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Reject Weah! …Cummings Rallies Southeasterners; Cites Bad Roads, Others

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By: Frank P. Martin

FISH TOWN, GEE COUNTY: The flag bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, has rallied citizens in the Southeastern region of the country to “vehemently reject” the Presidential bid of incumbent President George Manneh Weah.

The CPP Standard Bearer said his call is warranted by “Weah’s failure to meet the desire and aspirations” of the people of the Southeastern region and Liberia as a whole.

President Weah in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections won the Southeastern region which includes Grand Kru, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Ricer Gee and Maryland Counties with unprecedented number of votes.

Both incumbent President Weah and the CPP Standard Bearer, Alexander B. Cummings, hailed from the Southeastern region. Weah is from Grand Kru County while Cummings is from Maryland County.

Speaking to hundreds of market women, youth groups, chiefs and elders in the edifice of the Assembly of God (AG) Church in Fish Town, on Monday, June 12, 2023, Mr. Cummings claimed nothing positive has taken place development-wise in the region since the ascendency of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), to state power in 2018.

He therefore challenged southeasterners to use the power of the ballots as an alternative to reject President Weah and his CDC government if the numerous problems faced by the region and Liberia must be addressed.

Cummings: “In 2017, some of you voted President Weah and he has done nothing for this region. You will have to have replace him with patriotic, qualified and competent Liberian who can address the many problems facing the region and Liberia.”

Cummings told a crowd of various groupings who greeted him with excitement and jubilation in Fish Town upon his arrival there that his trip to the region was aimed at consulting the citizens and soliciting their views on the CPP manifesto that seeks to lift Liberians out of extreme poverty and suffering.

Cummings’ journey to the Southeast through Ivory Coast was challenging due to the deplorable road conditions, which has made it impassable for him to use the regular route to the region, some CPP supporters hinted this paper.

Most of the major towns in the region are nearly isolated due to deplorable road conditions.

As a result of the situation, the CPP standard bearer has criticized the Weah-led administration for failing to address the bad or deplorable road conditions in the region.

“Our people cannot continue on this path of leadership, where leaders are heartless in meeting the needs of our people. The situation with the one of the problems we have had for many years, which can be handled swiftly by national government,” Cummings noted.

Cummings who arrived in Maryland County on June 10, 2023, followed the footsteps of House Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers and others, who often used the Ivory Coast route to go to their respective counties in Southeast Liberia.

“If we are to have development that would change your lives and the region, the road should be our top priority. We cannot continue travelling through Ivory Coast or traveling on sea to this region. If you don’t want this to continue, please reject President Weah,” he averred.

The southeastern region which comprises Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, and River Cess counties has, for many decades suffered from terrible road conditions.

Yet, these counties have given birth to some of Liberia’s brightest human minds and global icons. The region also produced three presidents —William V.S Tubman, who hailed from Maryland; Samuel K. Doe, Grand Gedeh; and current President, George M. Weah, Grand Kru County.

Former President of the erstwhile Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer (late) hailed from Sinoe County.

But very little has changed for these counties in terms of infrastructure and road connectivity. And with President Weah having proclaimed himself “Bad Road Medicine,” many southeasterners have been looking forward for the era when the region’s bad road conditions would be alleviated.

Currently, the southeastern road network is among the country’s major highways that are in the most deplorable state.

The situation causes commercial and other vehicles which in normal time would manage to squeeze at least two round-trips in a week, to just one which takes almost a week to make; sometimes cutting drivers’ projected incomes.

Awkwardly, it is not just the drivers that are losing time, but the passengers who have to spend sleepless nights and days on the road before reaching their respective destinations.

And there is another problem: the issue of hikes in transportation fares at any given point in time — creating difficulties for travelers.

The costs add up depending on the number of loads a person may be carrying and the costs of petroleum.

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