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‘Hurricane Mary’ Dragged to Court

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Madam Mary T. Broh NDThe head of the Special Presidential Task Force has been dragged before the Chamber Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The action against Madam Mary T. Broh, otherwise known as ‘Hurricane Mary’, was executed amid claims by affected persons in the Monrovia cleanup campaign of property damage without due process.
The complainants raised contentions of alleged violation of their rights in a writ of prohibition filed with the Supreme Court by residents from Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnerville and New Georgia, through their lawyer, Atty. T. Dempster Brown.

Following the petition for prohibition filed on 27 November, the Supreme Court, on December 1, issued an order mandating both the Task Force and complainants to appear next Monday, December 7, in connection with the case at hand.

‘Hurricane Mary’ – also Director General of the General Service Agency or GSA, , has been in the middle of high public outcry for the destruction of structures within alleys, while others applaud the implementation of the presidential mandate to clean Monrovia.
The aggrieved residents claimed that the task force destroyed their properties on grounds that some violated zoning laws and city ordinances, while others hers kept their premises dirty.
The complainants contended that the Task Force should have sought legal proceeding if zoning laws and city ordinances were violated, instead of using executive power to destroy their properties.

“… But instead, the Respondents are using Police power by … brutalizing, intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens by carrying out their Presidential mandates to clean Monrovia,” the complaints said.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by George Barpeen

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