28 January 2013

Liberia: CDC Condemns Govt. Demolition

The Secretary General of opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. Nathaniel McGill, has condemned the ongoing demolition exercise by the Liberian government.

The Government of Liberia (GOL) through Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) is currently demolishing dwelling places of a number of Monrovia residents along the Eternal Love winning Africa (ELWA) junction-Broad Street route and other areas.

The exercise is said to be a part of preparations for the hosting of a United Nations (UN) High Level Panel (HLP) conference, slated for January 30th – February 2nd 2013.

Government has also informed the public that the demolition of structures erected close to major streets within and around Monrovia was intended to beautify the city, thus paving the way for the construction of modern public facilities and open up closed alley ways.

But, speaking in Monrovia on Saturday, January 26, 2013 during an award ceremony marking the celebration of the third anniversary of the New dawn Newspaper, Mr. McGill described the exercise as inhuman and a clear indication that the government is not ready to improve the lives of its citizens.

The CDC Chief Scribe who recently resigned a ministerial post in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government warned against such exercise, noting that it was a platform for hatred and war.

He urged government to stop the ongoing demolition until it identifies and prepares appropriate relocation sites or give victims good resettlement packages months prior to the exercise.

Mr. McGill indicated that CDC sees the demolition exercise which is noted for leaving thousands of people homeless, as a setback to the Liberian government's peace and reconciliation crusade.

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