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Cllr. Gongloe: “Do not elect criminals into public offices in 2023”

Presidential aspirant Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe has begun warning Liberian voters not to elect “criminals” into public offices during next year’s elections.

Speaking Saturday as a guest lecturer during a fundraising program for the renovation of the Jenneh Town only Public (Primary) School in Dewein District, Electoral District #3, Bomi County, Cllr. Gongloe stated that most of the people seeking public offices only know the importance of voters during election years and thereafter abandon them when there are no elections.

He explained that such habit or attitude being exhibited continuously by elected or appointed public officials toward their direct employers must be a ground for rejection during next year’s general elections.

He said elected or appointed public officials’ failure to attend or honor invitations from their direct employers (the people or voters) or constituents demonstrate that these officials are “criminals” therefore, they must be rejected.

Gongloe’s brutal comments came from the background there are dozens of public officials either elected or appointed from Bomi County, which were invited to fundraising program but failed to honor the invitation.

The program was intended to raise US$26, 000 to renovate the school roof which was blown off by a heavy storm last November and has not been in use since. To the disbelief of the town residents those who were invited decided to stay away.

Amongst those invited were the Dewein District’s Commissioner, Ballah Bue; County Education Officer Samuel Coeing; Dewein District Education Officer Miatta Fofana; Superintendent Adama Robinson; Senators Morris Saytumah and Edwin Snowe; Representative Haja Fata Siryon and Finda Alice Lansannah.

Others were Richard Devine, Soko Adama Dorley,  J. Jake Brown,  Clarence Sotee, David Momolu Wiles,  Amelia Sirleaf, Zoe Addy, J. Bryant McGill, Patricia Annie Aroniyo, Gorden Karpeh, Gbessi Kemah.

 The rest were Miatta Fofana, Philip Malik, Marthaline Pajibo,  Eugene Korboi, Richard Hilton, Boimah Gaye,  Edwin Tuma Johnson, Sam Siryon, Tairgaye Kpaan Kerkulah all of Bomi County.

Also, invited but did not show up were Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee; Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Commissioner General of the Liberia Maritime Authority; General Service Agency’s Director, Mary Broh and Deputy Speaker Jonathan Fonati Koffa among others.

Thus Cllr. Gongloe maintained that those elected public officials, be it senators or representatives who always failed to honor their people’s invitation must be rejected, saying their actions show that they don’t care for their people.

“These public officials are criminals who are stealing from their direct employers. Whenever they are invited by the people for community development initiative instead of attending they snub their own people but only know their importance during electioneering,” he noted.

 “These people’s hands are not clean. They are corrupt people who do not mean well for this country. Their stealing attitudes are carrying the state backward by making many people become poorer which does not augur well for the country,” he said.

Gongloe said besides stealing from those who elected them they are also stealing from themselves by failing to account for state resources like the US$30,000 they received as legislative engagement last year plus other fees.

Gongloe is aspiring for the presidency in the 2023 general election provided he wins the nomination of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP) which is expected to gather other heavyweights like Henry Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr. and George Gonpu doing its convention.


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