15 October 2012

Liberia: Arrest & Prosecute Them!

press release

Our attention is drawn to the illegal sale of treated mosquito nets on the local market by some individuals. We have observed consistently that treated bed nets, which are given to people free of charge by humanitarian organizations and people of goodwill, including the government, are being sold on the local market.

We think it is unwarranted and un-called for treated mosquito nets ,which are given free of charge, to be sold. This act, we further think, greatly undermines the intent of the givers. The givers of these treated bed nets had persistently warned that the items are not to be sold, but rather they are meant to help us tackle the fight against mosquitoes, which are widespread in our country, particularly in slum communities.

We believe the illegal sale of treated bed nets has the propensity to discourage the donors from helping us combat the fight against mosquitoes. Against this back drop, we call on the relevant government authorities, particularly the police to arrest and prosecute all those involved in this dishonest act. This fraudulent act, we further believe, would be deterred once the doers are arrested and subsequently prosecuted.

On this note, we again call on the police to arrest and prosecute them.

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