VP Jewel Howard Taylor Several Bong Local Officials “dismissed” for not Joining the partyMany local officials in Bong County have lost their jobs and have now been replaced by stalwarts of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) allegedly on orders of electoral district #3 Representative, Josiah Marvin Cole. Their dismissal comes in the wake of recent veiled threats by Vice President Taylor to dismiss non party members from positions in government.Some of those replaced by CDC partisans are the Labor Commissioner of Bong County, Jackson Kwegbian replaced by CDC Sayblee Weyea, Agriculture Coordinator for Bong County, Roland Varkeh replaced by CDC Kollie Nah, the County Inspector, replaced by CDC Victor Wesseh and Commerce Inspector replaced by CDC Pauline Sarlie.“The fact that some of you who sitting here, are not members of the Coalition, but we have nothing in our hearts against you because I would have removed everybody, replaced you with people I trust and believe would work with us, because you would have done same to me had you been in power” adding, “this is my time, because I served as opposition for 12 years,” Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor told the residents recently in emotionally charged remarks.Residents believe it is because of the Vice President’s inclination to dismiss local officials who are not part of the CDC that Rep. Cole gained strength to replaced those he had targeted. Some maintained that the Vice President has the Constitutional right to bring on board those she satisfied with.The Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has also asked local chiefs to join the ruling CDC or be replaced.Mrs. Taylor who also suggested that it is biblical, unacceptable, why two cannot walk together if they do not agree; asking members of the local government in Bong County to either join the ruling CDC or be replaced. In justifying her stance on the matter, Vice President Howard Taylor sought reliance from the Scriptures, quoting from the Book of Amos 3:3, which states, “can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”Mrs. Taylor informed the chiefs that the CDC will be holding political meetings and these gatherings must be attended only by the partisans. Mrs. Taylor further told those inducted officials that it is unbearable for the government to work with people with whom she does not share the same political philosophy.“The Bible says can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction. For us to agree, we must be on the same side so if you think you cannot make it, tell us, we will find somebody else to replace you.Similar actions were taken during the Unity Party (UP) regime where people were made to join the ruling establishment at the time. “You all will join because other people joined the UP so I am waiting for you to travel to your districts to tell me you have joined the ruling party,” Mrs. Taylor ordered the chiefs.She maintained that trust is paramount and she would not be confident to express herself in the midst of non-members of the Coalition.It was shortly after the VP statement, that Rep. Cole took the decision to unilaterally remove those officials from their respective posts, thus sending a clear message of competing poles of power with President Weah on one hand and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor on the other hand.According to a prominent lawyer (name withheld), the power to appoint and dismiss public officials rests squarely in the purview of the President and not that of the Vice President nor that of a member of the Legislature, the lawyer observed. It can be recalled that Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor publicly apologized to President Weah following reports that she and President Weah had been at odds over her unapproved frequent travels abroadBut with this latest dismissal action which some Bong County officials claim is instigated by Vice President Taylor without the approval of President Weah, it appears that Vice President Taylor’s apologies to President Weah, may have been insincere according to the officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
but I believe the voters were misled.” The City Clerk’s Office is expecting to get verification from the county by Tuesday. Conservancy to mark 20th year WHITTIER – The Whittier Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. today at the historic home of Mary Sullens, 6235 Bright Ave. Members of the conservancy, founded in the aftermath of the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake, will reminisce and celebrate 20 years as a force in preserving the historic charm and character of the community with “its historic buildings, tree-lined streets and pristine undeveloped hillsides.” The night’s festivities include citing examples of historic preservation and community enhancement projects and giving recognition to the people behind them. Admission at $25 per person includes a dinner catered by Crepes and Grapes Restaurant. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds will help with the conservancy’s annual operating costs. Gardens at Whittier sets Oktoberfest WHITTIER – The Gardens at Whittier, 8101 S. Painter Ave., is hosting an Oktoberfest event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include plenty of food. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Tater. For more information and reservations, call (562) 698-0696, or go to www.emeritus.com. Weekly movie showings to begin LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., welcomes families to its At the Movies program at 1 p.m. every Saturday, starting today. Today’s movie is “The Haunted Mansion.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. You are advised to come early to get a good seat. The entire schedule is: “Everyone’s Hero” (Oct. 13), “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie” (Oct. 20) and “Monster House” (Oct. 27). The movies are sponsored by Movie Express, 15775 Imperial Highway. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit the Web at www.cityoflamirada.org. Chamber plans network luncheon PICO RIVERA – The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a network luncheon at noon Tuesday at Casa Gamino, 9060 Slauson Ave. The event, sponsored by Banco Popular, will include lunch, an opportunity to meet new people and promote your business and a presentation by guest speaker Monica Contreras of Banco Popular. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. There will also be a members-only cash drawing. The winner must be present. For more information, call (562) 949-2473. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySiccama was targeted by the public action group Montebello Citizens for Honest Government in a petition drive last April in response to efforts to explore the county taking over the city’s fire services. On Aug. 22, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office verified 5,028 signatures of registered voters of the 6,717 total signatures filed. At least 4,713 verified signatures were required to trigger a recall election. “I support the right of the voters and the democratic process,” Siccama, 46, said in a prepared statement after the election was announced. “I do not question the validity of the signatures themselves, MONTEBELLO – Two individuals filed nomination papers Thursday in the recall election of Councilman Jeff Siccama, the City Clerk’s Office announced. Leo Rodriguez and Mary Anne Saucedo’s papers have been submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office for verification, said Debbie Kosareff, Montebello deputy city clerk. Rodriguez is running in the Nov. 6 council election, and Saucedo is a former council member. The recall election is set for Dec. 18. It’s the first in the city since 1932, according to city officials.