More revelations are emerging from the Salala Rubber Corporation or SRC in Margibi County, accusing House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay of allegedly lobbying with some of those affected by SRC’s expansion project to get an alleged repayment of US$2.2m compensation from the company in Margibi County Electoral District #3.
When contacted over the weekend surrounding SRC’s allegations against Speaker Nuquay, Communication Officer Mr. Philip Moore trashed the claims as erroneous. Mr. Moore says at no time did his boss Speaker Nuquay request citizens of the district to pressurize the SRC management to repay US$2.2 million to persons affected under the company’s expansion project.
SRC Administrative Manager Mr. Jallah Mensah claims in an interview with journalists recently in Margibi County that the money in question was paid to people who were affected by the company’s expansion project in District #3 of Margibi. But he expresses shock that the community leaders are returning to the company to reclaim money that they have allegedly received from the company.
According to the SRC administrative manager, authorities of the company were forced to discontinue all political activities at the surrounding area of SRC due to Speaker Nuquay’s alleged unwavering political manipulation at the plantation.
He adds that the decision is aimed at ensuring that the company’s operations are not interfered with by those seeking political positions at the detriment of the company.
SRC General Manager Mr. Nicolas Bergeort did not confirm or deny claims that Speaker Nuquay was negotiating with the company to sack the President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union or SAWU Mr. Anthony Moses when he was contacted at his office in Margibi.
Mr. Bergeort says SRC intends to communicate with his company’s Board of Directors in Belgium for transmission to the Government of Liberia about the attitude of a politician that he failed to identify.
He says SRC is a private entity operating here and it will not be dictated to by anyone to terminate the services of people working with it. Speaker Nuquay have declared his intention to contest the 2017 representatives’ elections.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Winston W. Parley