Margibi’s New Superintendent: “Power Will Not Change Me”

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Supt. Varnie addresses the audience shortly after he was inducted into office

Margibi County new Superintendent Jerry Varnie has assured Margibians of his preparedness not to let ‘power’ turn him around, most especially against the residents, who he has come to serve.

Varnie expressed his gratefulness to President Weah for reposing confidence in him.

“I appreciate the president and all those who have approved of my position to serve. I promise you all that power will not change me from good to bad,” Varnie assured to a round of applause.

He promised to be a servant willing at all times to consult with all those who have ideas on how the County could become developed beyond its present status.

He outlined reconciliation and unity as key elements that his leadership will embark on as soon as possible. “I am from the CDC camp, but today and going forward, let me be known only as a Liberian first and a Margibian second. My position now will not keep me apart from all of you who are in the interest of peace, love, unity and reconciliation,” Varnie said.

In his turn over message, former Superintendent John Z. Buway said there were many difficult paths his leadership threaded over for six years, but said in spite of that, he made some significant gains.

Former Supt. Buway (with microphone) turned his gavel over to Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Emmet Reeves

Buway noted that as of March 28, 2012, his office should have received US$7,570,000. Of this amount, he said China Union should have given US$875,000; Firestone, US$160,000 while the government should have given US$ 200,000, but that expectation remains on the book.

“What is worth underscoring here is that in the budget, there is an earmarked portion while another is there for appropriation; but my office functioned for a whole year without receiving any money from government and the two concession companies,” he said.

Buway, who in 2012 assumed the office of superintendent in Margibi, over the weekend turned over to Jerry Varnie, a staunch stalwart of the Coalition for Democratic Change who resides in Kakata, the County’s political headquarters.

Margibi District 4 Representative Ben A. Fofana said while there is a need to appreciate Buway for his contribution in the County’s governance system, he and his colleagues at the legislature are patiently awaiting an audit report from Buway so as to keep the records straight.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s hope that power as we know it, will not turn Superintendent Varnie around. Varnie is making this declaration of intent as a centerpiece of his superintendency. For so long in Liberia, the misuse of power by politicians and others has been overlooked. With the presence of a young guy on the Liberian political landscape, that crap is about to change during his Superintendency. Whereas there are good things to do, some corrupt power brokers in Liberia sieze the opportunity that borders on the negative. Varnie doesn’t want to be any part of political corruption.

  2. The newly appointed Margibi county Superintendent, Mr. Jerry Varnie is up to something. Varnie wants to make it known that he will not allow himself to be manipulated by anyone neither will his newly acquired position influence his decisions negatively. For sure, Varnie sounds like a good gentleman.

    Power corrupts people. Or to put that another way, those who are elected or appointed to positions of power “get turned around”. Without mentioning names, an elected man in Liberia used his corrupt power to receive bribes. The gentleman went so far as to swindle money out of poor people. Another guy who was appointed to a sensitive across the bay, turned against his own people. At the very end, he embezzled a bundle.

    Let’s hope the Supt. Jerry Varnie will not be turned around.

  3. The newly appointed Margibi county Superintendent, Mr. Jerry Varnie is up to something. Varnie wants to make it known that he will not allow himself to be manipulated by anyone neither will his newly acquired position influence his decisions negatively. For sure, Varnie sounds like a good gentleman.

    Power corrupts people. Or to put that another way, those who are elected or appointed to positions of power “get turned around”. Without mentioning names, an elected man in Liberia used his corrupt power to receive bribes. The gentleman went so far as to swindle money out of poor people. Another guy who was appointed to a sensitive position across the bay, turned against his own people. At the very end, he embezzled a bundle.

    Let’s hope the Supt. Jerry Varnie will not be turned around.

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