Residents of Montserrado County District #9 at the weekend gathered in their mass to embrace peace and reconciliation, a move they considered "cardinal instrument to foster progress and development."
The intent of said action was to unite political candidates, who contested in the 2011 legislative elections and may have had some differences with one another after the results were announced. Before the reconciliation ceremony, they observed that there exists disunity amongst former candidates, their supporters and some residents.
In a statement issued on his behalf by a proxy, Dr. Ketterkume Murray, a former representative of the district, who was defeated in 2011, described the process as "belated, but vital to the development of the district."
"We opted for a clean and peaceful campaign from all sides, a process in which we were a bit successful in achieving," another former candidate, George Danh, told the audience at the Don Bosco Youth Center in Matadi community.
In a special statement, the holder of the representative seat for the next six years Miss Munah E. Pelham, urged the residents to pay keen attention to reconciliation at all levels particularly, beginning with their respective homes.
She praised the residents for the courage, noting that their ability to progress cannot be equated to districts of the county, but needed a forum like the one held to discuss, reconcile and move ahead.
"Reconciliation is not a day's event, rather a perpetual responsibility. It begins with me, who have asked to reconcile and end with us. It may not be me against a candidate here today, but it could be another person against a candidate. I want us to use this occasion to reconcile our differences for the good and welfare of the people of District #9," Representative Pelham declared.
The ceremony brought together scores of residents of the district, including those of the Muslim and Christian communities, youth representatives, heads of public and private schools, amongst others. Most of the candidates, who contested the elections were all in attendance and pledged their support to the process.
They resolved to a collective approach in dealing with problems of the district, adding "This is our district and we must work to ensure that peace, development and reconciliation is achieved."