The Management of the Salala Rubber Corporation or SRC situated in electoral district#5, Margibi County has banned political activities in its premises. The SRC occupies about 22,000 acres of land in the area with a large voting population.
Until the ban, there have been political rallies and programs held in its various camps, but surprisingly for the 2017 elections, management has issued strict mandate, immediately stopping all political activities at its premises.
The company has several plantation camps in electoral district#5 inhabited by citizens, which is also the constituency of Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay. The mandate was recently issued by the management and notification to that effect has been printed and posted on public bulletins in the plantation area.
The President of the Salala Agricultural Workers Union or SAWU, Anthony Opa Moses, who also disclosed this information during a recent press conference, has endorsed the mandate.
According to him, management has consulted its lawyers and they are aware and supportive of the decision to have politics stay clear of its premises. There is also information from company’s corridors that management was contemplating to prevent Speaker Nuquay, Vice President Joseph Boakai and President Sirleaf from going to have political activities at its premises.
According to a company source, management reached the decision as a result of some alleged problems observed from politicians, and has accordingly, threatened to sack any employee caught discussing politics on the job.
Public reactions to the latest development in the concession areas appear mixed with some welcoming the move, while others say it amounts to infringement of rights.
By Ramsey N. Sinbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne