7 February 2014

Liberia: Liberty Party Rep. Justifies Senate Race Intent, Criticizes Findley

Buchanan — Ahead of the Liberty Party's primary for Grand Bassa County Special Senatorial election this year, Electoral District Four Representative Jeh Byron Brown says his decision to contest for the senate is based on the fact that no politician from the hinterland of Grand Bassa have ever won a senatorial seat in the county.

Grand Bassa County's District Four Representative, Jeh Byron Brown (Liberty Party)

The vocal Lawmaker also frowns at incumbent Senator, Gbehzongar Findley for what he terms as 'ignoring the plight of the Bassa people'.

Speaking to FrontPage Africa ahead of a special mass meeting with his constituents on Saturday, February 8, the Liberty Party Lawmaker said he has asked his party to consider him as a candidate and hopefully if he wins the primary, he will be a 'formidable force'.

"I want to contest the position because of the onset of the creation of these counties, especially Grand Bassa as it is considered the second county in the Republic of Liberia, one of the things that happens is that, most of the leaders are from the seaside, so our people in the rural areas are not fully represented," said Rep. Brown.

According to him, prior to his ascendency as a lawmaker, there were many issues that were debated and argue upon the rural parts of the county that are still undone leaving people in the hinterland marginalized.

Hon. Brown named some of the issues as the delays in reviewing the Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) concession agreement of 1959, the deplorable condition of feeder roads, and the numerous problems affecting rural schools in the county.

Said Rep. Brown: "... and we have a senior senator that is not reaching to our people. They present themselves as electioneering saviors, when they are very close to the election, they go back to the native people and give them tokens in order to get them back to power.

Continuing his criticizing of Senator Gbehzongar Findley, Hon. Brown said he single handedly took the Liberian government and LAC to court over the concession agreement issue by preying the court to file a Rate of Mandamus against the government and the company, but to his disappointment he was never supported by the County's Senior Senator during that endeavor.

Hon. Brown thinks the priority areas in the County's hinterlands are the transformation of the human resource capacity of the youth and the transformation of basic infrastructures. But His critics have lashed at him for underachieving as a member of the lower house, yet he wants a bigger responsibility.

A recent FrontPage Africa inquiry shows that the Liberty Party Representative needs to fine tune his political bases if he's serious about winning Hon. Findley in the election.

Responding to critics, Hon. Brown said his performances at the 52nd and now 53rd legislature justifies his consistency as a politician who is dedicated to the three cardinal responsibilities of a Lawmaker; Lawmaking, Oversight, and Representation.

"I'm I not presenting bills at the legislature? I'm I not advocating for my people, by taking the government and LAC to court over the concession agreement? Is that not advocacy?"

The Liberty Party's meticulous approach of selecting its candidate, will certainly set the stage for all partisans to denounce a break away. Stalwarts of the Party have reiterated the importance of the party winning this year's election in Grand Bassa.

When asked if it was possible to work with any other aspirants once he's not selected during the primary, Hon. Brown's response seems optimistic and committed to unseating the incumbent come October this year.

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