Former Nimba County Electoral District #7 Representative Worlea Saywah Dunah has called on the Liberian government, partners, and international stakeholders not to deal with Senator Prince Johnson in the name of the county.
Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia, Thursday, 26 January 2023, Dunah said the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) party which Senator Johnson heads, forms part of the current government.
He said it has repeatedly assumed unto itself the powers to speak for all of the people of Nimba County in its current wrangling within the ruling alliance headed by the Coalition for Democratic Change.
Mr. Dunah, a stalwart of the former ruling Unity Party indicated that the MDR, a minor partner in the coalition, has expressed grievances.
However, he said the degree to which it has falsely claimed to represent all of the people of Nimba County has warranted corrections and clarifications.
Dunah argued that the MDR has announced that it has left the ruling political aggregation, yet it remains in the government.
“We strongly condemn the MDR claims in their internal squabbles as dangerous politicking which historically has brought troubles to the development-focused and peace-loving people of our county,” he said.
“For the records, the MDR has been consistently seeking only the welfare of its partisans and not the people of Nimba over the past five years with abundant evidence.”
Firstly, Dunah argued, the MDR in 2018 instigated the removal of all Nimba local government officials including City Mayors, District Commissioners, Township Commissioners, Paramount and Clan Chiefs, and City Councilors in Nimba County, and replaced them with MDR partisans.
He alleged that it was in fulfillment of MDR’s marriage terms with the ruling political outfit.
Secondly, he alleged that all of the MDR slots in government including cabinet positions are filled solely with its partisans.
Mr. Dunah alleged that it is widely known that the MDR founder, Senator Johnson, has strenuously resisted the appointment in the government of all other competent Nimbains who are not his partisans.
He stated that it is a ‘national joke’ that job seekers have to take membership and worship at Senator Johnson’s church.
According to him, it is important to note that on Sunday, 20 November, barely ten months before the 2023 elections, Senator Johnson issued a press statement that he and the MDR Party had suddenly realized that the government had failed to give jobs to Nimbains.