Bong Supt’s Induction Ceremony Hitches

By: Winston Kekura
Gbarnga, Bong Co.


Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 23, 2004

The induction ceremony of the newly appointed Superintendent of Bong County, Daniel L. Weetol, failed to take place in Gbarnga recently due to alleged poor planning.

According to our Central Region correspondent, despite the poor planning of the program, some citizens had gathered at the Gbarnga Administration Building in anticipation of the holding of the ceremony but were astonished when a delegation from Monrovia arrived and told them (citizens) that the ceremony would be performed by an assistant minister from the Internal Affairs Ministry.

According to the citizens, constitutionally, ceremony of such nature should be performed either by the Minister of Internal Affairs or by any of his deputies. “This is indeed a disgrace to our county for an assistant minister to install a county superintendent,” oldman Yarkpawolo asserted.

The reports said, while the people were expressing their displeasure about the status of guest of honor, they received a communication from Monrovia through UNMIL Bangladeshi contingent assigned in that area that the Minister of Internal Affairs, Dan Morais, was on his way upon receipt of his per diems. However, when the minister could not arrive, the program was called off until the next day. As at now, the ceremony continues to hitch.

As a result of this breakdown in the schedule of the ceremony, our correspondent gathered views from the cross section of citizens of Bong. According to them, the Internal Affairs Ministry had failed to inform them about the program needless to talk about an assistant minister performing the ceremony.

Meanwhile, information filtering in from the Executive speaks of continuous controversy over the appointment of Mr. Weetol.

© 2004: This article is copyrighted by the Forum newspaper (Monrovia, Liberia) and distributed by The Perspective (Atlanta, Georgia). All rights reserved.