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Beaches and Waterways workers are calling for the intervention of President George Manneh Weah and Foreign Missions here over an alleged “devilish” plan by some Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) hierarchies and Monstserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seboe to remove their leaders from the project.

In a statement issued in the Borough of New Kru Town, the group under the banner “Reclaiming Liberia Beaches and Waterways” discloses that they and their leaders were recruited from slum communities by the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to clean beaches and waterways in Monrovia and its environs.

The Reclaiming Liberia’s Beaches and Waterways is a project created by central government during the previous regime under the Ministry of Youth and Sports as a way of providing jobs for young people and residents of Banjor, Hotel Africa, New Kru Town, West Point, PHP, Sinkor, Congo Town and ELWA communities.

The group states that its decision to call on President Weah, foreign missions and stakeholders is due to alleged plans and visible actions by Representative Seboe and officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to remove their leaders from their respective positions on party line.

At the re-launch of District #16 scholarship scheme at the Town Hall in New Kru Town on Monday, 26 August, Rep. Dixon indicated that he wants the Beaches and Waterways Project Management dismissed for their action to hold a program on the day of the Montserrado County and District #15 by-elections.

According to him, the management’s action prevented partisans working on the project from voting for the CDC candidates.

But the group, through its Project Chairman, Mr. George A. Young, has called for a swift intervention of President Weah, warning that they are prepared to embark on a protest to resist any wrongful dismissal of the current management.

The workers mention that since the establishment of the project by the Unity Party government, the management has been politically tolerant, even promoting members of the CDC while the party was still in opposition.

They add that they have asked Rep. Seboe to launch an investigation into allegations that he has received about the group, but all their efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

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