Sinoe Lawmaker Prefers “Dog” over Superintendent-designate

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Sinoe County Superintendent-designate, Prosper Browne

The political fight amongst members of the 5-man Sinoe County Caucus in the Legislature is gradually degenerating into a full-blown conflict on a daily basis, with members using invectives (abuse) on each other over the chairmanship of Senator J. Milton Teahjay.  The situation has also degenerated to the point where an official has expressed preference for a dog over that of a certain individual who is being tipped to occupy the post of Superintendent.

Sinoe County District #2 Representative, Jay Nagbe Sloh, told the Daily Observer in a telephone conversation that he “will put a necktie on a dog and take it to the Administrative Building in Greenville, the county’s political capital, to serve as superintendent if the only person the county has for the position is Prosper Browne.”

Rep. Jay Nagbe Sloh

Sloh, who is also the Secretary General of the county Caucus, earlier made the damning statement on a local radio in the county, restating it to this newspaper yesterday.

Asked whether the rumor was true that he would apologize for preferring a dog over Mr. Browne, who has been tipped to be retained, Rep. Sloh said: “False, misleading, no iota of truth. I stand by my statement that I will put a necktie on a dog and take it to the Administrative Building in Greenville to serve as superintendent if the only person Sinoe County has for the superintendent job is Prosper Brown.”

Mr. Browne served as superintendent for Sinoe County from 2015 to 2017. It is rumored that he has been tipped to be retained. Prior to his appointment as superintendent, he served as director of Internal Audit at Internal Audit Secretariat in Monrovia.

Rep. Sloh say he’d prefer a dog in a neck-tie than Mr. Browne as Sinoe superintendent

Sources informed this newspaper that during the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, it was rumored that Mr. Browne, Othello D. Nagbe, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs and Administration and Moses Tuwleh, Assistant Superintendent for Development, allegedly campaigned against Rep. Sloh, accusing him of being a criminal, an accusation Mr. Browne has since denied.

Previously, the long-standing conflict between the Kru and the Sarpo tribes in Sinoe County, which caused an ethnic tension in 2014, was characterized by threats and insults between the county’s Legislators and the local authorities. The infighting has reawakened old tribal rivalries mainly between the Kru and Sarpo ethnic groups.

Sen. Teahjay and Rep. Crayton Support Sloh

It has been gathered that the chairman and co-chairman of  Sinoe Caucus, Senator J. Milton Teahjay and Representative Crayton O. Duncan of District #1, are supporting Rep. Sloh and are against the retention of Mr. Browne. Both lawmakers are part of the majority bloc, while the minority bloc represented by Senator Joseph Nagbe and Representative Matthew Zarzar of District #3 support the reappointment  of Mr. Browne.

It may be recalled that Sen. Nagbe and Rep. Zarzar once described Sen. Teahjay as a criminal who is not fit to be a member or chairman of the county Caucus.

The lawmakers claimed that the punishment imposed by the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in River Cess County in keeping with the  guilty verdict against Sen. Teahjay in an economic sabotage and criminal conspiracy case pales in comparison  to the crime he committed against Liberians.

The Judge mandated the former Sinoe County Superintendent to pay into Government revenue a fine of US$50,000 within a nine-month period or face arrest. However the two lawmakers are demanding a jail sentence for the Senator.

Many are hoping that the Sinoe Peace Council, which is headed by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, would help to defuse tensions.

7 COMMENTS

  1. My goodness! Politicians in Sinoe county are headed for the dumps. There’s no need for that. Prosper Browne vs a four-legged animal? Come on gentlemen. Or are you guys gentle? The use of polemics is absurd. Now I know that tempers rise in politics sometimes, but if you guys are geniune representatives of a body of people, you’ve got to do better than that. I am disgusted. Let’s get on with it. You can agree to disagree. No broadsides!

  2. The degree of vulgarity tells you how low Liberian “career politicians” are willing to get down in defending their respective turfs. When people transformed themselves into politicians and, are not willing to leave office for any other field of career, they are willing to go any length to protect that position. God bless the poor masses of Sinoe County.

  3. For such a comment to be made by Mr. Sloh, the newly elected lawmaker in Sinoe County, speaks volcume of his hate against Mr. Brown. We, the citizens of the county will not sit and allow these politicians to turn our county into another a theater of confusion and bigotry. I hope Hon. Sloh retracts his statement for the good of the county and its people.

  4. For such a comment to be made by Mr. Sloh, the newly elected lawmaker in Sinoe County, speaks volume of his hatred against Mr. Browne. We, the citizens of the county will not sit and allow these politicians to turn our county into a theater of confusion and bigotry. I hope Hon. Sloh retracts his statement for the good of the county and its people.

  5. Bah,
    You are right 101% right! Those who see politics as a way of life (career politicians as you stated it) are foredoomed. The sad truth is that they have become ingrained with utopia. Sloh has a family and a constituency. Like him, Prosper Browne has a family and a body of people whom he represents. Where are their morals? If I had the magical powers of Rambo, (he was a mystical TV character) I would fly to Liberia overnight to tell Sloh and Browne to quit it. At the present time, their self-interests are being served. Example, vituperative words are being exchanged. That is so rediculus, it plays in the classroom of kindergarteners. But, there is a higher ground. The higher ground is the interest of the nation. The nation’s interest is more important than their self-interests.

  6. James Carlor,
    Stick to your guns. The people of Liberia, in and out of the country, will count on you and others in Sinoe to talk sense to Sloh and Browne. They ought to present themselves as exemplars. Good luck, if there is such a thing.

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