Rep. Kogar Eyes PYJ’s Senate Seat?

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The ULIC thanked and appreciated Rep. Kogar for his 'numerous contributions' in the district

Inland Church Women gown him and ‘offer support’

The involvement of women representing the United Liberia Inland Church (ULIC), pre-dominantly Nimbaians, have now set the stage to maximize the application of the influence of political and economic geography on the politics at the national level, thus putting in play the combination of geographic and political factors delineating the Buu-Yao Electoral District #5 in Nimba County.

The district is one of 17 electoral sub-divisions of Nimba County, with an approximate population of 40,007 as of the 2008 census.

As of April this year, residents there had complained and were worried about their fate, owing to the dilapidation of the road network, which they cried for government’s intervention. However, to date, some of the bridges have become death traps.

The head of the Women Auxiliary, Mrs. Nuhn C. Nuah, and head of Mobilization, Mrs. Wonnetta B. Dunah (wife to former Nimba County District #3 Representative Worlea Sawah Dunah, and District #3 aspirant), led the women delegation from Nimba County that gowned Rep. Kogar on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in his Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.

The women, well-attired in their respective colorful lappa suits, boldly offered their support to Representative Samuel G. Kogar (Nimba #5) to contest a county senatorial seat, referring to him as a “legislator without borders”.

Mrs. Dunah said Rep. Kogar is a lawmaker “without borders, because he is always doing it for the Church, and other regions. Such a man needs our continuous thanks… even if you want to become a senator, the women of Inland Church will support you.”

If the gowning of Rep. Kogar by the ULIC Women is anything to go by, at the least, it could be a foreshadowing of an endorsement from the largest church denomination in Nimba County, with dozens of branches across the vote-rich province.

Rep. Kogar he and Senator Johnson have been at odds over the years with each accusing the other of planning to destabilize the country.

By co-incidence, maybe unknown to the women, is that both Rep. Kogar and Sen. Johnson are first cousins, hailing from Nyor-Gormaplay Town, Buu-Yao District, near the Liberia/Ivoirian border, east of Buutuo Headquarters, the place where the first gun shot that ignited the country’s 14-year civil war (1989-2003) was fired by rebels of the disbanded National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).

With the women’s petition in mind, impeccable sources have informed the Daily Observer that Kogar would contest the 2023 senatorial elections against the incumbent Senator, PYJ.

The leadership of the women under the banner of the National Women Auxiliary of ULIC, thanked and appreciated Rep Kogar for his “unconditional contributions towards the Church and humanity,” and had prayerfully promised to fully support him whenever he seeks the senatorial race of Nimba County.

Rep. Kogar chairs the House Committee on Commerce. He was elected as member of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature in 2011, but retain the seat in 2017.

Rep. Kogar and his Assistant Samuel Kante are flanked by the Inland Church Women

The striped red, blue and beige country cloth gown was presented to Rep. Kogar in the presence of Nimba County Districts #7 and #9 Representatives Roger Domah, and Johnson Gwaikolo, as well as the county Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, and the Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, Saye Musa.

Lofa County District #3 Representative Clarence Massaquoi also attended the ceremony.

“We came here because Hon. Kogar has been doing a lot for the women of Buu-Yao region, and the entire Inland Church. He built the Buu-Yao women house at the Women Mission in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia, and assisted the entire Buutuo region,” Mrs. Nuah said.

She added: “Rep. Kogar over the years have immensely contributed toward the works of God, and the Inland Church when he recently contributed 200 pieces of steel rods, 10 bundles of Zincs and US$2,500 for the project.”

In separate remarks, Superintendent Cooper, Representative Domah and Gwaikolo, thanked the Inland Women for honoring their colleague, but called on Kogar to continue his goodwill towards the Buu-Yao Women and the Church.

Lofa County District #3 Representative also thanked the women for ‘thanking and gowning’ Rep. Kogar.

Rep. Massaquoi recalled how the women reminded him of the story when Jesus Christ healed the 10 leapers, but only one came back to thank Him.

9 COMMENTS

  1. At last, all bets are off! Senator P. Johnson is about to be challenged by a formidable politician. Rep. Kogar is the challenger, one of Nimba’s native sons. It’s going to be a bruising fight. Knockout political punches will land from both sides. Although, the race for Johnson’s seat hasn’t begun, a strong political endorsement has been tendered by the supporters of Rep. Kogar.

    Johnson is very popular. But so is Kogar. In the bitter end, one of the seasoned politicians will win. But, it’s going to be fight to watch.

  2. Very interesting political development! Indeed, this is going to be a dog fight for political relevance and power. I rather fresh faces in the senatorial race comes 2023, with requisite legal or relevant education and moral compass to ably represent this great County of Nimba. I think by 2023, Nimbaians would realized their political importance and numerical strength to elect competent people to represent their collective interest at the national level.

