Source: The Independent
MONROVIA: As the Special Elections of Senators draw nearer, former Grand Bassa County Senator during the Charles Taylor National Patriotic Party (NPP) led government, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, has pledged his support to former youth advisor to Taylor, Benjamin Sanvee.
Both Brumskine and Sanvee worked in the Taylor’s NPP government and are said to be renewing their alliance in the pending 2014 senatorial race as Sanvee has declared his intention to contest the seat of Montserrado, maybe to face football legend, George Manneh Weah, of the Congress for Democratic, the main opposition party since 2005.
Cllr. Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP) quitted politics following the 2011 elections but in recent times, reports of his return to politics have emerged with lots of claims and counter claims.
However, on last Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Cllr. Brumskine appeared at the political gathering of youthful Sanvee and openly pledged his support for the Montserrado County Senatorial aspirant , Benjamin Sanvee; noting that “Montserrado County actually needs intellectuals” for the senatorial seat.
Cllr. Brumskine made the statement at the Monrovia City Hall after Sanvee delivered what he (Sanvee) described as, “The first in a series of speeches on the Liberian Economy.”
When quizzed by journalists as to who he preferred to become the next Senator for Montserrado County, which hosts the political decision of the country, between Liberia’s Peace Ambassador who is also the political leader of the CDC and Mr. Benjamin Sanvee, Cllr. Brumskine said, “Ben is armed with the resources, intellect as well as human resources to win this election.
I would have been the first person to cast my ballot for him, except that I am not from Montserrado and I cannot vote here but in Buchanan. I am going to support him. He is smart. Montserrado County actually needs intellectuals,” the Liberty Party boss emphasized.
It is reported that Montserrado County hosts the densely populated Monrovia- which was built for a far fewer people than the current 1.5 million people who inhabit it; huge migration to the city in search of food and medicine during the years of war overstretched the already limited services, inclusive housing and sanitation which remain outstanding problems for communities.
Although, Cllr. Brumskine did not state whether Sanvee would contest the pending senatorial elections on the LP’s ticket, but LP sources have confided that the party will not field any candidate as long as Sanvee is in the race. It is also alleged that Sanvee is considering joining LP before the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections.
Sanvee, speaking at the economy forum said, Africa Development Bank Liberia’s reported on how the poverty rate decreased from 64% to 56% between 2007 and 2010 but 78% of the population remains engaged in vulnerable employment and the country ranks at the bottom of countries with poor Human Development Index which is at 174th out of 187.
He noted that these are evidences of some of the challenges we face; “many of us live these challenges. But I must submit to you today that when you actually go deep into the… communities and see the plights and struggles of our people and hear their stories, one cannot help but wonder why we’re not doing more.”