General Services Director General and head of a Special Presidential Task Force cleaning Monrovia and its environs, Madam Mary Broh has disclosed here that her next target is the vulnerable Palm Grove Cemetery in Central Monrovia, currently occupied by hardened criminals and other social deviants.
Criminals have invaded the heavily congested Palm Grove Cemetery, one of the oldest in the country, using broken tombs as hideouts. Madam Broh, dubbed “General Broh” by some members of the public for her no nonsense approach to duty, describes the entire capital as filthy, blaming residents for not adhering to municipal ordinances.
“Some citizens don’t want to adhere to city ordinance, causing the city to be filthy,” she noted. Her quest to keep the capital has received sharp criticisms from some members of the public, who believe she intentionally or wrongly targets impoverished communities and residents, destroying whatsoever means they have to make ends meet.
“When people try to put in all their best to clean Monrovia, they get no good name,” she lamented. Her unbending stance and open criticism against filth nearly landed her in prison few years ago after lawmakers slammed her with contempt for reportedly refusing to kiss the Holy Bible on grounds that it was dirty when she was summoned by the House of Representatives to appear before that august body.
“General Broh” said government is committed to ensuring Monrovia remains very clean by prompt disposal of filth, yet still others were there to make the city grubby. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, 25 October in Monrovia she said in spite of concerted effort by her task force to make sure all parts of the capital is tidy; some residents continue to keep their structures untidy.
She called on every Liberian to collectively join her in helping to make the city clean always because it belongs to all Liberians.
Cleaning up around Benson and Gurley Streets on Tuesday, the GSA boss specifically frowned at the two communities for maintaining a dirty environment, which she describes as a disservice to the country.
During the exercise, the task force demolished several makeshift structures along the streets to give the area facelift.
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne