LIBERIA: Traditional Chief Zoe Cautions Lawmakers on Traditional Practices

The Chairman of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor, has warned lawmakers against the enactment of any law that will prohibit some traditional practices of the country.

He said plans by some lawmakers to enact a law that will prohibit the presentation of Kola Nut as a symbol of welcome and appreciation, runs contrary to the cultural and traditional practices of the country.

He said such law will not be tolerated by the council, chiefs and elders of the country.

Chief Karwor was speaking Friday at the launch of the Defiance Campaign against Gross Disrespect to Mama Liberia, held at the Gbarnga Administration Building in Gbarnga, Bong County.

"Our traditional values are our inheritance that has served as a guide since our birth, and we will not allow anyone to tamper with them," Karwor said.

He expressed gratitude for the campaign and frowned on the alleged reward of individuals, who rain insults on their leaders, noting that "this act, if not curtailed, could unearth a new way for the attainment of jobs in the country.”

The head of traditional leaders, however, cautioned lawmakers to lead the way for Liberians to respect their leaders by maintaining the country's value systems.

He praised Representative Matenokay Tingba for launching the campaign, which he believes will help end gross disrespect to constituted authorities and promised to fully support the initiative.

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