-Rep Koung To Say Good Bye To Politics In 2023
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
After spending his first six years in office as Representative of Nimba County electoral district one and reelected in 2017 for his second term which will be accumulated to 12 years in 2023, Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung has revealed that he will not be seeking for third-term.
Nimba County district one Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung
Speaking in Ganta, Nimba County over the weekend at an appreciation program organized by his office to thank the people of his district for reelecting him, Representative Koung said his decision to say good bye to politics was taken in 2011 in his maiden year as lawmaker of that district.
“I wanted two terms and I am done. I will not continue in this direction. We all can check for another citizen to occupy this position in the next elections. I am not thinking about senatorial race. I want to settle in the private sector,” he said.
Although there have been numerous calls by citizens of his district and other parts of Nimba County to contest the next senatorial election, but the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) stalwart told the exuberance crowd that he has no intention for such call.
He told the citizens that he is a member of a political party and as such, whoever the party decides on will be supported by him overwhelmingly, but he doesn’t have plan for politics after his second term.
“I am in a political party and we will support whoever the party wants. I will complete all my projects before my tenure ends. We will help other citizens who want to contest,” he added.
According to Representative Koung, it is time to bring out another citizen who will serve the people of the district after his tenure. He further indicated that after his second term, he will exit politics to go back to the private sector that prepared him prior to being elected in 2011.
The House of Representatives’ co-chairman on Ways, Means, Finance and Development planning said the pace will be set for his successor in 2023 based on the works they have done over the ways.
He assured the citizens of the district that all projects earmarked for his second term will be completed and his planned departure from politics wouldn’t have any negative impact on those projects. The Nimba district one lawmaker said now it is the right time to say good bye in 2023.
Representative Koung remained one of the reliable lawmakers to Nimba County controversial Senator and Political Leader, Prince Yormie Johnson after contesting on his then National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) in his maiden year 2011 and now the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) in 2017 respectively.
Since then, the name Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung remains a household name across Nimba County which has prompted Nimbaians at home and abroad calling on him to go beyond his district by contesting the next senatorial election in the county.
Recounting his maiden year in politics back in 2011, Representative Koung said many people thought that a businessman wouldn’t have been a politician, something he said has proven all doubters wrong by serving as the limelight for all young people in the country and people from other sectors of the Liberian society.