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.”
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.
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.