‘Senate Conspiracy to Divide’ Nimba?

first_imgNimba County Senator Thomas Grupee said he has discovered what looks like a conspiracy in the Senate to divide the county, owing to “cheap propaganda” that the Gbi and Doru District is marginalized and not developed, and should therefore be annexed by Rivercess County.Senator Grupee spoke to reporters in Ganta on Saturday, October 1, naming River Cess County Senator Francis Paye of being the one behind the move to divide Nimba County under the pretext that residents of Gbi and Doru have petitioned the Senate to have the district be taken over by Rivercess County.According to Senator Grupee, Senators from Nimba County are yet to see the said petition, adding that “the Senate Plenary is continuing to enforce the idea to the extent that it has set up a committee to look into the matter and bring their findings back to the Senate by January next year.”He said two years ago, residents of Gbi and Doru petitioned President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, complaining about being “marginalized” by the Nimba County authority, but that a copy of the petition secretly surfaced at the Senate as though some of his colleagues were acting on the content, wanting to see Nimba County divided.“[If] most of the citizens from the district are not aware of the petition, then how did it get to the Senate?” Grupee wondered.Senator Grupee has meanwhile called on the Senate to discontinue the matter and see reason for unifying citizens, rather than pursuing division, adding, “There is no part of Liberia that is well developed than the others.” The citizens of Gbi and Doru district, through their commissioner David Toe, informed the Daily Observer of their dissatisfaction with the behaviors of Senator Paye and some officials from Rivercess county, who they claimed were trying to create animosity or bring division within Nimba, “for their own selfish gain.”Commissioner Toe said during the course of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, Francis Paye went to Gbi and Doru and asked the citizens to vote for him, promising that if he wins, he will advocate for the district to be annexed to Rivercess. Toe said it was because of this promise that Senator Paye unilaterally petitioned the Senate to grant the district a statutory status to have their own representative at the Lower House in future elections.“It is based on the promise that Senator Paye continues to press for the annexation of Gbi and Doru District to Rivercess, but the chiefs and elders in the district are not aware of any of the petition, which he said was done to convince citizens from Gbi and Doru residing in Monrovia,” said Toe.River Cess Senator Paye does not seem to deny the allegation against him. “Let Thomas say whatever he wants to say and you can go ahead and publish what he has said,” Sen. Paye told the Daily Observer via a phone interview yesterday. “I don’t have time for what Thomas has to say; he is a Senator, but the people in the disputed district know what they want. I am a Senator and traditional leader of my people, so I don’t have to respond to every little statement.”River Cess has only two electorial districts, compared to Nimba County with nine electoral districts. The ninth district is Gbi and Doru, which is a forest-rich region where farming, hunting and timber are the leading business activities. Gbi and Doru District lies at the southern tip of the county, bordering River Cess.Aside, Nimba benefits from the County Development Fund (CDF) which is determined to a large extent by each county’s population. Nimba also benefits from Arcelor-Mittal’s Social Development Fund to the tone of US$1.5 million annually. It therefore appears there may be more to gain by River Cess annexing Gbi and Doru District. River Cess County has only 2 seats in the House of Representatives. An annexed or new district will give them a third, while at the same time, potentially increasing the county’s CDF allotment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA man who breached his safety order and terrorised his heavily pregnant ex-partner has been released on bail.John Paul McDonagh, of 24 The Green Ballymacool, Letterkenny appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday afternoon.The court heard the 35 year old breached his safety order three times on the 8th, 11th and 14th of December. On the 14th of December – McDonagh entered the property of his ex-partner who is eight months pregnant while she was asleep upstairs.On that occasion he threatened her to remove the barring order she had against him.Gardaí were called to the house but the defendant refused to come outside of the property – and was subsequently arrested.At the Garda station – Mr McDonagh then asked could he use the mobile phone of Garda Shane Lavelle.However, it didn’t use it for a phone call, instead, he sent a text message to his ex-partner in which he wrote the word RAT.By the time Garda Shane Lavelle realised what the defendant was doing it was too late and the text was sent.The court heard how the defendant’s ex-partner is absolutely terrified of Mr McDonagh and lives in constant fear of him.The couple have one child together and are expecting a second child in the next month.The court then heard about an incident involving Mr McDonagh on June 19th, 2015.There was a disturbance at McNeely Villa’s Oldtown Letterkenny and Garda Darren Carter attended the scene.He found an extremely intoxicated Mr McDonagh at the scene and he acting very aggressive towards them.Mr McDonagh threatened Garda Carter and said he’d hit him and put him to sleep for three weeks.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher told the court, “My client and his ex-partner had been in a relationship for a very long time.“Unfortunately, alcohol had been a big issue in the relationship – and prompted the relationship to end.“Mr McDonagh acknowledges it was totally unacceptable to do what he has done, and knows he has to adhere to the safety order or end up in the prison.“He has agreed to return to Galway with his parents, who are present in court today.“He won’t return to Donegal, the only time he will come back here is for court dates, there is no reason for him to be here.“I’ll ask you judge to take into account three factors, one, his plea, two, his remorsefulness and finally his understanding that anything like this can never happen again.”Judge Paul Kelly said, “There is a serious risk here, and his ex-partner is absolutely terrified of him, he broke the safety order three times in quick succession.“He also made a violent attempt for her to drop the safety order against him, and further intimidation against her continued right up until the 14th of December when he sent her that text message.“I’m sentencing you to three months imprisonment and three months consecutive for the offences.”However, the defendant appealed the decision under recognizance and he was bailed to his family in Galway.MAN THREATENED GARDA HE WOULD ‘PUT HIM TO SLEEP FOR THREE WEEKS’ was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackdonegalex-partnerJUDGEletterkennyMcDonaghlast_img read more