27 August 2014

Liberia: Senator Taylor's Gesture Questioned

A citizen of Bong County has frowned at Senator Jewel Taylor's recent unilateral distribution of over 200 prepared buckets donated by Accelar Mittal to enhance the fight against the deadly ebola virus in the county. Mr. Herbert Johnson said the Bong County Senator's action is not only politically motivated but undermines the County Health task force, which is charged with the responsibility to oversee the distribution of ebola-related materials and other relief items to citizens.

As the fight against the deadly virus intensifies, Mr. Johnson said there were attempts by some individuals to milk the exercise in gaining political relevance at the detriment of others. "

That Senator Taylor could place her photo on the donated buckets for distribution is a political campaign, which is quite sad a time in Liberia,' Johnson said.

"I wonder why will the senator use free donation and place her photograph on them for distribution. This is a chicanery being orchestrated by the lawmaker, while she pretends to back the fight against the deadly virus."

According to him, it is not the first time that Senator Taylor has taken unilateral action that runs inimical to unity and development within Bong County. Few months back the Bong County Senator unilaterally apportioned funds from the China Union Social Development Fund to Fuamah and Sanoyea districts without input from other members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus.

"The action by Senator Taylor is a clear indication that she is desperate to get re-elected in the mid-term elections. What is heartbreaking was that she is carrying out such machination when the county as a whole is faced with national calamity," Johnson said.

He reminded the Bong County Senator that such scheme will never lure citizens of the county in rescinding their decision to reject her re-election, because she has miserably failed to perform.

He also called on authorities of the county, including the Bong Legislative Caucus to prevail on Senator Taylor to account for the items donated by Accelar Mittal as it does not fall within her purview to distribute same, but rather the County Health Team.

The Senator could be reached for comments up to press time, but critics said she is not the only politician who has placed her photograph on donated anti-Ebola buckets to citizens.

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