A group calling itself Bong County Civil Society Council has launched an appeal to the Liberian government to speedily investigate the road accident that led to the death of four persons in Kokoyah Statutory District.
Addressing a press conference in Gbarnga on Wednesday, 21 November, the group said it has been following up on the November 5, 2018 road accident in Saywhen Town that led to the death of the four citizens and the subsequent reported vandalizing and looting of MNG Gold’s facility by some residents of the area.
The Chairperson of the Council Marline Jarwoe says a fact finding team from the Bong County Civil Society Council’s leadership concluded a visit to the district.Jarwoe says they had meetings with the local leadership of Boinsen, MNG Gold’s management, members of the bereaved families as well as ordinary citizens.
The local group chair says these meetings were meant to enable the CSO have first-hand information and understanding of the situation in the area.Madam Jarwoe believes that it is necessary that the Liberian government conduct timely investigation into the case and communicate the findings to the public instead of people relying on information that might not be relevant.
The group has stressed the need for the County leadership including its legislative caucus to exert every effort to improve the relationship between locals and concession companies in the spirit of solidifying peace and stability.
The CSOs also want the police through its forensic department to conduct investigation on the body of Othello Saye to establish the cause death.The call comes in the wake of conflicting accounts surrounding his death.
Othello is said to have died during the event in Kokoyah but the exact cause of his death has not been established as some residents have said he cut himself with a cutlass during the situation.
There are suggestions that due to the cut, he may have bled profusely, while some are alleging that he may have been killed by unknown individuals during the reported looting process.
Meanwhile, the Bong County Civil Society Council has pledged its commitment to working with the private and public sectors to enhance democratic governance in Bong County and Liberia at large.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley