By Bridgett Milton
The Senior Management of the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, boycotted members of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker Bhofal Chambers’ visit.
During the House leadership meeting on Monday, September 19, 2022, the leadership of the House of Representatives took the decision to visit the company in Grand Cape Mount county to discuss its operations in Liberia in terms of total compliance with Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed with the Government of Liberia, and mechanisms to control use and/or effects of possible spillage of chemical elements by the company, which may incidentally result to pollution and contamination of water sources and life trees and affect animals and human beings.
The Chief Clark of the House of Representatives wrote BMMC, informing the company about a planned visit by lawmakers, which was received.
However, early Wednesday while lawmakers were on their way to Grand Cape Mount county, they received a letter from BMMC informing them that top management was not available to receive them.
The General Manager of BMMC, Reza Karimiyan, acknowledged receipt of a letter dated September 19, 2022, and delivered on September 20, 2022, informing them that a delegation of the House had scheduled a visit to the mine on September 21, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. but due to other previously planned engagements, including visitors from their head office, they will not be available and able to host the delegation.
However, BMMC hopes that in the near future, they will be able to properly plan and host the delegation from the House of Representatives.
The letter from BMMC did not stop lawmakers from going because they were already on their way. When they arrived at the company’s operational site, the delegation did not see any visitors as claimed in the letter.
Instead, Community Relations Superintendent of BMMC Henry Vincent said his bosses had traveled out of Liberia. Editing by Jonathan Browne