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Ahead Of October Elections: JNB Smells Victory

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By: H. Richard Fallah

MONROVIA: The former Vice President of Liberia and Standard Bearer of the erstwhile governing Unity Party (UP), Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has received huge endorsement from a group of legislative staffers at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

The group of workers including men and women on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, pledged their unwavering support to the Unity Party (UP’s) standard bearer and his running mate, Senator Jeremiah Kpan Koung of Nimba County.
Also speaking at the endorsement ceremony, the chairman of the group, Prince Gbieu, said their action is based on the confidence they have in the UP standard bearer including his wealth of experience and leadership ability.
The group opined that the Boakai-Koung`s ticket represents the aspirations of the Liberian people, something which the group said, led its membership to resoundingly pledge their support to the Boakai-Koung ticket.
In remarks, the former Chairman of the group, Charles Brown, told the gathering that the George Weah-led government has done more harms than good to all Liberians.
He said, under the guise of the government’s salary harmonization program, the Ministry of Finance and Development has sliced the salaries of civil servants or public service employees across the country, so much that they now live on crediting from others.
“Today, we have resolved, honorable senators; that we will stand by you people for the fact that the Government that some of us voted for in 2017 created a mayhem by harmonizing our salaries. God will not bless us if we stand in line and tell them thank you with our votes,” Brown said.
Though most of the Legislative staffers make below US$500, they complained that their salaries have been drastically affected by the CDC-led government’s “Salaries harmonization” policy.

Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah has repeatedly stated that no public service worker that earns below US$500 was affected by the incumbent government’s salaries harmonization exercise.
In addition to the unwarranted salary cuts, Brown named delay in the payment of salaries, rampant or unbridled corruption, ritualistic killings, mysterious disappearances and deaths and proliferation of narcotic drugs and other dangerous substances as some of the short comings of the Weah administration.
The legislative staffers, comprising central administration (civil servants) and lawmakers’ personal staff used the time to honor Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Abraham Darius Dillon for their ‘selfless and remarkable’ decision in supporting the Boakai-Koung ticket.
Certificating Senator Karnga-Lawrence and Dillon, the staffers thanked them and described the tough-talking female Legislator as “True Rescue Mother” of Liberia.
Receiving the certificate from the legislative workers, the Grand Bassa County Senator thanked the workers for always inspiring her to keep serving Grand Bassa and Liberia at large.
She recalled that the workers stood by her during the sudden death of her husband, Rep. Adolph Lawrence; and have always identified with her during good times.
She added that her decision to back the Boakai-Koung ticket was also inspired by them.
Senator Karnga-Lawrence vowed to empower them to not only campaign for the Unity Party, but to safeguard the party’s votes to ensure a resounding victory.
Senator Lawrence: “By the decision we made, we know that Liberia is getting on the right path. We are five months away from changing this government and there will be no second round.”
The two (2) term lawmaker of Grand Bassa County has assured the former vice President that she will deliver the entire Bassa-speaking belt that comprises Grand Bassa, Margibi and Rivercess Counties of much needed support.

The recent endorsement from the legislative workers to JNB-Koung`s ticket, comes just few hours after the Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence faction of the Liberty Party announced its full support to the Presidential bid of Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

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