United Bong County Association in the Americas (UBCAA)

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Office of the national Chairman of the Board Directors

3300 County Road 10, Suite 307,

Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

 IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE!!!

August 26th, 2021

Re:  Bong County Community and Stakeholders in the Diaspora and Abroad

Greetings from the National Board of Directors of the United Bong County Association in the Americas (UBCAA). Thank you for your continuous support to UBCAA. Special thanks to those of you who took your time to attend the 2021 UBCAA National Convention from July 16-18, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Your financial contributions, volunteer services, and moral support to the growth of the community are sincerely appreciated.

Mr. Caimon Joe Kollie was constitutionally elected by the General Assembly as the National President along with several other executive officers to serve our noble organization for the next three (3) years. Below are our new Corps of national executive officers that were elected at the 2021 UBCAA Annual Convention:

1) Mr. Caimon Joe Kollie…National President

2) Mrs. Towan Kollie Peters…National Vice President

3) Mr. Rufus Kwenah…National Secretary

4) Mr. David Parker…National Treasurer

5) Mr. Gabbo Z.M. Tokpah, Sr… National Financial Secretary

6) Madam Sylvia Flomo… National Chaplain

Please be informed that the Board of Directors of UBCAA has noticed with disdain that Mr. George Toto and Mr. Emmanuel Flomo are impersonating in the public as President and Secretary of United Bong County Association in the Americas (UBCAA). These messages are characterized by falsehoods, callous and wanton disregard for peace and tranquility, so as to create and promote division in our community. Consequently, as the litigious arm of our organization, the National Board of Directors, with vehemence, repudiates this renegade behavior in the staunchest form possible and firmly demands that all culprits desist without further delay. We also want to seize this moment to inform the public, especially those in the United States, Liberia, and parts adjacent that there is ONLY ONE legally registered UBCAA organization and leadership, which is headed by our constitutionally elected National President, Mr. Caimon Joe Kollie. Anyone who does or intends to do business with those individuals mentioned will be doing so at his/her own peril(s).

Let it be unambiguously clear that the Board of Directors did not receive any complaint or protest from any member of the (George Toto’s) team that voluntarily withdrew from the electoral process. Instead of submitting complaint(s) or protest(s), if any, through the proper channel with UBCAA, or going to the 2021 UBCAA Convention to state such grievance(s), the George Toto led campaign voluntarily withdrew from the electoral process before the national convention. Ironically, to self-aggrandize, Toto and cohorts are now impersonating as President or Secretary of UBCAA; a flagrant affront to established institutional conflict resolutions guidelines of UBCAA.

Moreover, we are also aware of the misleading public statement from the defunct UBCAA Election Commission led by Mr. Roland Freeman to delegitimize the general elections that was held at the 2021 UBCCA National Convention. Pursuant to Article VIII of UBCAA’s constitution, the General Assembly, which is the highest decision-making organ of the association.

Accordingly, during its plenary session on July 17, 2021, plurality of the General Assembly found it constitutionally necessary to dissolve the Election Commission for blatant negligence of duty of the commission’s Chairman for failing to attend the convention to conduct the elections, as well as Jeremiah Nuatomue, co-chair’s attempt to sabotage the elections in violation of the Constitution and will of the General Assembly.  The Board of Directors of UBCAA supports the will of the General Assembly at the general conference that is in accordance with Article VIII, Amendment # 27.

Additionally, the Board has been notified of a group led by Dr. Emmanuel K. Urey – Yarkpawolo calling itself as a Voluntary Committee to resolve disputes in UBCAA. The Board of Directors wants to publicly disassociate itself from any effort by this group or any group whose effort is to undermine the integrity and the legitimacy of the newly elected officers.  The United Bong County Association in the Americas (UBCAA) is a legal entity with its institutional and governing structures to handle complaints or protests related to the elections and other matters.

Now, therefore, the National Board of Directors is urging all UBCAA members, chapters, Bong County citizens, current and former residents of Bong County, affiliated organizations, partners, and friends in Liberia and abroad to support the newly elected leadership of President Caimon Joe Kollie to work in addressing some of the critical needs facing our community. We are fully committed to working with the new leadership in furtherance of our common objectives- our people are experiencing huge challenges and they need our support. Bong County needs us now more than ever.

Thank you all for the support. Let’s unite and build a strong and vibrant organization that will work to address some of the pressing needs in our community. Lest we forget that upon the conduct of each of us depends on the fate of all of us.

In Union Strong, I remain,

Natt Shaajlia Dakagboi

Natt Shaajlia Dakagboi

Chairman, Board of Directors, UBCAA

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