Politicians Back with Promises ahead of General Elections in Liberia, Catholic Priest Says

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Those participating in electoral campaigns in Liberia ahead of the country’s national elections next year have come back to the people with promises despite poor living conditions in the West African nation, a Priest in Liberia’s Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga has said.

Fr. Lorenzo Snider, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) who is ministering in Foya, a town in Northwest Liberia, highlighted the stunts that politicians in the country are pulling, including giving huge donations to churches and to local leaders to get their way to people’s hearts ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“In the new year, politicians expect to win the next elections, but the poor of Foya are waiting for better living conditions,” Fr. Lorenzo told the information service of Propaganda Fide, Agenzia Fides in a Monday, January 10 report.

He said that campaigns in Foya, just like in the rest of the country, had already started, and explained, “After the midterm elections, the gifts to the traditional chiefs, donations to the churches, promises of better roads, photovoltaic street lights planted in all the towns and a great movement of vehicles and money began.”

The SMA Priest narrated that streets that had never seen politicians had started witnessing them in large numbers in the campaign period.


“The dusty streets of this station, used to motorcycle taxis, rickety vans that transport products from the market and some NGO cars, will be occupied for a few days by the marches of senators and members of parliament. The market is primarily talking about them, their promises and their power, and what they can actually do,” Fr. Lorenzo said. 

Amid the political campaigns and the people’s poor living conditions, missionaries continue to work with discretion, “with the people and for the people,” the Catholic Priest has been quoted as saying.

He adds, “Thanks to the commitment of catechists and ‘simple Christians’, our communities grow little by little, both in numbers and in their commitment. More and more children and young people are interested in our Catholic Children's Organization and are joining it.”

The Italian-born missionary Priest also spoke to Agenzia Fides about a school that members of his missionary Congregation had built at a village in the Diocese, which he said had ignited hope in many children and families.

“A few days ago, we finally inaugurated the school in Ngesso Pio Kongor, and in Foya we are continuing to work on building the kindergarten and high school,” Fr. Lorenzo said, and added, “We should be ready by the start of the rainy season and we have already opened the first high school this year.”

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Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.