The 43rd General Assembly of the Union of Liberian Associations (ULAA) of America ended last week with the election of Vamba Fofana as National Executive President and Varney Sackie, Vice President, defeating former Liberian Association of Pennsylvania President Shiwoh Kamara and team in a hotly contested race.
Also elected were Arthur Weah Doe, National General Secretary; Alexander Arku Bazzie,l Financial Secretary; David Kudel, Treasurer; Reverend Phillip Blamo, Eastern Region Vice President; Frank Carter, Northern Region Vice President; and Zainnah Sherman, Western Region Vice President. The Southern Region Vice President position remains vacant.
Prior to his election, president-elect Fofana served for the past two years as National Vice President. He succeeds President Wilmot W. Kunney, who opted not to seek reelection. The National Board of Directors also re-elected Chairman George Toto, First Vice Chairman Alfred Sieh, and Second Vice Chairman Dao Kamara.
A dispatch from Washington (USA) said while accepting his new mandate, President-elect Vamba Fofana called on all Liberian associations in the U.S. to join ranks to seek new avenues for the betterment of Liberia, adding, “even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime: dual citizenship, out of country voting, and immigration protection for our fellow Liberians whose Deferred Enforced Departure will expire next March.”
Fofana continued: “We have a journey ahead, and we will need all ideas, suggestions to make the Union vibrant and cohesive.” He praised his predecessor, Kunney, for laying the roadmap, and extended the olive branch to his opponent, Kamara, to “join us to make ULAA vibrant and cohesive.”