1 February 2013

Liberia: Angry Aides Besieged Dew Mayson

National Democratic Coalition (NDC) defeated presidential candidate, Professor Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, has been barricaded by aggrieved aides in Monrovia for salary and benefits. But a spokesperson for the NDC political leader Musa Quiah, Jr., dismissed the protestors' demand, saying the matter has been resolved with the disgruntled group.

"These were people, who feel that Dew's owes them, but that is not the case. Those were campaign activities for which one cannot be held to ransom in the aftermath," Quiah noted.

He said such scenario was common during electioneering anywhere in the world; therefore, it was nothing serious to be bothered about. Mayson, 63, was besieged early this week at his residence in Fiamah community adjacent Mighty Barrolle Football Club's practice ground to the disbelief many residents.

He was "canned" by his own domestic staff upon return from Nigeria with the protestors demanding salary arrears, covering 10 months for services they claimed to have rendered the NDC political leader during the 2011 presidential poll.

Aids involved in the protest included Memakai Ojuku Kerwhen, Henry Taylor, Christopher Kunukie and John Baysah. Others were Tony Roberts, David Younnoh and Bill Saisay, who allegedly served as drivers, security and personal aides.

The incident was tensed to the extent that Mayson's private vehicle with license plate PC 5055, was prevented from entering his compound. Instead, the vehicle was parked before a shanty market opposite the residence on the dust road leading to the Mighty Barrolle's training ground.

Before then, John Baysah, identified as liaison between the aggrieved party and Mayson, told the media that they were fed-up with promises yet to be fulfilled despite their boss coming home and leaving the country.

"We want our compensation of US$800.00 each for services provided Mayson during the 2011 general elections. We came to this conclusion based on his own volition when he asked us after the elections what could he do for us?," Baysah explained.

He said the commitment was made during a meeting Mayson held with them at his residence following the elections in November 2011. According to him, the promise made to them by Mayson included buying a Baja motorbike at the cost of US$1,050,00 for each of them to help themselves economically.

"Being the liaison, I have been contacting Mayson via mobile phone both in Nigeria and whenever he comes to Liberia. But he was rascal with us all along these times," Baysah lamented.

However, he could neither deny nor confirm if a resolution has been reached between them and Mayson, having been invited to a conference. Mayson is the latest Liberian politician to have been taken hostage on post-electoral issues by his personal staff for salary and benefits.

Another Presidential candidate is Kennedy Sandy of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP). Following the 2011 polls, some LTP's partisans claimed that Sandy was indebted to them for services they rendered him. Because of this, Sandy's residence on the Old Road was vandalized by party faithful.

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