The New Dawn (Monrovia)

14 June 2013

Liberia: Lawmakers Cry for Mary Broh - Monrovia Sinks in Filth

Monrovia and its environs are being engulfed with heap of garbage since the resignation of the hardworking, but controversial acting City Mayor Madam Mary Broh about three months ago.

Horrible smell in the capital is becoming an embarrassment to many residents, including members of the 53nd Liberian Legislature, who have alarmed here on the need to summon current acting Monrovia City Mayor Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper, to provide explanations on the situation, which portrays a negative image about the entire country.

Nimba County Junior Senator Thomas Grupee alarmed Thursday at the Capitol about the filthy condition of the city, noting that since the departure of Madam Broh, Monrovia was rapidly sinking in dirt, which is not healthy for a capital that plays host to huge number of foreign guests nearly on a daily basis.

Senator Grupee has called on the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs to summon acting Monrovia Mayor Cllr. Cooper, and his counterpart in the city of Paynesville to speak on the garbage situation.

Commenting also on the issue, River Gee County Senator Frederick D. Cheru, recalled that few months ago when Madam Mary Broh headed the Monrovia City Corporation, the capital was much better than now. Senator Cheru said the present deplorable hygienic condition of the Monrovia truly proved that former acting Mayor Broh actually had passion for the job.

Recently, a group of garbage collectors from the MCC told this paper that since Madam Broh resigned the post, the garbage trucks usually don't empty the yellow garbage buckets around the city on time.

"Let's be real to you my brother, we are now facing real though time in managing dirt around the city these days unlike before when the Mayor was still with us. Every blessing day the truck used to come here and take the dirt, but since she resigned, we only see the truck once a week, and as the result of that, you will always see huge increase of garbage on the streets or at waste collection sites," one garbage collector, who asked for anonymity, explained.

At the same time, employees of several private garbage collection companies here, including Zoom Lion, Libra Sanitation and Janitors, among others has similarly complained of the current slow pace that has characterized the city cleaning process.

Stockpile of garbage are littered at major street corners in Monrovia as Liberians and foreign residents go about their normal businesses daily. Some of the key streets in Central Monrovia, including Broad, Carey, Meclin, Water and Benson streets that were constantly cleaned under former acting Mayor Broh are now covered in filth, breeding mosquitoes in thousands of homes.

Nowadays, MCC employees are not frequently seen in the streets like before. Yet still, private residents are seen daily taking dirt from their various homes and dumping them in the streets.

Meanwhile, Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah has filed a motion for the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs to summon the mayors of both cities and report to plenary in one week.

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