LIBERIA: Traditional Appointment By Zanzan Karwor Backfires In Grand Gedeh

Chief Zanzan Karwor

ZWEDRU, June 13 (LINA) – The Grand Gedeh County chapter of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders is vehemently rejecting the chairmanship appointment made recently by national leader, Chief Zanzan Karwor.

Chief Karwor is the head of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders which has subsidiaries in all 15 counties.

He appointed Chief Wilfred Garh as chairman of the Grand Gedeh chapter, but the decision met stiff resistance from the incumbent local chairman, David Nebo, who says the move did not meet the consensus of local chiefs and elders, thus it is null and void.

Karwor’s choice Garh served as spokesman for the National Council of Chiefs and Elders in Grand Gedeh before his controversial appointment as the new chairman of the local body.

But Chief Nebo told the Liberia News Agency that “up to this time, I have not seen any communication to that effect (appointment) neither have I seen Garh at the headquarters here in Zwedru.”

“I only know Wilfred Garh to be the spokesman and not chairman, as he claims,” said Nebo, arguing that the appointment of chairman for auxiliary can be done through a unanimous decision by chiefs and elders and traditional leaders across the county [when the need arises], but not appointment by anybody at the national level.”

When contacted, the Clerk at the office of the Council’s chapter, Washington Dorbah, however, said his office has no knowledge of any communication from national chairman, Chief Karwor.

Dorbah stated that the local council wrote Garh on May 16, terminating his services at that level over alleged acts of “gross insubordination against Chairman Nebo, irregularity on the job without excuses, misrepresentation of the council at workshops and meetings, impersonating as chairman at several functions in the county, and making reckless’ public pronouncements on local radio.”

Nonetheless, Garh has yet to officially comment on the development.

Efforts made by LINA to reach him for his view have not materialized.

Howbeit, a document seen by our correspondent supposing to be Chief Karwor’s letter appointing Garh as chairman was dated May 3, 2019.

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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.