A cross section of prominent Nimbaians, in a strongly worded statement issued late Sunday night, denounced recent allegations made by Senator Prince Y. Johnson implicating fellow Senator, Thomas Grupee, of conspiracy.
The statement was signed by prominent citizens hailing from Nimba, including Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., Dr. Marcus S. G. Dahn, Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae, Peter Z. N. Karmei, Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Dr. Federick Norkeh, Cllr. Zehyee B. Dehkie, Dehpu Zuo, Dr. Kardiker Rex K. Dahn, Saye M. Zarwolo, Madam Estella Flomo Wehye and Ben Matalda.
“We the people of Nimba County denounce all forms of insurgency, belligerence, and violence. We are determined to defend the state, sustain security, peace, unification, and solidarity amongst all citizens of Liberia,” the statement said.
While it is true that Nimbaians at home and in the Diaspora are disturbed by their Senator’s revelations, they are also concerned and overwhelmed that these utterances are emanating from a senator of a county, who should be laboring with his peers at the National Legislature to ensure peace and progress for Liberia.
They have at the same time, reaffirmed their unflinching loyalty to the Liberian state, noting with great satisfaction that the government has made significant progress in sustaining peace, promoting national reconciliation, and in building the state.
However, they have called on the government to investigate the allegations by Senator Johnson regarding alleged conspiracy to destabilize the Liberian State.
“We urge our government and its security forces to take these revelations seriously; and to conduct full investigation with findings publicly reported to dispel any suspicions and fears amongst the citizens of Liberia,” the statement demands.
On Friday May, 29, 2014, a local newspaper reported that Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, had communicated with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate informing him of allegations made on May 26, 2014, by Senator Thomas Grupee (also of Nimba County);
According to the paper, Senator Johnson indicated that Senator Grupee had averred that the Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., and others are involved in a conspiracy against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Senator Johnson’s communications called on the Plenary of the Senate to investigate Senator Grupee as such allegations were tantamount to treason and breach of Article 76, Number 4 of the Constitution of Liberia.
Liberia Peace Initiative
Meanwhile, Nimbaians have also reaffirmed their support to the Liberia Peace Initiative, led by Ambassador George Weah, adding that they are profoundly conscious of the need to enhance national reconciliation and healing amongst Liberians to guarantee “our peaceful existence and collective national growth and development.”
By that, they have encouraged Ambassador Weah and his peace building staff to appreciate that peace-building need not begin with the people of Grand Gedeh and Nimba, “because residents of the two great counties have smoked peace pipes and signed peace agreements amongst themselves long before the war officially ended.”
According to them, by doing so, they have demonstrated their love for one another through scores of inter-tribal marriages tat ae produed many children since the war; operation of small businesses across boundaries continues to increase; countless peaceful sports matches; and there exists profound love, respect, friendship, and mutual good feelings among the residents of both counties.
“We the people of Nimba County therefore caution that persistent attempts by the Liberia Peace Initiative always to call on residents of the two counties for peace conferences reflect the fallacy that they are the sources of conflict in Liberia. This practice must stop. It has the potential to prove counterproductive as evidenced recently by the pronouncement by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, to the effect that once you are known by town members of being a chicken rogue in the community, you will always be accused whenever a chicken gets missing.”
Based on those historical facts, Nimbaians said they were therefore, in solidarity with the people of Grand Gedeh, thereby profoundly condemning Dukuly’s reference to residents of Grand Gedeh-and by implication to Nimbaians—as “chicken rogues”.
The signers of the Nimba statement disclaimed Min. Morris’ comment; noting that residents of the two counties are not “chicken rogues. We are peace-loving people, working with our fellow citizens nationwide in the pursuit of national unity, economic development and social progress under God’s command.”
“While we too acknowledge Minister Dukuly’s apology, we deplore his pronouncement as it significantly undermines peace and reconciliation,” the statement declared.