A tussle erupted recently between partisans of the governing Unity Party (UP) and those representing the opposition Liberty Party (LP) over the rehabilitation of the stretch of road linking the main Ganta/Saclepea highway to the township of Kpallah, a short distance from Saclepea, in Nimba County. It is one of the townships close to Saclepea, about 10 kilometers from the main highway, and home to the leader of one of UP’s auxiliary group, ‘PANIMOB (Patriotic Nimbaians Movement for Boakai).
On Sunday, September 17, LP, with a yellow machine reportedly from the Cocopa plantation, began rehabilitating the road, but around the same time, the UP also started a similar undertaking, but reportedly using the Nimba County purchased road building equipment. The Cocopa Plantation is under the management of the Nimba Rubber Incorporated, headed by LP’s vice presidential candidate, Harrison Karnwea.
In an interview with Truth FM, Mr. Karnwea said the Liberty Party undertook the project when he led a group of partisans to the township for a visit on Friday, September 15, and discovered that the road is in a deplorable state.
Karnwea said based on the bad condition of the road, the LP decided to rehabilitate it to ease the transportation constraints residents there face, especially during the rainy season.
Shortly after the LP, under the patronage of Mr. Karnwea, commenced the rehabilitation process, the UP through one of its auxiliaries, PANIMOB, also entered the same area with the county equipment to work on the same road.
The situation caused confusion between the two parties as to which of them will end up taking credit for rehabilitating the road. As of yesterday, some of the residents reported their confusion to the Daily Observer, “because up to present, we are yet to express our gratitude to either of the two parties.”
While the tussle was going on, those who opposed the UP expressed reservation as to who authorized the Nimba County equipment to do the road work, since all the equipment have been down for months because of lack of fuel and spare parts.
When contacted, the Project Management Committee chair could not confirm or deny authorizing the movement of the machines, but indicated that it was through the Unity Party led government that the machines were bought.
The LP and UP have opposed each other since the beginning of the electoral process, accusing and tarnishing each other’s reputation.