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Nimba not for sale

Ahead of the 2017 elections, Senator Thomas S. Grupee of Nimba County has sounded a caveat here, saying Nimba is not for sale. Speaking recently at a ceremony held in his honor in Duo Tiayee Town, Yarpea Administrative District#2 in Nimba, Senator Grupee said the people of Nimba County are hospitable and caring so politicians are rushing to the vote-rich county for support.

He claims some Nimbaians were only interested in getting money from politicians to give their county out for sale, but did not specifically mention names.  The Senator stressed that Nimba is not a goat or commodity for sale, cautioning his kinsmen not to be fooled by power-greed politicians who lack leadership vision, but want state power.
The Nimba lawmaker urged his kinsmen to elect a native man, who lives with the people and cares for them.

“Do not refuse money and food; get it, but think twice comes 2017.We need a better leader, who will replace President Sirleaf, a leader who will promote peace and unity, not war”, he added.

The NewDawn correspondent in the county says Senator Grupee toured several parts of Nimba recently with this message to his kinsmen. For his part, Representative Prince O.S. Tokpa of District#2 has urged the people of Nimba to support the development that he is involved with in the district.

Representative Tokpa said going after one another will not develop the county and Liberia in general. The district two lawmaker over the weekend provided huge quantity of food and non-food items to citizens of his district.

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to our correspondent expressed thanks to Representative Tokpa for the donation. “My son, since we been electing people, this is the first lawmaker to do such”, they said.

With Presidential and Representative elections scheduled October next year, politicians, particularly incumbent lawmakers seeking re-election are now employing every strategy, including food distribution and quick impact projects to attract support from electorates.

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By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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