By J K K Peah
Monrovia, Liberia- The 54th Legislature of Liberia gets new leadership as that new body prepares to convene next Tuesday along with a new government and President George Weah, is inaugurated on January 22, 2017, replacing Africa’s first woman President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Representative Bhofal Chambers of the incoming ruling party of the Coalition for Democratic Change was elected Speaker on white ballot while Senator Thomas Chie, President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, was also elected on white ballot.
The ascendancy of these lawmakers to the offices Speaker and Senate Pro Tempore respectively, appears as power grab by a small region of the country holding absolute power over the rest of the country.
The incoming President and President of the Senate come from the same county, Grand Kru while the Speaker also comes from Maryland County, a neighbor of Grand Kru and are fall from an exclusive political southeastern region of the country.
Southeastern region constitutes five counties, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Grand Kru and Sinoe, respectively of the 15 counties that make up the country.
These five counties make up the Kwa linguistic group of the country and represent 11% of the votes cast which is equivalent to 143,077 votes with Grand Kru County contributing a bare 18,531 votes of the 1,218,124 total votes cast in the election. Grand Kru is 6% of the 4.5 million people of Liberia but controls 95% of the government.
It comes as a shock that the incoming government will choose to grab all power and concentrate it in a a very small portion of the country and not being sensitive to the very vices that destroyed the country.
The Coalition for Democratic Change political party had branded itself as a torch bearer of “change” and criticized the outgoing government tauntingly of nepotism for packing the government with friends and relatives but ironically, even before the new incoming government of the Coalition for Democratic Change comes in next Tuesday, it is already plagued with tribalism and sectionalism though it was broadly elected by 61% of voters but will ignore the 89% of the rest of the country that gave birth to it.