An elderly woman who sustained injury during the recent GSA Road Community demolition exercise by the Paynesville City Corporation claims she has been abandoned with her condition worsening each day, but the PCC dismisses the claim as misleading.
Madam Esther Jlopeh, a mother of two kids, said she sustained foot injury while trying to get her children’s school materials from the house before the PCC team could move in to demolish the structure.
Further narrating, she said as the yellow machine hit the house a block from the wall fell on her legs, injuring her, but since then no one from the office of the Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson has visited her. Madam Jlopeh claimed she lost goods valued at US$30,000 that were in her shop also demolished by the PCC, disclosing that the money was a loan that she took from the Access Bank.
“when they stated breaking down our shops and houses, I told the city mayor that I wanted my children’s school materials from my house; immediately as I entered, the city mayor ordered the yellow machine to bring my house down while I was inside, when the machine hit the wall the block dropped on my foot. It was one of my friends from this same community who pushed me out, that’s why I am living today,” Madam Jlopeh explained in tears.
Another victim identifies as Madam Mapu Cooper, who have ten children, told this paper that her cook shop, bar and house were destroyed by the PCC, and now she and her children are homeless, and they now find it very difficult to get food to eat.
Madam Cooper, a mother of eight girls and two boys, narrated that all of her children are out of school as a result of the demolition. She appealed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Ministry of Gender to help get her girls children back to school to save their future.
However, the Public Relations director at the Paynesville City Corporation Jani K. Jallah said during the demolition process, no one sustained injury, adding that if any individual got wounded than it was after the process. She said no theft was reported at the demolition site as she was present throughout the process, dismissing the residents’ claims as far from the truth and misleading.