The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Defiant Ma Juah Marketers

A survey conducted by this paper revealed that 85% of marketers at the Ma Juah general market have vowed not to be relocated, a contradiction to what few of them had earlier said.

Ma Juah Market is which is named after the grand mother of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is situated on the verge of Gabriel Tucker Bridge, Vai Town Bushrod Island.

The Liberian government through Monrovia City Cooperation (MCC) gave the marketers a prior notice asking them to relocate to Waterside, Jorkpan Town and Rally Town markets on or before January 5, 2013.

Following an appealed to be relocated else where on ground of over crowdedness, the government identified Battle-Field, Waterside for them, thus extending their relocation deadline to January 13, 2013.

The exercise is intended to clear the Mesourado River of the messes therein, so as to transform that entire place and the historic Providence Island a memorable tourist site.

In an interview with a number of them in Monrovia on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the marketers cited congestion; more expenses to construct new shades and slow sales owing to an imminent lose of customers as reasons for which they can not afford to be relocated.

The marketers also expressed fear to be move to Battle-Field on grounds that residence of the area were protesting their removal. They told the Analyst yesterday that “people at Battle-Field took up knives, cutlasses and other small weapons against personnel of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and any other group of person(s) who will attempt to remove them from there.”

Though, their structures-most of which were makeshift; touring the Battle-Field area, this reporter observed the present of is protesting former dwellers of that community. They were armed with small weapons in an apparent defiant mood to their removal.

“What kind of government is this? The drugs store I operated as the only means of sustenance for my family and I has been demolished, only to bring some Unity Party (UP) women here,” lamented Mr. Varnie Tawnay.

The government and Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) are yet to make any off

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