Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker has initiated a daylong peace conference between Kokoyah Statutory District citizens of Bong County and the MNG – Gold company recent following tension.
The peaceful initiative was as a result of serious tension that erupted between the citizens and the MNG company after the death of four citizens who were accidentally killed by the company’s hired vehicle.
The victims were riding on a motorbike when the company’s hired vehicle and the bike collided, instantly killing the bike operator and the three passengers on 5 November.The incident prompted a retaliatory action of angry citizens who then stormed the compound of the company in David Dean Town and looted several of the company’s materials and burned the pickup.
Several police officers rushed on the scene to maintain peace, but it further escalated the violence.
The incident has resulted to the interruption of normal activities including closure of some learning institutions.
Several citizens and institutions of the county have been calling on the leadership of the county to quickly intervene.Over the weekend, Superintendent Walker invited officials of MNG Gold, CGGC and the citizens of Kokoyah to forgo the disunity and work together peacefully in Dolo Town.
Citizens who attended the forum and spoke in separate remarks, joined Superintendent Walker to appeal to the company to pardon them and live together to improve their lives.
Also making remarks, the government liaison officer Eugene Kollie pledged the company’s commitment to better the conditions of the people of Kokoyah.
Kollie thanked the citizens for honoring the call by the superintendent to re-unite them for a progressive Liberia.–Edited by Winston W. Parley