    Nimba’s political representation at the national level cannot always be about mere popularity contest. We must strive to electing credible people based on their ability to bring what it takes to make Nimba County greater. I’m optimistic that we certainly cannot continue on this path of mediocrity and chieftaincy. Nimba County has a lot to offer Liberia and this cannot be done with the status quo. That’s how I see it.

    • Tony Leewaye, whether in Nimba or Minnesota, or elsewhere, political representation at the national level shall always be about mere popularity contest. The Nimba Igwe and Lord Senator Hon. Prince Yormie Johnson shall always remain the Senior Senator of Nimba as long as he lives.

  3. Chances are that the farther away these elections will be held from Monrovia, the greater will be the likelihood of Weah manipulating the NEC to conjure-up plans to rig the elections in favor of CDC.

    I say this because elections in Liberia are not done on a level playing field. For example: In addition to the security apparatus, Weah’s CDC has access to many of the government’s vehicles. They often use taxpayers’ money to gas them up and plot and carry out deadly acts of state orchestrated violence against members of the opposition parties and their supporters.

    Moreover, they also use the vehicles to transport individuals who are not registered to vote within certain localities, to vote in those localities anyhow because the ruling party fears that it might lose the elections in those constituencies.In other words, the election fraudsters do vote twice — once, in their places of legal residence, and then another, where they are not registered to vote.

    Liberians have just witnessed similar sad episodes during this gone grueling District #15 election. If these incidents occurred right in the epic-center of government (Monrovia), Can one imagine what will happen in the up-coming elections that will involve the rural counties?

    Having logistical support and unparalleled access to government resources at the exclusion and detriment of the other actors in the political arena enables CDC supporters to go to the far ridges of the country at the quickest time possible to spread lies, to raise false hopes, and to set up the rural poor up for more exploitation.

    By the way, has the NEC cleaned-up the voters’ registration roll yet as was mandated by the supreme court? not at all.

    These events do not portend well for the future of democracy in Liberia.

  4. Two small observations: 1.) No matter how impressed these ladies were/are with the works of this representative, it was ill-advised for them to engage directly into politics as church leaders or auxiliary. Better they came to Monrovia as district women, tribal elements, admirers, etc., but not as church women and preaching politics. Thank God the GOL does not subsidize all churches in Liberia, so these demarcation lines are still blurry. 2.) It is about time a law is passed for representatives too, to relinquish their current seats before contesting for a senatorial seat. That way, the same election will be filling the vacant representative seat and the senatorial seat simultaneously. No need letting representatives try their luck for these senatorial seats and then go back to their representative seats when they lose. And then we have to foot another by-election when they win? Any representative that feels unfulfilled in their current seat, let them step down and make way for other citizens who are prepared and willing to do the job for their people. If we don’t institute such law or requirement, these do-nothing representatives will be using their representative seats as springboard for senatorial seats every election. This is getting to be too expensive for the poor beggar country that we are.

  5. Gboyo,
    Your first observation is undeniably contentious. Your second observation can be allowed to slide through the cracks without drawing too much fire.

    In the United States of America, the separation of church and state is enshrined in the constitution. So, in the United States, the heated subject of church and state can not be overridden by anyone’s clout. In Liberia, the case is different; I am not sure whether the issue of church and state can pass the smell test. In any case, Liberia’s current state of politics is challenged. From that standpoint, it shouldn’t become a problem if a body of women feel emboldened to politically endorse one of their own especially since no law is being violated.

    Your second observation is understandable. It’s kind of peculiar for a sitting lawmaker of the Lower House to run for an Upper House seat while he hasn’t resigned. It’s a kind of chicanery. It’s not immediately clear while Kogar is motivated to become a senator. Or could money be considered a driving force?

    A week ago, the Daily Observer disclosed something about the incomes of Liberia’s lawmakers. For instance, it was disclosed by the Daily Observer that members of the Upper House earn US$16,000.00 per month, while the members of the Lower House earn US$15,000.00 per month. The difference in pay between the lawmakers is just US$1,000.00. Big deal? Well, if money is not the motivator on the part of Kogar, what else could one possibly suggest?

    The Nimba senatorial election is a few years away. Until the actual time, only a political game of chess will be played. But it would be less controversial if Kogar resigns his Lower House seat before putting up a fight against senator Prince Johnson.

  6. Please permit me to make a small but important correction to the third sentence in my opinion above. The sentence should have read, I think by 2023, Nimbains would have realized their political relevance and numerical strength to elect competent people to represent their collective interests at national level.

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