28 January 2013

Liberia: CDC Threatens Mary Broh

Current demolition of private homes and makeshift structures along the streets and other parts of the capital by the Monrovia City Corporation is being greeted with angry responses and condemnations from aggrieved residents and institutions with the latest coming from the opposition Congress for Democratic Party.

The CDC has threatened to make Monrovia uncomfortable for acting Mayor Mary Broh if she does not put an immediate stop to the demolition of people's homes in the name of cleaning the city.

Party Secretary-General Nathaniel McGill said the CDC is dissatisfied with the way acting Mayor Broh is rendering Liberians homeless. "We from the CDC are not pleased with the action of Mary Broh.

She keeps destroying our people's homes without giving them notice to move; where she expects the people to go when their homes are all destroyed; Mary should note that we can make this city uncomfortable for her, she knows the CDC is capable to do that; we are warning her to stop, if she doesn't, we will take action against her," said Secretary General McGill.

He issued the threat during remarks at an Award and Dinner Night climaxing celebrations of the 3rd anniversary of the New Dawn Newspaper on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Belle Casa Hotel in Monrovia. McGill, who resigned recently from government to adequately concentrate on party works, described Mayor Broh as a self-imposed president, next to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Speaking when he deputized for Peace Ambassador George Weah, who was honored by the newspaper for his tolerance with the media, especially the New Dawn with which the CDC Political Leader has had some contrary views about stories reported on him.

During the ceremony, the paper also honored some of its staff and several other institutions, including International Bank limited, LoneStar Community Corporation and the Ministry of Finance, respectively, among others.

Receiving the award for his boss, McGill seriously frowned on the acting City Mayor for what he called her de-facto attitude towards Liberians. He noted that the party will not take lightly in engaging acting Mayor Broh in any way necessary to make her realize her wrongs against the Liberian people. McGill called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to warn Mayor Broh to be careful in how she goes about her duty to avoid infringing on the rights of peaceful citizens.

"We are not against her cleaning the city, but the manner in which she is starting by breaking down people's homes that they have lived in for over twenty years and in split seconds she destroys them without notice, the President needs to do something seriously about this issue before it goes out of hand," he concluded.

However, presenting the certificate of honor to McGill for Amb. Weah the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Monrovia, Madam Chigozie Obi Nnadozie, said Liberia was on the path of peace, and there was no need to beat war drum. Amb. Nnadozie, herself, a journalist by training, urged Liberians to endeavor for peace and national unity rather than attempting to look to the past.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf is reported to have ordered Mary Broh to halt all ongoing demolition exercise.

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