The New Dawn (Monrovia)

5 September 2014

Liberia: Lawmaker Buys Stolen Ebola Buckets?

Montserrado County Senior Senator Joyce Musu Sumo Freeman has proudly revealed to Legislative staffers in the presence of journalists at the Capitol on Thursday during the launch of the Legislative Staff Anti-Ebola Information Team how she bought 25 stolen buckets, which were part of items donated to an institution by the Chinese Government for distribution to various communities.

"The Chinese Government brought the buckets, testers to help you with lots of things but you keep selling it. I bought some myself," the Senator said.

The Senator who declined to mention the name of the institution said days after the purchase the culprits called asking if she needed more buckets.

She told the staffers that she has warned the culprits to desist, adding, if the culprits continue to ask her for more purchase, she would buy off the entire donated items in the presence of the press as a means of exposing them for trading in donating Ebola material.

Listen to Sen. Sumo:"Some people call me saying they see some people distributing buckets, while they can't see me... .

Why should I bring buckets, when I'm bringing millions of dollars that provide the buckets. So while should I give you a bucket.

The people bring the bucket and they give it to some people that keep it. I know an institution that they give the buckets and they're selling it. They even sell some to me... I bought 25 buckets from them for 10 dollars each.

The other one called me the other time, senator, you want to buy some more buckets? When they play with me, I will buy it and call the press people. You will be standing there and I will buy it from them. The Chinese Government brought the buckets, testers to help you with lots of things but you keep selling it. I bought some myself."

However, Sen. Sumo said she has been instrumental in ensuring that Liberians get international help to combat the Ebola Virus Disease. Sen. Freeman said it was through her communication that the US$60 million was given by the African Development Bank to African countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

She said she has sent another communication which will enable the Bank to send additional US$25 million to Liberia. She also spoke against the governments and isolated centers for not feeding patients. "I came from a meeting day before yesterday, while going home, I saw groups of people running from one place to another.

" When I got there in order to find out what happened, I was told that a man affected by deadly Ebola virus left the ELWA hospital in search of food because he was hungry... .. So am calling on the government to please feed the sick people in these quarantine centers, " Sen. Sumo said.

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