-Chief Zanzan Karwor says NACCEL’s Chairmanship is not for the weak 

By Jerromie S. Walters

Like the traditional Queen of Liberia, the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia (NCCL), Chief. Zanzan Karwor, has suffered extreme verbal and psychological lashes because of what many Liberians consider as his uninterrupted presence in the post for over two decades, even though it is an appointed government position.

But at a recent gathering in Monrovia, Chief. Zanzan Karwor, says his undisrupted existence in the position has not been prompted by personal reason (s), but because he has exhibited his best in the role throughout. 

Imperatively, the traditional guru states that the Chairmanshipof the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, as a traditional post- is not for the weak, as such; critics must allow the traditional people to decide for themselves.

“I’m not anxious for job but what you know is what you should do,” he articulates. But to obtain the position, he says: “You should be brave, you should be man, but if you fall when they touch you, then you are not qualify.”

Chief Zanzan karwor, specifically made these comments Thursday, December 7, 2023, at a one day dialogue on traditional rite of passage by the traditional women of Liberia. At the occasion, the women proffered recommendations and requests for an alternative to end harmful traditional practices.Remarking at the event, he appreciated the women’s decision, and admonished them to remain committed to positive traditional practices, as the ban on FGM will expire in the coming months.

As the new government is expected to take over in January of next year, calls have increased for the replacement of Chief. Karwor, as many believe he has overstayed in the position.

The National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia is an institution that represents traditional leaders in Liberia. It serves as an advisory body to the government on matters related to traditional governance, customs, and cultural practices. The council aims to preserve and promote the traditional values and customs of the diverse ethnic groups in Liberia.

The council consists of chiefs and elders from various communities across the country. Its members are chosen based on their knowledge, experience, and standing within their respective communities. 

The council acts as a platform for dialogue and consultation between traditional leaders and the government, helping to bridge the gap between traditional and modern governance systems.

The National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia plays a significant role in conflict resolution, community development, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation. It also contributes to policy-making processes by providing insights and perspectives from traditional leaders.