-Liberians Describe Riot In Bong County
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Liberians at home and abroad have sharply criticized the violence demonstration in Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County against the management of the Turkish Gold Mining Company, MNG Gold as ‘dangerous signs’ that have the proclivity to scare away investors in the country.
Monday November 5, 2018 was a day to remember in that part of the country when Saye-Weh Town was a scene of sorrows and weeping when a vehicle reportedly belonging to a Chinese company hired by the Turkish mining Company, MNG-Gold reportedly killed four passengers on commercial motorbikes.
Sources in the area said the driver operating the Chinese contracted Toyota four door land cruiser name withheld reportedly killed a girl and three boys all of whom were residents of Saye-Weh Town while coming down a hill.
The driver reportedly escaped the scene for fear of his life by angry mobs, but the toyota land cruiser was set ablaze. The aggrieved citizens are also alleged of looting the offices of the company.
Prior to this incident, there have been serious dissatisfaction from the locals toward the operations of the company.
It was recently reported that citizens and residents of the area were vomiting with blood and other substances as a result of alleged contaminated waste site constructed approximately few meters away from the school in the area. This might have further deepened the anger on Monday November 5, 2018.
But Liberians who phoned in to several radio stations in Monrovia late Monday evening condemned the actions of the citizens, saying it will scare away investors coming into the country.
According to them, people who are dissatisfied should always learn to seek redress in a better way rather than taking the laws into their own hands.
They lamented that the country is really in dire need of investors to solve some of the problems regarding employments, therefore such actions against a company in the country will send a bad signal to the international community that Liberians are not willing to embrace investors.