– Says Supt-designate Kamba, who he narrowly beat in the October election, is not educated.
President George Weah has been advised to withdraw the appointment of Lofa County Superintendent-designate William Tamba Kamba, “because he lacks the requisite academic credentials, including a high school diploma.”
Rep. Francis Sakila Nyumalin, Sr. of Lofa County District #1 told journalists recently at the Capitol Building that he has appealed to the President not to appoint a man without any educational credentials to govern ‘the great Lofa County.’
The Lofa County lawmaker also told journalists that he has written a formal letter to Maryland County Senator J. Gbleh-bo Brown, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, not to confirm Kamba.
“Let me state emphatically clear that Lofa County is not suffering from any brain drain. Partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Lofa chapter, have among them competent individuals for the post,” Nyumalin said.
The lawmaker pointed out that in contemporary governance, academic credentials are cardinal for a position in government, and is in consonance with international best practice.
“In the spirit of oneness of purpose as a government and people, I request that the nominee should not, and must not be confirmed by the Senate,” he appealed.
Kamba ran against Nyumalin for the Lofa County District #1 representative seat in the October 10, 2017 election. The official NEC results for the district showed the two men in a tight race for the seat, with Kamba garnering 9,095 votes (46.7%) and Nyumalin receiving 9,831 votes (50.5%). The results suggested that Kamba ran a strong campaign on the platform of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), which later pledged support to the CDC ahead of the December 26 presidential runoff election.
When contacted, Lofa County District #5 Representative Beyan Howard declined to respond to his colleague’s statement, but rhetorically asked: “Is formal education a requirement to lead our county?”
He added: “I will speak to you more if l see the benchmark for one to become a superintendent of a county.”
Rep. Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County District #3, Rep. Julie Wiah of District #2, and Rep. Mariamu Fofana of District #4 declined to speak on the issue.