Reports reaching this paper from Barclayville, Grand Kru County, say former Superintendent Rosaline Sneh has refused to turn over a government assigned vehicle in her possession to her successor Madam Elizabeth Dempster days after she(Elizabeth) was sworn in as Superintendent.
Our correspondent says Madam Sneh who is currently visiting Monrovia has vowed to hand over the vehicle to President Sirleaf, because according to her, it was the president who appointed her. Madam Dempster was inducted into office at the newly constructed Barclayville City Hall last Friday, following her appointment by President Sirleaf.
Her appointment by the President follows a request for a three-month leave of absence by former Superintendent Sneh to enable her contest the upcoming election for the county’s junior senatorial post. The move follows the president’s repeated warnings to appointed officials who have desired political ambitions ahead of the elections to resigned or be dismissed.
Our correspondent says, Sneh, who is the only UP senatorial aspirant in the county contended at the ceremony that she was surprised to have seen her boss the Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Administration Soko Sackor and the UP Grand Kru Chairman Blamo Wesseh in the county for the induction program.
She said her request was just a leave of absence and apparently was unhappy that she now had a successor. But deputy minister Sackor was quoted as saying he was sent by his boss, Internal Affairs Minister Harrison Karwhea to induct Madam Dempster as the new Superintendent of Grand Kru County appointed by the president.
Our correspondent says the induction ceremony was greeted with huge jubilations, singing and dancing by residents of Barclayville.
“The next morning, Madam Sneh refused to turn over the vehicle to the newly appointed Madam Dempster. When contacted she told us that she was taking the car back to Monrovia,” our correspondent said.
In a related development, the ruling Unity Party held separate primaries in Districts #1 ( Nrokwai and #2 (Grand Cess) in Grand Kru County. The primary in district #1 was contested by Representative Soplah-Doe, Judge Alice Toe, Theo Nimely and T.H Nimely Batekwa, with Theo Nimely emerging victorious.
In district #2 Isaac Nyemah emerged as the Unity Party candidate for this year’s election.