Some aggrieved residents of Sonjoe and Barmeyea towns in Bong County have threatened to drag Bong County Inspector Victor Wesseh to court.
The residents have alleged that Inspector Wesseh unlawfully collected $15,000 Liberian Dollars including goats and chickens from them for his office.They claim that the Inspector demands every town in the County to provide food and money to the office of the Inspector whenever he visits the people.This is the second time in four months for the Bong County Inspector to be accused by the citizens.
In February this year, some citizens of Wolapolu Clan in Zota District, raised similar concern about the alleged enforcement of unlawful collections of chickens and goats from struggling farmers by Inspector Victor Wesseh.
He however denied the allegation, describing it as a means of demeaning his character.
Speaking to this paper on Saturday in the County, Charles Mulbah, the Spokesperson of the aggrieved citizens said they will not hesitate in taking Inspector Wesseh to court to pay for his action.
“We are going to take him to court on Monday, June 17, 2019. Mr. Wesseh must explain to the court of law why he is undermining the progress of poor farmers in this County,” Mr. Mulbah adds.
According to him, Mr. Wesseh recently told citizens in Barmeyea to provide 15, 000 Liberian Dollars with goats and chickens if they should not be held in contempt.Mr. Mulbah said upon allegedly receiving the items, the Bong County Inspector left the town and went to Sonjoe, another town in the same region and allegedly collected some goats, chickens and $5,000 Liberian Dollars from the citizens, totaling $15, 000 Liberian Dollars and about six goats and unspecified number of chickens.
Also speaking to our Bong County Correspondent, Mary Tuahyah raises goats said two of her goats were caught by the citizens on the alleged order of the Inspector.“For me I don’t have much to say but I am only telling Mr. Victor Wesseh to bring my goat right now or else, I will let other officials including President George Manneh Weah to know about it,” she said angrily.
When contacted, Bong County Inspector Victor Wesseh told our correspondent that he has never gone to that part of the County for more than six months.He says those accusing him of collecting items from citizens are ready again to denigrate his character.“But to be real, I don’t know about what they are saying,” Mr. Wesseh explains.
He told our correspondent to request for an official receipt from the citizens who are alleging that he (Inspector Wesseh) collected monies and cattle from them.He promises to prove his innocence in the court of law whenever he is taken there by the citizens.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong
—Edited by Winston W. Parley