Reps. Fofana, Zayzay, Nuquay & Supt. Buway
The County of Margibi is reportedly wallowing in the cesspool of confusion blamed on few lawmakers and the superintendent.
Rep. Ben A. Fofana, (Dist. #4) placed the hullabaloo tearing the county apart and causing a deep melt at the feet of Superintendent, John Z. Buway as well as Representatives Ballah Zayzay and Emmanuel Nuquay whom he described as ‘instigators’ of problems there.
A longstanding squabble has reportedly caused serious disunity among the county leadership and members of the legislative caucus. Rep. Fofana in an interview with this paper at the weekend in the county accused his colleagues and the county supt. of sponsoring disunity among the members of county`s leadership through their followers, although he falls short identifying these followers.
In his wisdom, followers of the ‘troublemakers’ should not and cannot bear the greatest responsibility, but succumbed that “the laws sometimes hold people who bear greater responsibility.”
Without giving a clearer picture of the origin and cause of the disunity among county leaders, Rep. Fofana divulged how he consulted on several occasions Speaker Alex Tyler on the issue, asking him to intervene.
“I have taken the issue to the Speaker of the House of Representatives over more than three times but his colleagues have always told him to forget about it on grounds that they will solve it in the county. Since then there has never been any called meeting by them,” he said.
Rep. Fofana claimed he also brought the issue to the attention of Representative Clarence Massaquoi, Lofa County, along with Representative Edward W. Karfiah, Bong County, narrating how he took them to Rep. Zayzay’s Smell No Taste residence to intervene and find amicable solution to the situation. All of these efforts, according to him, proved futile.
“In the presence of these two lawmakers, Rep. Zayzay promised to meet and talk to his colleagues in order to find a time to convene a meeting to be able to thrash out their differences, but Zayzay is yet to call those involved,” he claimed.
He said he was not pushing for resolution of the problem Fofana to clinch unto position; but rather it is but for the people of County because “one way or another if they as county officials are not united, their people will be affected.”
However, Superintendent John Z. Buway demanded the voice of his accuser be played before he responded when journalists contacted him.
“Can I listen to what Rep. Fofana said? Your go and play it. I can’t say anything because I have not listened to what Rep. Fofana said before I say different thing, so I have nothing to say,” he replied prurient reporters.
Also, there were no words from Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay and Ballah Zayzay after several phone calls and text messages.
However, a peace-finding conference last week was marred by claims and counter-claims regarding the state of affairs in the county as it relates to unity and disunity.
The one-day unity conference organized by a local group, Liberia United Drivers Incorporated, intended to unite members of the Margibi County Legislative Caucus turned a bit chaotic when debate ensued between Margibi County District #2 Representative Ballah G. Zayzay and District #4 Representative Ben A. Fofana, disagreeing with each other over alleged disunity existing amongst lawmakers in the county.
While Rep. Zayzay categorically denied the existence of any form of disunity, Rep. Fofana said there was disunity in the leadership of the county, urging his colleague not to “play politics with his citizens.”
By: Moses M. Tokpah