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I can run in Montserrado

Liberia’s Police chief Chris C. Massaquoi, says he has no political ambition for distributing about 200 bags of rice and money to his neighbors in Duport Road, Paynesville arguing that if he had such ambition, he could run for elected seat in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount or Sinoe Counties.

“My mother is from Sinoe; my mother is a Kru woman. My father is a Vai man; I was born in Montserrado. I can run in Cape Mount; I can run from Sinoe; I can run for Montserrado. I am a Liberian malatoe. I don’t have to come in the neighborhood to give anybody rice for campaign,” Massaquoi clarified on Wednesday, 6 January.

The police chief says he stayed in Liberia for 17 years and did not participate in the country’s protracted civil war nor worked for any government, but sustained himself working outside Liberia. Massaquoi reiterated that he has no political ambition, but has been helping his neighbors quietly as he presented to each household a bag of rice plus LD$500 for soup in the Duport Road Community Block A neighborhood.

According to him, he has provided scholarships for his immediate neighbors and some of the beneficiaries have graduated while some are still in school. Besides providing scholarships, he also disclosed that he built the road leading into the neighborhood, though he admits that it is not paved on grounds that it might be too expensive.

He additionally noted his work in the background with the Ministry of Public Works in having the new road to Duport Road Community built. During the distribution Wednesday, Massaquoi received praises from his neighbors, who came up to speak, including community chairlady Madam Marie Zee.

She said the Police Director paid off those who had been taking care of his home, while he was away from Liberia to enable them establish their own place, unlike others who she claimed only drove people away from their properties without appreciation.

On behalf of the community, Madam Zee however appealed for safe drinking water, electricity, strengthened security to protect against ritualistic killings, petty criminality, and to enlarge his scholarship scale.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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