Market women here have begun a mass protest against Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor’s suspension of the president of the Liberia Market Association (LMA) and two other top officials.Dozens of LMA protesters who had assembled outside the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia threaten to close markets and continue protesting for three days to compel VP Taylor to reinstate LMA president Madam Alice Yeebahn.
Madam Taylor recently suspended LMA president Madam Yeebahn; LMA vice president Abraham Barchue; and LMA Assistant Secretary General Madam Lawuo Hiami. Madam Taylor’s office says she suspended the officials due to alleged perennial allegations of corruption, financial mismanagement, misappropriation of resources and other acts inimical to the existence of the Association.
But during a protest outside the Civil Law Court where some marketers said they have filed a lawsuit, they insist that their president return to office while an audit is conducted.In an interview with a spokesperson for protesters, Yaessey Jalloh said “we want our president back … or we will close down all businesses.”
According to Yaessey who sells at Redliglight Market in Paynesville, Vice President Taylor suspended LMA’s president on grounds that she wanted an audit to be conducted at the entity.“Our president can go back in office then audit can go on,” Yaessey insists.
According to her, over 30 markets were represented by protesters outside the court at the Temple of Justice, and warns that they will continue if they did not get result on Thursday, 13 September.According to Yaessey, the suspended LMA president has carried some improvements at the institution , including rise in workers’ income.
She claims that Madam Yaessey’s suspension comes as a result of alleged jealousy.
She says the officials were elected to serve a term of four years. Madam Taylor has since set up an interim leadership at the LMA following the suspension of the entity’s elected officials. She has named Mr. Jerry V. Geedeh and Madam Henrietta Zorpoe, representing the LMA Board; Madam Antoinette N. Mulbah, representing the Executive Committee of the LMA; Madam Cecelia G. Wuduwelh, representing the aggrieved party; and Mr. David Weah, representing LMA County Superintendents.
By Winston W. Parley