The New Dawn (Monrovia)

19 February 2013

Liberia: District #12 Youth On Rep. Anderson's Back

The District Youth Council (DYC) representing District #12 in Montserrado County has called on Representative Richmond S. Anderson to get back on the right trajectory in representing the district.

The council said in a press release that Hon Anderson's alleged inability to timely respond to the needs of his people shows that he is far from being their true representation.

It said in the course of one year, the lawmaker's constant inconsistency has hindered the developmental agenda for the district. The DYC said residents of the district are not feeling the impact of Representative Anderson's presence at the Capitol, including the council and district levels.

Hon. Anderson in his first stakeholders' meeting held in May last year in the district, promised to setup a district development council to run the affairs of the district and a district office to have things channeled administratively. The DDC was setup and the district office open, but unfortunately those offices remain empty, the release noted.

Speaking to this paper, the acting chair of the DYC Siaffa B. Kemokai said, members of the District development Council made personal financial contributions to the running of the body with the hope that Hon. Anderson will make good his promises.

He said Hon. Anderson imposed on the people of the district a development plan for at the cost of USD 100,000.00 without their input and established a Project Management Team (PMT) for the district, excluding the youths.

Kemokai further claimed the lawmaker submitted to the office of Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpaan a proposal for a district office and two market centers with an attached cost of USD 150,000.00 without the consent of the people.

He said Representative Anderson seems bent at fully establishing himself at the detriment of the helpless people of District #12, but they will resist, adding that any attempt by him to hire surrogates or stooges to counter act the DYC, such move will be buried face down, and failure by Anderson to live up to the social contact he signed with the people, would be at his detriment as the council will solicit over 10, 000 signatures in the district to call for his impeachment.

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