Margibi County District one Representative says he would protest by staying away from the official program of Liberia’s 171stIndependence Day Celebration.
Rep. Tebelrosa Tarponweh said his action is bordered on the unprecedented flood that is affecting citizens of his district.
According to him, the situation over the few days has left thousands of his residents displaced and homeless; something he stressed needs to be given serious attention by the government.
“I am protesting the neglect and insensitivity that has been permeated in the official circle. Not only that but I have instructed my office staff to the return the invitation sent to me for the Independence Day celebration. I told them to return it to the office of the chief clerk. I am protesting, I want to be with my people and can’t celebrate. Some of us didn’t get in government to put shoulder up. I am not celebrating I want to be with my people where water bond disease is on the rise. I am going to spend time in the communities and they are countless but I have to be with them because they’re suffering”.
Tarponweh stressed that the situation if not tackle could lead to a greater catastrophe that would create more economic burden on those victimized.
According to him, every contact established for the intervention of the National Disaster Management Agency couldn’t yield fruitful results due to what the agency described as lacks of funding and logistics.
The Margibi County Lawmaker also attributed the delay to the government response to flood victims in the country to the poor preparedness of government. Tarponweh decried the insensitivity by the government and its officials in addressing the plight of the victims across the country. Tarponweh speaking on a local radio called on President Weah, the National Disaster Management Agency to intervene immediately.
Meanwhile, the district one lawmaker has donated over fifty bags of 25 kilograms bags of rice, mineral waters and cash among other things to several victims across the county. The victims were drawn from the Newland Community, Dowers town, Kiki town among others. Tarponweh said the donations were a way of identifying with victims of the natural disaster that hugely affected their lives during the past weeks.
Speaking on behalf affected victims, the Acting Chairman and Chairman of the Newland Community and Dowers town, Jackson Beaquah and Andrew Roberts thanked Representative Tarponweh for the gesture describing it as timely. They called on other philanthropists and well-meaning Liberians including the government of Liberia to follow suit if their lives must be repositioned.
At the same time, some of the flood victims are calling on government, philanthropists and other well-meaning Liberians to join effort with their lawmaker to intervene in their situation.
The victims expressed frustration of their homes by the flood which has forced them being displaced and homeless.
The victim described the 2018 rainy season’s disaster as the worst season experienced by them for nearly a decade.
They are optimistic that the situation would be addressed by stakeholders to avoid further recurrence.