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Democracy put to test in National Chiefs and Elders Council of Liberia

Joseph Koon/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Chief Zanzan Karwor
Chief Zanzan Karwor

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberia News Agency (LINA) said leadership crisis has engulfed the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia.

This follows the submission of a resolution to the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs by some aggrieved members of the body, declaring a “vote of no confidence” in the current leadership of the National Chiefs and Elders Council of Liberia.

According to LINA, the resolution signed by eight paramount chiefs from the 15 counties said, their action is predicated upon the fact that the tenure of the current leadership of the council, led by Chief Zanzan Karwor, elapsed since August 22, 2016.

The group of chiefs, under the banner “Progressive Concerned Chiefs and Elders Movement of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia,” were led by paramount chiefs Frombwah Toweh of Nimba County.

The group said Chief Karwor’s official term has expired and, as such, he is no longer a duly elected chief in keeping with the Laws of the council.

The allegation in their petition to the Senate Committee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 indicated that since the expiration of Chief Karwor’ tenue, he has been playing a ‘double standard role.’

Receiving the Resolution, Senators Commany Wesseh of River Gee and Marshall Dennis of Grand Gedeh Counties, on behalf of the Committee on Internal Affairs, thanked the chiefs for their commitment, as they requested with the committee.

They assured the chiefs of the committee’s commitment to delving into the matter in a speedy manner for the purpose of deriving an amicable solution to the problem.

It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2012 signed into law a bill establishing the National Chiefs and Elders Council of Liberia.


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