Senjeh Citizens In Bomi Petitioned Rep. Edwin Snowe For 2017

{By Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Correspondent}

Cross section of Senjeh district citizens at the ceremony
Cross section of Senjeh district citizens at the ceremony

Hundreds of Senjeh citizens in Bomi County have resolved to petition Montserrado County District #6 Representative, Rep Edwin M. Snowe to contest next year’s legislative and presidential elections in order for him to ably represent their area in the House of Representatives.

Representative Edwin Snowe sandwiched by traditional chiefs
Representative Edwin Snowe sandwiched by traditional chiefs

The Senjeh District in Bomi County is currently represented by Cllr. Samuel Garha Karmo, but the citizens in their petition to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives craved his acceptance to their petition, noting, saying he was chosen among others permanent citizens of the District due to his numerous selfless contributions to their district.

One of the many banners used by the pititioners
One of the many banners used by the pititioners

Earlier, the citizens in their numbers after parading the principle streets of Tubmanburg City chanting pro-Snowe slogans  trooped to the Tubmanburg City Hall where  they long awaited petition by the citizens was presented on behalf of the Senjeh citizens by Madam Judee Johnson.

Reading the petition, Madam Johnson said the citizens of Senjeh are convinced that with the level of development Representative Snowe continues to undertake in the district and Bomi county in general he can affect the necessary changes they have over the years been yearning for in the County, and therefore asked that he represent them in the House of Representatives come 2017.

The Senjeh citizens’ petition highlighted several key issues including the creation of jobs, Youth Empowerment, Education,  Health and assistance to farmers in the County  among others.

Madam Johnson said the citizen’s quest to petition Rep. Snowe stems from the huge investment of the lawmaker, and the creation of jobs for hundreds of Bomi citizens through the establishment of his Pumah Palm Farm situated in Weakama, Bomi County.

“The Palm Agriculture Project is currently contributing to the reduction of economic hardship as many people who had nothing to do are now empowered and can now work and feed their families”,  Madam Johnson noted.

The citizens in the petition further lamented the appalling living condition of Senjeh citizens due to poor representation of their sitting lawmaker Garha Karmo who they described as a symbolic lawmaker who has failed his people miserably and needs to be booted out.

Receiving the petition Rep Snowe  thanked the citizens of Senjeh for his preferment by expressing their desire for change, but promised to respond after holding series of consultations with the traditional leaders and others officials of Bomi county.

He however used the occasion to challenge the Legislative Caucus of Bomi County to correct errors they continue to make that are negatively impacting the lives of those who entrusted them with state power.

He urged the county leadership to replace the Radio Station in county development Fund, provide financial aid for needy students, assist hundreds of demolition victims on the Tubmanburg main street who live in desperation without shelter as necessity of life, while nothing has been done to transform the city since the exercise demolition.

 “There are secret pocket meetings are been held by members of the Bomi Caucus with one agenda item to join forces and ensure he (Snowe) does not win as Representative of Senjeh district if he expects the petition, the Montserrado county district lawmaker asserted”.

Rep. Snow at the same time challenged officials of Bomi County against the suspension of local government officials such Commissioners and chiefs who attended his petitioning.

For his part, the head of traditional chiefs in Bomi County Chief Gbelley Gray who challenged officials of the county to suspend any member of the Ministry of Internal affairs who have used their time to attend the petitioning program of Rep Snowe.

 According to Chief Gray his statement was promoted after announcement on a local radio station, Radio Bomi threatening to suspend local government officials who attended the Snowe petition ceremony.

“The Liberian constitution gives the right to every citizen to participate freely political activities in the country, Chief Gray observed”.

Chief Gray also an official of the National Traditional Council of Liberia vowed to take legal action against any officials of the county that will suspend any chief who form part of the program.

He lauded citizens of Senjeh and Bomi at large for the huge turnout express their franchise for a change that will positively affect their lives and that of their children.

The petitioning ceremony was graced by members of National Legislature including Representatives Acaroius Gray, Jefferosn Karmo, and Prince Moye, Julius Berrian and former Bomi Senator Lahai Lassana who pledged his support to Rep. Snowe.

The Bomi county Marketing Association, Traditional leaders, Women, Youth and other groupings were part of the colorful gathering.

The event also witnessed the displayed of placards with inscriptions that depicted the reported under-representation of lawmaker Samuel Garha Karmo with the sound of drums and different dances and traditional performances.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.