1 February 2013

Liberia: CDC Opposes Demolition Exercise

The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Ambassador George M. Weah has written a formal communication to the Liberian Senate, expressing its opposition to the ongoing demolition exercise being carried out in Monrovia and its environs. The ongoing demolition exercise is being carried out by the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Special Presidential Task Force in a bid to give the city of Monrovia a face-lift.

In the communication dated January 30, 2013 and addressed to Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzongar Findley, the CDC said: "We are constrained to inform you that our attention has been drawn to the current demolition exercise that is being carried out in and around the city of Monrovia, without any court order, and in total violation of the rights of private property owners by the Special Presidential Task Force headed by the Minister of Public Works, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods and Madam Mary T. Broh, Acting Mayor of the city of Monrovia."

The CDC's communication, a copy of which is in possession of The Heritage, among other things added: "At this moment, there is a complete state of terror, chaos and the massive displacement of Liberians, forcibly evicted from their own properties through the demolition exercise, as a façade of giving Monrovia a face-lift, but in reality, an agenda of rendering homeless and unduly expelling scores of citizens from Monrovia, without any regard on their substantial rights. In this regard, we humbly request that this august body will summon the entire leadership of the task force. It is our belief that this matter will claim your utmost attention in order to put an end to what is now becoming a marauding exercise being perpetrated against innocent Liberians by those to whom their respect for the property rights of others has no true meaning."

Meanwhile, the party called on the Liberian Senate to summon the leadership of the task force to explain the actual cause of the demolition exercise.

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