GREENVILLE LIBERIA…Tuesday November 13, 2018… The Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI), the facilitator of Liberia’s leading set of Direct People To People media and community outreach blended interactive DIALOGUE style Debates and child sensitive public education flagship platforms, DUCOR DEBATES and TOMORROW’S PEOPLE at the start of the tour of the South Eastern Region of Liberia for the purpose of conducting debates for the SINOE County Senatorial By-Election and holding the YEAR THREE SINOE County session of the ongoing National Academic Competition has hit the ground running with the conduct of the first candidates debates at GREENVILLE , the seat of the County in the horn of the South East of Liberia…
Held on Sunday November 11, the debated brought together two of the four candidates in the SINOE County By-Election, OTHELLO DOE NAGBE of the CLP and AUGUSTINE CHEA of the Congress/Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)…The debate though turned fierce later, it all began with agreements on finding a solution to the South Eastern Region and Sinoe County’s most challenging situation, the bad and near impassible road connectivity to and within the County and the entire region…OTHELLO DOE NAGBE began the rather expected pledge to do something about the road…
CUE INN…NOW TALK ABOUT THE DEPLORABLE STATE OF THE ROAD……
CUE OUTT…..AND THEN TO THE REST OF THE SOUTH EAST WILL ALSO BE PRIORITY.
For AUGUSTINE CHEA, he claims to be well positioned because he’s of the ruling CDC and his platform is aligned with the general road development agenda of current president GEORGE WEAH for the entire South East including Sinoe, but that such agenda must have a serious push and that he brings to the table
CUE INN…AS A SINOEN AND AS A CITIZEN FROM THE SOUTH EAST….
OUT CUEE…THAT ROAD PROJECT SHOULD START AND HE SAYS CLLR. YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT….
The second trending issue of concern at the LMDI GREENVILE SIONE debate was the visible ethnic divide between the two biggest tribes in the county, the KRU and SAPO …This seems so deeply entrenched that the discussion can get tensed as heard here from the both candidates…First AUGUSTINE CHEA…He threw outright accusations at his opponent, OTHELLO DOE NAGBE alleging that NAGBE with the backing of current senator, MILTON TEAHJAY is maligning his character and fueling further disunity amongst the people of Sinoe…
CUE INN….OTHELLO NUMBER 2, QUESTION NUMBER TWO…..
CUE OUTT…PEOPLE WHO WANT LEADERSHIP IN OUR COUNTY, SHOULD NOT BE LYING TO OUR PEOPLE
But CHEA’S opponent, OTHELLO DOE NAGBE implies in argument that the divide in the county is as a result of marginalization and should be addressed by the equal representation of what he calls the two known sides in the ethnic and political divides known as the LEFT and RIGHT BANKS…
CUE INN…DUCOR DEBATES SINOE, NOW YOU ALREADY BEGAN TAKING ISSUES….
CUE OUTT…AND SO IF HE WANTS TO LEARN SMALL CONSTITUTION FROM ME I CAN HELP HIM, I CAN HELP HIM OUT.
The debate though attended by two of the four candidates, it turned out interestingly fierce in the arguments, but friendly so that the two candidates embraced promising to work together no matter the outcome, for the good of the county.
For the other two candidates that were absent, their reasons varied…Candidate KLAHN GBOLLH JARBAH came to the debated but left in protest that the video of president GEORGE WEAH addressing the UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY was played for the information of the audience on the president’s perspective on dialoging for Peace rather than a special tribunal for the trial of war criminals of Liberia’s war past. The video became necessarily because one of the trending issues was about which way should Liberia head for peace or war crimes tribunal.
THOMAS ROMEO QUAH, the other absent candidate showed up the day before the debate picked up his participation package but simply failed to turn with no explanation.
Details of all the major commitments and arguments will be brought to you as we the LMDI tour the South Eastern Region of Liberia.
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