Sen. Nagbe Wants Sinoe Legislative Caucus to Reconcile After His Departure

MONROVIA, Montserrado – After being expelled from the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus for breaking a “peace accord” signed in Bamako, Mali in June this year, Sen. Joseph Nagbe says he wants leaders of the county put aside their differences.

On June 6, 2018, all five members of the caucus had met in Bamako and signed an agreement obligating them to work for peace and tranquility among themselves and by extension, among the people of the county.

When Nagbe was suspended, the chairman of the Caucus, Rep. Matthew G. Zarzar of Sinoe’s third district, was also removed and suspended indefinitely.

Nagbe’s statements come after his recent nomination by Pres. George Weah as associate justice to replace Philip A. Z. Banks at the Supreme Court. Banks retired on August 7 after reaching the constitutional retirement age of 70.

Nagbe said Sinoe leaders should not be competing with each other because “they all have different functions.”

Speaking to ELBC Radio, the Sinoe senator described the current impasse among leaders of his county as “madness” and called for an end to it.

According to Nagbe, his departure from the county caucus and politics, presumably after he is confirmed as associate justice, should be an opportunity to bring leaders of Sinoe together.

At the same time, the associate justice designate wants his successor at the Senate to promote peace and bring the people of the county together. He said he hopes his successor exhibits humility and can unite the people of the county.

In 2005, Nagbe was first elected as a senator on the Alliance for Peace and Democracy ticket. He was reelected in 2011 on the same ticket. The Alliance for Peace and Democracy was a coalition of two Liberian political parties, namely the Liberian People’s Party and the United People’s Party.

Nagbe’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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