Things appear to be falling apart among members of the Traditional Council of Bong County since the appointment of Chief Moses Suakollie as Native Superintendent of the county.
Deputy Speaker Prince Kermue Moye’s Aide Mr. Ernest Siakor who claims to be the official spokesperson of the aggrieved Chiefs and Elders told this paper on Thursday, 15 February in Gbarnga that members of the Traditional Council of the County have distanced themselves from the council over the recent appointment.
Our county correspondent says recent events in Bong demonstrate a divide that has led to some chiefs calling for the investigation of the Native Superintendent.
More than 10 chiefs in the county are reportedly standing against the appointment of Chief Suakollie as Native Superintendent of the County.
Mr. Ernest Siakor states that they will not recognize Chief Suakollie as Native Superintendent until he is investigated for some allegations levied against him.
Though he did not name the clear reason behind the call for investigation, Mr. Siakor says the Bong County newly appointed native superintendent has over the past committed some alleged traditional crimes that need to be critically looked at before taking the job.
Mr. Moses Suakollie was recently appointed by Chief Zanzan Karwor in consultation with Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor to serve the post and coordinate the activities of local chiefs in the County.
The copy of the appointment letter which is in the possession of our Bong County Correspondent instructs Mr. Suakollie to perform his duties in line with the rule of law and in consultation with authorities of the County.
But some chiefs are said not to be satisfied with the appointment on grounds that Mr. Suakollie committed traditional crime that needs to be settled before ascending to the position.
For his part, Chief Moses Suakollie has claimed innocence to the allegation against him, accusing his colleagues of being jealous. He describes Mr. Ernest Siakor as a play boy who started raising allegations from the days of his childhood up to present.
When quizzed about why his friends are allegedly envying him, Mr. Suakollie told this paper that his colleagues are envying him because he was given not only the job but also equipped to perform his duties.
The Bong County Native Superintendent was recently given a four – door ford pickup as contribution from the office of the Vice President so as to ease some difficulties in his job.
Mr. Suakollie was the only chief that publicly declared support for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the just ended election.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley