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Several citizens in Gou Town, Zota District of Bong County have expressed serious dismay over the way Bong County Senator Dr. Henrique Flomo-Tokpa allegedly continues to ignore commitments he made while contesting senatorial elections in 2014 and 2018.

Speaking to this paper over the weekend in Gou-Fetuah in anger, the citizens through one of their chiefs, Flomo Juah stated that though Dr. Tokpa did not win the election in 2014, he finally got the citizens’ support and won the 2018 by – election, replacing Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor.

Chief Juah laments that for too long, residents of Gou have voted politicians into power, but they only get frustration from their leaders in return.He expresses hope that this condition will not be repeated especially in the 2020 special senatorial election and future elections as well.

The Gou Chief claims that Dr. Tokpa has not returned to the people of Gou to appreciate them for the 2014 and 2018 elections. He urges Sen. Tokpa to help the locals and make their lives better through implementation of his developmental promises.

During the Special Senatorial election in 2014 and the 2018 by election, Dr. Tokpa reportedly promised to help to improve the living standards of locals in Gou, especially in the area of roads rehabilitation and other necessities, regardless of the outcome of the elections.

In 2014 he lost the election to current Liberian Vice President Howard – Taylor, but he later won a by – election in 2018 after Madam Taylor’s election as Vice President to President George Manneh Weah.

Our correspondent who recently toured Gou Town says the living condition of the citizens there is appalling, specifically in the areas of health, safe drinking water and bad road network.When contacted, Sen. Tokpa, through an aid, Cassius Kpoeh described the allegation as baseless and ambiguous.

Kpoeh argues that claims are just intended to discolor the Senator.
Mr. Kpoeh has reaffirmed the commitment of Sen. Tokpa to the citizens in reconciling their political differences in Bong County.

According to Kpoeh, Sen. Tokpa has embarked on a county – wide tour aimed at appreciating voters in the county for electing him at the Liberian Senate.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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