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J. Milton Teahjay’s senatorial victory perhaps a sign of hope for Sinoe County: A Rejoinder

By Dennis Chewlae Jah                     Dennis C. Jah
Dear Bro Sungbeh,
I agree with some of what you wrote and thank you for your quick thinking in coming up with such comprehensive opinion piece right after the last ballot was counted. I agree that those elections were contentious and at the end Milton Teahjay came on top. I don’t disagree with your theme that J. Milton Teahjay’s senatorial victory could be a sign of hope for Sinoe County. I cannot object because no one knows the future and that there are instances when even convicted criminals can turn their lives around after they have served their time in prison. All that you have said about Mr. Teahjay as his strength do not jive with me in the same manner. For example, jumping from one political party to the other depending on where the grass is greener do not suggest all that hope for Sinoe, a county that has been consistently robbed by its leaders and therefore lies at the bottom of human and infrastructural development. More so, what you may have forgotten, deliberately left out or ignored so as to support your thesis do not speak all that well of the perceived hope and the confidence you want us to repose in Mr. Teahjay.
It interests me however, that your comparison of the former Superintendent Mr. Teahjay and Mr. Mboutu Nyenpan, the incumbent senator only took into account of Nyenpan’s records as senator but said nothing about Teahjay’s successes or failures as the Chief Executive Officer of Sinoe. Worse of all, you did not comment on the corruption charges hanging around Mr. Teahjay’s neck even as you want us to hang our hats in the salvation he may probably bring. I believe both men presented two bad choices for Sinoe. Both had nothing to show for the time they served themselves thinking they were serving Sinoe. Both men have played to the tribal tunes of some of their simple-minded supporters. I wished both were rejected in favor of any of the rest of the contenders so that Sinoe could have a fresh start and that could make accountability and public trust front and center in subsequent elections.
“Teahjay won, Nyepan lost” is a true statement but it does not tell the whole story. Others including Juah-Wleh, Jarbah, Tobii and Mueller lost as well. Keeping the discussion only between Teahjay and Nyenpan only plays to the useless bickering between the two that reduced those two top offices to something like a child’s play.
“Mobuto V. Nyenpan deserves what he got;” and I agree but Teahjay does not deserve to be rewarded with a victory for doing nothing either. He has been all over the place from one political organization to the other in search of political fortunes. His dismal records as Superintendent coupled with the indictment hanging over his heads support any preposition that such hop-scotching as well as an uncontrolled outburst if he does not get his way was simply to satisfy a sweet tooth for public money.
I don’t blame the voters of Sinoe; they voted based on the information they got. That is the outcome of our democracy and the system in place and we have to deal with it. Like it or not, we got the worse of two evils and we all have to live with it. Mr. Teahjay ran a strong campaign and got the benefits. That is politics and he won that game but the main challenge is if he can deliver. So far, there is no record to suggest that he will be accountable this time but he has an opportunity to redeem himself and do better. As it is said, when the foot of rabbit cannot touch the skies while he stands on top of the mountain, why will we expect his foot to touch the skies from the bottom of a valley? But again we must look on the bright side of things and therefore must make lemonade out of these very sour lemons. That is the challenge of all us.
I thank you very much and commend you for your continual fight for social justice and fair play.
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Comrade Sungbeh,
If Mr. Milton Teahjay’s tenure as Superintendent of Sinoe County did not give hope to Sinoe County, I am doubtful that he will be a sign of hope for the people of Sinoe County. Put in other words, before one thinks of the Senator-Elect Teahjay
as a sign of hope for Sinoe County, his achievements as Superintendent of Sinoe County, for the purpose of objective analysis, should be used as the necessary and sufficient ingredients with which to discuss
any present and/or future achievements on the party of the newly elected Senator. It is preverbal that the past constitutes the ingredients of the present and to the future.
Moreover, I want to thank you for your stance in the use of tribalism for political advantage. It is my sincere belief that both Teahjay and Nyanpen played the tribal card during their respective campaigns to advance their personal agenda at the
expense of our vulnerable brothers and sisters of the Kru and Sarpo tribes, a twin traditional brothers. These two egotists, instead of running on their respective records (they have non), exploited the vulnerability of our people through their tactics of tribal divide. During the electoral process, the Sinoe people did have a choice. They would have chosen Mr. Oscar Quiah or Mr. Mulleh (sp). However, because of the sophistication, financially potent, and tribally infused campaigns of both Teahjay and Nyanpen, the Sinoe people chose one of the two evil geniuses, Teahjay over Nyanpen.
