Says the ‘Kpelle are decent people’
Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah has clarified that the creation and/or the establishment of the proposed Bong Range County will not cause conflict among members of the dominant Kpelle tribe.
“The Kpelle are decent people, our conflict doesn’t last because we understand each other very well; our issue is not dividing us, and there is no seed of conflict except for us [politicians] who want to use that land and population in one bulk for power. In fact, reconciliation will be moving smoothly,” Yallah said prior to the submission of the bill.
Sen. Yallah, who chairs the Bong Legislative Caucus, spoke when he addressed legislative reporters in his new Senate Wing Annex on Tuesday, September 12.
He said that the creation of the new county is not intended to import different tribes from other counties to occupy Lower Bong, and maintained that there are only slight differences in the Kpelle dialects.
Yallah said that the journey that is nearing realization started as far back as the regime of now jailed former President Charles Taylor, and paid special tribute to late former Representative of Bong, Martin Kerkulah, and some Paramount chiefs in the county.
According to the bill, the geographic area commonly known as Lower Bong and soon to be known as Bong Range County, is comprising Yellequelleh, Sanoyea, Salala, and Fuamah Districts; five Chiefdom, 20 Clans, and has approximately 200,000 inhabitants, and a land space of 3,920 square miles.
The boundary description contained in the bill shows that the imminent Bong Range County will be separated and bounded on the South by Nyanfur River, running down stream and bordering Margibi County, running on the Southeast with the existing boundary with Gbarpolu County, and on the East and Northeast with Grand Bassa County, and on the North with the original Bong County.
Meanwhile, the bill, following its reading, was sent to the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, and Internal Affairs, Reconciliation and Good Governance, to report to plenary in January 2019.