Bong County District #3 Representative – elect Josiah Marvin Cole has reaffirmed his commitment to demolish makeshift structures along the streets in Gbarnga within the next six month of his induction in office.
He told our Bong County correspondent recently that the demolition of unwanted buildings was and giving Bong County back to its people were two of his campaign messages before the conduct October 10 elections.
Before declaring his ambition to contest the district top position, Mr. Cole was appointed by President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf to serve as City Mayor of Gbarnga, a position that is now being occupied by Madam Viola Nyamah Cooper of the ruling Unity Party (UP).
Barley three months before his dismissal as City Mayor, the District #3 Representative – elect started the demolition of “unwanted structures” in the city of Gbarnga, an action that is said to have led to his dismissal.
His dismissal was allegedly masterminded by some Lawmakers of Bong County, some of whom failed to get re-elected at the polls in October. Following his election, Mr. Cole says he will make sure he breaks down houses that do not belong in the heart of the city, maintaining that Gbarnga needs to be cleaned.
He says his leadership will not be based on sympathy, but to do the work of his people as he earlier promised. “I will break down all those structures that do not represent the city, if it makes anyone angry, that’s their business. But we must make our city clean,” he says.
Also speaking, Mr. Edwin Zoger says officials of the County do not believe in development but criticism, saying the Gbarnga Street pavement is at the standstill, claiming that the Bong County Technical College and the Madam Sirleaf Market project are an indication of the County officials not being serious about development in the County.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Gbarnga –Edited by Winston W. Parley