Finally, I want to appeal to all the progressive sons and daughters of Sinoe County to vehemently and ferociously reject this ugly paradigm of politicking. We must reject tribalism in all its forms and shapes in electing our county officials. A Kru person must be proud to chair the Campaign of a Sarpo candidate premised on his/her conviction that the candidate is qualified, honest, patriotic, and deliverable. The opposite must also be true.
I am an optimist notwithstanding. Hence, I hope that Teahjay will use the opportunity given him by the Sinoe people to redeem himself, especially in the wake of his alleged indictment of embezzling the Sinoe people development funds. It is my hope that he will not use the Taylor playbook (Taylor was consciously elected by his victims, but inflicted more serious contusions on the very victims after his election) in the discharge of his functions. That’s how I see it.
Be blessed!
C. Washington Tarpeh
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I concur with Mr. Cyrus Washington Tarpeh analysis of both the Teahjah and Nyenpan playing the tribal politics. However, little that I know that Mr. Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh is a pure bedrock of tribal politics giving his analogy deplored. Sinoe County will achievement more if we think of the County before Sarpo and Kru. If we all will play this kind of politics like that of Mr. Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh, it would breed division and would retards our development just to win political favour and tribal sentiments.
I am worrying about the development of the County when senior politicians inflamed tribal passion to their advantage to divide Kru and Sarpo who are brother and sister in the first place. Milton Teahjay politics in Sinoe County and among the people of Sinoe County should be reharded as polarization of the County coined by his political party inciting tribal sentiments with voting patterns reflects the role of ethnicity. Mr. Cyrus W. Tarpeh is right. I say this to say that Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told Hon. Matthew G. Zarzar to get out of the Junior Senatorial race in Sinoe County based on the premise that two Sarpo men cannot be Senior Senator and Junior Senior for the County a political card plays by Hon. Teahjay. Hon. Matthew Zarzar subsequently Consented and department leaving that position with his Kru brother but why now she did not utter a word to Teahjay? She is looking for people to protect her and defend her interest after power.
The voting patterns now in the County prevented the best person for the constituency in the case of J. Milton Teahjay social-economic discordance in the development of the County and the tendency has always been a new phenomenon in multi-party democracy practiced only in Liberia and along partisan lines.
However, with the Teahjay’s phenomenon, it is not surprising I truly realized that corruption is endemic and pervasive not just in Sinoe County but under his boss Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf which has contributed in no small way to the increasing poverty and inequalities. For instance, the funds allocated for essential projects that would provide basic needs of the people and develop in the County were diverted into individual accounts, depriving Sinoe community of bare necessities of life.
Mr. Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh, like us be like Mr. Cyrus W. Tarpeh to speak to the fact in our County. If voting were not done on the tribal basis, maverick politician like Hon. Oscar J. Quiah would have won the election. I have been following your articles on just Hon. Mabutu Nyenpan and not Hon. J. Milton Teahjay who is the most controversial person for our County.
What some of us are wishing for is good leadership in our County change your mentality and let us focus for the betterment of the county. First, I make no apologies of where I was born whom I was born to and my extremely privileged and comfortable upbringing. Like you said you were living in Juarzon like Hon. J. Milton Teahjay who himself born and raised in Juarzon, we were taught to be fair, bold and courageous, eloquence, forthrightness and pursuit of the truth, humblest, and down to earth. Like you Mr. Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh, my great grand parents are Kru on my mother side the Nyanpan, the Pajibo, and the Jappah. Mr. Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh, I will be delighted when every child of our County has a roof over his or her head do not go hungry, is educated and fulfills his or her ambitions that is the County we must build.The trouble for Teahjah is not over yet he is still needed.
Hamilton B. Kayee
Editor’s Note:
Mr. Kayee
Where have you been, Mr. Kayee? I have written extensively about Teahjay and his controversial politics, since he burst onto the national scene years ago. Since then, he and I have been at loggerheads (ask his nephew Rufus Darkortey). So I don’t really know where you got this thing about me not writing about Teahjay, but Nyenpan. You also said: “Tewroh Wehtoe Sungbeh is a pure bedrock of tribal politics.” Laughable indeed. You just don’t know me.
Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh

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