A chief of Whorn District, Margibi County has criticized the Liberian Government for supporting western ideology which calls for the abolition of African cultures including the Sande and the Poro practices.
Chief George Plozua stressed that due to western influence in Liberia, the leader of the country has been allegedly coerced by western powers to destroy the country cultural heritage. Speaking at a local coronation of some women in Ma-bahn-Kabah District over the weekend, chief Plozua said the recent decision taken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to suspend the practices of Sande and Poro activities is a complete violation of traditional heritage, and called on the Government to lift the suspension. He said the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Gender have misconstrued concepts of these traditional activities thus interpreting the practices as harmful to women and men. The Margibi chief noted that the practice provides traditional education and domestic trainings for young girls and boys on how to become good wives and husbands, and in the process, a mark of initiation has to be performed by trained Zoes. According to him, it is surprising to note that the Government of President Ellen Johnson which was overwhelming supported by the traditional leaders of this country could succumb to western idea and ignore traditional practices. The chief is meanwhile calling on the newly appointed Minister of MIA, whom he described as member of the Poro society, to use his traditional background and prevail on the Liberian leader to support the country’s culture. Chief Plouza threatened to campaign against Minister Togba if he fails to foster the cultural heritage of the land while serving as Minister of Internal Affairs. During the coronation ceremony in Bah, Margibi, several women were inaugurated as Zoes and chiefs for their respective roles played during the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country. Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Ma Yahlon Torrohn said they were happy that their efforts in helping the county is recognized by their primary zoes and called on the county authority to ensure that chiefs and zoes are placed on the payroll of the county. Ma Yahlon said the continuous disrespect being exhibited by the Government by exposing the traditional cultural practices, also undermines the internal cultures of Liberia. She called on President Sirleaf to stop exposing women cultures and said the Sande practice does not in any way stop a woman from conceiving or deny them from enjoying sex, as is being misinterpreted by the West, and endorsed by the Liberian Government.