Expels Sen. Nagbe, Suspends Rep. Zarzar
Crisis-prone Sinoe County Legislative Caucus yesterday voted out Senator Joseph N. Nagbe, advisor to the Caucus, and also expelled him for “breaking the Peace Accord” signed in Bamako, Mali, in June this year.
The Chairman of the Caucus, District #3 Representative Matthew G. Zarzar, was also removed and suspended for time indefinite by a two-thirds vote, constituting three out of the five member Caucus for similar violation.
Communications announcing the “Suspension and expulsion” of the two caucus’ members were signed by Sinoe County District #2 Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh, secretary to the Caucus; District #1 Representative Crayton Oldpa Duncan, vice chairman (Acting Chairman) of the Caucus; and Senator J. Milton Teayjah, now named as advisor.
The majority members of the Caucus allegedly accused Rep. Zarzar of running the affairs of the Caucus in complete disregard and isolation of the majority of the Caucus members by and working consistently and persistently with Sen. Nagbe to violate all of the provisions of the “Bamako Peace Accord,” causing conflict among the members, “thereby polarizing the county.”
“Please be advised that the Caucus reserves the right to expel you if you issue any derogatory public statement about the Caucus during the course of your suspension,” the statement warned Rep. Zarzar.
The leadership of the Caucus also accused Sen. Nagbe of allegedly working consistently and persistently with then chair, Rep. Zarzar to violate all of the provisions of the Peace Accord, thereby fomenting conflict among Caucus members as well as polarizing the county.
“On June 6, 2018, all five members of the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus met in Bamako, Mali, and signed a Peace Accord obligating all of us to work for peace and tranquility among ourselves, and by extension, among the peace-loving people of Sinoe County,” the communication said.
Section 2 of the Bamako Peace Accord said, “that we shall always endeavor to keep the Caucus united by avoiding all actions and/or activities that could reignite conflict among us; that the two Senators shall refrain from taking any action(s), such as nominations and recommendations for dismissal of local officials, without first consulting with the three Representatives, particularly with the Representative of the affected district.”
The communication further said, “that the three Representatives will consult the two Senators in taking administrative action(s) in their districts, particularly with reference to nominations and recommendations for dismissal of local officials; that all actions and decisions of the Caucus will be made with the knowledge and participation of all members, and that during our pending meeting with President George Weah, we will appeal to him to allow the Caucus to work with the CDC’s County Leadership in recommending local officials for nominations.”