As the political season heats up ahead of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, the battle for the next representative for Montserrado County Electoral District#15 has already begun with residents of the district petitioning a Reverend Mother to contest the post. District#15 is currently occupied by Representative Adolph Lawrence.
Residents of the district gathered in their numbers recently in a colorful petitioning program at the Meal A Day Academy in Logan Town, Bushrod Island and vowed to support Reverend Mother Musu Dukuly Ketter as their next representative in the upcoming elections.
Reading the petition, a member of the district Abraham Francis said, “Today is a special historical day in the lives of many of us (Citizens of District 15). We want to assure you that, from what we have observed in recent times as it relates to our health and social welfare, Rev. Mother Musu Dukuly Ketter has proven to us beyond all reasonable doubts that she is capable of bringing tremendous changes to this district.”
Rev. Ketter has reportedly been a big help to her community and its environs. Quite recently, she met with various stakeholders, including NGOs, the Lebanese business community, Liberian business community, and the World Health Organization, among others on the need to sanitize the community.
The WHO has awarded her a contract to voluntarily supervise construction of Earth-worms Toilets in District 15. “Predicated upon this, we find it expedient to give her the gavel to represent the people of district 15 come 2017 representative election in Montserrado County”, the petitioners said.
Receiving the petition, Reverend Ketter said, “It is time that we say no to wrong, and backwardness; the decision you made today to come and petition me for the work I have done in this district means we are all desperate for change.”
She narrated that for too long the district has suffered from the hands of people who had under represented it, and so it was time to say enough is enough, stressing that it was about time residents awake the spirit of development and unity.
“Try me and see whether food will not get on your table, try me and see whether there will be no health facility, try me and see whether your children or child will not enter school”, the clergywoman told the residents.
She said these were her vision for the people of District 15, and no matter what, no one can stop her at the ballot box from representing her people come 2017. The woman of God however, did not say how she intends to go about achieving these dreams, as past experiences have shown that following fabulous promises and subsequent election, lawmakers had persistently argued their functions is to provide oversight and make laws rather than initiate development for their various constituencies.
Reverend Ketter said she would not be intimidated by her opponents, saying “Let us not be afraid, all we need to do is come and work together in the interest of this district, because I don’t care what they do, or how they get their money, all I do know is it is not about how much money you get, it’s about the passion, vision you have for the people, and the district at large.”
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne