Upon taking the oath of office recently as the newly-appointed superintendent of Nimba County, D. Dorr Cooper vowed to reconcile the citizens of Nimba at all levels.
Supt. Cooper said that in order to strengthen Nimba’s unity through reconciliation, he and his corps of workers will go from community to community, ensuring that the people settle their differences which intensified during the course of the 2017 election.
Prior to his induction, Supt. Cooper disclosed, he has held a series of reconciliation programs among some citizens beginning with Ganta and Kanrplay. During these meetings, the participants were given a chance to express their likes and disagreements.
“The election is now over, it is time for us to unite so we can develop this country,” he said during one of his meetings. He promised to settle all tribal differences by uniting the citizens under one accord, where they will work together as brothers and sisters under his leadership.
However, the issue of dividing the county, which has been brewing across Nimba County and widely discussed on social media since the elections ended in late December 2017, was not resolved.
But the issue of dividing the county is said to be more tribal than political, and some have speculated that it is intended to create jobs for others.
It all started in 2011, after Mr. Thomas Grupee of the same ethnic group as that of Senator Johnson, won the senatorial election.
His victory sparked tension in the county, and many people insinuated that two senators should not come from the same tribe and that the two senatorial positions should come from the two major tribal groupings namely Dan/Gio and Mano/Mah.
Additionally, there has been rising tension in Nimba County, growing out of issues of marginalization of ethnic minorities.
The citizens of Kparblee Administrative District, predominately ethnic Krahn, have been threatening to secede from Nimba County because their kinsman, who sought to be appointed to the post of Development Superintendent, was rejected in favor of a candidate nominated by Senator Prince Johnson.
Another contentious issue is that of the land disputes in Ganta involving the Mandingos, which still remains unresolved.
Despite these problems, Supt. Cooper has vowed to reunite and reconcile the citizens under his administration, and asked for their cooperation in achieving this task.