Advocate accuses Sime Darby ex-Manager

Mr. David Parker taking oath during recent appearance at the Capitol ,A social justice advocate in western Liberia, Charles Brown has accused the former General Manager of Sime Darby David Parker, of instituting instabilities at the plantation in western Liberia and wants him probed by state security.

He made the allegations on Tuesday on Red Power FM when asked about current affairs at the plantation. Brown, over the years, has been one of the critical persons in the county, criticizing operations of the company. At one point, he was accused of lashing at Sime Darby for clearing land in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties, respectively for concession.

He claims some citizens of the counties hinted him that Parker was holding secret meetings with people to stage instability, noting that if such allegations are correct, then, David Parker, a British national should be interrogated by the government.

“He needs to be invited by the NSA to answer these allegations,” Brown adds.He continued, if this is true, will be counterproductive to the spirit of friendly investment climate in Liberia. This paper is yet to independently confirm these allegations, but in May this year, about 50 citizens from both counties signed a petition addressed to House of Representatives’ Specialized Investigative Committee on Sime Darby Operations in Liberia headed by Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh, requesting the removal of Mr. Parker from the company as General Manager.

The House swiftly invited Parker and his team for questioning, and following investigations, the company was mandated to improve living standards of employees, which was done.
Brown further alleges Parker is still influencing people at the plantation to carry out demonstrations and set up road blocks.

“The Liberian government through the security agencies should invite David Parker to explain what he is doing in Liberia since he was dismissed by the company,” Brown said. Parker has been in Liberia since 1996.

When this paper contacted Parker’s office on the Old Road, he was said to be out of the office. When called, his phone rang without any answer.

-Editing by Jonathan

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