The dismissal of Bong County Inspector William Kollie has generated serious concern in the county. Mr. Kollie was dismissed last week by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for reasons yet to be made public.
However, many citizens are of the view the County Inspector’s dismissal is a retaliation against supporters of former Bong Superintendent and Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations Ranney Jackson, who contested against current Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpa in during 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
Mr. Jackson, who is a brother-in-law of the Internal Affairs Minister, said he entered the race to ensure is brother in law Dr. Tokpa did not win. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is yet to react to these allegations, but the dismissal of Mr. Kollie, who was a strong supporter of Ranney Jackson, comes just a week after the firing of the Chief of Tradition and Native Affairs JokoKuyon, and suspension of Paramount Chief Mary Larteh, all supporters of Mr. Jackson.
Some strongly believe the current Internal Affairs Minister is not threading the right path because he currently enjoys huge support base in the county with rumor that he is being eyed to become running mate of Vice President Joseph Boakai.
They say Dr. Tokpa, being a senior citizen of Bong County should not use his position to fight back at people, who did not support him in the 2014 Special Senatorial election, especially supporters of his brother-in-law.
Instead, they want him to serve as a reconciler and forget the past as everyone cannot support one candidate in an electoral process. Mr. Kollie, an influential political figure in Bong, has said he remains a strong supporter of the ascendancy of Vice President Joseph Boakai, as he currently chairs WING Bong County branch.
By Papa Morris-Editing by Jonathan Browne