PYJ’s Expulsion from Nimba Caucus Lifted

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The Nimba County 53rd Legislative Caucus has lifted the expulsion of Senator Prince Y. Johnson from the County lawmaking body.

Speaking during the induction ceremony of Nimba Superintendent, Mr. Fohn Zuaglay, Nimba Caucus Chair, Senator Thomas Grupee, announced that Sen. Johnson is being accepted back into the caucus as an advisor.

Sen. Grupee’s remarks came after outgoing Supt. Dagadu acknowledged to the new administration that one of the challenges facing the county is the lack of unity among the citizens of Nimba.

The outgoing Superintendent’s statement was soon buttressed by Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, who said during the installation address, “If Nimba united, it would be a more powerful county than the remaining 14 counties of Liberia.”

Sen. Johnson, who did not say whether he agreed or disagreed, told Nimbaians at the ceremony that his removal from the caucus was “illegal and undemocratic.”

He also said at the time of his removal few months ago, the Caucus insulted him through the media saying that he was “mentally ill and not fit to be part of them” and cautioned the caucus to reconsider their decision to lift the “so-called expulsion if they feel the need to seek medical advice concerning his senses.”

Senator Prince Johnson previously served as the Caucus Chairman until Sen. Thomas Grupee from his NUDP party ‘took’ the chairmanship. A move Sen. Grupee said was done to allow Sen. Johnson time to prepare for the 2014 senatorial election.

Last year, Sen. Johnson was expelled from the Nimba Legislative Caucus over disagreements between him and a majority of the Caucus members.

One of the issues that brought confusion among members of the caucus was pertaining to the scraps around the ArcelorMittal Concessional area in Yekapa.

Up this date, the issue is yet to be resolved.

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