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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaCongress for Democratic Change (CDC) Montserrado County District # 7 Representative, Solomon George, has begged members of his constituency in West Point Township for mercy, seeking a common ground with the residents.

The very controversial Representative George urged the people of West point to put away all differences and keep the torch of peace burning in the Township.

 “Everything we did in this township should fall behind us and let us work to move the Township forward; I accept everything you throw on me during our misunderstanding in last August. People misunderstood what happened and what we said during the West Point quarantine. Let us think positively about West Point and push for development. I say sorry to all those I hurt during our misunderstanding; forgive me; I am your leader. I also accept everything you did to me as well,” he told them.

 The CDC lawmaker spoke Sunday, March 29, 2015 at program marking the launch of the “Ebola must go after one year campaign,” in West Point. The program was launched by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace with sponsorship from Mercy Corps.

 Representative George, who is known for publicly raining invectives, however thanked the West Pointers for their resilience in fighting the Ebola Virus. 

It may be recalled that last August 2014 when the virus was ravaging in Monrovia, the lawmaker described the Township of West Point in Monrovia as headquarters of ‘drug addicts’ in Liberia.

 “You talk about drug; West Point is the headquarters of drug addicts. That area is also a major place for drug trafficking. We have been talking to some of our people to desist. I think we need more police stations and officers in West Point”, he had said.

 The lawmaker, who graced the occasion organized by the Crusaders for Peace in West Point, was quick to apologize apparently after hearing that some youths were planning to boo him and protest against his presence in the district.

Angry youths in the township frowned at the lawmaker for being rude, particularly against them.  They described Representative George as an outlaw personality, who entered the Capitol Building at the detriment of District# 7, riding on the back of the CDC to get their votes.

 Steven Nimley, a resident of the West Point community, described Rep. George as a man, who lacks focus for his people, saying, “How can a man, who is representing us, calls us drug addicts? Is it now that he realized that there are drug addicts here in West Point where he got most of his votes from? Maybe, he did not understand himself at the time he made the statement. What was in his brain has been cleared; that’s why he’s now saying sorry to us.”

 “If even he tells us sorry, we will still vote him out of this district. May be what we did (electing him) was bad; that’s why he’s behaving like that. If a man for whom we stood in the sun to vote for can tell such nonsense and at the end of the day because 2017 is around the corner he’s saying sorry to us, let him keep his sorry and start finding job elsewhere because he’s not going back after 2017,” Archie Boy Freeman, another resident of West Point, expressed.

By Ethel A. Tweh

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