MONROVIA: The last is yet to be heard of the impact of the level of creativity, innovation and vigor he has brought to the table as the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Alexander B. Cummings made a debut outside of Montserrado County since the commencement of official campaigning when he and entourage stormed Grand Cape Mount County where they were whole heartedly received with rousing welcome by citizens and residents of places visited.
Our reporter who is covering Cummings’s said he visited four rural towns in Grand cape Mount County, Sinje, Kinjor, Lofa Bridge and Gold Camp on Thursday, September 7, 2023 where the citizens turned up enmasse to accord him and entourage a befitting reception worthy of an august guest and held engagements with the people and promising a new Liberia under his administration when he wins the ensuing general elections slated for October 10, 2023.
The visit of Mr. Cummings in the towns afforded him the opportunities to have an insight of the level of poverty the citizens have been subjected to despite living in mineral rich communities where foreign companies are raking millions of dollars annually and the people are not benefitting anything substantially compared to what is being exploited from their communities. He lamented the poor living condition of the rural dwellers due to lack of basic essential and social services.
The citizens speaking through the Elders and groups drawn from the women and youths told Cummings that the extraction of gold, diamond and other natural resources notwithstanding, citizens are lingering in abject poverty and accused companies operating in the county of unfair labour practices with no remedial action taken by the central government.
Cummings, accompanied by his running mate, Cllr. Charlyne Brumskine and other top officials of CPP empathized with the plight of the citizens and said “changing the inept and corrupt administration of President George Weah is absolutely necessary for Liberians to reap and equally benefit from the country’s resources”.
Earlier, Cummings expressed gratitude for the massive turnout and warm reception given him in the towns visited, and reaffirmed his commitment, upon his election, to restore good governance and ensure that the country’s resources are used for the greater good of society.
In the busy mining town of Kinjor, Cummings, besides being welcomed by the hundreds of citizens including the traditional one which included presentation of a white chicken and kola nuts to him, was treated with a “home support” as several citizens from the Southeastern parts of the country including Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Sinoe, River Gee and Maryland County living and working there pledged their unwavering support and solidarity towards Cummings’ Presidential bid.
For her part, the CPP Vice Standard Bearer Counsellor Charlyne Brumskine, addressing the crowd, made a passionate plea to Liberians not to allow the selfish interests of any politician, including President George Weah, to supersede their strong desire for a better life.
Counsellor Brumskine traced her strong ties to Grand Cape Mount County through her fiance, and said her election as Vice President of Liberia, will bring immense benefits to the County.
She pleaded with Liberians, especially women and girls of voting age, to consider her as one of their own who will advocate and stand for the cause of women in Liberia.
Counsellor Brumskine said, however, Liberians have choices in the October 10 elections to either stay in the current miserable and deplorable state, or go back to the 12 years of strife and deprivation, or decide to change the life of suffering and poverty by voting for a competent, qualified and responsible leadership as the CPP which is committed to real change that will better the life of the vast majority of citizens.
The CPP Standard Bearer assured citizens of his genuine commitment to institute policies and economic measures that will improve the living conditions of Liberians, restore basic infrastructures including good roads, electricity, pipe-borne water, and improve the health care educational and systems.
In Lofa Bridge, Cummings held a town hall meeting with hundreds of citizens, including elders, women, youth, religious and motorcycle groups, who also spoke of the economic challenges and lack of basic social services in rural Liberia.
They pledged their unflinching support and solidarity for the CPP Presidential bid and hoped a Cummings leadership will not disappoint and neglect them as other past and present administrations have done.
He reaffirmed his sincere commitment to change Liberia, stop the widespread suffering, fix basic infrastructures and ensure even redistribution of the country’s resources and wealth for greater good of the Liberian society.
He empathized with citizens of Grand Cape Mount County which is blessed with abundance natural resources and beautiful beaches, and said it is totally unacceptable for the huge public outcry of suffering and extreme poverty.
Cummings and entourage also visited Gold Camp, where citizens spoke of the same difficult economic challenges facing rural dwellers and the need for new leadership that will ensure that the country’s resources and wealth are used for the greater good of society.
The CPP Standard Bearer ended his over eight-hour of intense campaign in Gold Camp, Gola Konneh District and returned to Sinje where he spent the night and continue his campaign on Friday in neighboring Bomi County.