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Bong County’s embattled civil society coordinator Stephen Mulbah, Jr. has threatened to disrupt a planned national general assembly of the national civil society council of Liberia.

Stephen Mulbah was suspended by the NCSCL few months back due to confusion between him and his deputy James Telewoyan, including other members of the Bong civil society.

His deputy, James Telewoyan, was appointed by the national council to act as head of the Bong chapter, something that has sparked serious tension. But Mulbah in a strongly worded release maintained he remains head of the Bong County civil society council.

He warns executives of the NCSCL that any attempt not to recognize leadership will lead to disruption of the planned assembly. Mulbah stated in the release that he has been mandated by the court to continue his work as head of the Bong civil society.

He challenged his suspension by the national civil society council on grounds that he was elected to the post. The Bong civil society hullabaloo started over the usage of US$1,000 provided by authorities of the county to help fight the Ebola virus disease during the peak of the epidemic in 2014.

Mulbah’s deputy Telewoyan and others accused him of unilaterally expanding the money. The embattled official however insists that the money was used for its intended purpose and has made all expenditure reports available, accusing some county officials including his deputy of undermining his administration.

The NCSCL is expected to hold a national civil society assembly early November in Gbarnga, Bong County to discuss the forward movement of the organization.

By Papa Morris from Bong– Edited by Jonathan Browne

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