MONROVIA-It seems like the Senatorial bid of the Political godfather of vote-rich  Nimba County is no longer a gift,  but rather a stiff completion. His dream to remain the dominant force in Nimba seems to be gradually changing. Already, Senator Prince Y. Johnson has turned over the Leadership baton of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, (MDR) to Senator Jeremiah Koung to concentrate all of his calories on his reelection as Senator of the County.

But, he will not get it on a silver platter this time around as the former commandant of the Police Training   Academy, during the Leadership of Madam EllenJohnson Sirleaf, James D. Hallowanger has thrown his hat in the Senatorial Racein the County.

Appearing on OK FM, 99.5, in Monrovia on Monday, April 10, 2023,  Hallowangernoted that he is determined to defeat Senator Johnson. The  Security Expert called on Citizens not to use tribalism as a requirement in electing individuals in the County.  He mentioned that an interactive engagement with the Citizens has been planned. Hallowanger noted that he is contesting to ensure that there is genuine peace and reconciliation in Nimba County.

The Nimba County Senatorial Aspirant observed that individuals serving in key positions in the County are predominately from the Gio and Mano Tribes and that should not be the case. “We have the mandingos, the Krahs, and the Gbi. They are all part of the county. There is no need to keep them behind. I want to change the narrative here,” he said.

He mentioned that since 2005 up to the present, Senator Johnson has been representing the citizens on tribal lines; which he said is wrong. Mr. Hallowanger, with vast security knowledge from both local and international levels, says he respects Senator Johnson as a man who did well for the county but frowned on him being seen as the ‘only man’ on the ground. Mr. Hallowanger once served as director of special Security Service-SSS under the regime of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

But sources close to the senator told this paper that some members of the party have invited Mr. Hallowanger for consultations. It is not clear what said discussions will lead to.

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