New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Demolition Fears in West Point

West Point Commissioner Miatta Flowers has expressed fears for her life following threats against her by community residents who vow to attack her if the government goes ahead demolishing their dwellings.

Commissioner Flowers, addressing a press conference Tuesday, said she has been under constant threats from residents who accused her of conniving with the government to secretly demolish their homes based on "misinformation" reportedly spread out by Representative Solomon George.

The District #7 legislator is being blamed for making "inciting comments" about the government's purported plan to demolish makeshift structures for development purposes

On Sunday, February 3, 2012, Representative George was reported to have openly accused the government of secretly planning to demolish West Point Township, a community with approximately 70,000 inhabitants.

The Commissioner furiously refuted lawmaker George's claims, saying the government "has no intention to carry out any clandestine plan to trounce the township.

"The office of the Commissioner of the Township of West Point wishes to inform all residents of West Point that the government of Liberia under the dynamic leadership of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has no secret plan to demolish West Point as has been alleged by Hon. Solomon C. George, Representative of District#7," Commissioner Flowers clarified.

"The misinformation campaign of a planned demolition of West Point has created fear in the residents and has the propensity to cause chaos in the community. I therefore want to inform the entire residents that the information is untrue and is only intended to incite the residents against the government, especially local government officials who have already been receiving threats from some residents of the Township," she said.

As a result of the situation, Commissioner Flowers said her office receives serious threats on a daily basis from the Township's inhabitants who also threatened to confront her in the event where the demolition goes on.

Commissioner Flowers also cautioned residents of West Point not to take Representative Geroge's comments seriously, and remain calm.

Solomon George for his part, when contacted at his Capitol Building office, told a team of reporters that he would offer no regrets for his comments, citing a recent demolition exercise in the township as a reference and justification for his recent meeting with the people of West Point.

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