24 January 2013

Liberia: Demolition -Clara Town Residents Vowed To Sue Public Works

About 1,000 residents of Clara Town are agitating the alleged selective manner in which employees of  the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) was demolishing their homes in the area.

Recently, MPW commenced preparation works for the asphalt pavement of Clara Town, Doe Community road. As part of its preparation works, bulldozer operators and other employees of the ministry are clearing structures allegedly constructed within the 50 feet domain of any community road.

But, speaking to this paper on Saturday, January 19, 2013, Mr. Mohammed Fahnbulleh; spokesperson for the aggrieved residents accused MPW employees of taking kickbacks from few individuals (unnamed), thus leaving their structures untouched.

Calling on the Minister of Public Works Samuel Kofi Woods to launch an immediate investigation so as to ascertain the facts and bring the culprits to book, Mr. Fahnbulleh indicated that the aggrieved residents were and will remain resolute and peaceful in their pursuit to an amicable solution for the problem.

Amidst huge cheers from aggrieved residents of the area in an apparent agreement with his statement, Mr. Fahnbulleh warned the Liberian government to embark upon a speedy development of all demolished areas, or be ready to face them in a court of competent jurisdiction.

In separate interviews with this paper last Friday, several residents called on Montserrado County district #14 Representative Abraham V. Cornneh to help them ensure that justice is done to all men.

"I want Public Works people to break the other houses down, the same way they broke my house and shop down few days ago," Madam Hawa Kamara angrily told the Analyst last Saturday.

For Ma Bendu Fofana-age 53, "We will sue the government, if it does not rectify the selective demolition exercise upon in this community."

Responding to the people allegations, an operator of one of the bulldozers called Amos said he and his men were only "executing orders from Montserrado County Resident Engineer Mr. Quah."

All efforts to contact Mr. Quah or MPW Director of Communication Mr. Jesefu Morris Keita proved futile, as their cellular phones rang endlessly without any response.

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