. Allakamenin, as the new chairman of SASAFU, a development-oriented advocacy organization that also unites the residents of that area.
Dr. Allakamenin was elected on Saturday, May 28, 2016, by an overwhelming majority of the votes cast in an election chaired by John K. Sackie at the Three Brothers Ministry of Faith Church in Monrovia.
Dr. Allakamenin’s main challenger, Mannis B. Howard, gracefully accepted the results from Sackie’s Election Commission, and therefore promised to work with Dr. Allakamenin and his corps of officers for the good of SASAFU.
Others elected by white ballots are: D. Nalon Kaine, Vice Chair for Administration; Yarkpai Keller, Secretary General; Joseph O Clinton, Vice Chair for Operations and Mobilization; Cllr. P. Mulbah Richards, Vice Chair for Legal Affairs; Joseph Matadly, Vice Chair for Press and Propaganda. Those elected also included Kollie J. Peterson, Vice Chair for Men’s Wing; Susanah W. Kaine, Vice Chair for Women’s Wing; Alex Nanoh, Vice Chair for Youth Wing; Viola Nanoh, Treasurer; and Reverend Amos Sackie, Chaplain.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Allakamin said he was grateful to God and the residents of the county for their support, which led to his election.
He vowed to work tirelessly with other elected officials, as well as the Board, and “everyone in SASAFU to make a difference in the months ahead.”
The conduct of the election became necessary following the illness and subsequent death of former Chairman Momo B.H. Tehmeh, Jr. on June 23, 2015, which created a leadership vacuum.
The formation of the organization was a result of persistent need for development, economic empowerment, wealth creation, coupled with other challenges among inhabitants of Lower Bong County. With that in mind, the residents unanimously agreed to unite for the purpose of addressing the concerns under the name Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah Districts Development Solidarity Incorporated (SASAFU), with headquarters in Salala.
As a testimony of the citizens’ resolve and total consent for a new social and political dispensation for their districts, they turned out en-masse and participated in two major programs.
The programs gave rise to the signing of SASAFU’s resolution and the adoption of its Constitution on August 2, 2013.