As Margibi County Sitting kicks off today, November 14, at the Kakata City Hall in the county, members of the Legislative Caucus have resolved not to work with commissioners of their various districts, except commissioners-designate, who are yet to be confirmed.
This has sparked serious disagreement within the leadership of the county with Senators Jim W. Tornola and Oscar A. Cooper going against Representatives Tibelrosa Tarponweh (District one), Ivar K. Jones (District Two), Ellen Attoh (District Three), Ben A. Fofana (District Four) and Clarence G. Gahr (District Five), respectively.
Superintendent Jerry Varnie is yet to indicate which side he supports, but many Margibians believe he stands with his lawmakers.The lawmakers in question did not also include the outgoing commissioners who are yet to turn over their gavels of authority to the incoming commissioners during their district sittings.
The Chairman of the commissioner council William B. S. Julye took exception to the lawmakers’ decision, condemning the action.He argues that it is wrong for lawmakers to go that route knowing very well that the commissioners-designate are yet to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate and they as out-going commissioners are still working and reporting to Superintendent Varnie.
The Cinta Township Commissioner explains that though the commissioners-designate have not been confirmed, he and his team of commissioners are willing to hand over the mantle of authority once Superintendent Jerry Varnie organizes a formal forum.Apart from that he says they will not sit and keep quiet as if they were cowards who did not know their role.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Julye says they remain peaceful and are willing to work with whoever is willing to work with them even after their formal exit.President George Manneh Weah replaced all commissioners in Margibi following his ascendency. Julye thanks the president for the opportunity to serve under his administration.
Margibi County District#5 Representative Clarence G. Gahr told reporters recently in Yarwulie, Borlorla Township, Electoral District Five, “I think this is Margibi; I think one of the counties that has this issue of former commissioners and commissioners-designate, If you watch the proclamation made by the president on January 22nd, he dismissed all appointed positions so immediately they were dismissed of their positions and the administrative heads became acting. Definitely, they are no longer in office, so who do we work with? Working with those that are being appointed and waiting for confirmation.”
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi –Editing by Jonathan Browne