A consortium of nine towns in Dablo Clan, Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County, has presented a joint statement of support to the Representative bid of Dr. Edwin Zoedua.
The petitioners include the diamond-rich Kinjor area which has a population of over 3,000 inhabitants. The town has been the center of a series of protests by aggrieved workers over alleged unfair wages and benefits by companies operating in the area. The other petitioners are Jenneh Brown, Blain, Jawajeh, Mannor, Senodee; Quiqui, One Man Zinc House and Dayelee. In their statement the towns promised to stand with Dr. Zoedua in his quest for the House of Representatives. The statement signed by various Chairpersons of the respective towns expressed confidence in Dr. Zoedua’s ability to represent Gola Konneh at the Legislature. Some of the signatories to the statement of support include Morris Boome of Mannor Town; Jenneh Brown Chairlady Musu Darblo; Bob Gray of Jenneh Brown; and Sando Gibson of Blain Town, among others. Gola Konneh contains one of Liberia’s largest rain forests and is also home to hundreds of protected animal species. The district is hugely endowed with mineral deposits including quality gold and diamonds. Citizens of the area have repeatedly complained of being underrepresented at the Legislature with a further claim that resources extracted from their land have had no direct bearings on improving their livelihoods. Due to its rich mineral deposits, political representation in Gola Konneh has a huge undertone, and early support may not necessarily translate into votes until the results are declared on election day. In response to the statement, Dr. Zoedua promised not to disappoint the people of Gola Konneh at the Legislature, if elected. Dr. Zoedua is the Chairman of the Liberia Social Justice Foundation, previously based in the United States of America.