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VP Koung’s vehicle breaks down

Vice President Jeremiah Koung suffered inconveniences when his official vehicle broke down during a tour, forcing him to disembark and walk.  

By Thomas Domah, Nimba County 

Nimba, Liberia, May 24, 2024—It was inconceivable that while touring Nimba County recently, Vice President Jeremiah Kpan Koung’s official vehicle would have experienced a breakdown, forcing the country’s number two man to walk in slippers. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to the Vice President.

Vice President Koung had gone to his native Nimba to thank citizens for electing President Boakai’s rescue team when his vehicle broke down along the Ganta-Saclepea highway.

Mr. Koung was subsequently constrained to board another vehicle to continue his journey.

Residents of Saclepea and other parts of the county, who had gathered in huge numbers to welcome the Vice President, didn’t have the slightest idea which vehicle he was riding in to reach them.

Speaking in a press conference later upon arrival, Vice President Koung confirmed the incident but revealed that the official motorcade used by former Vice President Howard Taylor was turned over to him and is the one he currently has.

According to him, the country is experiencing serious economic hardship, and he will have to cope with this reality, especially coming from an administration that promised to rescue Liberians.

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Mr. Koung said that despite the condition of his official motorcade, he will continue to ride it until it improves.

The breakdown of the Vice President’s official vehicle delayed his arrival in Saclepea for the thank-you program.

The NEW DAWN Correspondent in Nimba said most of the vehicles in the Vice President’s convoy are defective, having been used for more than six years.

Addressing reporters on his farm in electoral district#8, Nimba County, Vice President Jeremiah Koung said he would not regret accepting gifts from people of goodwill.

A few months ago, a friend provided a report about the Vice President flying in a private plane. 

Meanwhile, VP Koung has ended a five-day visit to Nimba, thanking citizens for electing the Unity Party-led government.

He also called on the people of Nimba, especially citizens residing in communities affected by ongoing mining activities, to reject violence and instead seek redress through relevant channels.

Citizens in the mining town of Yekepa, where steel giant ArcelorMittal Liberia operates, have protested persistently over lack of social development. 

However, Mr. Koung described the company as one of the biggest concessions the Government of Liberia fully depends on for economic activities, so it will continue to protect investment while swiftly moving to address citizens’ concerns.

He urged the mining company to maintain good relationship with the locales as it carries out mineral explorations.

Vice President Koung underscored that the affected communities are the first security the company should depend on, so they must work together for AML to achieve its goals.

He called for an intensive engagement with the affected communities to establish and maintain good working relationship.

Koung reiterated that the main purpose of his visit was to thank Nimbaians for voting the Unity Party to power, which he said was not easy.

He said voting a young leader like former President George Weah from power right after his first term wasn’t an easy decision to take, but Nimbaians, including Liberians generally didn’t follow huge cash.

He then disclosed that President Joseph Boakai plans to tour the entire country to thank citizens for allowing him to serve in the Presidency. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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