The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Lawmaker Wants Adjustment, But..

A Montserrado County Representative wants adjustment for the current regulation on motorcycles because of what she refers to as "suffering encountered by the people".

Munah Pelham claimed that the sanction, as she called it, was more harmful, then thought, particularly to residents of her constituency claiming to be unable to reach home early after working hours. But the police vowed not to saying, "It has no intention to repeal its latest policy or regulation on motorcycles from plying the streets of Monrovia after 10 pm."

Deputy spokesman, Lewis Norman told the media recently that the regulation would remain enforced until otherwise. "It will not be repealed as being suggested by some members of the public."

In spite of that, Pelham is asking for adjustment from 10: pm to 01: am from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Police, Immigration and other state security units.

"I am appealing to the government, mainly those in charge of security like UNMIL, Police, Immigration and others, to lift the ban on bike riders at night," Pelham pleaded. The lawmaker believed that her people have become victims if not only vulnerable than ever because they are unable to return home early after work.

Pelham is the second policy-maker to have called for the reversed of the ban on motorcycles, suspected of facilitating and perpetrating criminal activities, including armed robbery during the night.

Senator Alphonso Gaye of Grand Gedeh County initially called for the extension of the time from 10p.m to 1200 AM on ground that government's action was somehow causing economic hardship.

As the two continue to state their positions, armed robbers continue to attack peaceful residents in Monrovia and its environs, including those of Hale Selassie Avenue (Capitol Bye-Pass) in central Monrovia, the Cocoa Cola factory and Mount Barclay Communities in Paynesville leaving several people wounded from bullets.

The robbers were looting a business center when the alarmed was raised against their operations thus prompting them to shoot at some of the residents in the area.

Observers believed that the call to allot more plying times to motorcyclists at night by the two lawmakers is not only political, but intended to encourage more crime, as well as destruction of lives and properties.

Both private and public homes are usually broken into by robbers whose missions result to looting and mayhem against peaceful citizens, the same people Representative Pelham and Senator Gaye claim to be representing.

The Legislators are reported to have personal security at their residences and work-places unlike citizens who are at the mercy of the criminals. Crimes continue to reduce since the enforcement of the regulation by the Liberia National Police a few weeks ago.

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