6 February 2013

Liberia: No Secret Plan to Relocate 'West Pointers' - GOL Clarifies

The Liberian government through Commissioner of the Township of West Point has said that it has no plan to secretly demolish West Point or relocate the huge population living there. West Point is a slum community in Monrovia, with an estimated population of 75,000 people.

According to Commissioner Miatta H. Flowers, any plan to demolish, relocate and reclaim the land of West Point will be discussed, negotiated and approved by the people and their government, adding it will not be secret, it will not be abrupt, so it is not true. She made these comments when she addressed a news conference on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at her offices in West Point.

The news conference was intended to clarify allegations by Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon C. George regarding the relocation of West Point. Rep. George, while addressing a mass meeting of his constituents in West Point over the weekend, Rep. George said residents of the Township of West Point will strongly resist any attempt by the Government of Liberia (GOL) to "disrespectfully" relocate them from the township.

However, Rep. George was quick to point that the residents will do it peacefully and not violently. Lawmaker George represents Montserrado County District # 7 on the ticket of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) in the Legislature. The meeting, which was held at the M.V. Massaquoi School in the township, brought together elders, marketers, youth leaders and students, amongst others.

Speaking further, the CDC's lawmaker alleged that the GOL has "mortgaged" the township of West Point to South African and European companies to carry on resort activities. Among other things, he added that residents of township have been residing within the township for several decades, and as such, they(residents) will not accept any relocation that will be done in a "disrespectful" manner.

But Commissioner Flowers said the allegations by the lawmaker have the propensity to create chaos in the country.

"Knowing that land dispute is very explosive in this country , to tell huge group of people in this slum community that the government has secret plan to demolish their structures without negotiation with them has the propensity to cause chaos and civil war," she amongst things stated.

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