While hundreds of residents are crying foul from the ongoing demolition exercise, the residence of Vice President Joseph Boakai sits in an alley on the Rehab road in Paynesville, and seems to being cleverly ignored by the current task force.
This has prompted Montserrado County District#8 Representative Acarous Gray to call on the Mary Broh-led presidential taskforce clearing alleys and demolishing misshaped structures across Monrovia to break down the fence around the residence of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, which is in the alleyway along the Rehab Road in Paynesville rather than being selective in the demolition exercise
Veep Boakai’s residence which is located in Rehab Community in Paynesville outside Monrovia is in a deep curve, forcing engineers from the Ministry of Public Works to bend the road, creating an unacceptable curve that many drivers are complaining of.
“If the Presidential Taskforce is serious, they should open the Rehab Road by breaking down Vice President Joseph Boakai’s house because it is in the driveway, which is very dangerous to drivers and residents, who live within that vicinity. If the old Health Ministry’s fence on the Bye-Pass can be broken down because Broh thinks that it is blocking the view of drivers then Veep Boakai should be brought down also. He’s not more Liberian than our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers that have being kicked in the streets by ‘so called’ Presidential taskforce,” he said.
The Montserado lawmaker Monday afternoon at his Capitol Building office indicated that the Presidential Taskforce should open the 13th Street to pass through the head office of the United Methodist Church-Liberia compound, adding the taskforce should try to open the Jallah Town Road via 12th Street through the United Methodist Church Compound.
He noted that in 2012/13, the government launched clearing of alleys where homes and commercial centers were destroyed, but since the demolition, nothing has been donein the affected areas in terms of development or pavement of those streets and avenues.
According to him, the 2015/16 national budget did not carry any allocation for the development or pavement of alleys, noting that the ‘destruction of properties is only intended to divide the citizens further.
“I consider the taskforce’s action as witch-hunt and it is solely intended to put the masses out of homes and business. Gone are those days when Liberia was considered as plantation. Madam President and Mary Broh should know that Liberia is for all and the Constitution protects everyone with equal rights and rights to properties,” he emphasized.
Gray, a former Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change added, “If our people plan any peaceful demonstration, we will be in the streets with them because they are our people and we should identify with them at any given time.”
He pointed out the cleanup exercise should have commenced November 15, to December 15, 2015, but due to evil intent of Madam Broh and some higher-ups in government, the exercise was executed hastily without any prior notice to residents.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Jonathan Browne