The article below is an example of why we started Upcountry, Liberia’s Journal of Rural Life. It is time for us to stand up and be counted…..
Liberia: Kparblee Cries Out For Development
The Informer (Monrovia)
Roland Perry 29 April 2009
Monrovia – Barely three years into the existence of the ruling had Unity Party led Government headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, citizens of Kparblee District in Nimba County have complained of being “marginalized” by successive government including the UP.
The citizen said since the establishment of Nimba County in 1963, the district has received very little attention from government and has not been ably represented at the national Legislature, something they said, have impeded development activities in the district for many years. Speaking during a Kparblee District Development and Awareness program in Monrovia Sunday, an executive of the ruling UP – who cross over from the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) – Mr. Victor G. Barney said as the country enjoys total peace and stability, it was very prudent to create the necessary awareness to call government’s attention to the plight of his people.
He said for too long the people of Kparblee District have been isolated from the entire country and was now urging the Government of Liberia to pay keen attention to the many development needs in the district and other rural communities as being done in other areas in the country. Kparblee borders Grand Gedeh with Nimba. It is predominately occupied by Gios and Manos who Barney said is not benefiting from all the development activities, thereby leaving the people there with no stretch of road and other modern facilities to improve their lives. The program which was held Sunday at the Kailondo Hotel brought together cross sections of Kparblee district citizens including local chiefs, youth, civil society organizations as well as students groups from Nimba County.
Meanwhile Mr. Barney has denied report that he is eyeing the Representative post of Kparblee in the up-coming general and presidential elections in 2011. He said he has no intention to contest in 2011 but was speaking out to send a signal to those wanting to represent his people to do it with sincerity and exercise a high level of mutual respect for the people of the district and the county as a whole without any pre-condition.
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