The political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), businessman Simeon Freeman, has given the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church here 48 hours to retract a statement made against him in the press that he (Simeon Freeman) bought a parcel of land from the SDA Church.
It was reported recently that there has been serious confusion among SDA Church members surrounding the alleged illegal and unilateral sale of the Church’s property by Pastor James M. Golay, President of the West Africa Union Mission.
According to reports, Pastor Golay took an autonomous decision to sell the Church’s property situated in Congo Town, adjacent the SOS Clinic without the knowledge of Church members.
But the Church in a rejoinder said, ”At a duly called executive committee meeting held on January 25, 2009, it was agreed and voted [upon] that the said property be sold to Elder Simeon Freeman for the amount of US$35,000. The reason for this decision was the swampy condition of the Land, which made the cost of carrying out development on it extremely high.”
But responding to the statement, Simeon Freeman, who is an Elder in the SDA Church, denied ever purchasing any land from the Church. Freeman told this paper in an interview that the Church has been unfair to him for publishing his name in the paper that they (SDA Church) sold land to him.
He has however given the Church 48hours ultimatum to tell the public that it never sold any land to him, threatening if the Church refused to retract the comments made against him, he would take action against them.
A copy of the controversial land deed in the possession of The NewDawn proved that the said land was sold to the Consolidated Group with lot number 6,8,10 and 12 in block C situated in Oldest Congo Town, Montserrado County. The Consolidated Group is the provider of DSTV in Liberia and is being headed by Simeon Freeman, a former Presidential candidate.
Freeman, who has denied buying land, said, “If the Church sold land to the company that I work for, does it means that I Simeon Freeman bought the land from them; I have no idea whether they sold land to the Consolidated Group. Consolidated Group is different from Simeon Freeman; they shouldn’t put me in problem with my family; how can I buy land from the Church and the deed does not carry my name? Let the Church clarify properly.”