One of the representative aspirants of Nimba County Electoral District #4, has been linked to juju activities as the 2017 presidential and legislative elections approach.
The Twah River District aspirant, Lawrence Wortuah, said the accusation started weeks ago when the encumbent, Rep. Garrsion Yealue went on a local radio in Karnplay, and accused Wortuah of allegedly bringing a witch doctor to the contested district and also burying alive four roosters at four strategic areas in the district.
On the other hand, Wortuah has accused Rep. Yealue of pocketing development money, and has therefore vowed to defeat him at the upcoming poll.
The conflict landed in front of the chiefs of the district and a meeting was convened in Sou Kpeahplay Town in what was intended to bring the two men to smoke a peace pipe. The chiefs, without asking for evidence, fined Rep. Yealue L$5000 plus one bag of rice. The chiefs also fined Lawrence Wortuah LS
7,500, according to the popular local Radio Kehgheaman (RKFM).
In an interview on a local radio station, Rep. Yealue backtracked, saying, “if the case, involving the witch doctor was handled in court, he would have presented his witnesses, but once the chiefs called for harmonization, he has no alternative, but to agree with whatever decision the chiefs rendered.”
When contacted via mobile phone on December 5, aspirant Wortuah said he has registered the case with the elders and would not make any comment.
The political situation in Nimba County is getting crowded and intense with candidates leveling accusations of juju activities against each other.
In the Twah River District alone, over 30 representative aspirants have reportedly declared their intentions to contest for the district’s representative job.